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So, I read on the Sacramento Bee's Web site the other day that Ruthie Bolton wants to come back into the WNBA. I think that's great! I've always loved watching her play, and she was the first WNBA star I met. I think she still has what it takes in her to compete with all the fresh faces that are now in the league.
I do have to admit that it would be really awkward to see her in a jersey that did not have the words "Sacramento" or "Monarchs" written on the front. If she did end up on a different team that is not rooted in Sacramento, she would be providing them with a veteran leader. I have noticed that there are a lot of young teams out there that don't have many veterans on them, and I think that is important to have on any team. Good luck, Ruthie! Hope to see you playing again!
I have to admit that last season I was a little skeptical of the rule changes, but after a few games I noticed the change, and liked it. Now we have some more new rules. I really like the idea of the 8 second backcourt. It's going to force teams to run the ball up, rather than walk it up. It'll be interesting to see how many turnovers will be a result of the presses from the other team, and the shortened time they have to get across the half court. In a way, I feel bad for the rookies that will be coming in. I say this because if I'm not mistaken they don't have a 10-second backcourt so they are going to have to adjust to a much quicker pace.
30-second shot clock
24-second shot clock
Two 20-minute halves
I am already 3 weeks into my second semester at UConn and it is already getting hectic! I can't believe that there are only 4 more home games left in the regular season, the Big East tournament in 4 weeks, and then we will be dipping ourselves into the madness that we call the NCAA Tournament. Anyone care to offer up their Final Four picks yet, or still too soon to tell?
Who would've thought that an idea for a blog and a class assignment would align
perfectly? Not me, that's for sure! I was talking with a friend of mine about
our "dream jobs" and how we'd both love to work in the WNBA. As I
was talking to her I remembered that another friend and I made up a list of
reasons why we should work in the WNBA. Mind you we made this during the All-Star
break of last year. A few days later I walk into my public speaking class and
we are assigned to do an interview speech. We had to find a job description
(or make one up), then explain why we would be the perfect candidate to fill
the position. It also had to be realistic (i.e., not applying to become a CEO
right now in the midst of college). So I was thinking of making up a job description
for a basketball coach, and doing my interview speech around that because I've
coached kids before, and thought it'd work. Then my procrastination got the
best of me… I had to go on to sacramentomonarchs.com because I hadn't been
on it at all that day. That's when I saw the link for job opportunities. So
I clicked and found the perfect internship that I could use for my class assignment.
I'm going to try and apply for it next year because then I'll be a sophomore.
Here's the list that we came up with last summer:
Reasons Why We Should Work in the WNBA
1. We are broke college students (Temple & UConn & WJU)
2. Love the WNBA… BIG fans
3. Know a lot about the sport (rules/players/etc.)
4. Player favorites
5. We are committed
6. We work great together and with others
7. We can adapt to any situation
8. We can handle criticism
9. We can work well under pressure
10. We are "people person" types
11. We played basketball in high school: T (5 yrs) S (7 yrs) L (10 yrs)
12. Basketball junkies
14. Hard working
15. Good students
16. Committed to catering to customers/fans
17. Have the ability to multitask
18. Have good problem solving skills
19. Good organizational skills
20. Good communication skills
Here's the job description from sacramentomonarchs.com for the internship (What's written in purple is me answering what I can do):
Monarchs Media Relations Intern
Provides support to the Monarchs Media Relations Department (I can do that). Attends ALL Sacramento Monarchs home games, including weekend and evening dates (season ticket holder... I'm at all the games anyway). Assists in the set-up of game-day media work areas (I'm on concert committee here at UConn and we set up all the stage equipment from the lights to the sound. So I think I can handle that). Assists in the production of seasonal publications as well as the production and distribution of game-day notes for media (I can do that too). Responsible for obtaining post-game quotes from coaches and players (I love talking with players and coaches... Not a problem here). Handles daily and weekly press clippings (I do this anyway on my own... I have loads of newspaper clippings from my town's paper and from the Sacramento Bee). Organizes mass mailings (I can do that). Will perform all other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
§ Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must (Check).
§ Computer skills including in-depth working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel (Use it everyday at work and for homework).
§ Must be highly organized with the ability to prioritize and multi-task (Check).
§ Current college sophomores, juniors and non-matriculating seniors enrolled in a four-year college program focusing on English, Journalism, Communications, Marketing or Business (Nope, I'm not a sophomore yet, but I'm majoring in Sports Management which covers the Marketing and Business).
§ Strong customer service orientation (Check).
§ Applicant must be a friendly, professional, personable and outgoing individual (Check, check, check and check. :-) ).
§ Previous sports experience a plus (I coached 3 youth teams, was statistician for my school's varsity and freshman basketball teams, and freshman softball. I've played for 7 years... does that count?).
§ Must be able to work from mid-April to end of September (Due to school the beginning of May to end of August... I can't miss finals week... OK, I can't really miss 1 class without feeling lost the next day).
Calling all video game fans!!
I just discovered that EA games is releasing a game with 6 WNBA players!! Now I've been wondering for a long time why they haven't made a game for the WNBA because I know a lot of fans that are video game fanatics. The name of this game is: NBA Street: Homecourt. The game is for PS3 and X Box 360. Three of the 6 WNBA players are: Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, and Sheryl Swoopes. Release date: February 2007
I think that this is a big step for the WNBA because it shows that they are moving forward in the NBA dominated market. I am very excited about this because I've been wanting a game where I can play as W stars. Back in 2001 when I had my Playstation, I had a NBA game and I remember telling my dad that if they ever came out with a WNBA one I would master it (I really was never good at the basket ball game I had). Now all I have to do is go and buy a PS3 or X Box 360 so I can then get the game. The only problem: The systems are too expensive :-( Its really funny that a few weeks ago I was at a friends birthday party, she plays for WJU, and some of her teammates were there as well as her coach (Ruthie Bolton), and someone asked Ruthie why the WNBA didn't have a game. She said she didn't know but she thought there should be one. Then before she left she said she'd send in a memo about it. How funny that 2 weeks later I hear about this game...
I'm just really happy that there is now a game with W stars in it because I think that its been long over due.
Here's the web site link for you to check out if you want to see more about the features of the game.
Here’s a random thought that occurred to me on my journey back to school. Who is going to coach the West All-Star team? I know that its the coach of the two teams who make it to the finals, but I just can’t help but wonder. Let me explain what I mean. Former coach, John Whisenant, was the one who took the team to the WNBA Finals the in the last two seasons (and won the Championship in their first appearance), but now the Monarchs have a new coach. This is the first that I’ve seen a coach not return after making finals run. We already know that Laimbeer is going to coach the East. Who will take that job in the West? John or Jenny? It should be John because he is the one who got them there, but then again Jenny is their new coach so maybe it should be her.
In all the years of the All-Star game it has been the team’s current coach, except in 2004 when it was W players vs. Team USA due to the Olympics. I haven’t heard of this happening before so maybe I’m just reading too much into it.
Does anyone else have ideas on this, or know what will happen. Please, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I can’t believe that March is just around the corner! I know we are still in January, but time is going by pretty fast. Which means the next 123 days will go by fast and then we’ll be head on into regular season. March is going to be great, basketball games almost everyday...one can never watch too many games, my birthday, spring break, and halfway done with the semester. Is it bad that I’ve been counting down the days until W starts up again, and that my friends always ask me “so how many days?” and I immediately know what they’re talking about?
This week has brought some big news in the world of the W. First Van, Mr. Coach of the Decade, steps down. This really saddened my heart because he is a really nice man, and a great coach who has brought a lot to the game. Especially, since he was a part of the first W dynasty. The news of the Charlotte Sting being disbanded is sad because they were an original team. The talent pool is rapidly growing and it seems like its not keeping up with the number of teams available. What I mean by this is that, with 13 teams and approximately 13 members on each team a lot of very talented players have the possibility of not playing. I see coaches having to make tough decisions between veterans and the newcomers, training camps becoming tougher, as well as the game itself continuing to rise. I hope that Chicago will have a great season, and that the W will continue to expand and become even more successful. Maybe by the end of this decade there will be 20 teams.
Ok I know I'm excited, but who else is?! The schedule is finally out!!!!! WOOHOO! I think it's a major improvement from last years schedule for one thing. Like no crazy back to backs in Charlotte and Houston (happened last season). This year's schedule looks really good. A lot of good match ups, and the season seems a little more spread out compared to last year. I'm excited to see a much earlier match up of last season's finals. Last year it was in July, and this year it's the first nationally televised game of the season. That's going to be a good game every one should watch it (5-19-07 3pm EST on ABC). It'll be interesting to see how the Sky matches up in their league opener against the Liberty, and how the Sparks handle playing with Lisa on the sidelines for a good portion of the season. Congratulations to Lisa! There are several teams with new coaches like; Minnesota, Sacramento, Chicago, and Houston, and its going to be fun to watch and see how things work out for each of them.
The other day I heard some "FABULOUS" news from my friend and fellow Monarchs Fan/STH that Kristin Haynie is now playing in the Russian league with fellow Monarch DeMya Walker. Yolanda Griffith also started the New Year playing in the Korean league.
Want some more good news? There are 130 more days left until May 19th! :-D I feel like a little kid in the back seat of a car asking mom and dad every 3 seconds "are we there yet?"
Until next time.
Oh how I miss and long for the sights and smells of WNBA season....The Monarchs in their home white jerseys, with purple numerals and lettering, and red piping. *Its official...I've listened to too many Monarchs games on the radio if I can quote Koz!*
Waiting outside the doors over looking the security entrance seeing who all is around as we wait 'patiently' to be allowed inside, and waiting for Coach T to arrive (usually dressed in all black when its 110 degrees out!) just to say "Hi" and wave. He's such a nice guy! Since I'm a STH I'm allowed in 30 min before everyone else, which is fun because we get to watch shoot around and get autographs, pictures, and chat with other STHs or others. Its always fun to watch the little kids. This one little boy Tommy was standing next to me down by Monarchs row at their last home game, he was around 4 maybe, but he was going on about he was going to invite Ticha over to his house and how Erin was one of his favorites. When Erin came over he talked to her and got his ball autographed. Then Tommy waited for Ticha to come out, and she did, but he was too shy to try to get her attention. Yo came walking by taping her fingers up, and she stopped to talk to Tommy who spelled his name for her (she got such a kick out of it). She asked who on the team he wanted to talk to, and he said Erin so Yo started to go get Erin, but his mom said that he already did, so Yo asked who else and he said Ticha. So Yo went over to Ticha and brought her over, and asked Tommy to spell his name for her, which he did, and then he asked her to come over to his house that Saturday (the day they had a game in Phoenix) and Ticha said that she'd love to but they had a game. Tommy was a little sad but happy at the same time. It was the cutest thing ever!!
Then there was the game with my niece, Bre, who's 6. I think that if any Monarch fan was at the Liberty game in July would probably remember her. She was the little one that could be heard calling out for each of the players. It was so funny because she was using this cute and innocent voice that they all thought was funny. She had Ticha laughing so hard she could hardly shoot because she kept calling her over and over again. (Ticha is her favorite) Yo even came over to her and Samantha (my friend Dana's (fellow STH) little sister) and asked why they were calling everyone else but her. Leave it to two young kids to get the whole team's autograph (minus Erin and Kara who weren't out there) and when ever they got someone who rarely signs during shoot around to come over, like Nicole, leave it to the adults to swarm around them. I think its great that they come over for the young ones like Tommy, Bre & Samantha, and the other younger kids that I always see over there. I know that it really makes their day! So if any of you are reading this I want to say a BIG THANK YOU!!!
In this picture (left to right): Bre, Ticha, and Samantha (Bre and Samantha are both wearing #21 jerseys) Can you tell that they were happy?
that I miss is talking with Chameka and Brittany before some of the games with
Talisa. They are so goofy and fun to talk with! So many good times....
My friend Brittany B., also known as Erin's #1 Fan, loves to Erin because she can always brighten up her day. Even if its waving at her (Brittany) when she sees her walking down from the concourse to the court.
Brittany and I both loved being a part of the Championship Ring Ceremony.
One of my favorite moments though was having a voice message from Nicole Powell on my phone when I landed in Hartford. That day was the Meet the Monarchs event, and I had to miss it for orientation at UConn. That day I was planning on giving her a special picture I had (framed and all), but my mom gave it to her for me and took a picture of her opening it. I was really bummed I couldn't be there. Nicole told my mom to tell me thank you, and my mom was like here you can so she dialed the number and she left me a message saying "Hi Stacie. This is Nicole Powell from the Sacramento Monarchs. I just wanted to say thank you very much for the picture and good luck at school. See you soon. Bye!" *Yes I listened to it several times and I still know what she said. Sadly the message got erased despite me resaving it, and this happened back in June*
This is the picture my mom took of Nicole after she opened the gift bag I had the picture in.
My friend LaRasha told me her favorite moments were when Brittany Wilkins came up to her and my other friend Tessa and said "Hey guys. How's it goin?" and when Kristin Haynie said "Hey how are you? What's your name?"
I miss the player introductions and how loud it
gets in Arco. I miss all the traditions like shouting out the last name of each
starter (*Announcer: DeMya; Fans: WALKER!*), standing until we make our first
basket, yelling DEFENSE!, jumping up and down when Kara or Nicole make a 3, getting
excited when Ticha sinks a shot or does one of her crazy no-look passes, when
Erin makes a great defensive play, or when Haynie makes a shot at the buzzer to
end the half and we all wait for the refs to determine if it was good or not,
and...ok I can really go on for hours with all the reasons I jump up and down.
Who can forget the Hip Hop Crew?! The little kids are so cute, and I love it when
its the Hip Hop Crew and their Dads because that is funny. The older members are
also fun to watch because it sometimes amazes me with all of the stuff they can
do. Then there's Monty; always funny and entertaining to watch, get hugs from,
and high 5, not to mention he's got one nice championship ring too. I miss the
ends of the games (always sad because its over and 1 game closer to the end of
season, but happy when we win) when one of the players says something to all of
the fans, and the autograph session for those that got coupons during the game
with 1 or 2 players.
Who can forget the STH parties during the season?? The Chalk Talk before a game with one of the coaches, the Meet the Monarchs event, Bowling (lots of FUN!), MVP Road Trip to LA this year.
Although UConn has some of the same traditions; standing till we score our first basket of each half, and clapping. Then there's our own traditions like; raising both out arms when we shoot a free throw, standing for the entire game (not just till we score), to trying to distract the opposing team, to the band, and Jonathan. I still miss the Monarchs, and the WNBA season.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I want to wish you all a safe and happy New Year! May the best come to all in 2007!!
What were your favorite moments in 2006?
In my next blog I think I'm going to talk about college teams looking ahead to March Madness, and what has happened (as of the time when I sit down and write) with the contract updates. Is January 1st already?! Wow!
Looking at the top WNBA draft prospects for 2007, I couldn't help but to think where has the time gone? Granted, this offseason seems to be flying by as fast as a college finals week, which isn't very fast at all. Looking at the list I can already tell that next year is going to bring an immense amount of talent into the league, and maybe a possible championship for the Phoenix Mercury. I can't help but think that this is Phoenix's year, if they would have made the playoffs in 2006 I think they could have gone all the way. Although I'd love to see Sacramento win in 2007, I just have a feeling that Phoenix will be a force to be reckon with out in the west. Especially with Diana Taurasi, Cappie Pondexter, and their top pick of the 2007 draft, which I'm guessing will be a center or a forward to help them gain more of an inside presence, since they have the outside pretty much taken care of with Diana and Cappie.
Back to draft prospects, I can not believe that time has flown by so fast since I was first learning how to play basketball. Now how does me learning to play have anything to do with next years draft? Well it started when I went to a basketball camp at West High (yes I went to a camp when I was little at my high school's rival) and my coach was none other than Cameo Hicks. She was practically the first one to actually help me learn the fundamentals of basketball. So seeing her name on the draft list really surprised me, not because I don't think she can play professionally (I think she'll be a great asset to her new team next year) but because I can't believe that much time has passed. It almost seems surreal, but you can bet that when she steps foot in Arco I'll be cheering my head off for her, Monarch or not. I want to wish her the best of luck in the rest of her season at Washington and in the WNBA, and most importantly I want to tell her thank you for helping me out way back when.
I hope you all like my little version of the 12 Days of Christmas WNBA style. Since the holiday spirit is up, I thought it would be nice to look at all the wonderful things that the players around the league are doing during their off season to help others.
Diana Taurasi: Back in October Diana teamed up
with Barnum Financial Group to build a new playground in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
She wanted to help give back to the Connecticut community especially after they
put so much into the Development of the UConn program.
Helen Darling: She is interning with Habitat for Humanity in the Charlotte area. She participates in various fundraising efforts to help raise more money to provide more homes for others. One fundraiser that she did was Habitat Holiday Cards, where one person makes a minimum of a $10 donation and provides a list of friends and family, who are then sent a holiday card letting them know a donation was made in their name. She is also busy organizing initiatives within the organization and the homeowners.
Connecticut Sun: This past Thursday, December 7th, the Sun teamed up with Kids' Christmas and the Norwich Police Department to hold a Toy Drive to help underprivileged children. Through this partnership they have been able to help thousands of families.
Ruth Riley: Ruth traveled to Kenya
to take part in World AIDS Day put on by the Global Business Coalition. She visited
local villages and took part in various awareness events; like taking part in
a public testing of HIV to stress its importance.
Betty Lennox: She is interning at Habitat for Humanity in the Kansas City area. Last year Betty went down to Louisiana to help rebuild homes after Katrina, she loved it so much that she wanted to continue to help out Habitat for Humanity. She mainly participates in the construction of the homes, and not so much the office work. This is a woman who loves to help out others and it is apparent with the foundation she has to help neglected and abused kids.
Cynthia Cooper: On November 2, Cynthia teamed up Memorial-Hermann Hospital to help spread awareness about breast cancer. She has been committed to spreading awareness ever since she had lost her mother to it. She is also a spokesperson for Concept Cure, an organization geared in fighting cancer in women.
Monarchs & Kings: Quincy Douby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Ruthie Bolton, Monique Ambers, and Tom Abatemarco all helped to spread Thanksgiving cheer at Loaves and Fishes. They passed out over 500 meals of all of the typical Thanksgiving Day foods from turkey to pie to all the in between. This marks the second year that the two organizations teamed up with Loaves and Fishes to serve Thanksgiving dinner.
12 Days of a WNBA Christmas
On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a WNBA trophy.
On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 2 leaping coaches, and a WNBA trophy.
On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 3 technical fouls, 2 leaping coaches, and a WNBA trophy.
On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 4 and ones, 3 technical fouls, 2 leaping coaches, and a WNBA trophy.
On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 5 Championship rings, 4 and ones, 3 technical fouls, 2 leaping coaches, and a WNBA trophy.
On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 6 original teams, 5 Championship rings, 4 and ones, 3 technical fouls, 2 leaping coaches, a WNBA trophy
On the 7th day of Christmas my true love game to me, 7 triple doubles, 6 original teams, 5 Championship rings, 4 and ones, 3 technical fouls, 2 leaping coaches, a WNBA trophy.
On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 8 All Star games, 7 triple doubles, 6 original teams, 5 Championship rings, 4 and ones, 3 technical fouls, 2 leaping coaches, and a WNBA trophy.
On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 9 offensive rebounds, 8 All Star games, 7 triple doubles, 6 original teams, 5 Championship rings, 4 and ones, 3 technical fouls, 2 leaping coaches, and a WNBA trophy.
On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 10 great seasons, 9 offensive rebounds, 8 All Star games, 7 triple doubles, 6 original teams, 5 Championship rings, 4 and ones, 3 technical fouls, 2 leaping coaches, and a WNBA trophy.
On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 11 All Decade members, 10 great seasons, 9 offensive rebounds, 8 All Star games, 7 triple doubles, 6 original teams, 5 Championship rings, 4 and ones, 3 technical fouls, 2 leaping coaches, and a WNBA trophy.
On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 12 autographs, 11 All Decade members, 10 great seasons, 9 offensive rebounds, 8 All Star games, 7 triple doubles, 6 original teams, 5 Championship rings, 4 and ones, 3 technical fouls, 2 leaping coaches, and a WNBA trophy.
Well its officially December, and that means a number of things:
Christmas is just around the corner.
2. People are flocking to stores and malls to do their Christmas shopping, and catch the different sales.
3. There is officially no parking at any store due to the above.
4. Holiday music will be played in every store and on every radio station. Meaning that we will have these songs stuck in our heads all day and all night.
5. You drive down a main street and see wreaths, garland and lights adorning the trees and shrubs.
For college students it means:
1. Finals are rapidly approaching (next week
2. They are counting down the days till they are home for the first time since leaving for school(14 days but who is really counting??)
3. Home cooked food is just around the corner because let's face it dorm food is plain and monotonous.
4. Being able to see friends that you haven't seen since you left for school.
5. Traveling home can be a nightmare with the crowded airports, flight delays, snow storms, etc.
6. A month of not having to worry about classes, homework, and tests because there are none.
For WNBA players it means:
Holidays spent overseas away from the family.
2. A month left before trading and signing and re-signing begin.
3. As of December 3, 2006 there are 145 days left until the start of the 2007 pre-season.
4. Phoning home on their sidekick 3 (it seems a lot of players have them these days).
5. Not really knowing what their futures are like with their current WNBA team because let's face it, right now ANYTHING is possible and its uncertain what can and will happen come January 1st.
This is my first year in college at a big basketball school, UConn, and there's something that I noticed here in relation to the WNBA. Ok there are few things that I noticed. Everyone is basketball crazy! 'March Madness' is year round. From lining up hours early to get wristbands that don't ensure that you are able to get student season tickets, to painting your face and body in school colors, to paying an insane amount of money just to get tickets from someone because you were unable to get them. The basketball players here must feel the love and feed off the vibe because both the men and women are off to a great start.
There's one thing that struck me as being odd. Up until the last few women's
games, it seemed that the majority of the audience was filled up with fans who
weren't students. The student section would only be half full (if that). You'd
think that when you have Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird come back to UConn to play
against the current Huskies, that there'd be many students coming out to see the
2 of them back on the home court (though they weren't dressed in the familiar
navy and white). It was priceless seeing Diana at half time shooting around and
singing along with the band who was playing the fight song.
For a team that has won 5 national championships under one coach, who helped to put UConn on the map you think there'd be more support form the students. One game had no more than 15 students sitting in our rather extremely empty section. They play just as well as the men do, and just as exciting. This reminds me of the W because the attendance for women's games is lower than their NBA counterparts. It is a real shame considering that there is so much talent and good fundamental basketball. I don't know if this is the same at other colleges, but it'd be interesting to find out. Email me at email@example.com.
Hi everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!
My name is Stacie, and I am a Monarchs fan. This is my first time blogging!! For my first blog I thought I'd look ahead to next season, which seems too far away for my liking. Come January, who knows what will happen with the free agents? There are so many big names on the list, like Lisa Leslie, Yolanda Griffith, and Tina Thompson. It's a mystery as to what can happen. The Monarchs have four other players on the list; Ticha Penicheiro, Kara Lawson, Erin Buescher, and Hamchetou Miaga-Ba, all of whom were on the championship team in 2005.
Next year is going to be a big year for some teams, like
Chicago who will hopefully have a much better season than their first season.
The Monarchs will have a new coach, Jenny Boucek, so it will be interesting to
see how that will work out. After hearing from players and friends who have met
her she seems like the perfect fit.
I am looking forward to next season which is in 196 days (until regular season), but who's counting?! I really just wanted to get my feet wet, although I can do that by going outside and standing in the rain, and wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I will write more soon once I get back to school.
I am also excited about my school's first nationally televised game for this season, which should be a good match up. UConn vs Purdue on Thursday.
I'm sure with my later blogs you will all see how much of
basketball fanatic I truly am, but I think the effects of the turkey dinner are
now hitting me. So goodbye for now.