From the messy desk of Paul Levine...
Last night, you might have watched the University of Connecticut's basketball team defeat Kentucky for the NCAA championship. Men's championship, that is.
Tonight the Connecticut women take on Notre Dame in the women's finals. Two undefeated powerhouses, well-coached teams of immense talent, meeting at last.
So far, so good.
Collegiate women's basketball has been getting far more news coverage than in the past. It's a quality product played by dedicated athletes. Yesterday's New York Times had a major profile of Connecticut's charismatic center, Stefanie Dolson, pictured here.
The story described how the determined young woman lost weight to get in better shape. Here's the piece: "UConn's Center Adds Fitness to Her Ebullience."
The article reported that Dolson, as many sports fans know, is six feet, five inches tall. So, I wondered, reading the article: Just what did Dolson weigh previously and what does she weigh now? The story, by veteran sportswriter Jere Longman didn't say! (Longman merely reported that Dolson "lost 15 pounds and gained stamina and lean muscle."
Is that sexism, reverse sexism, political correctness, or just bad journalism?
Any time Shaquille O'Neal or Charles Barkley gained or lost a few pounds, it was big news, with all the stats included. (O'Neal hovered around 325 pounds, the much shorter Barkley played at about 250 pounds, then gained and lost enormous amounts of weight after retiring).
If I were really interested in Ms. Dolson's weight -- which, I'm not, it's the damn principle -- I could go onto UConn's official website. After all, the championship men's team is listed by height AND WEIGHT.
What do you make of this?