For those of you in the Ohio Valley to the Mid Atlantic, I hope you all were able to stay safe from the derecho that slammed us last night. Two were killed in the DMV from the storm and over one million in the area have no power. What sucks more is that it will reach over 100 degrees again today and tomorrow. Plus, we could get another storm today and tomorrow...
The Event of the Weekend here in DC is the AT&T National PGA Tour tournament, sponsored by Tiger Woods. Due to the storm knocking down numerous trees all over the area, the event is closed to fans today, though the tee times will start at 1 PM. The AT&T National is at Congressional Country Club in western Bethesda, Maryland, and it is basically on a road with a lot of trees. If you want to know why the course is closed to fans, well, look here.
And now we go to the games. One today and four tomorrow. Now that the NBA season is truly over, we now kick off some WNBA games on NBA TV. If you don't have NBA TV, you still can see them all on LiveAccess unless I say otherwise.
Saturday Game: Seattle Storm (6-7) at New York Liberty (4-9), 4 PM ET/1 PM PT
On Thursday at Prudential Center in Newark, we got to see the future of the NBA begin their pro careers by shaking Commissioner David Stern's hand. While the Hornets got who they wanted with Anthony Davis, the rest of the draft order didn't go as planned.
Today, we return to the house Martin Brodeur keeps secure (and even he is testing free agency now too?), as the Storm arrives in Jersey to face the Liberty in the first game of Sue Bird's annual homecoming tour since she's from the NYC area. The Liberty started out really cold, then gained some consistency, but has lost four of its last five games. The Storm has let it rain in its last five games, and unfortunately, my Mystics suffered the worst of the punishment so far. In addition, Svetlana Abrosimova was re-signed yesterday, and should provide another wing presence for you know whose crew at this point. See link above. She should be playing tonight, and like I said last Tuesday, Svetty was chatting it up with Storm ownership at Verizon Center.
At any rate, the lead guards of both teams, Cappie Pondexter (NY) and Sue Bird (Seattle) need to score a good number of points to keep their teams in the running to win this one. When they score 20 or more, their teams have a much better chance of winning.
On a side note, it is Libs mascot Maddie's 16th birthday today.
Sunday Game 1: Minnesota Lynx (13-1) at San Antonio Silver Stars (6-5), 3 PM ET/2 PM CT and Local Time/ 12 PM PT
Last time these two teams played on June 3, the Lynx squeaked by with a 83-79 win at home. Both teams also are coming off of winning streaks. Minny hasn't lost since its road game in Seattle. The Stars beat LA twice in a row in consecutive games.
It is Hoops and Hounds day at AT&T Center. So yes, you can bring your dogs in the Stars and Spurs gear for this game. The Stars will certainly have Home Barking Advantage today, and hope that a few wagging tails and growls can be the difference against the wild cats from the Twin Cities.
Sunday Game 2: Phoenix Mercury (4-9) at Washington Mystics (2-10), 4 PM ET/1 PM PT and Arizona Time
WNBA.com | Mystics Preview | CSN Mid Atlantic Take On Mystics' Losing Streak | Lacey Presser After Sun Game On Friday | From the Arizona Republic: Mercury guard Sammy Prahalis says, "yeah, we're young but let's get some wins and let's get rolling and play with some spirit and let's play with some energy."
Sunday is Title IX day at the Verizon Center. For the Mercury, it has so far split its first two games on its road trip, an 80-96 loss vs. Minny and yesterday, the future three (Dewanna, Charde, and Sammy) combined for 57 points in a win over a slumping Sky team.
The Mystics arguably have more talent than the Mercury do for this game and in most cases, I'd say that they have the upper hand in this game, and they really should. However, it seems that the Mercury has much higher morale than the Mystics and Sammy Prahalis has certainly stepped up her game much better and quicker than originally anticipated. DC needs to play Natalie Novosel more, closer to 20 minutes a game, after seeing her good passing instincts last game, however for now I think that she played over 10 minutes on Friday because Natasha Lacy was in street clothes, and I assume due to injury.
After the game there will be a panel discussion on Title IX, highlighted by Phoenix Suns and Mercury VP Ann Meyers Drysdale and Natalie Randolph who is the head coach of the Coolidge High School football team in DC.
This is also an NBA TV game by the way.
Update: I hate puns (okay I love them, and I used them in the title above), but in their last four games the Mystics got scorched by the Mercury in Phoenix, got two downpours by the Storm in Washington State and Washington DC, and got Sun-burned last Friday. Now the Mercury returns to DC and the mercury reading will reach 100 degrees again for the 2nd time in three days.. I hope we can beat the heat and the storms in this heat wave with one more win before the holiday break.
Sunday Game 3: Seattle Storm (6-8) at Connecticut Sun (10-3), 5 PM ET/2 PM PT
The Sue Bird homecoming tour continues with a trip to the Casino. The Sun would like to override any "homecoming" for a visiting star player with a win to build some more separation between themselves and the rest of the Eastern Conference playoff pack. The Storm would like to win the jackpot at the house's expense after getting cooled off by another casino team yesterday. (The Foxwoods Resort and Casino of Mashantucket, Connecticut, only about 10 miles from Mohegan Sun, sponsors the Libs)
If you're in Connecticut, turn on CPTV.
Sunday Game 4: Atlanta Dream (7-7) at Chicago Sky (7-5), 6 PM/5 PM CT and Local Time/3 PM PT
The Sky has been slumping as of late and it now faces a Dream team (no pun intended) that has now gone on a three game winning streak..... Not looking too good on the surface. We'll see if the Sky can take care of business this game and get the season back on track.
It is also Gospel Night at Allstate Arena. Marvin Sapp will perform after the game. If you're in the Chicagoland area, turn on CN100 to watch the game.
That's it today, and enjoy the weekend games.