score: Storm 91 Mercury 85 (W) (14-12)
by | NewSocks
not going to write a normal game day report for this because
you all saw the game on TV but here are some of the notes
I did take while I was there.
All of the Phoenix fans were receptive to the signs. There
were even some who seemed hesitant at first, but after explaining
the situation, they were on board and took a sign.
Every Phoenix fan was nice that night. Even in the restroom.
The team came out and JB came out in street clothes…
and heels. She looked taller than Coach Donovan. I looked
over to her to get her attention a couple of times to wave
but she was watching the team warm up. When I came back from
handing another group of fans some signs I looked over and
JB was looking over waving and said HEY!!
During warm-ups Sue and Lauren were looking over at KV and
making faces at her and making her laugh. There was music
and they were trying to do some dance moves while she was
sitting in her chair. She just waived them off and laughed.
The ESPN camera man had two sweat bands on his camera’s
eye piece. One was a WNBA one and the other one was a Storm
one. I took a picture of this. Ill try and post it.
During the intros of players, LJ and BL did this leg kick
thing. I didn’t see that last game, but of course LJ
wasn’t at the last game I saw.
Crowd was loud during the intros. It was pretty cool. Phoenix
fans have good energy.
They brought the players to the jump circle because they thought
the Conn game on TV was just about over and it didn’t
get over when they thought, but they left the players there
for what seemed like forever.
It was 7:39 in the first quarter and LJ was already wincing
and moving slow down the court. That had me worried. I wasn’t
sure she was going to make it the whole game.
It was Scorch’s birthday. They had all of the Arizona
mascots there. The big gorilla from the Suns came over and
was sitting on the lady in front of me. The baby gorilla was
messing with her kids. Then the big gorilla had this big,
long, red tongue come out. It was hysterical because she had
no where to go and this tongue was all over her face. I swore
I heard her ask for a cigarette after the gorilla walked away.
BT was on Roy’s case about calling an illegal screen.
PT had a really nice step through move a-la DeMya Walker.
Kelly Miller kept dribbling at Mach 3 + into the key untouched.
Betty made a bad pass and someone on the floor yelled, Dammit
Betty! And then Betty went right down the floor and commited
a dumb foul. Not a good series of events for BL.
Speaking of bad passes, our team has developed a bad habit
of trying to pass the ball to one another in the key when
they are trapped in no mans land. The perimeter passes are
nice and crisp, but the interior passes look like desperation
passes and are not usually effective, mostly because they
get stolen or a turnover occurs. T, TJ, BL and someone else
are the biggest offenders.
Izi’s uniform is kind of weird in the sense that there
is a very large gap between her names on the back.
TJ. Um. I wrote a whole lot about her but erased it. It wasn’t
very nice. Let me just summarize it up by saying this. She
isn’t doing much else besides sweating up a perfectly
good uniform. Move. Get Pissed. Get out of the way. DO SOMETHING!
Jen Derevjanik popped Sue in the nose by accident.
BL threw Kelly Miller to the court pretty hard. DT came over
and helped KM up and then walked away trying not to laugh.
A mismatch kept happening between ARob and Kelly Miller and
no one took advantage of it.
Everytime a bad pass or a dumb mistake happened the bench
looked unhappy. AD looked most especially unhappy. She threw
her hands up plenty of times, pulled on the lapels of her
jacket continuously, shook her head and gave the ice stare
more than a few times.
Ann’s sure do know how to throw the dirtiest of looks.
I don’t think LJ likes Kristen Rassmussen. Or I think
that Raz is no match for LJ and LJ knows it and has fun with
it. Anyway, LJ nailed Raz on the defensive end, went down
to the offensive end and nailed her again and then Raz nailed
LJ and got called for the foul. LJ was busting up and grabbed
her lips trying to keep the smile in check. When the players
came to huddle she started laughing again telling them something
and then went back to holding her smile in check with her
hand. Pretty cute moment.
Betty got her third foul and told her team, sorry that was
Someone (phx) scored pretty easily down the floor and as the
storm were setting back up on defense (avoiding the ice stare)
LJ said, “sorry, I cant f-ing move. My foot is killing
During half time someone with a dog came by to say hi to NL.
NL stood up and the dog started sniffing her. Then the dog
went in for the crotch sniff. The dogs face full on disappeared.
NL tried to move but the dog wouldn’t stop. Finally
the owner about snapped the dogs neck pulling on the chain.
Half time was a Neil Diamond impersonator.
When the team came out at half time I had my signs sitting
on the chairs in front of me which were the ones right on
the court. LJ looked at my sign that said,
Buying NBA Franchise 350 mil
Building New Arena 450 mil
Keeping the Storm in Seattle… Priceless.
She nodded and said, hell yeah!
Betty got a cheap shot in on Kelly Miller when they were running
up the court. I’m starting to think that Kelly is getting
on Betty’s nerves here.
Kelly Miller misses the FT and DT drops a very audible F bomb
Bad pass, offense not ran correctly, play screwed up because
someone wasn’t in their place. Anne not happy with Tanisha
Standing around waiting for the guy with the frozen strawberries
and cream to come back by while supposed to be playing basketball.
Anne, not happy with Tiffani
Getting the ball and not looking to pass. Ok, now looking
to pass and making a really bad one causing a turnover, or
getting the ball and driving as hard as you can into all the
phoenix posts standing there while other teammates are open.
Anne not happy with Betty.
Ok, bad pedal and all…Sue Bird is fast.
Kelly Miller is ripped.
During a timeout our team manager Missy is working the refs
for some reason. I don’t know what it was all about,
but she was pretty adamant on the point she was trying to
Sue is holding her gut like she tore something.
I think it was on DT’s 4th or 5th foul, the guy who
wasn’t Roy called the foul. As DT was walking in front
of me and past Bonita Spence she said, that guy’s a
After the game I just sat there for a while. It’s easier
for me to wait till I can walk straight out than to stop and
start. I walked around to the other side of the court where
David was still broadcasting. David saw me coming and stuck
his hand up for a high-five and said, by the way I want to
acknowledge the storm fans who made the trip and supplied
the fans here with signs of support for the storm… or
something like that. He hung on to my hand the whole time
he was saying it, I guess so I could hear it. Dead cool.