Heartened: The Liberty are pulling out the stops to get people in the stands. I’ve gotten lots of emails. Trader Bill has been pro active in reaching out to the fans with meet-and-greets. He’s a generous, opinionated interview. And I’ve been offered free tickets.
Ya, free. Get over it, folks. You need to put butts in the seat and hook’em with the product on the floor. Of course, if they’re smart, there will be people handing out flyers and “come back with someone else next game and you get in free” coupons.
Heartened: An MSG person sent me this article: Cheryl Ford is back in WNBA, playing for the Liberty.
Wow, what a concept: the NY Liberty making their fans aware of articles about the team. Like, you know, some kind of news collecting service that helps tell editors that folks are interested in reading about the WNBA. Where have I heard that before?
Disheartened: They sent me the ENTIRE article in the email. Do they not understand the concept of copyright laws? Oiy.
Disheartened: The article comes as close to saying “Cheryl will be a game-by-game player” as it can without actually saying that.
In other news:
From the Atlanta Daily News: WNBA Facts at Your Fingertips
The 17th season of the WNBA tipped off Memorial Day Weekend. That’s right, THE 17th SEASON. Despite the ups and downs associated with the start of any American professional sports league and the additional challenge of establishing a women’s sports league, the WNBA is alive and kicking and poised to reach a new level thanks to an exciting infusion of fresh talent and personalities.
Michelle Smith writes: Candice Dupree a smooth operator
A straight line.
That’s how Phoenix Mercury coach Corey Gaines describes his veteran forward Candice Dupree, and he means it as a compliment.
What is more consistent, more sturdy, more sure a thing than a straight line? No jagged edges, no unexpected dips, no changes of direction. Just the shortest distance between starting a game and winning it. That’s Dupree.
Dupree embodies that steadiness, and Gaines and the Phoenix Mercury have come to rely on it.
The Tulsa GTR says: Diggins, Cambage to Spark Shock
From Newsday: Rookies shine during WNBA’s opening weekend
With Griner now having a WNBA game under her belt—albeit a 102-80 loss to the Sky—she and her fellow WNBA rookies must captain another effort that is near and dear to the league’s heart entering its 17th regular season.
That effort is renewing wide-scale interest in the WNBA itself.
So far so good: WNBA Season Off to Strong Ratings Start; Most-Watched Regular-Season Game on ESPN2 in Nine Years
From DC: With many new faces on hand, the Mystics look to turn things around in 2013
From Redeye’s Ernest Wilkins: WNBA demands your respect
The contest went like this: Them vs me. If I could hit more free throws (out of 10), then I would be the champ.
As for the game itself, can I just go ahead and say Sky guard Epiphanny Prince is my new favorite basketball player? Upon being introduced to me, she sized me up like a wolf would look at a rotisserie chicken, then drained like 19 3s in a row.
Speaking of Chicago, I didn’t want to jinx it, but how cool is this? The Q is in the W: Former Blue Demon Allie Quigley Makes Chicago Sky Roster
From Scott Mammoser at the Examiner: WNBA President Laurel Richie eager to watch Brittney Griner and rookies develop
From Ethan Grant at Bleacher Report: Brittney Griner and Fellow Rookies Have Tough Task of Renewing Interest in WNBA
LZ is grumpy: Stop celebrating women’s dunks
Let us hope this ceases to be breaking news so that she can be judged as a basketball player and not written about like some sort of vaudeville act doing parlor tricks.
I guess…. but, what kind of assumptions is LZ making? Why do they celebrate men’s dunks?
Some of the Swish Appeal folks are grumpy: Is this “3 to See Campaign” just getting too biased and coming at the expense of other WNBA teams and players?
From the .com: FIVE THINGS WE NOW KNOW ABOUT THE WNBA
From Mechelle’s chat:
Sofia (Durham, NC): As a team, Phoenix looked poor in their season opener. I know it is early but the defensive schemes were way off & their shots were not falling. Will Gaines be on the hot seat if the team does not show dramatic improvement soon?
Mechelle Voepel: It’s really way too soon to be talking about hot seats. :) [WHB begs to differ! <g>] Obviously, the Mercury got a wake-up call from that game, so let’s see how that impacts the rest of the early part of the season.
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