BLOG: Ben's Mercury Musings
Posted by Ben York: Nov. 9, 2012This week’s Mercury news:
Posted by Ben York: Nov. 5, 2012
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Posted by Ben York: Nov. 2, 2012
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Posted by Ben York: Nov. 1, 2012
Hi. I’m Ben.
You may know me as the Phoenix Mercury’s Beat Writer. Or, @bjyork on Twitter. Or, maybe you have absolutely no clue who the heck I am (I’m guessing this applies to the majority of you reading this).
For those who don’t know me, the answer to your question is Ann Strother.
She’s why I’m a women’s basketball advocate and fan. Perhaps more importantly, she’s why I’m affiliated with the Mercury to this day.
Discussing my ties to the Mercury probably makes the most sense for the first post in Ben’s Mercury Musings, right? I’m going out on a limb here, but I assume a total of 0 people would want to read someone’s Mercury blog who has little to no passion for the WNBA and, more specifically, the Phoenix Mercury.
It might also help if you knew that no one was forcing me to write this blog. Rather, it’s something I want to do and love doing. I’ve previously written about women’s basketball for SLAM Magazine, SLAMonline, espnW, Complex Magazine, WNBA.com and pretty much anywhere else they’ll let me publish something about the WNBA.
But writing about and covering the Phoenix Mercury holds a special place in my heart.
You see, I grew up with Ann Strother who was traded to the Mercury on draft day 2006. We were both new students at the same middle school in seventh grade and formed a quick bond with basketball being the conduit. She and I would play one-on-one after school almost every day and I’d walk home with a huge grin on my face if I scored more than four points on her.
Yes, she was about a foot taller than me at the time (probably still is) but it didn’t help that she was infinitely better at basketball than I was (and could ever hope to be).
I’d go to her AAU tournaments and school games; our teams even scrimmaged against each other in high school at times. She went on to play college basketball at the University of Connecticut alongside someone by the name of Diana Taurasi.
I moved to Phoenix not long after college but we kept in touch during her years at UConn, and certainly when she became a member of the Mercury in 2006.
The rest, as they say, is history.
The purpose of this blog is to keep you up to date with anything and everything related to the Phoenix Mercury. You, the X-Factor, are the best fans in the WNBA and deserve the best and most detailed coverage of the team.
And that's exactly what we're going to give you.
In short, it’s all Mercury…all the time.