30-Day Sports Meme : Day 19

Wilt Chamberlain

Wilton Norman “Wilt” Chamberlain (August 21, 1936  EOctober 12, 1999) was an American professional NBA basketball player for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; he also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. The 7 foot 1 inch Chamberlain, who weighed 250 lbs as a rookie before bulking up to 275 lb and eventually over 300 lb with the Lakers,[2] played the center position and is considered by his contemporaries as one of the greatest and most dominant players in the history of the NBA. { Link }

30-Day Sports Meme : Day 1

So what if I’m late to the game?

Day 01  EFavorite Sport

There’s no question about this. BASKETBALL, of course.

I played sparingly in high school, and a little bit in college. I used to follow the NBA when I was younger but I got tired of the flashiness and everything. Now, I just mostly follow women’s basketball, whether it’s the WNBA, or the Euroleagues (whenever possible), or the international competitions (FIBA, OGs), and even the women’s NCAA. I’ve also followed my local college team (the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons) when I was back home no matter how much they sucked.

Storm Photo of the Year

Via Storm Tracker:

Okay, so, WNBA.com is choosing its Photo of the Year. The first round of the voting gives fans  the chance to choose a photo for each specific team. Currently, they’re highlighting the Seattle Storm. So, Stormies, come on, let’s go vote!

I’m having a hard time choosing between the two below:

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“Team Line-up”

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“Passion”

I like the first one (coz I’m crazy about wide shots lately) but I also really, really, really like the second photo coz the photographer practically just nailed Sue’s passion for the game with that shot. Plus add to that the fact that I’m such a (or used to be such a) rabid Sue Bird fan LOL.  Anyway, these awesome photos were taken by Terrence Vaccaro.

3-1 To Start The Season

I say, not bad. Put away the loss at Indy (which I completely didn’t wake up to coz I’m putting my health over basketball addiction nowadays), I think we’re on the right direction.

The team hasn’t still gelled that well but it’ll come in time.

・Tanisha Wright finally playing what she does best — awesome defense and not point-guarding. Now we can only hope PeeWee Johnson stays healthy to provide substantial help to Sue.

・Sue Bird — Bird, Bird, Bird, Biiiiiiiird is the word. Seriously, if ever she retires I would be really depressed. And lol at someone from Stormfans.org, if only we could clone Birdy and put Birdy1 at point guard and Birdy2 at shooting guard, that would be freaking awesome.

・I hope Swin stays healthy and finally free from the back and knee problems. Awesome defense against Augustus during the win over the Lynx btw.

・Lauren Jackson. ‘Nuff said. Thank you for staying in Seattle. ^__^

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Game 1: at Sacramento Monarchs WIN 71-61

Game 2: vs Sacramento Monarchs WIN 80-70

Game 3: at Indiana Fever LOSS 66-73

Game 4: at Minnesota Lynx WIN 88-71

UP NEXT: at Chicago Sky 0500H JST

Not So Pleasant News

The Houston Comets — winner of four WNBA trophies and one of the eight original franchises in the league — is no more.

Fans discuss and lament. This almost happened to my team a year ago. Thank God these women exist or else the Storm would have been dead (or stuck in Oklahoma where Kevin Durant and the rest of the Sonics are now). So, thank you, Force 10 Hoops.

PS — Aaww, I thought I forgot the sting of losing in the first round.

、E009 College」UConn v. OU

STORRS, Conn. (AP)—Renee Montgomery had a career-high 30 points and matched the Connecticut record with 13 assists to help the top-ranked Huskies rout No. 4 Oklahoma 106-78 on Sunday night.

Montgomery, who got the first double-double of her career, tied the assists record set by Laura Lishness in 1991 against Seton Hall.

Maya Moore added 27 points and 12 rebounds and Tina Charles had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for UConn (5-0). Freshman Caroline Doty scored a career-high 18 points, going 6-for-6 from behind the 3-point line.

Danielle Robinson had 19 points and Ashley Paris added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Oklahoma (4-2). Courtney Paris had 14 points and 14 rebounds for her 98th straight double-double, extending her NCAA record.

It was the first time Oklahoma gave up over 100 points since losing to Connecticut, 102-80, in the NCAA regionals in 2000.

– Doug Feinberg, AP

2009 UConn Season

…started with a win over Georgia Tech.

Super-Sophomore (and ESPN Pre-Season Player of the Year) Maya Moore tallied 20 points and 14 boards to help the Huskies pull away from the Yellow Jackets and emerge with a 82-71 season-opening win Sunday.

The game was tied at the half, and the Huskies led 65-62 with 6:55 to play. UConn closed the game on a 17-9 run.

Box Score

Connecticut
Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
M. Moore 39 7-17 0-4 6-8 5 14 6 5 2 2 3 20
T. Charles 28 7-9 0-0 1-2 4 8 1 3 2 3 3 15
C. Doty 31 3-10 1-6 6-6 1 3 0 0 1 1 1 13
R. Montgomery 40 5-14 2-8 3-4 0 2 5 6 4 0 2 15
K. Greene 26 5-5 0-0 1-2 2 3 6 1 3 0 2 11
T. Hayes 16 1-2 1-1 1-2 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 4
L. Dixon 11 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 2
K. McLaren 9 0-1 0-0 2-2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 2
Totals 200 29-59 4-19 20-26 14 33 20 19 12 6 15 8
UP NEXT
San Diego State Aztecs Nov 20 San Diego St., 7:00 pm EST

Last Meeting:

Dec 21, 2007, W 85-53

Spartak v. Fenerbahce

Okay, so Spartak showed they were human and actually lost to TEO Vilnius in their previous game before this, but they bounced back — mightier and more imperious than ever.

The story:

Lauren Jackson with 5 out of 6 three’s. She’s back!

Stat Sheet:

Lauren Jackson :19 points, 7 rebs, 4 asts

Sue Bird: 10 pts, 6 asts, 4 rebs, 3 steals, 1 TO

Diana Taurasi: 14 pts, 8 rebs, 7 asts, 8 TOs

Sylvia Fowles: 18 pts, 11 rebs

Up Next:

Broker Kosice, Nov 5 2008, 1730H

Spartak Season Starts

Via rein-kar-nation, found out that Spartak (Sue, LJ,  and Taurasi’s Russian team) already started their EuroLeague season.

First victim — Famila Schio. [ Game Notes ]

The Bird Watch — 15 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists in 35 minutes.

The Dee Watch — 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists in 24 minutes.

Up Next22.10.2008 vs. TEO Vilnius 18:45 (Russian Time)

First Round Game 2

No exits yet, everyone’s tied!

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Series tied 1-1
Game 3: IND at DET (9/23, 7 p.m. ET)

Series tied 1-1
Game 3: NYL at CON (9/22, 7 p.m. ET)
WESTERN CONFERENCE

Series tied 1-1
Game 3: SAC at SAN (9/22, 9 p.m. ET)

Series tied 1-1
Game 3: LAS at SEA (9/23, 9 p.m. ET)
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Wooo! The Storm worked out some awesome Key Arena mojo, holding the SpOrks to just 50 points with no person in their roster over 11 points (LL with 11, CP3 with 10, DMJ with 11). The Storm, on the other hand, got another solid game from Sue Bird (20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and Shery Swoopes (16 points, 4 steals).
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to wake up for this game (waaaah) and I dunno if the dotcom webcast~ed this game. Haaay. But it’s all good, it’s all good.