score: Storm 62 Sparks 76 (L) (8-7)
to the Stables and paid $15 to park. I heard there was cheaper
parking to be had, but traffic was bad and we were meeting
the Socks. A nice surprise when SiC-ko joined us. Went to
Fox Sports Grill for a bite. Not good, too expensive, the
one in Seattle is 1000 times better. Sass stopped by our table,
and the California chapter of Stormfans was complete.
We got inside and were surprised no one heckled us for our
jerseys. In the past, we endured all manner of verbal abuse.
Socks told me the atmosphere at the games has changed drastically
since the new owners took over. We were to find that to be
true during the game, as well.
Anthem: Nice harmonies by a choir from The Buckley School.
Attendance: 8032. Much more than in years past. Sass told
me earlier that Candace Parker has single-handedly brought
back women's basketball to LA. Good for them.
Our seats were about 10 rows behind the bench. As I have mentioned
before, the stairs are not as steep in the Stables as they
are in the Key, so you are a lot farther away. Sue's dad was
a few rows behind us. 04WNBAChamps and her dad were in the
next section over. Jayda came up to say 'hi' and that her
wifi wasn't working so she couldn't blog during the game.
We yelled for our team during their quiet intros. Then the
Sporks came out and they set off actual fireworks in the arena.
We stood for the first basket and no one yelled at us. New
Socks said she wanted to get a t-shirt that said, "Rebound,
We were playing pretty well in the first quarter, passing
well and playing good defense. We were up by one at the end
1st Q: 19-18 Seattle
The dance team is the Sparkids. No hoochie in sight. They
were good. They did a routine with the mascot, Sparky the
dog, that began with, "How Much is that Doggy in the
Window" and morphed into "Who Let the Dogs Out."
The second quarter was much like the first, we were staying
with them, nothing spectacular. There is not really anyone
left on the Sporks to hate on anymore. LL and DM-J maybe.
Murriel Page is a thug, but she didn't do too much this game.
Halftime: 35-33 LA
Entertainment was the Sparks Fitness Challenge. Two contestants
compete in a drill involving pushups, situps, running and
The Sporks came out gunning in the 3rd. It was horrible. The
next thing we knew, they were up by 10. The PA guy in the
Stables used to encourage the fans to act like jerks during
the opposing team's free throws ("Shake your keys!").
Now he doesn't do anything and they act like fans act everywhere.
A refreshing change.
Sue came out with a bloody knee that the trainer patched up
in a hurry. That guy can move fast if he needs to.
Our shooting went to hell in the 3rd. We were 2 of 18 from
3rd Q: 57-43 LA
The bench came in and Beck's 3 cut the lead to 11. Then Katie
cut it to 8. Glad her shot is finally falling. Santos finally
got some minutes. She also got four fouls in four minutes.
Agler put the starters back in and they couldn't do anything.
He gave up at the 3 minute mark and put the bench back in.
The story of this game was Candace Parker. OMG, what an amazing
skill set this girl has. We had no answer for her. Her dunk
in the last minute was the icing on this crappy cake. I didn't
even see it because when she stole the ball and broke away,
the entire crowd stood up in expectation. They only stand
up if someone's throwing t-shirts, so they must have known
what was coming. I will be impressed when she dunks while
being guarded. I suspect because it is such a crowd pleaser,
she has been told to do it at least once a game if she gets
the chance. I wouldn't call her 'unsportsmanlike' for it.
Final: 76-62 LA
It hurt to watch T Wright try to make something happen in
the 4th. Memo: you weren't Sue Bird when you played PG, you're
not Betty Lennox at SG, either. Fighting your way inside to
try a circus shot that doesn't go in is embarassing to watch.
I guess I have to give her credit for at least trying.
Perfect Storm, my Aunt Fanny. We have some veteran talent,
yes. But we don't do what we know works. Remember Sue Bird
to Lauren Jackson? How that was once compared to Stockton-to-Malone?
It is now a distant memory. Didn't Agler ever see the Storm
play? Didn't he scout them to figure out how to defend against
that? He doesn't seem to know who Lauren Jackson is. Reminder:
She's the MVP. Compare her numbers to last year and see what
is wrong with this picture.
Yolanda Griffith had better start hitting her free throws
or she will be a giant waste of a veteran's salary.
They outrebounded us and killed us on second-chance points.
We are going out to Santa Monica Pier this morning then heading
to the airport and home. Sorry we couldn't bring the KeyArena
mojo. This team is going to need a lot more than that to compete
in the Western Conference, not to mention this league.
since Brrringy was at the game too, there will be MANY things
that I write here that are the same. Sorry if I sound like
a broken record. I'll just tell it from my point of view
Staples wasn't hard to find at all. You can see it while driving
on "The 10" as they call in in LA. We parked in
the parking lot next to the LA Convention Center, paid $12.
More expensive than around Seattle, but hey, it's LA!
We were a bit early for the game, so when my dad and I were
waiting in line for the doors to open, there were some looks
from the Sporks fans of, "Woah, Seattle fans" but
no heckling or anything. Brrringy was right, there were no
rude people or foul language towards us. I was expecting the
Pregame: We saw the Storm practicing, and Nancy was helping
out, which was cool. I didn't see Agler anywhere. Brrringy
and Mini came up to us and started talking a little, and I
saw NewSocks too. 10 minutes before the game, Jayda came up
and said hello, and talked to us for a while.
I saw Ashley and yelled her name, she saw me and signed my
old "Bring It" Storm car flag from a few years back.
Izi's signature was on it, and Ashley said "Aww, Izi!".
I guess everyone misses her.
National Anthem was from the Buckley School choir. Not bad,
there was a guy solo, but the only thing that bothered me
was that they sang "Gleaming" and "Streaming"
more like "Gleeeeeeaming" and "Streeeeeaming".
Fireworks surprised me. Kinda cool, but it must have surprised
the little toddlers or babies there
LJ and LL started the tipoff. Didn't see who tipped it, but
LA scored first. 2 minutes into the game there was a sweet
pass to Yo who scored. A nice 3 pointer from Sue, too.
During the timeout, the Sparkids performed. IMO, I think they
have about the same talent as our Dance Troupe, but our Dance
Troupe may have more complex moves than the Sparkids for some
songs. Not bad though.
Back from the timeout, the Diva tried to show off and make
a fancy layup. Missed. Some Storm fans sitting in front of
us yelled "Lisa, showing off doesn't give you a bigger
paycheck!" Tanisha's shot got stuck between the backboard
and the rim, like Izi's free throw last year(?) which turned
into a jump ball.
There were some lousy calls this quarter.
Around 6:36, Yo and others all started falling. I don't remember
but I think they called a charge or a traveling call on somebody.
Major turnover by T at 5:14. Not surprised.
3:33 MONSTER rebound my Ash, just flew out of nowhere and
grabbed the rebound. She IS a rebounding monster!
Shot clock violation at 2:41 on the Sparks, I believe. Good
defense by Seattle.
It was a "Fit Challenge".
Contestants had to run half court, do 5 push-ups, go the rest
of the way, do 5 sit-ups (looked more like crunches to me)
then grab a basketball, dribble between cones, then make a
layup. The team who finished first won something.
Swin made 2 FT's to start it off.
A charging call on LJ...didn't look like one. Downside about
the Staples is that they don't show any replays. You don't
get to see if it really was a charge, foul, etc. There was
a definite charge on LL, but of course the refs didn't call
5:47 Sue called a "timeout". She must have been
bleeding, though, because everyone stayed on the court.
Another monster rebound by Ash, 4:05.
There was a "everybody clap your hands" thing too.
Sure shows you the originality.
With 9.8 seconds left, you could tell that Candace wanted
to dunk. She was about to, but didn't at the last moment and
layed it up.
Two back-to-back 3 pointers from Beck and KG. Nice to see
Beck starting to hit those shots!
The bench players seemed to have a LOT of turnovers. Weird
line-ups started to come in.
Jump ball between Swin and LL. Swin tipped it, but LA got
With seconds remaining in the game, there was that dunk that
CP3 wanted to do earlier. My dad mumbled, "At least we
got to see history". True, but I thought it was pretty
cool. I can barely touch the NET! She's definitely going to
be a role model for many kids.
Tanisha ended the game with 2 FT's for a 76-62 loss.
I was expecting to see the Storm play better, but they are
NOT effective on the road. Hope to see a W on Sunday.