Tuesday, March 26, 2019
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Sparks 59, Sacramento 56

What to think of this box score?

I’m not thrilled that the Sparks had to rally to beat the worst team in the league, but a “w” is a “w,” and I’ll take it.

LA Sparks on twitter reported that “the trainer said BL will see no action tonight.” I asked why, but no reply as of yet. What happened to Betty Lennox??!! I’m trying not to worry.

Another pondering: why did Marie Ferdinand-Harris not play last game and saw one minute of action tonight? Should we be concerned about that too?

CP’s stats are looking more like her….a double-double, at that. Good sign.

Ever since the LA Times ran the story about Vanessa Hayden’s poor conditioning, her production has taken a dip. Zero points tonight, in fact. Hang in there, VH1. Keep doing what you were doing before.

The next game for the Sparks is Tuesday at noon – camp day! I always love that game. It doesn’t take much to excite the little kids.

Edit to add: Kathy Goodman’s blog entry about this game. Best line:

Lindsay releases the ice into her veins and the ball into the air and makes both free throws….

Letter to the WNBA

Dear WNBA,

First I was watching the Sparks-Monarchs game online this evening on wnba.com, and the feed died with six seconds to go. I had to find out from twitter that the Sparks won, 59-56.

Not a half hour later, I was watching the Storm-Silver Stars game, and the feed died just after the game went into overtime. I had to find out from other sources, once again, that the Storm won, 85-82.

Why is this service still not working correctly more than halfway into the season? Why was is malfunctioning in the first place? Did you not check and verify the service before you made it available to the public? Why not? And why, with the amount of out of work people in the country right now, can’t you hire a computer tech to come in and fix the problem?

I’m going to make a suggestion to you, because you’re obviously too busy to handle your business: get some teens to fix it. Go to a high school anywhere in New York City and ask teachers there who knows about computers. Then take those kids to your office and let them get to work. As a high school teacher, I can vouch for the fact that they know what they’re doing. They’ve fixed my computer at school when the computer tech guys are slow in getting to my office. They’ve showed me how to navigate and perform other functions. They can fix your “live access” issues so fans could actualy get to see games, and in their entirety.

Let’s get crackin on this. Now.

No love,

Sue

WNBA news, plus a lil sociology

Swin Cash kept fighting, now has a successful WNBA career, and is going to turn her journal writings into a book. I like the chutzpah and the intellectualism behind that.

Candace Parker’s hometown newspaper maintains Lisa Leslie isn’t getting the proper sendoff, and I have to agree. I’ve never been a Leslie fan, but it’s sad to me that three of the biggest names in the game – Yolanda Griffith, Sheryl Swoopes and Lisa Leslie – are going out with a whimper and not a bang this year. Each of them have been around for almost two decades, and they deserve more than this.

Finally, on the sociological tip, a Canada online publication writes about a study that found female athletes still apologize for being jocks. But here’s one big positive out of this piece:

“Unfortunately, those types of stereotypes exist, but you have seen a shift,” she says. “Little girls don’t necessarily want to be the skinny models anymore. They want to be fit — healthy and muscular is becoming cool.”

U19s race through semis, will face Spain again in finals tomorrow

The only reason movie-makers invent scenarios like the one the U19s will face tomorrow is that they occur in real life. After a nice win over Canada that featured fairly balanced scoring between the Americans, team USA will face Spain in the finals tomorrow night – the same team that dropped them in the opening round almost two weeks ago. If our young ladies win, it would certainly be poetic.

I wish this game was on TV.

Hoopism is 1

Today is the first anniversary of this blog, and I’d like to thank everyone who’s emailed me, posted here and slipped me tips and information. Thanks for your contributions.

If you have a story you think needs to be written, an issue that should be investigated, a question or a comment, don’t hesitate to email me at: hoopism@yahoo.com.

Cal Swish beats Boo Williams!

48-40 in the Nike Nationals title game in North Augusta. I admit I’m surprised, but happily so:

The Swish led for practically the entire game. It opened up a double-digit lead with 10 minutes left in the second half and refused to let Boo Williams’ press dissolve that lead.

Another view here.

I wonder who Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will play for next summer?

Hey, I think that’s it for the July recruiting period, ladies and gentlemen. Young ballers everywhere are now breathing a sigh of relief.

Michael T White LA Tournament recap and pictures

Check it out, y’all.

Here’s another photo of champions JBS Purple from Monday, as they were beating Cal Sparks Gold (black uniforms):

Nike Nationals semi-finals update

This morning Cal Swish beat Fairfax, 65-59, while Boo Williams crushed the Cal Storm, 60-37. It’ll be Swish against Boo for the championship in one hour…..stay tuned.

New York Liberty fire Patty Coyle

The official announcement has been made. Even the NY Post has the story.

When Anne Donovan was hired as assistant coach last spring, I saw this coming. I’d caution Liberty fans about getting too excited about her as a replacement, though.

Tennessee releases non-conference schedule

The suspense is gone now.

Brittney Griner and Baylor, Nov. 15, Texas on Dec. 6, Rutgers, Dec. 13, Louisville and Stanford a week later.

I’m not surprised UCLA is going there this year, but I’m loving that the Vols are coming to Pauley Pavilion in 2010-2011.

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