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January 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM

WNBA players trash talk about NFL playoffs

SwinSteelers.jpgMost Storm fans should know by now that free agent Swin Cash is a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan (enter groan here). The All-Star SF makes sure all know that frantic towel waving originates with the “Terrible Towels” and nowhere else. With the NFL playoffs continuing this weekend, a few WNBA players who love the game have shared thoughts in an interview with the league, including Cash. She’s pictured right in a self-portrait with niece Avionna.
Chicago F Cathrine Kraayeveld, a native of Lake Washington High whose father played with the Seahwks, even has a friendly wager going with Los Angeles F Candace Parker. A 2008 MVP, Parker is a native of Illinois and die-hard Chicago Bears fan.
I’ll update later with their exchange. But here’s the Cash interview with the league:

SWIN CASH (Steelers fan) regarding Ravens at Steelers AFC Divisional Playoff Game.
WNBA.COM: Will there be a friendly wager between you and (Connecticut PG) Renee Montgomery (a Baltimore fan)?
Swin Cash: There aren’t any wagers. I don’t need to make Renee wear a Steelers jersey for a day or anything like that. That’d be great – LOL – but just beating her Ravens will be satisfaction enough!!
WNBA.COM: Any fun pre-game trash talk you’d like to offer Renee?
CASH: No need; I just wave my “Terrible Towel” and she knows what time it is! LOL!
WNBA.COM: How long have you been a Steelers fan and how did you first become a fan of the team?
CASH: Is this a serious question? I grew up in western Pennsylvania, 15 minutes from Pittsburgh. Actually come to think of it, Renee grew up in West Virginia, which is not too far from Pittsburgh. Why she’s not a Steelers fan I have no idea! Where I’m from we work hard and cheer even harder! Blue collar city with a Steel Curtain Defense!
WNBA.COM: What are your best memories or anecdotes about following your team?
CASH: Watching them win the Super Bowl in person, in Detroit and again in Tampa! As a little girl I heard about the great Steelers players of the 70’s and all their Super Bowl rings. Well this is my era and players my age bringing the hardware back home!
WNBA.COM: Who is your favorite player(s) on the team to watch and why?
CASH: I try not to have favorites. I love watching our defense go after teams like a fly to raw meat and Hines Ward with that Colgate smile of his after scoring a TD makes it look so easy! The Steelers have always been about team football and watching that chemistry in action on the field is what we love.
WNBA.COM: Where and how will you be watching the game?
CASH: Still figuring that out as I’m playing overseas now. Depending on my practice and game schedule that day I will probably be using a combination of my phone or laptop to keep me updated! But I can always count on ESPN to keep me up to date and I can turn to my tweeps on Twitter (@swincash) to give me the blow-by-blow.
WNBA.COM: Why do you think your team will win the game?
CASH: Our guys have had a week off to get healthy, prepare and re-energize. It’s going to be a smash mouth type of game but that’s when we’re at our best. Playing the game at home in front of our faithful fans (Steeler Nation) with the towels waving is a hostile environment for anyone, especially in the playoffs.
WNBA.COM: What is your prediction for the final score the game?
CASH: I don’t care as long as we win!
WNBA.COM: Who is your pick for NFL MVP this season, and why?
CASH: Michael Vick. What he was able to do this year was amazing. Watching him play was like watching a video game at times. He brought that entertainment piece back to the NFL. All these rule changes have made it impossible for the athletes to show real emotion. To be honest, I don’t know how they do it. They say play as a team but when you score celebrate alone….LOL I would like to see Hines Ward score and the whole offensive line do The Dougie in the end zone! (Just kidding, maybe).
WNBA.COM: If you were in the NFL, what position would you want to play?
CASH: Wide receiver. I have good hands, I run good routes (ask Sue (Bird) she loves throwing me the long ball) and have you seen me run? They say I’m like a gazelle out there… Ha! GO STEELERS!

And from Connecticut PG Renee Montgomery:

RENEE MONTGOMERY (Baltimore Ravens fan) re AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Steelers:
WNBA: Any fun pre-game trash talk you’d like to offer Swin?
RENEE MONTGOMERY: The Steelers and Ravens have gone back and forth in beating each other. When the Steelers win, I always tell Swin we will meet again…and the time has come.
WNBA: How long have you been a Ravens fan and how did you first become a fan of the team?
MONTGOMERY: I haven’t been a Ravens fan all my life. I became a Ravens fan when I became really good friends with Ray Rice, so I would say a few years now.
WNBA.COM: What are your best memories or anecdotes about following your team?
MONTGOMERY: “My best memory was going to the San Diego game. It was so hot, and we were the away team. But I met the family of Michael Oher (the subject of the movie The Blind Side) in that experience, and I got to see a game live.”
WNBA.COM:Who is your favorite player(s) on the team to watch and why?
MONTGOMERY:My favorite player is Ray Rice. I call him ‘Bestest’ because we have become really close over these past years.
WNBA.COM: Where and how will you be watching the game? If you are out of the country, will you be following on your phone, laptop, or other device?
MONTGOMERY:I’m in Israel, and I have a Slingbox, so I will be watching the game on my laptop.
WNBA.COM: Why do you think your team will win the game?
MONTGOMERY:I think the Ravens will win because of defense. It’s so hard to play against the Ravens defense, and then the offense is clicking on all cylinders now so its a tough match-up.

WNBA.COM:
What is your prediction for the final score the game?
MONTGOMERY: “I’m terrible with this so I will predict Ravens as winners and Steelers as losers.
WNBA.COM: Who is your pick for NFL MVP this season, and why?
MONTGOMERY:Michael Vick. Not because of how unbelievable his comeback was, but because night in and night out he put in work and proved he was the best player in the NFL this season.
WNBA.COM: If you were in the NFL, what position would you want to play
MONTGOMERY:I would have to be the quarterback. I like having the ball in my hands and I think the point guard and quarterback position are very similar in the aspect of having to make plays for others and also making good decisions because what you do effects the whole team.”
WNBA.COM: Why was your undefeated UConn national championship team better than that of Steeler fan Swin Cash?
MONTGOMERY: “*Stops the music.* Huh?? I always respect the alums, those who came before me, so I gotta let Swin have that one. Nice try on throwing that one in there though. 🙂 🙂

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