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!
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.
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.