Cappie Pondexter

“Scrappy” Cappie, looking decidedly un-scrappy in this photo.

One of my biggest regrets in life is not watching more WNBA basketball. OK, maybe not one of my biggest regrets – if I had time to rue over not watching the WNBA, my life would be very charmed indeed – but I always wish I could pay more attention to the league.

Part of the reason is because I think it’s important to support women’s athletics more than once every four years, and also because, with so few dunks and high-fliers, there’s a lot more focus on gritty, fundamental basketball, which I appreciate.

Oh yes…. and Cappie Pondexter and her funny named colleagues.

A bit about Cappie. Well, she was recently voted as one of the top 15 players in WNBA history, and for good reason. She’s a scrappy player with a deadly crossover dribble and a sweet, sweet jump shot. She’s also possibly the best perimeter defender in the league, which reminds me of my favorite basketball player of all time, Gary Payton.

How about her achievements? She’s a two-time WNBA champion, one-time WNBA finals MVP, and won an Olympic gold medal at the Beijing games in 2008. She’s also on the short-list of alternates for the 2012 Olympic team. Not too shabby, tabby!

Men’s basketball has its fair share of funny names (we’ve already profiled some of them here and here), but on a per-capita basis, I think it’s hard to beat women’s basketball.

This is why I’m positively *shocked* that it has taken us 121 posts before a lady baller has graced our pages.Yes, we did cover coaches Kimberly Duane Mulkey and Muffett McGraw and even named a rule after them, but I consider it a tremendous oversight that it took us this long to get on the ball and cover some of the true gifts that the WNBA has blessed us with.

I could have made a lousy “pawn Dexter” pun here, but instead I’ll gloat about getting Gary Payton and Dexter references into a post about women’s basketball.

When I was a kid, I remember being captivated by names likeSheryl Swoopes and Rebecca Lobo in my Sports Illustrated for Kids issues. Then I graduated from that and started following the college game, right in time for Chamique Holdsclaw’s reign as one of the all-time college greats.

A million mea culpas, and I hope it is clear we have learned from our mistakes. Hopefully we can make up for this by telling you to watch the Women’s 2012 Olympic team in the upcoming London games. Some names to look forward to on that team: Swin Cash, Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Asjha Jones, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, and Diana Taurasi. (That’s 2/3rds of the team we just named there)

But sadly, no Cappie Pondexter, although she was named as an alternate. I’d never wish injury upon anyone, but the least a boring-named player like Tina Charles or Candace Parker could do would be to fake an ankle injury for a game against Angola to see if we could make America proud by yielding the best-named team in the history of history. A true Dream Team for the funny names enthusiast. That’d be fantastic.

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15 Responses to Cappie Pondexter

  1. amb says:

    First Community, now Dexter… seriously, this is getting ridiculous.

    • Arto says:

      Hahaha! You guys should just book a hotel in Niagara Falls together and see what happens……to be on tv in case you both love it.

      • Dave says:

        Haha, it took me a second to understand that comment, but now I do, and I lol’d!

        • amb says:

          Well, yeah. The atmosphere in Niagara is very conducive to romantic, overnight…television programming.

          I understood where you were going right away Arto – which is either a very good or a very bad thing, depending on how much we’ve embarrassed Dave at this point.

          • Dave says:

            Not embarrassed. Kind of impressed actually. In recent years, Dexter has overtaken Nip/Tuck as my favorite non-comedy show ever. Any other good TV recommendations? I’m looking for a new show to follow. It’s so frustrating that I only get an average of one Dexter episode a month.

          • amb says:

            Oh my yes. You need to start watching Homeland immediately so that we can take our relationship to the next level and watch season 2 in sync when it starts in the fall. Damien Lewis, Claire Danes, and Mandy Patinkin are phenomenal. Its my favourite current drama, no question.

            I have a whole a list of lighter shows that I can send your way too, but if you’re looking for something to get totally immersed in, Homeland is it!

          • Dave says:

            Done. That was the last show I finished, which is why I’m looking for new shows. This series of “coincidences” is getting very interesting, Amber.

          • amb says:

            *swoon* Of course you have. You’re doing this to me on purpose, right? Now I’m torn – looking forward to our season 2 discussions, but kinda bummed that I wasn’t your introduction to this one. I wanted the cool points!

            The BBC Sherlock Holmes series? With funny-named Benedict Cumberbatch? That’s all I’ve got at the moment – everything else is fluffy summer fare, like Suits and Rizzoli and Ilses, I’m afraid.

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