my. Setting plays, hitting the boards, stroking the shots--that
was indeed a championship performance. The beginning of the
game was incredibly physical, Lauren's banging with Catchings
was as aggressive as I've seen her get in a game. I was also
proud to see Simone not backing down from Nat Williams. I
get the feeling Nat and Tamika generally dish out much more
than they take, but our post players kept them off their game.
Kamila was a huge factor.
came out tough, but after the first 6:00 or so, they feel
apart slowly but surely. I think they expected the Stormies
to wilt under the pressure, rather than step it up as they
did. After awhile it was just too late--and this was long
before Catching's injury. The two shot clock violations in
the first half were huge!
but love on this team. After the ones were pulled with 5:00
on the clock, they hooted and hollered and worked the sidelines
for the twos. I was particularly happy to see this after last
Saturday, when it was clear to me that Sue has little patience
for imperfection, and was annoyed with Sun. When Sun flushed
that late shot, the bench went nuts!!!
Mix a Lot in the house. Doppler parked his ample red booty
in Mix's face. Yes sir, Doppler got back.
speaking of Doppler, Hall of Fame performance tonight. His
best game ever.
seemed to step it up when going up against Catchings. Seemed
happened to glance over at Sass during Sue's FTs late in the
first. I read Sassy's dainty and extended index finger to
mean "That's Bird's first point." Which it was.
had an elegant Joni Mitchell/Veronica Lake blond thing going
on tonight. She looked simply mahvelous! (And BTW, jezzie,
the crown is a good look for you. I missed that lil' tiara
was up with Rita Williams letting the ball go by her and into
the backcourt? Did she forget which team she was on? Was there
a booger on the ball?
tried to shadow Sue down the court, but without too much intimidation
or success. Who did she think she was guarding, Jackie Stiles?
of the day: "If you have all six numbers, you've just
was able to put down the road map and drive a little tonight,
but never got much faster than 15mph. She'll get it eventually.
take back whatever I said about LJ shooting 3s. Just nevermind.
is a specimen. You've got to see her in person, she's remarkable.
had another stalwart performance. She is the team's keel,
always steady. Does she look more bulked in the upper body
to anyone else?
was as dominating a performance as I've seen the Storm play,
against a team that was really trying hard, too. At .500 and
and her husband got their seats upgraded and were escorted
to the courtside couch by the evil Doppler, who proceded to
dump out their popcorn. Ever the gracious sport, beancounter
promptly put the empty bucket on her head, and wore it for
the rest of the first half.
Mix-a-Lot is cool. And can we get those three singers to just
rotate the anthem between them so we don't have to be subjected
to ear pain for the rest of the season?
was great to see Lassiter have a good game. Was great to see
Henning back at the Key. And great to see Catchings come back
in the second half from what looked like a horrible ankle
never stops shakin. She shimmys during warm ups. She shimmys
while the coaches are talking during a time out. She was shimmying
- OK, full-on dancing - while the Storm was waiting on the
court for the Fever to get back. (they were huddled, consoling
each other for being behind us by 29 at that point). Simone
even shook it with the dance team before heading off the court
and into the locker room after the game. Ya gotta love her.
Paye was at the game.
Schultz was at the game. Funny how he only shows up when we're
It kills me to see Danielle McCulley rotting away on the bench.
Especially when Burras can barely get off the ground or run
up the court. Please, what does it take to allow this woman
to play ball for us??
four years, they have finally changed the music at Key Arena.
And it's hella good!
the best thing about tonight's game: the officiating didn't
suck! In fact, it was decent! Can't remember when the last
time was that this happened, but I'm sooo grateful.
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