score: Storm 60 Comets 68 (L) (7-5)
first of all, Doozie doesn't have a "professional"
lens, so I got to bring her into the arena. Probably wasted
effort because the lighting sucks. I'll know more once I get
my photos organized.
Reliant Arena: The Seattle fans should be glad that Clay Clay
wanted to put his palace in Renton, its a whole lot better
than where Reliant Arena is. It's really not that far from
where we were staying (we stayed near the Galleria), probably
15 minute drive. But it's in the middle of an industrial district.
There's Reliant Park (Texans) the Astrodome (duh, Astros),
and Reliant Arena.
The box office for Reliant Arena consists of two portable
buildings sitting in front of the arena. No team shop here
folks, just a small booth with a couple of t shirts, shooting
shirts and a few other things that I didn't pay much attention
Concessions, you want concessions you say. Tired of the boring
old choices at the Key? Try the concessions here, a hto dog
stand (actually 2, one on each side of the arena) two margarita
stands, a nacho stand, two smoothie places, one where you
could get alcohol in your smootihie and one G rated smoothie
stand. They do get extra points for selling frozen lemonade,
someting the Key got away from two years ago.
The seating in the arena is a big U shape, with some seats
on the endlines. The open part of the horseshoe seatiing reminded
me of the Hawk's nest a Qwest Field, only not so high.
The arena holds around 7000 I think, and I would guess there
were 5500 people there. And, get this, half of them left with
about two minutes left in the game. Now, given, at this point
it looked like the Comets would win the game, but the Storm
wasn't technically dead yet, though that would come soon enough.
I've never seen a mass exodus like this at the Key, win or
God only knows what the temperature on the floor was, but
we were sweating in the stands. And for those of you who know
approximately how old I am, I'm sure that I did not have a
two+ hour hot flash.
We sat in front of two former long time season ticket holders
who are pretty much disgusted with the ownership and the move
to Reliant. We sat next to two women from upstate New York
who were in town for the Comets three game home stand.
Cynthia Cooper was in the house. They showed her on the "Jumbo"tron
during the fourth quarter. Little did I know that I have many
pix of her because she was sitting under the basket at the
open end of the U. We were in the corner, sort of behind the
storm bench (section 10.
There are no live stats other than the score, gime remaining,
and total team fouls for the quarter. I didn't realise how
much the live stats at the Key enhance the enjoyment of the
game. I would like to see the Key add shooting percentage
to the stats they display, but after last night I'm glad we
have what we do.
I don't think either team played especially well, another
thing that led to a decreased enjoyment level. I can't find
my notes so I'm not adding any specific reports about score,
play etc. Except that PeeWee bugs the hell out of Sue, she
was in her head the whole game. She was frustrated last night
like LJ was on Friday.
Speaking of Sue, we went to the Galleria yesterday afternoon.
We wanted to do some sight seeing in air conditioning for
a change. I was walking across the mall and looked up and
I was walking right next to Sue. Now, I'm not usually someone
who gets star struck, but I must have sounded like a blithering
idiot saying hi to Sue:
Me: Hey, Sue
Sue: quizzical look on her face seeing someone in a Seattle
Storm tshirt in the middle of the Galleria
Me: Hey, did you hear us at last night's game?
Sue: Probably not, I'm usually pretty focused
Me: Well we were sitting right behind the San Antonio bench
and everytime the crowd yelled defense, we yelled go storm.
Sue: embarassed smile. Not sure if she was embarassed or if
she was embarassed for me. Probably the later.
Me: Well, we'll be at tonights game, better luck tonight.
Now, I am a college educated individual who has had conversations
with Generals, Admirals, and Congressmen, but I felt like
a complet idiot after that exchange.
Must say, though, Sue is a very attractive young woman.
Got to meet SFiCL at halftime. We were standing outside by
the concessions and she walked up holding a sign that said
"Awase?" What a great lady. Felt like I had known
her for years after five minutes. Thanks for the uber cool
gift SFiCL. Can't let on what it was, but trust me, it's pretty
All in all, a great trip. I would go back to San Antonio for
a game, but they can keep Houston unless they move into a
better arena. I know Reliant is probably cheaper, but you
know what, you can tell it's cheaper. Spend some cash Hilton
and let the women play in a respectable arena.
Can't wait to get home, sleep in my own bed, and be back in
the familiar, comfortable confines of Key Arena tomorrow night.
start with Reliant Arena. I hated the whole experience. Having
made the mistake of not purchasing my tickets ahead of time,
I was relieved to see there were only 6 people ahead of me,
and anticipated a relatively short wait time. Instead, I stood
there for 15 mins as the ticket people did God knows what.
That put an immediate damper on my night; then I went inside
to see the arena was half empty and extremely dark. With the
Toyota Center, there isn't really a bad seat in the house,
that isn't at all the case with Reliant. I sat in seats located
at a gnarly angle and my view was constantly obstructed by
late arrivals or people who used the aisle as a meet-and-greet
area. Anyway, I missed the national anthem, the captain greeting
in the center, and I didn't see what type of a reception Sheryl
Swoopes got. Didn't see Yo there at all.
On to the game, all of the starters seemed really flat, especially
Bird. I don't know if all of the talk about her low FG percentage
is getting to her, but she was not aggressive at all. She
took a few shots to start the game, then stopped looking to
shoot altogether. The Comets were fronting LJ every position,
using Snow, TT, or Lyttle. I don't think you can get an adequate
sense of how much abuse this girl gets inside until you've
seen her in person. The Comets did a great job of denying
LJ the ball--all of her 1st half shots came off of jumpers
or treys, but really, they were holding her, grabbing, practically
Seattle still managed to keep it close, and would have tied
it or led had it not been for all of the missed FTs. I don't
know what kind of intro Sheryl received, but the Comets fans
were not kind to her during the game. A boorish group in front
of me kept screaming, "Whoops there it is!" Loud
cheers followed every time she missed or fouled, and I'm quite
sure the crowd got to her because she missed two FTs pretty
badly. Afterwards, her night went down hill. Before then,
she was going well with a few aggressive drives into the paint.
Swin was just off. She seemed dazed and confused. Her and
Sue were conversing quite a bit throughout the game. Oh and
Flo was in there briefly. She didn't have any sort of impact.
Kim Beck logged some time too. She does a good job of getting
the ball up court without incident, but her shot release is
weird. It has an unpleasant hitch before the release, not
fluid at all. Anyway, the first half can be summed up with
one word--confusion. Seattle looked all kinds of out-of-sorts
on the offense. There was a lot of movement, to what purpose,
I could not see.
2nd Half, bad officiating, bad, bad officiating. Sue was freaking
clothes-lined twice during the waning minutes, once when Seattle
had cut the lead to 4. There was a scary moment, late in the
4th quarter, when one of the Comets sent her toppling, literally
head over heals. She landed near Seattle's bench, and looked
like a C. Lauren, from the bench, kind of just flipped her
back over. Speaking of Sue, she did try to shoot more in the
2nd half, but after missing a few shots, got visibly frustrated.
I hope this shooting slump ends soon!
Freaking Tanisha, what can I say? First possession she came
in, she was dribbling, dribbling, and I just thought, 'here
we go again'. But she was the only player, besides from LJ,
who looked alive in the 2nd half. Tanisha was hitting difficult
shots, driving to the lane, and even briefly played PG with
moderate success. LJ was much more aggressive in the 2nd half--finally
catching the ball from the key, and driving. Her jumper also
started falling; together with Tanisha, she kept us in the
game. If anyone else had helped out, if Swin had made just
a few layups, or another player caught fire, I think Seattle
could have pulled out the game. Yes, the officiating was horrible
and unfair, but I don't see that changing anytime soon, so
stop complaining and play through it. Sue especially comes
to mind. Sometimes, when she shoots or drives, especially
at the end of the game tonight, it looks like she's anticipating
a foul. I hate that! Go up strong, and expect to finish regardless
of the amount of contact. She spent a lot of time talking
to the refs. I think Seattle could have won this game, but
they didn't fight for it. Even when the Storm made their run,
I never got the feeling they would get over the hump.
The other player I wanted to comment on is Katie Gearlds.
I am loathe to say anything negative about her since I know
she struggles with confidence, but she is sllooow out there.
If she's not hitting her threes, and they were wide-open looks,
she's not very productive. There was that last second and
ARob is so athletic and long. I know she's not any sort of
offensive threat, but she can rebound and is a monster in
the paint. When she matched up against Snow, Robinson shut
her down completely. Why isn't she playing more? An injury?
the Comets, PeeWee Johnson is still lightening quick. She
drove right through our defense a few times. Tina is great
as always. I don't know, the Comets didn't impress me much.
Maybe I was too depressed over Seattle's play to notice.
The Comets girl did an exhibition during the 3rd quarter wherein
she launches off of a trampoline and dunks the ball. Anyway,
she lined up three dudes and attempted to fly over them. Her
first attempt, she successfully flew over the guys, but fell
woefully short of the rim and rolled over on the mat. Amid
the crowd's encouragement, she tried the dunk a second time,
and again fell short. I turned to my brother and said, "That
was embarrassing." Out of the corner of my eye, who do
I catch cracking up? Yeah, that's right, LJ. She's awful.
The Storm players talked to each other quite a bit during
the game. Sheryl kept patting Sue on her head, offering encouragement.
LJ seemed disconnected from the huddles. I don't know, except
for the 4th quarter, she looked out of it tonight. ARob tried
to get her into the game with a bear hug during a huddle,
and that got her to crack a smile.
Sheryl shared, what looked like, a very emotional hug with
Karleen Thompson at the end of the game. Karleen was saying
something, and it looked like Sheryl was very moved. As she
walked off the court, she bent over, I couldn't tell if she
was crying...blast the horrible lighting. Jordan came up to
her, and she gave him a big kiss and hug. The moment really
Cynthia Cooper was in the hizzouse. Man, that woman revels
in attention. They introduced her in the 3rd quarter, and
she was soaking up the attention, throwing her hands up to
encourage people to cheer louder. She just can't stand to
see Sheryl have a moment in the spotlight alone can she? Diva.
Damn, this post is long. I don't think I've written so much
since, well ever, and all so terribly disorganized too. I
think stopping off for coffee was a mistake.
One more thing before I crash, Mabika is a dirty player, with
a permanent nasty scowl. She is going to seriously hurt someone
one day, especially now that she's porky and carrying extra
weight. I love Dikembe Mutombo more than anyone, but I can't
say I don't resent him a little for bringing this thug to