Silver Stars 63, Sparks 59

I haven’t really said anything yet, but I’m going to now. I’m so disappointed with the Sparks season. I’ve not been able to watch them online for away games in weeks. When they won against Minnesota last week I heard about it later, because I wasn’t watching. Today’s loss was just so unnecessary. It was a minute to go when three people bobbled a chance at a basket, and the game was gone. I was sitting next to a fellow educator today, and we both just threw up our hands.

I’m not even going to speculate. It doesn’t get me in the heart like one of my kid’s games does. The ones I feel most badly for are owners Kathy Goodman and Carla Christofferson. In a way, they’ve been gipped a little bit each season since they bought the team.

Bright spots are that Candace Parker earned her fourth double-double in the last five games, with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Noelle Quinn was hot today, with 13 points off 6-10 shooting. And Vanessa Hayden is a helluva cheerleader from the bench.

Lovin the screaming kids, too. Some get real negative about the camp game, but it’s one of my favorites of the year. The kids act the way the Staples Center crowd should act every game – screaming and yelling, jumping up and down and responding to crowd prompts. The usual crowd just sits there, quiet as mice.

A final bright spot was that one of my girls go to meet one of her favorite players at the ESPN Zone after the game. Shannon Bobbitt made an appearance and played a few games with some fans, including my kiddo. She reported that Bobbitt is “REALLY cool.”

Question: why is Marie Ferdinand-Harris in the dog house? No minutes today, which follows a trend of late.

Lookit all those cute campers!! They were nice and loud.

Betty Lennox wore her hair down for the game. And though she suited up, it was obvious she wasn’t playing.

First-half action.

Everyone watches after Becky Hammon unleashes a shot.

Candace Parker looks to pass the ball in the second half.

Betty tried to pump the team up late in the fourth quarter.

Candace goes over to greet “Debo,” seen in the white shirt, holding daughter. Shelden Williams is next to Candace in the black.

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  1. Sue:

    Completely agree with your comments about the kids. What a treat to hear people so excited and actually rooting for the home team.

    HOWEVER, what does this season say about Michael Cooper? USC has had problems with their visibility in recruiting and I don't know if Cooper has even taken the exam to qualify him to be at the viewings. If he has such a poor showing with players of this ability, how will he do with unmolded college girls?

  2. I don't know what this season says about Michael Cooper, anonymous. If you want to be fair, how well has he done since he came back? The '07 team wasn't good, last year's team underachieved, and now this. Players keep saying he's a great coach, so who are we to judge since we're not at the practices?

    As far as how he'll do at SC, it remains to be seen.

  3. Trakh and his staff did a great job recruiting.

    If you mean Cooper's staff is having problems, then I agree.

    And that exam is an open book test. If you can read you can pass that test. I don't know if Coop has taken the test or not but he is so busy with the Sparks he couldn't go recruit anyways.

    But I wonder how the NCAA would treat this situation:

    HS kid goes to a Sparks game either in LA or on the road. Coaches are not allowed to talk to players during the summer. If a recruit sees Coop after a game, the only "contact" allowed by the NCAA is Hi, but sorry I can't talk to recruits at this time, due to NCAA rules.