Silver Stars @ Mystics
Mercury @ Lynx
Sparks @ Storm
So, I’ve come to realize that nothing can be taken for granted in a WNBA game. Underdogs can – and will – fly out with a vengeance and wreak havoc on the unwary. Witness Detroit’s last two losses. It really is any woman’s game out there, in the end. All of that still doesn’t mean I have to take the Mystics.
Can the Mercury PLEASE decide which team will show up against the Lynx? Will it be the high-scorin’, ass-kickin’, twin-gun-shootin’, run-and-gun bandits that have defeated BLANK and BLANK? Or will it be the limp-livered ten-day-old-sitting-in-the-sun-catfish who lost to BLANK and BLANK? My bet? Somewhere in between. I will soon regret this, but I have to, dear readers.
Oooo. I would actually LOVE to watch this game, and if I got ESPN2, I probably would. The Sparks, as well you know, have hit a skid since opening at 5-2. Their two losses have come against the Monarchs (wha?) while losing to (among others) Chicago, Minnesota, and Seattle (by 12 points). Seattle, meanwhile, can’t quite seem to decide whether they are decent or mediocre, despite the enormous vaults filled with talent in their locker-room. I can’t bet against Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson, however, and with the arrival of Marques (Izzy, to her friends and acquaintances), it’s a triple threat that, on the right night, can devour any team put on the platter before them.
Speaking of Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird, check this out. Lauren Jackson was named the Western Conference’s Player of the Week, while Sue Bird has a chat setup at ESPN today at 3 p.m. Props to both; they’re the Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the WNBA right now.
Power Rankings are up at the WNBA. Happy to see that they have Indiana at the top (see below…), although I’m frothing at the mouth that the Sky are above the Liberty. Sure, they DID beat Sacramento and L.A. Time to show up, Libs. We don’t want those UICers trashing our good name just because they’re everybody’s darling.
ESPN has Power Rankings up as well. Detroit still on top? Sorry, sorry. No. Losing two straight and dropping three out of four isn’t the way to go. Sure, Indiana didn’t dominate as it has, but it is still riding a better wave than the Shock. The Liberty are ranked 6th, by the way, AHEAD of the Sky. I may have misjudged you, ESPN.
As an aside, I find it hard to believe that the Comets are still ranked dead-last in both lists. Not to say that Houston is out of the bottom third, but come on. They’re roll is significantly better than the Lynx.
A hater. Yeah, the author writes for “The Hater”, a parody site, but it’s the usual L.A. garbage. There’s a reason why you guys lost your TWO football teams, you know. Not to mention the fact that many minor leagues, such as he derides, are moderately-to-very successful. Witness: AAA Baseball, the Atlantic League, The New York-Penn League, and the Northern League… and that’s just from one sport, not to mention the AHL and AF2.
Nickname up in the afternoon. Stay classy, New York… and other places, if that’s where you guys are from.