Wednesday, March 17, 2010

More Awarding

Let’s see, what describes it best?
The Three Trees?
The Three Amigos?
The Three-Headed Beast? What is that thing called, a kraken? No, wait, make that Cerberus, that three-headed dog thing that guards Hades. Okay my kids and I were playing “Munchkin”, a dungeons-and-dragons-type game that makes fun of dungeons and dragons and although the game ended in tears (okay, they were mine), I did learn a lot of neat monster names. And how to lie, cheat and steal. So another fun and successful family night at C's house.

Oh, let’s just use the headline the article used, “Stanford’s Big Three were among 22 finalists for the Wooden Award”. The Wooden Award is given to the best women’s college basketball player. Stanford’s Jayne Appel, Kayla Pedersen and Nneka Ogwumike were the three, if you haven’t guessed by now. To paraphrase someone else, I forgot, they said most schools would “kill” to have even one center of this caliber and Stanford has three. And no other school had three finalists. Well, except UConn. But other than that…

Other Awards, these from the WBCA:
Stanford women's basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer was named Region Eight Coach of the Year. She is now in the running for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association  (WBCA) National Coach of the Year award. Boy, if she beats UConn, she’s a shoo-in.

Jayne Appel and Nneka Ogwumike were named Region Eight's All-America nominees. Not sure exactly what this means, but I think they are now eligible to be voted as all region winners or something. Sorry, haven’t heard of this award but know the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is highly respected. Here are the other nomionees.

Did you see the “Where’s Waldo” Sports Illustrated Cover for March Madness? One of four or five covers that feature a men’s college basketball player up front with someone from every men’s school that is in the tournament in the background. If you look really hard, you can see some women players in there, too. Not sure if they tried to get a women from each school, too. Got that Gator cheerleader, though. Anyway, test your eyes and see if you can find Nneka Ogwumike.

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