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August 21, 2006 at 3:56 PM

Masking the thought

So I told Storm guard Sue Bird she should start wearing her mask full time and she snapped back saying, “Do you want to wear it while you’re typing, not being able to look at the keys at any moment because there’s this thing blocking your face?” I lied and said I don’t look at the keys anyway.
“Have you read any of my articles?” I said.
She laughed and explained that it’s the impaired vision — both peripheral and when she looks down — not vanity, that keeps her mask tucked away in the trainer’s equipment bag. “I’d rather not wear it,” she deadpanned. But Bird’s upcoming playing schedule may change that thought.
Doctors told Bird, who has broken her nose the past two seasons, she doesn’t have to wear the protective facemask for what was diagnosed as a nose contusion. Yet she will so that she can take “more risks” without worry. The same goes for the World Championship in September, where Bird will try to lead Team USA to an automatic Olympic berth.
“The Brazilian fans might be seeing a mask in their future,” she said of where the competition will be held.
Bird was upbeat about the situation, however, especially after I told her some fans have already placed Band-Aids on her signature bobblehead doll for good luck.
“Are you serious?” she said with a huge smile.
Yep.
“That’s great.” she said before running off to join her team to prepare for a group dinner tonight.

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