In an unscientific poll, 54 percent said they’d watch Tuesday’s championship game between unbeatens UConn and Notre Dame. The overall viewership turned out to be the best for ESPN in a decade. Missed it? Well, UConn won a historic ninth title in a 79-58 blowout. Irish coach Muffet McGraw commented…More
Category: Final Four
Post a picture of food on Facebook and you can bet family will show up for Sunday dinner. This Sunday they saved me from boredom. The road to the women’s Final Four in Nashville had drama with a few upsets and tight games. The semifinal games on Sunday? A total flop. As I’ve stated all…More
The Final Four festivities are kicking off in Nashville. Washington coach Mike Neighbors is among the throng in attendance, staying true to his reputation as one of the more vibrant coaches at the event. His weekend started with hitting the stage with his guitar to play some country tunes and he’ll be honored Monday…More
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is known for getting people to talk, whether it’s expressing animosity toward NBA officiating or backing support for the Sonics not to be relocated in 2008.
Cuban’s latest gem is contemplating using his second-round pick in June’s NBA draft to select Baylor star Brittney Griner. Maybe he’d even sign the 6-foot-8 center to play in the NBA summer league.
“Would I do it? Right now, I’d lean toward yes, just to see if she can do it,” Cuban told ESPNDallas.com this week. “You never know unless you give somebody a chance, and it’s not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it.”
Naturally, it sparked a debate over whether Griner could play in the NBA given her size and dominance of the NCAA women’s game. More than 13,000 people participated in an ESPN SportsNation poll about the topic.
Griner, who has an 88-inch wingspan, graduated as the NCAA Division I all-time leader in dunks (18) and blocks (748) and finished second in all-time scoring (3,283 points).
Yet the debate makes zero sense. Not because of some sexist stance or because women don’t need to prove they can play.More
As we saw on Thursday, President Obama has Pac-12 co-champion California, a No. 2 seed, upsetting top-seeded Stanford to advance to the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. On the eve of the most exciting tournament in women’s college hoops, I thought I’d share a few more picks since seemingly everyone…More
The NCAA women and men’s tournament brackets are out. The Pac-12 advanced four teams to the NCAA women’s tourney, its most since sending four in 2009. While you’re filling the brackets out, here’s a poll for you to ponder. [do action=”script” url=”http://static.polldaddy.com/p/6972128.js”/]More
Here’s a fun one. I believe it’s the only time a woman’s sport in Seattle is the overwhelming favorite in our unscientific polls. Vote below. Be sure to also read our latest journal entry on Washington post Katie Collier, who’s working her way back from a season-ending knee injury. In other news, UW…More
The WNBA brass convened last month and Renee Brown, the WNBA’s chief of basketball operations and player relations, revealed its decision on new rules Thursday morning. Sorry, there’s no anti-tanking rule to protect what many believed Phoenix was guilty of last season to grab a coveted No. 1 overall draft pick. And, thankfully, UConn legendary coach Geno Auriemma’s idea to lower rims in women’s basketball also wasn’t installed.
Here’s the release on the rulings the league did make:
The WNBA will implement new rules regarding flopping and defensive three-seconds, while also extending the three-point line, Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations Renee Brown announced today following the league’s Board of Governor’s Meeting. The rules will go into effect beginning with the 2013 season.
“Flops that are intended to mislead referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into believing a foul call was missed are a detriment to the game,” Brown said. “With that, both the Board of Governors and the Competition Committee felt strongly that a player who, upon video review by the league, is believed to have committed a flop will, after an initial warning, be given an automatic penalty.”
“Flopping” will be defined as any physical act that, upon review, reasonably appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player.
The primary factor in determining if a player committed a flop is whether her physical reaction to an action by another player (whether or not that action resulted in contact) is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force, direction, or nature of the action of the other player. An example would be a player who lunges, flails, or falls following minimal or non-existent contact with an opponent.