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July 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Storm plans championship night; Russell Wilson a women’s soccer fan

Storm games are no different than funerals, nail salons and youth soccer games when it comes to spotting Seahawks Super Bowl championship gear. It’s become a fun game to see how long it takes to spot a shirt, jersey or hoodie wherever you are these days. So, obviously it’s good marketing to try to mix…

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Comments | More in Storm, Twitter, Video | Topics: Diana Taurasi, Russell Wilson, Seahawks

June 2, 2014 at 7:08 AM

TV Alert: WNBA stars vs. men from “The Bachelorette”

Confession: I watch “The Bachelorette.” I know, but as a married woman I feel I have the right to make fun of single people desperately looking for love via reality TV. Who doesn’t love a good meltdown? That’s not yours or your kid’s, of course. Dude cracking a few weeks ago about the whole thing being…

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Comments | More in TV Alert, Twitter, WNBA | Topics: Elena Delle Donne, Stanford, Tamika Catchings

May 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

A 13-year-old’s query about equality returns Storm-Seahawks debate to spotlight

I asked a colleague to see if he could find the origin of the widely accepted “Big 4″ sports term used in media. You know, the quantifier to keep the conversation to the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL? So far we can’t find an origin or reason why hockey is even included over soccer, which…

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Comments | More in Storm, Twitter, WNBA | Topics: Cheryl Reeve, Karen Bryant, Seahawks

February 10, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Northwest 11: #DubsUp #ThatIsAll

Here’s the Northwest 11 weekly power ranking. The qualifying regional Division I schools are Washington, Washington State, Seattle U, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, Idaho and Boise State. Idaho State will not be included due to Pocatello’s more eastern location. NORTHWEST 11 WEEK 6 (Rank/Last Week/ School/Record: Comment) 1. (4) Washington (13-10, 6-6…

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Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Twitter | Topics: Aminah Williams, Haiden Palmer, Kelsey Plum

February 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Storm fans’ “major” problem with Super Bowl XLVIII coverage

FOX cut from the Seahawks’ domination of Super Bowl XLVIII to show images of its interpretation of the city’s only other champion — the 1979 Sonics — and a nerve was pricked, again. Storm fans, leading executive Karen Bryant and WNBA three-time MVP Lauren Jackson (who watched the game from China where she’s currently…

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Comments | More in Twitter, WNBA | Topics: Karen Bryant, Lauren Jackson, Seahawks

January 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Northwest 11: Eastside’s posts playing big in key wins for Gonzaga, Washington State

In this new Monday feature, I’ll take a look at the Northwest’s 11 Division I teams and give a weekly power ranking. The regional schools are Washington, Washington State, Seattle U, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, Idaho and Boise State. Idaho State will not be included due to Pocatello’s more eastern location.

NORTHWEST 11 WEEK 2

(Rank/Last Week/School/Record: Comment)

1. (1)  Gonzaga (14-3, 4-1 WCC): Guess this tweet from GU coach Kelly Graves says it all:

Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Polls, Twitter | Topics: Kelly Graves, Stanford

September 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM

A look at 2013 WNBA attendance and what’s tweetable for the #WNBAPlayoffs

WNBAPlayoffsRookies Brittney Griner, the 6-foot-8 Phoenix center, and Elena Delle Donne, the 6-5 Chicago forward, did their job in drawing more fans to WNBA seats and telecasts for the 2013 season. Delle Donne’s Sky saw a 17 percent increase in attendance from the averaged 5,573 fans Chicago drew in 2012.

Phoenix saw a 9 percent bump from its 7,815 in 2012 while the Indiana Fever was third in increased attendance, up 8 percent from its 7,582 average in 2012. The WNBA conveniently stopped providing the hardcore averages for its attendance this season — percentages without reference to actual numbers does look better in print, you know — so it surmised its total attendance saw a 1 percent increase overall. The league averaged 7,457 fans in 2012, an all-time low.

Because I have a calculator and time, the Storm, sans All-Stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson, averaged 6,980 fans in 2013. In Seattle, where KeyArena’s environment and fans are the envy of the WNBA, the figure is a dramatic dip from the 7,489 fans in 2012 – which ranked seventh in the WNBA. The Storm’s best season remains its inaugural one in 2000 when it averaged 8,912. But since Force 10 Hoops purchased the team in 2008, the Storm has averaged more than 8,000 fans in three seasons (2008, 2010, 2011).

I blame this season’s dip more on a failure to market more than Bird and Jackson in the past, fans not knowing players like G Tanisha Wright, F Camille Little and the addition of F Tina Thompson are worth seeing, too, hence the 10th consecutive playoff berth. But I digress.

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Comments | More in TV Alert, Twitter | Topics: Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird, Tanisha Wright

August 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Seattle U gets first win in Costa Rican tournament

Seattle U. headed to Costa Rica to gain some international experience this week. The defending WAC regular-season champions, SU defeated the Costa Rican National Team, 59-50, in the first of three games while on its foreign tour. The Redhawks led through the majority of the game, which consisted of four 10-minute quarters….

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Comments | More in Seattle U, Twitter | Topics: Joan Bonvicini, Kacie Sowell

August 14, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Mailbag: Lauren Jackson returns, UW releases nonconference schedule and a TV Alert

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Storm center Lauren Jackson
Photo courtesy The Border Mail

Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson returned to the court on Wednesday after a 10-month layoff due to hamstring surgery in January. A three-time WNBA MVP, Jackson joined her native Australian national team to defeat New Zealand 66-50 on Wednesday in the opening round of the Oceania championship.

Jackson, a 6-foot-6 center, scored 22 points and had nine rebounds in her first organized game since Seattle lost 73-72 to Minnesota in the decisive Game 3 of the WNBA playoffs opening-round in October 2012. Jackson finished that road game with nine points on 1-for-7 shooting with six rebounds, missing a possible game-winner with 1.2 seconds left. Immediately following the loss Jackson, 32, wondered if she’d play, again.

“I’m just happy I got that game out of the way. It feels so good to be out there pain free,” Jackson told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News after Wednesday’s game. “I couldn’t walk before I had the surgery. I’m feeling pretty good about things, now. There was a period where I thought I’d never play, again, but to come out here tonight…New Zealand is our neighbor, so it feels like home a bit and it feels good.”

The Opals face the Tall Ferns on Sunday in Canberra. The teams are vying for slots at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey from September 27 to October 5, 2014.

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Comments | More in Mailbag, Olympics, Twitter | Topics: Lauren Jackson, Mike Neighbors

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