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July 27, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Monday morning dribble: Obama, KissCam, and Twitter

SheriSam.jpgThe Detroit Shock have landed in Washington, D.C. They are heading a basketball clinic now and moments from a ceremony with President Barack Obama, where the Shock will be honored for winning the 2008 WNBA title.
That meant former Storm forward Sheri Sam (pictured right by the team) was brought back to the team, making the trip. With rosters chopped from 13 players to 11, she was one of the talented veterans squeezed out this season. Sam was recently spotted at KeyArena, visiting her friends on the Seattle team.
League president Donna Orender plans to make the trip to D.C., too. And she’s hopeful Obama has time like he did with the Connecticut women’s team to shoot hoops on his private outdoor court.
“I’m going to say, ‘Where’s your jump shot, I want to know if it’s worth a darn!'” Orender said of her planned opening line for the President. “I met him the first time and he said, ‘Do you have any game? I said, ‘Yeah, I have game. Let’s go.'”
Orender played in college and briefly in a defunct pro league.
If Orender and Obama do play, you can be sure they’ll stay away from the “KissCam” during breaks. The controversial game during timeouts has re-emerged as a story in the Washington Post since, despite its strong support from lesbians, the WNBA continues to ignore the women with in-arena filming.
Majority of teams have done away with the gimmick. But at the All-Star game, it was used, dodging same-sex couples intentionally. The Storm doesn’t play the kissing game during time outs, but once during a Sonics matchup, game operations showed two Sonics Dancers nearly kissing, which was even more offensive as the crowd of mostly men got aroused as if in a seedy bar
It’s bad enough, in my opinion, that Mystics president Shelia Johnson is using the excuse “we need money” to excuse her affiliation with questionable sponsors who offend parts of her fan base. But, seriously, does the WNBA really want to test what its sustainability would be without the homosexual fan base it already shoves under the rug?
I’ve heard of this thing where minorities don’t spend for a day to show their impact on society. That should be implemented on a big day for the WNBA and all of its sponsors. Then maybe the league will get the point. Not that I want to see anyone kissing, some folks take it way to far, but I don’t like to see anyone ignored or pressured.
You can’t please everyone, that’s why gimmicks that deliberate divide because of one person’s beliefs should be omitted. What? You can’t ping more T-shirts into the crowd?
And speaking of being pressured, how do those who follow players on Twitter feels it’s going? Controversy has popped up there, too, as Washington F Kristen Mann griped on the social-networking site about poor planning by the organization — making her attend a season-ticket holder event prior to a game.
Los Angeles F Candace Parker publishes Jay-Z lyrics with racial slurs and cursing, as if deleting parts with asterisks really makes a difference. And Minnesota F Charde Houston is in serious violation of TMI, twittering about menstruation and other unmentionables.
“Charde is funny,” said Phoenix All-Star Cappie Pondexter (@cappa23). “I told her she stays on Twitter so much, she probable tweets more than she sleeps. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. Every minute – I woke up. Just had oatmeal. I’m like go to sleep. It’s worse than Facebook.
“It’s great for the WNBA because it brings exposure. There’s so many people on it from every industry, it’s bringing all spectrums together and allowing our fan base to become bigger than what it is.”
Prior to the season, the WNBA jumped on Twitter en masse as a way to further its connection with fans. Parker has about 17,000 followers, so it’s a good outlet. But sometimes the image seems to be tarnishing worse than any sports column. Wondered if you thought that was true.
Quick hits: Saw former Storm coach Jessie Kenlaw backstage at the All-Star game. She’s working with C Janell Burse’s agent, Boris Lelchitski, out of Kenlaw’s Atlanta home base. “Everybody is wondering where I’ve been, but nobody calls,” she teases. Kenlaw likes her position learning the other side of basketball, but said she’d like to return to coaching…Pondexter has a new tattoo on her right hand of a .45 Colt Caliber Revolver. “I love shooting guns, it’s very relaxing,” said Pondexter, who has 15 hours worth of work on her body. “My mom is going to kill me because she hasn’t seen this, yet.”…The Storm has been catching up with their past, preparing to celebrate the All-Decade team on Aug. 1. Centers Simone Edwards and Kamila Vodichkova will be in attendance. But if you’re missing PG Michelle Greco, who wasn’t voted to the team, check out this fun read.…Seattle PG Sue Bird and Connecticut F Asjha Jones were selected their respective conference’s Player of the Week.



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