Birdy is 6th of 20

Slam Online’s Ben York on Sue Bird (Rank #6):

She won’t dazzle you with a ton of behind-the-back passes or put on a dribbling exhibition, but she could teach a class on the best way to make an entry pass or lead a successful fast break. That’s what makes Sue’s game so remarkable – she plays basketball exactly how it was meant to be played.

Source: Article

LJ Interview on TV

Hahaha! Lauren Jackson (C/F, Seattle Storm) was on Alan Hills Tonight. I’ll never be able to get over how awesome her accent is. And also the fact that she’s just so down to earth (compared to that diva who brought her previously won medals to one of the tournaments). And oh yeah, love the shout-out to Birdy — best point guard ever! OMG I can’t wait for the 2011 WNBA Season. Is it May already?

PS: The worst thing she ever did to a teammate was break her cheek (and reinjured a previously broken nose). All Stormies know who that poor unfortunate victim was.

PPS: Chicken Legs!

Aussies to Storm | Azkals over Mongolia

So Agler’s signed a couple of Aussies – Erin Phillips and Belinda Snell – to the team. Initially I didn’t know whether I’d be elated or what. But when I remembered that both Jana Vesela and Svetlana Abrosimova ain’t coming back, I guess the signings are alright.

Erin Phillips

I actually haven’t seen Erin Phillips play except those sparse minutes she had during the FIBA Worlds and because I don’t really much watch other teams play in the WNBA (except when they play the Storm of course), I can’t really say if she’ll fit into Agler’s system. I know she wasn’t Tully Bevilaqua or anything but she’s a gritty player and the team needs those. I can hypothesize that she’s probably a decent enough back-up to Sue Bird because as awesome as she is, Birdy really needs a few more extra minutes of rest.

Belinda SNELL  (Australia)
Belinda SNELL (Australia) by FIBA World, on Flickr

I also don’t know much about how Belinda Snell plays except that she can shoot the three. And is a veteran. And probably way better than Lacey (to be fair, Lacey didn’t get too many minutes but that may also have resulted from the fact that she didn’t do anything to deserve those minutes). So, yeah, definitely pulling for her to make it.

Sidenote: I’m not sure if Abby Bishop is signed or whatever but the Storm has a significant chunk of the Opals squad. Maybe instead of making LJ skip the 2011 season to prepare for London 2012, Carrie Graf can just hold practices in Seattle? Lolz. Also, I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that maybe Agler will pull another metaphorical rabbit out of the hat and will sign Jenna O’Hea (another Opal).

But anyway, I’m still glad that finally the Seattle Storm had joined the fray of player movements. A couple of weeks ago, Camille Little re-signed a multi-year deal with the team. Can’t wait to finally hear/read about Swin Cash though. I hope Agler works his player personnel whatever magic with her.

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The Philippine National Football Team — nicknamed, Azkals — won their first match against Mongolia in the first leg of the AFC Challenge Cup. Emilio Caligdong booted in a goal in the 42nd minute while striker Phil Younghusband added another three minutes into extra time.

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There will always be people jumping on the bandwagon. The Azkals should enjoy the attention they’re getting now that the limelight is still focused on them. Pretty soon it will all fade away, more so when the bandwagoners are made aware that this squad is not A Seleção or La Furia Roja or even Samurai Blue, but still just a newbie and one that is simply not to be expected to win all the time. What they can hope for, however, is that maybe some filthy rich person would pour money for the improvement of their training and for the promotion of the sport to every single inhabited island in the country. Oh, yeah, and also that some of those bandwagoners might actually stay with them through thick and thin. Just like I (and probably several others) did with the Storm since I started following them in 2004.

UConn gets Win 89

… and surpasses the UCLA men of ’74 for most consecutive wins in college basketball.

Photo by Jessica Hill (AP)

From AP @ ESPN article:

“I don’t want my team to compare themselves to anyone,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said afterward. “I’m not John Wooden and this isn’t UCLA. This is Connecticut and that’s good enough.”

Senior All-Everything Maya Moore dropped a career-high 41 points and snagged 10 boards for the historic win. Frosh Bria Hartley wrecked the Seminoles with her 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting (including 5 of 5 from 3pt range). This kid is someone to watch out for.

Connecticut forward Maya Moore (23) drives for a layup in front of Florida State forward Natasha Howard (33) in the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. Heading into the game, Connecticut needed one win to set the NCAA record for consecutive wins. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Box Score

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It’s been ages since I wrote something about basketball. Let’s blame that on work and other stuff that had been plaguing my attention. I’ve missed a lot of UConn games this season just because of the hassle of moving apartments and work and the time difference and okay, I’ll think of better excuses later.

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Spartak is all sorts of imploding lately. What the heck. Let’s see if they get better once Sue gets to Russia after the holidays.

30-Day Sports Meme : Day 23

Day 23  EOne Favorite Athlete for each of the major 4 Sports (baseball, football, basketball, hockey)

Okay, since I actually don’t care about baseball, football, and/or hockey, I’ll change the sports to volleyball, basketball, soccer, and snowboarding.

{VOLLEYBALL}

Leila Barros | Brazil Volleyball Team, 1995~2000

{SOCCER}

Hope Solo, US WNT Keeper

{SNOWBOARDING}

Hannah Teter, Torino 2006 Gold Medalist in Half-Pipe

{BASKETBALL}

Sue Bird & Lauren Jackson as One Entity, Seattle Storm 2001~Present