Villanova: Tournament Ready, Since Day One
Villanova: Tournament Ready, Since Day One
FINAL FOUR BABY!
‘If history repeats itself, I’ll take it,’ coach Jay Wright says of Villanova’s pursuit of its second national title.
“The play that put Villanova in the Final Four [and beat Pitt 78-76] should be known as the Dual Homage,” writes SI.com’s Luke Winn. “The inbounds pass to Dante Cunningham was in the same style of the bomb that Valparaiso threw to Bill Jenkins — to set up Bryce Drew — in 1998, in that both teams entered the ball to a leaping big man rather than the shooter. And the three-quarter-court race that Scottie Reynolds (left) went on after receiving the ball from Cunningham was reminiscent of the mad dash that UCLA‘s Tyus Edney used to beat Missouri in 1995. What sets Reynolds’s play apart is what was at stake: Nova’s first trip to the Final Four since 1985 — not just a win in the first weekend of the dance.” – Luke Winn
This is how I roll into Philly for race weekend.
And an interview with Jay Wright and more of the game-winning play.
Christmas break in Seattle!
Obligatory Niketown shot. I stop in probably twice a week. Hey, it’s right across the street from my bus stop! Totally valid excuse.
Pre! Technically more of an Oregon thing, but I’ll take it. Also upcoming: roadtrip to Portland for another swooshtastic day with my favorite Tarheel. Actually, technically he might be second, after Tyler Hansbrough.
Busy at work.. Celebrity Salvation Army bell ringing. Basketball legend Sheryl Swoopes and Storm mascot Doppler ring it in. Check out Swoopes’ kicks!
Dusting off 8 years of basketball rust and playing on the Sonics/Storm practice courts.
Who said anything about rain and overcast weather? Snowpacalypse in Seattle! Seattle-ites are worse than Atlantans!
Oh, and Sue Bird has one sweet ride.
Visiting the Nike House of Hoops in Harlem..
Kicks of pro players (in their actual sizes – smallest was a 12 in Steve Nash)
As for the rest of life in The City..
The office.. next to Radio City and waayy to close to all the 5th Ave shopping.
Unfortunately, I missed this in the ATL:
The Brit collects her Mark Teixiera bobblehead. All I gotta say, is thank god for eBay. I too will have my TexMex bobble.
Kissena, the team that at some point I’ll be riding with this summer. (Yay for UVA colors). Who knew that it would take over a month for the bruises from getting run over by bikes (twice) to go away?
Speaking of which, what do a Tour de France Champion (Alberto Contador) and I have in common? Turns out, we both like to fracture our elbows!
“The 2007 Tour de France winner crashed during Saturday’s eighth stage to Tivoli. He finished in the bunch on both Saturday and Sunday but an x-ray carried during Monday’s rest day revealed a small fissure fracture at the head of the radius bone of his left forearm.”
Neverfear, living in New York will not deprive me of my favorite clothing store ever: there’s a Ralph Lauren Rugby store in the Village.
The subway is a place of marvel for a small town southerner. The things I’ve seen in one week.. most notably, the guys who were breakdancing in a relatively full train, doing flips on the pole/handrails and a two-person somersault down the aisle. It was absolutely ridic, in a good way. Other ridiculous things happen on the subway that don’t need to be mentioned.
(Two-person somersault example here.. but the subway one was way better)
In regards to the legend of the $18 mani/pedi in NYC: it’s TRUE.
Best sign ever!
And the new Nats ballpark debuted tonite.. against the Bravos! Check out the new unis. Love love love. (Brit, this pic’s for you)
Trivia tidbit: Chipper Jones hit the first homerun in the Nationals ballpark
Braves home opener tomorrow (Monday). Remember last year? Winter coats + baseball = so wrong.
Georgetown loses and ‘Nova in the Sweet Sixteen.. could my weekend get any better?!
Also.. dpnation is now officially on Facebook! Become a fan here.
And, and oldie but a goodie.. microwaving peeps.
boyfriends of the moment!
I heart Scottie Reynolds, Jay Wright.. and March Madness.
While I’m a huge fan of seersucker, did my Bulls really have to draft this heinous dude?
One of my daily stops: The UniWatch Blog, by Paul Lukas (have I ever mentioned that I once asked Paul to adopt me? He laughed. But, he didn’t say no?)
Today’s topic: New WNBA uniforms.
I’m liking the Mystics unis, with inspiration from the old Bullets design, but most of the others are a little too flowery for my taste. I am a fan of the women’s cut though. (This goes back to my whole theory of women’s specific clothing – I don’t need my bike jerseys to have butterflies on them, I just want the men’s version but cut for women – is that too much to ask for?)
As most of you know, I’m quite the sports fan and obviously a big proponent for anything elevating women’s issues. So it really drives me nuts when people knock on the WNBA as a subpar, butch, unpopular, worthless, etc. sports league. There has been some great discussion today on the boards, and a good part of it pro-female (and excellent responses to those who are not). Here’s some of the highlights.
[quote] I hate the wnba. It would have folded a long time ago if it was not heavily subsidized by the NBA. And I love how most arenas put black drapes covering the second decks of the arenas, and only show certain camera angles to make you think the place is packed, when in reality there are 4-5K there. Come to think of it, the NCAA does the same thing with the women’s b-ball tournament, except for the final four. [/quote]
Yeah, and men’s college baseball, and men’s pro lacrosse, and . . . any “men’s” sport other than the big four. (source)
Obviously you have never attended a game at a top-notch women’s basketball school. Until the past few years it was the women’s teams at schools like Tennessee, Texas and Texas Tech that sold out the arenas. Not the men’s programs. (source)
Case in point. I’m a die hard Louisville men’s basketball fan and went to watch them play at Tennessee a few years back (pre-Bruce Pearl). Our seats were at the top of the arena right in front of a big, black curtain. I peeled it back a little to reveal another 10 rows of seats. I asked the person next to me what that was all about and they said they only open up those seats for women’s games. (source)
[quote] Sue Bird is ok. (She is, however, great looking – for a WNBA player)
I’d much rather look at the women of the LPGA, WTA, or women’s beach volleyball tour. [/quote]
Just because I don’t find Steve Nash attractive, doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a Sun’s game. I’m not a fan of the double standard that female athletes need to be hot (and athletic) in order for a sport to be popular. (source)
Let’s start with the WNBA unis. I do watch the WNBA, and thank you, dpnation, for pointing out that pulchritude is not a prerequisite for playing ability. I like watching women’s sports when I can (no cable). (source)
And from yesterday’s comments:
[dp's comment] here’s the link to the new WNBA unis:
And before any smartaleck remarks, please remember there ARE some people who actually appreciate womens sports.[/dp's comment]
agreed… and appreciate sue bird, swin cash, becky hammon… (source)Loving the fact that I’m not the only one who thinks this way..
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Loving the fact that I’m not the only one who thinks this way..
Not that I had any real ties to either team, I figured I’m a winner because 1) Florida replaces Dook as the last team to repeat and 2) Joakim Noah, who is still just as ugly in person, did not win MVP. Though I will point out that the UF fans are rather obnoxious (borderline UGA obnoxious).
Unfortunately because the ticket just fell into my lap, I didn’t have my real camera, and the PDA cam isn’t very good. Not that you all can’t find more pics by hitting up SI or ESPN..
The confetti comes down for Florida..
Marking “attend National Championship basketball game” off my to-do list. (Not to be confused with compete in a national championship, cause I already did that twice ;) )
Tomorrow – the women’s championship game – since UNC got knocked out in a similar choke-job as their male counterparts, I’ll be rooting for Viv and Rutgers. ESPN, 8pm.
Oh, just at the national championship game at the dome. Word.
One of the greatest times of the year.. only to compete with the SuperBowl, Opening Day, New Years Day football, and anything to do with the World Cup.
jfromfar: Seriously, Dana, I know I completely sexually harrass you, and don’t worry, I will continue to do so.
jfromfar: But you are the greatest sports loving woman on Earth.
jfromfar: I would have made you stand under the Villanova logo and made out with you.
jfromfar: You know, like Mistletoe, but in March.