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Hotter Than Mercury, Seattle Storm To The WNBA Finals

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Originally I was going to write a post entitled, ‘I Never Want To Write An Article Like This Again…But I Will’ (and I will). About how this blatantly sexist disrespect for the WNBA needs to stop in a world that still thinks it is finally waking up to a time of equal rights for all…now! When we still have that “grabber” eating breakfast in the most important house in the world and everyone failing to see how that is beyond wrong is too busy burning Nikes they could give to homeless vets to see what is right when it takes a knee for you and me.

This came after at the start of season I saw a post for the then upcoming WNBA season on their Facebook feed be desecrated by derogatory comments from men and women alike about how this league wasn’t worth watching because it was run by women, not men and the disrespectful like by the thousands that we shouldn’t even give creedance too. But screenshotting for a post…I did. So much hate and one or two word put downs, unoriginally recycled like the nature of ignorance to unjustified reinforced likes and laughable emoticons in todays trite social media world. So much so that the WNBA had to take down their original photo and repost again, all whilst keeping tab track of their timelines. Now how pathetic is that? No, not that the WNBA did that. But that they HAD to do that because of all the trolls bullying their way through a comments section those too busy with a life wouldn’t have the time to scroll through (*hands up*, guilty as self charged). But hate should be taken away wherever it is present. Publicly or privately. Those so called “keyboard warriors” who should ‘Expect Great’ when they see the soul of this sport in the NBA’s sister league and not accept hate in their hearts when they see these women leave it all on the floor. To quote Jeremy Renner in Elizabeth Olsen’s standout starring role in, ‘Wind River’ (a movie based on true events) in reference to a girl who ran 6 miles in the snow, barefoot to her death to escape her rapists, “that’s a warrior…that’s a warrior”.

Or even the other night in a vain attempt to escape all the Twitter tirades from those who think tennis warrior Serena Williams shouldn’t wear an all black catsuit whilst she serves up iconic play after iconic play, game set and try to just match this legend. One that actually helped saved her life that right now people are reducing to again blatant sexism and in addition still alive today veiled racism. You respond to all those “tut, tuts” by grand slamming them in a tutu queen. Trying to ignore all the cancel culture vulturing world of trolling and scrolling social media, I ironically fell down a youtube rabbit hole that lead me to the wonderland of the Slam Dunk contest and the 1996 one won by Los Angeles Lakers rookie Kobe Bryant in his warm ups. The panel of judges with tens featured the player who may aswell have invented the modern dunk and this competition, the good doctor, Julius Erving and the finger rolling of the Iceman cometh, George Gervin. But to one unnamed commentators jokes, Knick point and style on that same dime legend Walt Frazier was there…as was an WNBA player who in her own debut season for a rookie year was about to start her campaign as that association greatest of all-time. “Lisa Leslie’s more likely to catch a dunk than Frazier” the analyst said without meaning to cause offence to the player who actually in the end caught the first above the rim slam in WNBA history, decades before her Los Angeles Sparks teammate and current star Candace Parker plugged one. And the comment passed without incident. But that was more than twenty years ago. It’s time today to not be so backwards.

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And that’s where I digress. Because I guess I’ve kind of wrote the article I never wanted to but would in the last few “introduction” paragraphs. But in a time were as Dallas Wings superstar Skylar Diggins-Smith (who should be celebrated by her male peers for how good she is, not how good she looks) points out, amazing feats in ever evolving WNBA history for players that go abroad in the offseason to play, just to make not even half their NBA brothers do don’t seem mass media newsworthy, but what LeBron James had for lunch is (for the record I’m a Laker for life and I really love LeBron now, but I couldn’t give a tossed ball whether it’s from a personal chef flown halfway across the world, or P.F. Changs across the street), I should be writing more about all of basketball. But in true transparency this writer can somewhat with ownership on himself blame that output on depression. And who lifted this man up out of all that and into this living place now? Women! Mothers, sisters, friends. Right now, now it’s all said and done I just want to celebrate this game and leave all the hate to their phones.

Because last night was worth celebrating as rising above the Phoenix Mercury, 94-84, the Seattle Storm stormed to the WNBA Finals in a best of the west semis to face legend Elena Delle-Donne and the first time Washington Mystics looking to cast a spell even the Wizards can’t. Showing that basketball is not sleepless in Seattle or the legendary Key Arena even if the city is still crying, “save our Sonics”. They still have boom over the television and radio waves even after Frasier has left the building.

Taurasi and Bird, who in these court circles can just go by her last name like the fellow green and white, let it fly legend of Larry. Two true titans of the game. Legends who will always be remembered for their classic body of work and not just for their iconic, game changing ESPN Body issues. They’ve rebirthed the game here. And playing alongside two greats they are just as current as, who hold this games future in their palms (Brittney Griner and this seasons MVP and last years rookie don’t forget, Breanna Stewart), truly take in Diana and Sue embracing postgame after another epic duel. Regrettably it may just be their last.

“Wow that was amazing”, the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi told her best friend and Seattle Storm rival Sue Bird, “incredible”. And it really was.

With a broken nose and the Rip Hamilton face-mask going all Kobe and LeBron phantom menace in this hoops opera, Bird led the Storm to a flying victory. Taking over with 14 fourth quarter points that showed the clutch Taurasi who was the closer this night and series. As Bird’s 22 came alive in a Game Five K.O. Taurasi has won 13 of these rounds straight. But last night sadly she was unlucky for some in the Arizona area. Most Valuable Player Stewie had 28 too, but the real MVP last night was called Sue as her step backs truly set their Phoenix rising rival back for good. All the way back to elimination ashes.

That’s a warrior! That’s a warrior.

“I don’t know if I had a fourth quarter like this in as big of a game in my life, to be honest.” Sue told press postgame before the champagne.

Now the toast of the town the Storm fly to the capital to make their exclamation point Mr. President.

And I just want to know what Bird’s going to eat on the plane.

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Canada’s Bridget Carleton selected 21st overall WNBA Draft

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“Number 21 — went number 21, maybe there is a little karma there.”

Canadian Bridget Carleton (Chatham, Ont.) was selected 21st overall (2nd round,9th pick) by the Connecticut Sun at the 2019 WNBA Draft.

Carleton concluded arguably the best season by a Canadian woman at the NCAA division one level — culminating a spectacular career as the best small forward in the country earning the recipient of the 2019 Cheryl Miller award and Big 12 player of the year award — a first for a Cyclones player and a Canadian.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be drafted by the Connecticut Sun,” Carleton said. ” They have a great franchise and an amazing coaching staff. I can’t wait to get there, soak it all in and work as hard as I can. I am looking forward to starting this chapter of my basketball career.” —

In four years with Cyclones the 6’1″ guard racked-up almost every accolade possible, including consecutive unanimous all-Big 12 first team awards (2017-18) including fifteen conference player of the week awards in her career.

Consistent throughout her NCAA collegiate career, Carleton averaged a career-best 21.4 points per game, alongside 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks while improving her already impressive shooting numbers to 46.3% from field, 37% from three-pointers and 85.4 the foul-line.

Starting in 121 out of a possible 124 games for Iowa State, Carleton came-up eight-points shy of the school’s all-time scoring mark with 2142 points — failing to score under 19 points in a game just once in the grueling 18-game Big 12 conference schedule.

If it all goes according to plan, Iowa State could become the first NCAA school to have multiple Canadians selected in the WNBA and NBA drafts’ in the same year.

Both Marial Shayok (Ottawa) and Lindell Wigginton (Nova Scotia) who played crucial in the Cyclones men’s basketball program also declared in for the 2019 NBA Draft and strong cases for being selected in second-round.

Carleton’s selection marks the fifth straight year a Canadian has been drafted into the world’s best professional basketball league. Kia Nurke (2018) Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (2017), Adut Bulgak (2016), Ruth Hamblin (2016), Nirra Fields (2016), Natalie Anchonwa (2015)

Lastly, she is the first Canadian to be drafted out of the Big 12 since Canada’s highest WNBA pick — Stacey Dales out of the Oklahoma Sooners went third overall to the Washington Mystics back in 2002.

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Captain Marvel And The WNBA Ask, ‘What Makes A Hero’?

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HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER. Since it’s Superbowl spot touched down alongside the Avengers ‘Endgame’ she’s set to save following the ‘Infinity War’, the excitement for the new ‘Captain Marvel’s movie has reached epic levels. More than Marvel’s answer to ‘Wonder Woman’, the first true blockbuster of the calender, setting up her own assemble like ‘Black Panther’ last year is set to run the world like girls. Starring ‘Room’ Best Actress Oscar winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Marvel are finally rolling their sleeves up and showing a superwoman’s worth. And the massive movie also starring ‘Crazy, Rich Asians’ star Gemma Chan, Annette Benning, ‘Avengers Assemble’ star Clark Gregg back on the big-screen after ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D’, Jude Law and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, shows in its empowering advertising campaigns that you can’t spell hero without H.E.R.

“We all have something to fight for. Something that calls us to lead. The question is how will you get it done,” our hero asks as we see footage from the forthcoming film mixed with real life superheroes in action. Breanna Stewart. Candace Parker. Sue Bird. With Basketball dominating social media much more than football we were only just thinking how long will it be before All-Star Game commercials are treated with as much anticipatory hype fanfare as Superbowl spots? Well apparently not long as at halftime of last night’s A.S.G. at the All Star weekend in Charlotte the WNBA and Marvel joined forces to air an amazing trailer/commercial for both the best big superhero movie right now and the next season of Basketball superstars performing heroics.

Let’s hope there’s a crossover comic-book next.

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Empowering women and inspiring young girls worldwide to pick up a ball or the mantle of hero which they already are, this commercial was a hit success. Sure tweet about ‘Team LeBron’ all you want but there is no King without you know who. And standing on their own royal appointment these crowning Marvel’s rocked the halftime crowd like rapper J.Cole on the mic.

It’s just like Kyrie Irving told us at Charlotte this weekend, “women run the world. That’s the truth about it. Whether men want to admit it or not. Women run the world”.

Who run the world?

After a terrific season that saw Seattle and it’s future and all-time legend of this sport regardless of gender, Stewart and Bird storm their way to bringing the reign back to Emerald City. The spark was lit that carried the torch and lead her forward. And as Christy Hedgpeth, the COO of the WNBA says, “Women like Captain Marvel and our WNBA players define and inspire our own version of super hero in their everyday lives through their strength, speed and power. Whether that’s through basketball or striving to be the best they can be in the community, our players are inspiring examples of everyday heroes.”

Perfectly fitting you can see a hero for our times in Brie Larson’s ‘Captain Marvel’, from March 8th. International Women’s Day. And then come May 24th right before this writers idol and sisters birthday you can catch a whole other kind of blockbuster season. Hotter than the Summer it’s set in.

They told you to expect great.

Now everyone can witness for real, ‘What Makes A Her(o)’.

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