First, I would like to apologize that there was no content here on our site besides Zack's recap of Sunday's Mystics/Fever game at 8:00 AM Eastern Time. That said, Swish Appeal and the SB Nation network as a whole is a fan site and is not just the work of Nate, the other contributors on this site, or me. You are part of it as well. If there's anything we miss, please post it as a FanPost or as a FanShot, and really, we can use the help! Also most SB Nation contributing writers are not full time journalists. We are fans, just like you.
There are some other communities in our network, mostly team specific where fans are very quick to post their thoughts on their team, etc. And also when a blog focuses on one team, it's inherently easier for the contributors and managers of that site to cover everything. But even they don't cover everything, and fans are very quick to put up FanShots and FanPosts which regularly get on the cover. Really, if and when we either miss a link or are not so quick to post something up, please put it up! Nate may front it right away for that matter.
So we'll be more diligent about content, and also I will reiterate that we can use more FanShots and FanPosts to help us. They are truly equal to everything that's part of SB Nation.
With that said, here are some really late links.
1. The WNBA's Big Three rookie draft Picks: Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins, and Elena Delle Donne have the top three positions in jersey sales for the league in a press release yesterday (Eastern Time). Jerseys that placed 4th through 10th were Maya Moore, Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi, Seimone Augustus, Tamika Catchings, Nneka Ogwumike, and Becky Hammon respectively. The Tulsa Shock was the most popular team with team merchandise, followed by the Sky, Mercury, Mystics, and Fever. I personally am shocked that DC ranked 4th in team merchandise. (WNBA.com)
UPDATE on July 23, 2013 at 2:15 AM ET: A shout out goes to ttdomi who added a FanShot linking to a piece from the Tulsa World as well. In addition, Outsports, our SB Nation LGBT sports blog has a piece on it here.
2. We talked about this on last Sunday's open thread, but the New York Liberty officially announced that Samantha Prahalis was signed to a seven day contract. So, while Prahalis may be playing for her hometown/regional team for now, it's questionable as to whether she'd be there the rest of the season. (Team release)
3. We'll stay on the topic of the Libs as Katie Smith admits that her team is still "a work in progress" in an article by ESPN's Michelle Smith. New York plays against Indy later tonight at 7 PM on ESPN 2. (ESPN.com)
4. Here is another link from ESPN.com where Graham Hays and Kate Fagan discuss whether fans were right to give Elena Delle Donne the most votes for this year's All-Star game. (WNBA.com)
5. Sharnee' Zoll-Norman gives her message on "being yourself" and that she doesn't like the term "coming out" because she never really believed that she kept her sexual orientation a secret (courierpostonline.com)
6. Going back to the league, Tamika Catchings and Liz Cambage were the league's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week for games from July 15 to July 21. Catchings has won this award 19 times, but for Cambage, this is her first. (WNBA.com)
7. Here's an article from the Tulsa World on Cambage's Western Conference Player of the Week honor specifically (read here)
8. The Lynx beat the Mercury last Sunday 82-77 after being behind for much of the game. Here's a press recap from AZCentral.com (read here)
9. The Indiana Fever started out slow this season, but Head Coach Lin Dunn says defense is why they're back in the fold. (Indystar.com)
10. While the Fever is getting its groove back, the Connecticut Sun is still struggling, and lost to the San Antonio Silver Stars last Saturday, 60-52 on the road. Even more striking is that Connecticut only had seven made shots in the entire second half. (Hartford Courant)
As always, these are only just ten links within the WNBA and its teams and they don't cover everything. If you find something else that I missed at this late hour, feel free to post up a FanShot or if you have something longer to say, please put it up in a FanPost.
Enjoy your Tuesdays and/or the rest of your Mondays if you're in the West Coast everyone.
ANOTHER UPDATE on July 23, 2013 at 2:20 AM ET: ttdomi gets a second shout out for another FanShot to a non-WNBA link. This is on NCAA college basketball, and on former Oakland University women's basketball head coach Beckie Francis, who was terminated for cause. There were allegations against Coach Francis in regards to her allegedly asking questions about their sexual histories, and allegedly pushing her religious views on players, among other things.