Caitlin Clark Did Not Break Pete Marvich’s Scoring Record (Woke Conservatives Run Amok)

Celebrated rookie Indiana Fever guard, Caitlin Clark, has lately been the focus of a lot of attention, primarily due to her superlative basketball skills and her being the top scoring basketball player in NCAA history. Most certainly, she deserves all the attention and sponsorships that have come her way. She’s a top-notch player with a bright future as a professional. Nevertheless, there always appear to be segments of society that push a good thing too far. Her fawning fans won’t hesitate to boast that she even outscored the legendary Pete Maravich (3,685 to 3,667).

Admittedly, I’ve never been impressed with women’s basketball. I recently saw a suggested YouTube video of the top plays in women’s NBA history. As I watched in painful embarrassment, I thought, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” It was positively awful. I felt like I was watching something out of junior high school. So, when Caitlin Hype came to town, I ignored it. Nonetheless, the continual coverage got my curiosity tweaked, so I went to YouTube to check out her highlights. Wow! Her ball handling, passing and shooting skills left me very pleasantly surprised. “No wonder people are going bananas over her,” I thought. Apart from her, I couldn’t tell you the name of any woman, college or pro, who plays basketball. I’ve even forgotten the name of the player who got arrested in Russia over a drug charge (and I’m not looking it up now). And considering the discussions I’ve had, it appears many are equally or even more unaware than myself regarding the female dimension of basketball. Should women’s basketball surge in popularity, it is undeniable that Ms. Clark would be one of the driving forces behind it.

That said, it is simple logic that a person’s achievements in Category X do not apply to another person’s achievements in Category Y. The fact that Clark scored more points than anybody, male or female, in NCAA history does not imply that she broke anybody else’s record. Pete Maravich played three seasons in the NCAA, whereas Clark played four. Maravich played in 83 games while Clark played 130. Clark had the benefit of a three-point line, whereas that was non-existent in Maravich’s day (indeed, if Pistol Pete played with a three-point line, it is estimated that his game-point average would have gone from over 44 to over 50). Maravich, of course, played with a regulation-sized ball, and Clark played with a smaller ball. It is simply factually invalid to compare the two; it’s apples to oranges.

We on the Right are fond of thinking ourselves to be rational and consistent with the facts. But from the screeching I’ve read from some conservatives in the blogosphere, the cancel culture is just as active there as it is in Hollywood. One would think that stating the facts as proof that it is inappropriate to compare both players is something conservatives would applaud. But for some reason, some conservatives act as if their lives were at stake to defend Clark against any attack, real or imagined. First, nobody is attacking Clark in pointing out the absurdity of the claim that she broke Maravich’s record. She deserves all the praise for her achievements in Category X. Second, should that praise be restricted to the proper category, nothing further would be said, but to brag about outscoring somebody when she played an extra year with many more games—and a three-point line to boot (even then, only “outscoring” him by 18 points)—is like bragging that Person A ran much farther than Person B when Person A had a week’s more time to run than Person B. True, if distance rules changed to allow more days to run, and if people want to celebrate one’s running farther than anybody else, fine and dandy. But please stop with this nonsense that said person “beat” his or her predecessors.  Category X isn’t Category Y no matter how much we pretend otherwise. I know nowadays some guys like to pretend they are girls and vice verse. But it’s just as delusional for right-thinking people to pretend that an achievement under one set of rules can be compared with an achievement under a very different set of rules.

Bottom line:  It does not undermine Clark’s achievements in the least to push back against inaccurate and foolish claims. She’s a fabulous basketball player in her own right. Her fans do her no favor by distorting her accomplishments. She DID NOT break Pete Maravich’s record.

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