Lauren Jackson, a three-time WNBA MVP, officially pulled out of contention to compete with Basketball Australia in the FIBA World Championships later this month in Turkey. Instead she underwent a surgical procedure Tuesday on her hip and will continue rehabilitation on her right knee, which was first operated on in February. It’s another episode in…More
San Antonio PG Becky Hammon continues to break barriers. On Tuesday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich named her to his staff as an assistant coach. Terms weren’t released but the move makes Hammon the second woman to serve as a coach during the regular-season in the history of the NBA. She’ll make the transition after…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
The monthlong saga of what will happen to the Los Angeles Sparks appears to be over. Broadcaster Larry Burnett, the voice of the Sparks, wrote on his blog that NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be part of a group that purchases the franchise. Burrnett also posted on his Twitter account the…More
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…More
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:
Contrary to earlier reports by some, the Zags are still alive & well in Spokane
Zags swept BYU and then-No. 24 San Diego at home last week. A big reason is the continued improved play of junior F Sunny Greinacher. She was named WCC player of the week after averaging 17 points and 6 rebounds, shooting 65 percent from the field.More
Rookies 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.More