score: Storm 56 Monarchs 59 (L) (0-2)
10 hours driving from Portland to Sacramento I was ready for
a good game and I got a pretty good game. We arrived at Arco
and this feeling of adrenaline came over me once I saw our
team on the court. I didn’t know any of the people on
the court but they were Storm players so I was excited. As
I was walking down to the court Kamila came on and so did
Sue and Tully, it was nice to see some familiar Storm faces.
Kamilas hair looks really nice. It looks like it was dyed
blonde and then dyed red. It’s a LOT lighter than we
are used to seeing it. Out of the new players I only recognized
Michelle Greco and Maren Walseth, because the other players
had their shooting shirts on I couldn’t see their name.
The running joke of the night involved AD. She had on a 3⁄4
sleeved white shirt. The joke was that it is really a long
sleeved shirt but on AD it only came up to her elbow. I don’t
know if you guys find it funny but we sure did.
The first half was awesome. We were wining and so sure that
BirdjackVodka and Leighway were the bad omens at Arco but
I guess it’s us who are the bad omens.
AD’s tech. She was jawing at the loser ref (# 39) and
I was yelling “you tell him AD” and she waved
her arm in disgust and he called the technical. If I remember
Yo missed the shot so its not that bad.
Some of the fans at Arco are losers. They kept turning around
and making faces at me the second half of the game. The first
half I sat in my assigned seat in the middle of Monarchs fans.
I didn’t yell much the first half except for when LJ
would score and I would say “That’s the way MVP”.
It didn’t seem to bother anyone so I kept at it. The
people around us were nice we talked to the about Mendiola
(they didn’t know who she was, what she looked like…they
had to look on the roster to see if she was really on their
team). The second half we moved by Mr. Trinity and Trinity
across from the Storm bench. If you are going to yell at our
players you better expect me to do it to your players. If
you can give it you better well be able to take it because
I am going to get you back worse than you got me. They would
yell at KV to miss her free throws (which she didn’t)
so when Ticha missed I would yell “one more just like
that Ticha” and they would turn around and glare at
me. The best was when Ticha blew a WIDE open fast-break layup
and I was yelling. They didn’t like that either. I guess
next time I will stay in my real seat with the cool Monarchs
After the game Shed, Mr. Trinity, Trinity and I headed to
the Hard Rock Café for some after game beverages and
Michelle Greco was there. I got to talk to her for a minute
and told her she played really well, I wished her much luck
on making the team and that Sunday we would have a different
Adia Barnes: From what we saw she is a lot
slower this year than she has ever been. It may be because
of her knee brace that looks like it weighs 25 pounds is slowing
her down. She didn’t play much so it will be interesting
to see if she makes the team. In addition to her being a little
slow she is also really expensive but we’ll see how
Tully Bevilaqua: She played great and was
sort of showing Greco the ropes in the game. Her leadership
is going to do wonders for this team. She also provides a
spark and nailed some good 3’s. It looks like she worked
on her offense this off season and it shows.
Sue Bird: A lot faster than she was last
year. She hasn’t found her shot this pre-season but
I believe she will be great when the season starts.
Jannell Burse: Did anyone see the Seinfeld
episode where her Uncle Leo has eyebrows drawn on and always
looks really angry? Well, that’s Burse. That face she
has on in the picture is her regular face. After seeing her
play I would say she is well worth the trade.
Andrea Gardner-Combs: Had a few good plays
but some bad ones too. I have my doubts about her making the
Simone Edwards: Didn’t play. As much
as she is a fan favorite I don’t think she will make
the team. The competition to make this team is intense and
she came late so her chances are slim.
Michelle Greco: I really like this addition
to the Storm. She is a little sparkplug off the bench and
brings a lot of energy to the floor. She reminds me of a younger
Sue Bird even though I think she is older than Sue.
Lauren Jackson: She was having a little trouble
getting used to the smaller ball but eventually she will.
Her injury didn’t seem to be bothering her much except
for one time when she was knocked to the floor and winced
a little. She was pulled off right away and seemed fine after.
During the warm-ups you could see her thigh was VERY heavily
wrapped but again, it didn’t seem to bother her much.
Betty Lennox: She looked really good during
the game. She is a little bit out of control but with some
good coaching she will be better. She pushes herself a little
too much and tries to do too much which isn’t bad but
it isn’t good either.
Sheri Sam: I think she took way too many
shots in the first half (11 I think). Like Betty, if coached
right she can be controlled and play great. She looked really
aggressive and never gave up. This is shown in her missing
twice, getting the rebound twice and finally scoring on the
Alicia Thompson: She has a body like Burras
(maybe a little smaller) but is a lot faster. She comes ready
to play with her “Bring It” attitude. When one
of our players got knocked down she jumped up off the bench
and looked like she was ready to slug someone.
Kamila Vodichkova: She is AWESOME. 12 points
in her first game back. She is the same old KV we know and
Maren Walseth: Didn’t play but I heard
good things about her.
Shaq Williams: She is shorter than I thought
she would be but that’s not a bad thing. She only played
a few minutes so it’s hard to figure out her place on
this team. If it came to her and Greco, I would take Greco
in a heartbeat.
The Storm: They could be a championship team
if they get a little more together. They looked a little disorganized
in a few plays but overall they are the best Storm team ever
put together. Lennox, Sam, Burse and the other new players
Mendiola: Was her hair ever pulled in college
(a la LJ and LL in the Olympics)? If she makes the team and
plays in the W I can’t see how it wont be pulled. There
was one drunk lady yelling for her to play but she didn’t.
With the players Sac has I wouldn’t expect her to make
To the people of California: Who names your
roads? Some of them were funny like Hooker Creek Rd and Easy
St. But there were ones like Road 8, Road 27, Road 99…Couldn’t
you guys think of names for these roads? Maybe Governor Arnie
can take care of it.