Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Rutgers Women's Basketball

The Rutgers University women's basketball team plays tonight in the NCAA championship game. It has generated a lot of excitement on campus, as you might imagine, and will probably get me seated in front of the ESPN at 8:30 p.m. tonight.

The news coverage of the game is already focusing on the two coaches, Vivian Stringer of Rutgers and Pat Summit of Tennessee, who are among the best in women's team sports. According to Stringer (and here is the chess angle):
"It probably is a chess match. She has her pieces, and I have my pieces, and we're trying to, at the right time, make the move. There will be moves and countermoves. ... Basketball is a game of chess. You just don't throw it out there randomly hoping and reacting. You hope to make a move and cause someone to else to react -- you look at the players you put in, and you consider what you need to do with that."
Read more online at the Scarlet Knights website.

2 comments:

Ryan Emmett said...

It never fails to amaze me what people compare to chess - usually in complete ignorance of what chess is actually like and relying instead on a stereotyped image they have of the game!

Harmless enough, but a little frustrating sometimes!

For a few examples, it's fun to search Google for the expression 'like a game of chess' and marvel at the results...

Blue Devil Knight said...

Stringer's quote suggests she knows more than a little about chess. It is much better than your usual chess metaphor.