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Friday, November 30, 2007

It's Firday if you're Dyslexic

I'm only doing this 'cuz I promised.

Yeah, I promised two updates this week, and so I fulfill that promise with this update, but I gotta be honest, not much is going on. Sure, there is a bit of news...

...like Atlanta naming their new head coach...

...but for the most part, it's deader than Dumbledore.

Sorry if you didn't know, but there's a statute of limitations on stuff like that.

Instead, I have created a Liberty Quiz. This will keep you Lib Heads satiated through the weekend, right? Right? I hope so, cuz I got nothin'. Don't worry; if you've been paying attention to my blog or to the Libs at all, you'll be fine.


The Best Liberty Quiz Ever

1.)On average, how many players did Coach Coyle play a game in the 2007 season?

a.) Ten
b.) Eight
c.) Six
d.) As few as she could get away with.

2.) What team did The Writer mercilessly taunt throughout the season?

a.) Indiana Fever. Or, should I say, the Tamika Catchings Show.
b.) Chicago Sky. But Claire Coggins... be still, my loins.
c.) Minnesota Lynx. The worst team in basketball since the Washington Generals.
d.) Washington Mystics. They sold their soul to the devil, and all they got was a mediocre team.

3.) According to the Libertine, who is the source of all the Writer's woes?

a.) Bill Simmons.
b.) Chicago Sports Fans.
c.) Coaches who refuse to play certain members of the team.
d.) The New York Yankees.

4.) Of what nationality is Shay Doron?

a.) Marlyand. That's a nation, right?
b.) American. Red-blooded, three-point-throwin' American.
c.) Israel. She's the Hebrew Hammer, remember?
d.) Trick question: she's from outer space.

5.)True or false: Shameka Christon could kill the Grimace.

a.) True. Her badassness knows no bounds.
b.) False. While Christon is the basketball equivalent of finding a twenty in your jeans after a wash, nothing can kill the Grimace.

6.) A little word association: Becky Hammon for Jessica Davenport.

a.) MOTHER@#$%ing GODDAMNED SONUVABITCH I'M GONNA MURDER THAT... (trails off into unintelligable rambling)
b.) Slump.
c.) Wait. Davenport's still on the team? How come I didn't see her for the last part of the season?
d.) Who?

7.) On the first game of the season, what song did the Timeless Torches dance to?

a.) "SexyBack"
b.) "Bad"
c.) "Milkshake"
d.) They weren't there that night. They were too busy saving orphans from a fire.

8.) When I think Erin Thorn, I think of...

a.) ...up in the air, and for the win... YES!
b.) ...Brigham Young... and his five hundred wives.
c.) ...a song by Poison.
d.) ...three-points.

9.) How could the Liberty increase attendance?

a.) Lower ticket prices.
b.) Increase advertising.
c.) More innovative marketing.
d.) By doing anything, goddammit.

10.) Who is the hottest player on the Liberty?

a.) Martina Weber.
b.) Martina Weber.
c.) Martina Weber.
d.) Martina Weber.

(No peaking)

1. d,  2. b,  3. a,  4. d,  5. b,  6. c,  7. a,  8. c,  9. d,  10. Come on.


You're the Minnesota Lynx! How's the the lighting down there in the cellar?

You're the Chicago Sky! Average Attendance: 184.

You're the Seattle Storm. Sorry, the Oklahoma City Storm.

You're the San Antonio Silver Stars. Home-wreckers.

You're the Phoenix Mercury. I think the "D" section is missing from your dictionary.

You're the New York Liberty. Hey, it's my quiz! I can do what I want!

See ya, Space Cowboy...

Monday, November 26, 2007

Back in Black

Thankfully, I fought my gut to a draw.

Yeah, I'm back. Sorry for the long delay, but there has been a lot of craziness going on thanks to Thanksgiving and various other developments. I can heartily say that turkey day was good and that much, much tasty bird was eaten.

This mofo didn't stand a chance.

In anycase, I am back on the scene, and despite not that much happening (or at least, not much which I can find links to), I am going to keep up with the updates. Those who thought that I was down for the count, beware.

Gird thy loins for battle.

A bit about Shay Doron’s former college team, the Terps, and the recruits of the future. Seems like Maryland can't quite find the mojo that the Hebrew Hammer brought to the team. My suggestion? Raid Israeli basketball camps.

Kraayeveld is keeping busy. Here are some articles on her games, all in french. Mr. Jenkins (my Junior High French teacher) would throw chalk at me should I even TRY to butcher these pieces of journalism, so you're on your own.

Good teacher, killer arm.

Here’s a list, courtesy of the Libs’ site, with all of your favorite lasses who’ve been in the top ten of any category during the WNBA’s existence. Stunning, and looooooong.

Andy Awieda, CEO of the Comets, has resigned. This isn’t necessarily a bad turn – for all we know, he could have just gotten bored and wanted out – but it doesn’t exactly ring bells of endorsement for the team either. The Comets are one of the most successful (both financial and on the court) teams in the WNBA, and having a CEO just resign, almost out of the clear blue, should not fill anyone with any sense of hope.

Unless you take pleasure in the demise of the WNBA.

Vote for your favorite WNBA photos of the 2007 season. Some are nice, some are corny, some are hot... I don't know where I'm going with this.

Some words of self-gratitude from the Ministry of Information. Okay, that may be a bit harsh. Donna loves her the turkey, and I can't fault anyone who loves that bird. So, in recognition of that, there will be no jokes at Donna's expense until... the new year. Think of it as an early Christmas gift.

Seattle should buy the Storm (and the Sonics), or so says the Seattle P-I. It's a heady idea, and not exactly unique, but unless there is some significant action on part of the populace, coupled by a favorable court ruling that would force Bennett to sell, I doubt much can happen on this front. I guarentee, however, that Bennett doesn't give a shit about the WNBA. An effort by a grass roots organization and/or the city to buy the Storm is not that far-fetched. I'll keep you posted.

That's all I got, folks. There will be at LEAST one update this week, probably more like two. If anybody's got some Lib news out there, let me know. I'm faltering over here.

See ya, Space Cowboy...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Nickname - Barbara Farris

Barbara Farris (formerly Barbara Ann)

You know Barbara Farris. That low-post, knock-down, drag-'em-out brawler played in 28 games for us this year and posted decent stuff in the post-season, too (albeit with several lapses in defense here and there). Well, someone mentioned that for someone such as Farris, her former nickname just isn't going to cut it.

Barbara Ann is no more.

No more indeed. We needed something fresh, something new, something... something.

Barbara Farris = Barb Wire.

Oh, hell yeah. Sure, the movie sucked HARD. I mean, really hard. It was one of the worst movies I have ever seen, and I've seen all the odd-numbered Star Trek films. Pamela Anderson was bad, the editing was horrendous, the screenplay was laughable...

I'm sorry. My mind was somewhere else.

In anycase, the comic and the character are both the epitome of bad-assness, in my humble opinion, and so, without further adieu, I give you the new Barbara Farris, Barb Wire. Henceforth, let it be know that no defense shalt be free of her sharp guard and trapping ways. Thou shalt mess with her razor-wire exterior at thine own risk.

Hey! Moses, I ain't!

Gomez, Morticia, Lurch, and...

Now only if there were a day named Pugsley...

According to AAEmotion, Shay Doron's most recent game has been cancelled due to violence between two men's teams. I found a bit more info here. Damn. Sucks to be an Israeli basketball fan, let alone a Doron fan. Just pray that SOMEONE doesn't dump Doron next season to make some questionable draft picks, cuz then we won't be getting ANY Doron.

And that's a fate worse than death.

Yeah, yeah... the national team is kicking ass. I understand it's all about ambassadorship and the like. Still, I hope they are not just running up the scores on a bunch of impressionable... what? Really? 75-24?

Is there no shame?

You remember that cool-ass coach from Heart of the Game? You know, that movie where that crazy coach instills life-values in his gals while taking them to states? Well, he got canned. And nobody is saying why.

I learned about this from Women's Hoops Blog. I run a pretty strict New York Liberty/WNBA thing here, but if you're interested into the college game as a whole, check out WHB. They update everyday with tons of stories and news from across the gamut of the women's game.

Barbara Farris updated-Nickname to come soon. Until then?

See ya, Space Cowboy...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Thanksgiving Approacheth... Turkey Beckons...

A Monday can only be cured by Weber's smile.

Doron is facing the club she grew up with down in Israel. Adventure! Intrigue! Mystique!

Janel's bloggin' away... gradually. Not that I should be talking about regular updates. But she's got Martina Weber news in there, and that sends my heart a-twitter. She calls her "my girl, Martina Weber".

I called her first!

Someone in the comments section suggested that Barbara Farris be re-nicknamed "Barb Wire". And frankly, I can't dispute that. Look for a new Barbara Farris nickname page on Wednesday (or tomorrow, if I can get around to it).

Dennis Rodman is NOT going to coach in Atlanta after all. Owner Ron Terwilliger has put the brakes on THAT freight train of woe. Teresa Edwards, a two-time All-American at Georgia and now an assistant with the Lynx, appears to be the front runner for the job.

Begone, vultures. Have you not yet had your feast of my flesh? (Name the reference, win... something. In any case...)

See ya, Space Cowboy...

Friday, November 9, 2007

F-R-I-D-A-Y Spells Today

This Friday made possible by a Week with Prozac!

If you haven't been following, the Liberty site is doing a moderate job keeping up with the info on the gals overseas. Still, I'd like to see some pics and better coverage. Or, really, just Martina Weber's phone number, her likes and dislikes, and her favorite kind of flowers.

Some stuff about Tiffany Jackson and her former team, the Longhorns. We got our mitts on her now, and we're not giving her back!

The Times is covering coverage of the WNBA. How meta is that? You know, for all their hem-and-haw about the coverage, the Times itself doesn't do much reporting on women's sports (let alone MEN'S sports).

Coquese Washington, who spent seven seasons in the WNBA and ABL including a stint with the Libs, is coaching the Lady Lions and has a nice piece written up here. Personally, I despise Penn State with the heat of a thousand suns (in spite of - or perhaps in part because - my brother goes to school there), but it has thousands of devotees.

I told Clay Bennett doesn't give a shit about Seattle. Of course, it's always been a stupid idea to move a team from SEATTLE to OKLAHOMA CITY. It's also kind of a raw deal for David Stern to come down so hard against the Emerald City, promising never to return if the team leaves. Not only does that sour support in the city anyway (probably their point), but if the Sonics (and by association, the Storm) stays, there's going to be a lot of residual anger.

Nice job, dumbass.

The National Team beat ASU. Whoopee.

Speaking of Arizona, Phoenix is going to be hosting the 2008 All-Star game. I gotta give props to the WNBA for holding back the location of their all-star game until the year before, because it allows them to showcase stars in cities that are building up some kind of heat (the Mercs recent championship) and push it to a boil. You could say they raise the Mercury!

That barely makes any sense. I'm sorry.

The GM of the Fever discusses how Indiana won so many games last year. I can tell you in two words: Tamika Catchings.

Remember how I said Rodman coaching in the WNBA is a bad idea? Apparently, I'm not the only one.

That's it for me. I'll see you on Monday.

See ya, Space Cowboy...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Odin's Day just doesn't sound right...

This is me right now. Think about it.

More Terps/Shay Doron news, courtesy of the Diamondback. It's not much, but then again, it's the only Lib news I've got.

The US team is at it again, beating up on poor Baylor 82-56. Is this news, or am I just grasping at slippery, shitty straws, here?

New Phoenix coach? Yeah, it's Corey Gaines. Best part about the article? The side-bar, which states that Dennis Rodman wants to coach a WNBA team. Somehow, I don't think that's a good idea. "Coaching", "Strong, female role-models", and "Calmly expressing one's ideas in the face of adversity" don't spring to mind when I think of Rodman in the WNBA.

But then again... no, I was right the first time.

That's it. Short post, no news. Until next time?

See ya, Space Cowboy...

Monday, November 5, 2007

Monday, Monday

Winter's great if you're a child or his magical tiger. For a Lib fan, however, it blows.

Just going through the motions here, people. Nothing doin' over the weekend, and this off-season is going by REALLY slow. In any case, I have some (small) tid-bits of info to keep you from going out of your mind with Liberty-less mayhem.

Here's a piece about the Terps and their upcoming season. Why is this relevant, you ask? I say "Screw You", because it deals with Shay. More stuff from her Israeli team, Ramle, that also catches up with Doron. Shay is doing well offensively, scoring 13.3 points per game, though she still needs to work a bit on the back end of the court.

Go Hebrew Hammer! Go Hebrew Hammer! Go Hebrew Hammer Go!

The Libs' site has their own 2007 Season in Review up. Eh. Mine's longer and intentionally funny, with more jokes and Shakespeare references.

Here's a nice little wrap-up on McCarville's jaunt with the National Team. Oh, Miss Marvel; stop hogging all of the awesome and let some of the other girls be cool. Just in the off-season, mind you. When summertime rolls around, keep it real.

Loree Moore has left the National Team, meanwhile, to go into rehabilitation for her knee. She was on the side the whole time, but it was still nice to see a couple Libs representin'.

Speaking of our national lasses, they took down Tennessee on their college tour, 83-72. I have to admit, while I think the college's should be competitive against the best of the league, I would hope that the US Team could do a little better than an 11 point victory over the Lady Vols. Or maybe I'm just asking for too much.

Probably that.

Lisa Leslie's got a Q&A up on the league's site coming off of her 18 point, 9 rebound performance in her first game back from her pregnancy. It's as decent as such an interview can be when it's produced by the league, but still little more than fluff.

That's all, folks. I've got nothing left to squeeze out today (unless you count my afternoon constitutional), so I'm leaving you with all of that and a hug. Cuz frankly, we could all use a hug on a Monday.

See ya, Space Cowboy...

Friday, November 2, 2007

Or, How the Libertine Got Its Groove back.

So, I haven't updated since monday. Reasons include...
  • Not enough news. It's the November Doldrums.
  • Sickness. I was all kinds of messed up. Technicolor yawns abounded.
  • Too much work. Writing and working on bugs and... and... ugh.
  • Laziness. Duh.
But I think I have enough to make this a half-way decent post to set you guys up through the weekend. So, in the words of Samuel L., hold onto your butts.

Dutch's Q&A is up on the official site. She's playing in Belgium right now, and while not dealing with mounting tensions between the Walloons and the Flemish, she is answering such questions as "Which part of Manhattan do you live in during the season" and "Which stores do you shop in". Yeah, it's fluff, but if you dig the Dutchness of Dutch like I do, go Dutch and dutch it out. Dutch.

That doesn't make any sense. I'm sorry.

The US National team began their tour of colleges by beating up the Terps on Wednesday, 90-73. Moore was out due to a sore knee, but should play soon. Keep on praying, children!

The Libs have baby photos up. Aw, dey ar soooo cuuuuuute! Wook at der widdle cheeks! Snoogy-woogy babadoodoo!

Saturday's Janel McCarville's birthday. Give three cheers or send her an email through the Libs' site.


The WNBA Site has this up on their site. It's about the back-door pass. Now, that isn't all that interesting, but I included it because, when I saw it, my mind construed that statement in several different ways. None of them turned out to be correct.

Carolyn Jenkins is the new Director of Player Personal for the league. In a nutshell, she runs all the camps, try-outs, inter-player communications, and makes sure things are purring on the low end of player business. So, if you have a dream of strutting onto the court at MSG and suiting up for the Libs, Jenkins is the woman to talk to.

The Storm are staying put... for now. A court ruled that the new owners of the Storm (and Sonics) cannot go to arbitration to release them from their lease early. That doesn't mean that Clay and his band of weasels won't somehow ferret their way out of the Key and into Oklahoma, but it cools the engines of their moving vans a bit. Stay sharp, lads and lasses. Stay sharp.

That's all I got for now. Keep it real, those few who stuck through my most recent absence. I'll see y'all on Monday.

See ya, Space Cowboy...
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