to soothe your reading palate:
This is worth your time if you missed it when I first linked it:EDD profile, The Audacity Of Height
She’s been 6-5 for a long time — by eighth grade she was already 6 feet — and one of the things she learned from standing out so egregiously is that people are watching and the best bet is just to behave. People sometimes think she’s bland — I was warned she was a boring interview — but it’s not true. What’s true is that she has learned to stay quiet. She’s learned that people aren’t really interested in the truth of your experience if it doesn’t confirm their theories about you. They don’t understand what it’s like when you present with something special, like height or ability — or both, in her case — how your future is decided for you long before you’ve had a moment to consider it. They don’t understand how you could spend the rest of your life wondering if the choices that were made on your behalf were ones you would have come around to on your own.
From Excelle, another reminder of the light the sports platform can shine: Chamique Holdsclaw is changing how we talk about mental health
For Holdsclaw, sharing her story is the best way she knows to break the social stigma that surrounds mental health issues. “It is OK to talk about these things, and I think we are going to start to see a change,” she said. “There are a bunch of people who are passionate and all coming together to break down these borders.”
All of this is not to say that everything is now bright and sunny in Holdsclaw’s world.
“Some days I wake up and it’s debilitating,” she said. “My mind will tell me, ‘I’m worthless, I’m nothing, I don’t want to be here on this earth anymore’ … But I make an effort to really hone in on those things and take what I can from them.”
And she relies heavily on the fact that, every day, she has the chance to be grateful and make an impact, showing someone—if only herself—that people do care.
Mel adds his 25cents: South Carolina Has The No. 1 Look in Hoop Hall Challenge
Third-ranked South Carolina, coached by Philly roundball legend Dawn Staley, ran roughshod over No. 5 Louisville after a competitive first quarter to gain a non conference 83-59 triumph.
Afterwards media here, those watching from afar via ESPN2, and other observers said despite Notre Dame’s No. 1 ranking and No. 2 Connecticut’s recent upset of then-No. 2 Baylor, the team on the floor right now that is looking like the best bet to leave Dallas on April 2 with the NCAA trophy is Staley’s unbeaten Gamecocks (4-0), who also own an impressive win over then-No. 7 Ohio State in Columbus.
“As you can see we’re pretty balanced,” Staley said of a roster offering several all-American candidates and at least one player of the year contender in 6-foot-5 junior A’ja Wilson.
Almost in the shadow of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, No. 3 South Carolina and No. 4 Louisville played a game that was about entry into a select club.
South Carolina is already in, just as its coach is enshrined among select company in the building across the highway from the MassMutual Center. Louisville is not yet in the club. The Cardinals have championship aspirations — but not yet championship expectations.
Connecticut, Notre Dame and South Carolina have those expectations.
And after South Carolina’s 83-59 win Sunday, that is how it is going to stay for now.
More basketball: Polls! AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 4. Hello, Colorado, Auburn, Texas A&M. And someone’s got some ‘splainin’ to do re: Tennessee and Texas (I’ll get to see them live next Sunday. Woot!).
As for the “polls-in-waiting” crew? Not sure what Arizona State’s done to deserve attention, but we’ll be keeping an eye on VaTech, Georgia Tech and Cal.
Well deserved: Virginia Tech’s Chanette Hicks is espnW’s player of the week
Games: Honestly, not a lot on the schedule that piques my interest today or tomorrow. Wednesday offers:
Undefeated Towson v. Georgetown
USC v. #25 Texas A&M – they’re a combined 10-1.
Battle of New Jersey: Princeton v. Seton Hall
Battle of New York: Albany v. St. John’s
Big 10/ACC Challenge: #20 Syracuse v. Michigan State (6-1)
Big 10/ACC Challenge: #1 Notre Dame v Iowa (5-2)
Battle of New Mexico: Aggies v. Lobos
McNeese v. Tulane: Two 4-1 teams.
Battle of Colorado: State v. Denver. Williams’ Rams have played a tough schedule so far, expect them to get their groove back.
Battle of California: Fresno State v. San Francisco