Hi, how was your fourth? C and R didn’t lose any fingers or burn down any forests with illegal fireworks, so all in all, a successful 4th of July. A trip to the beach today shed light on a true Stanford fan when she said, “I hope someone beats Uconn this year, Stanford, heck, I don’t even care if it’s Tennessee, as long as someone beats UConn this year.” Well said, which was hard to do as all our teeth were chattering at another (freezing) day at the beach in July in Northern California. (Hey New York, want some of our fog?)
Don’t forget to watch Jayne Appel ride the bench in the WNBA All Star game tomorrow. It’s weird how that all unfolded. First of all, Team USA coach and current UConn coach Geno Auriemma got the WNBA to change their format of East and West All Stars to WNBA All Stars playing his Team USA. Then someone at the WNBA decided to let the fans vote for anyone, any position, and they will take the top ten fan votes and if they are on Team USA, they will play for Team USA and the others will play for the WNBA. And then the city of San Antonio gets into the act, who, by the way must have the best fans in the world because when all the votes were counted, four of the top ten were San Antonio Silver Stars, one of them being Jayne Appel, who is not exactly All Star material. But she WAS on Team USA, at least in the winter, but apparently she has been dropped and might be added at a later date. So she and Silver Stars Becky Hammon, Michelle Snow, and Sophia Young plus Lauren Jackson were put on the WNBA All Star team. So the coaches added Sancho Lyttle, Iziane Castro Marques, Crystal Langhorne, Penny Taylor, Katie Douglas and Rebekkah Brunson. Oh, the Lindseys Whalen and Harding and Monique Curry were also added because of injured players. Got all that? A little convoluted. So who is on the Team USA Roster?
The U.S. team is led by Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings, Swin Cash, and Sylvia Fowles. Tina Charles, Candice Dupree, Angel McCoughtry, Renee Montgomery, Cappie Pondexter and UConn's Maya Moore. Six out of the ten are UConn players. Hmmm, C and R don’t remember Tara VanDerveer stacking her Olympic Team with that many Stanford players.
Anyhoo, tune in tomorrow to one of the ESPN channels. C and R’s bet is that Team USA will annihilate the WNBA roster, because Team USA is the WNBA All Star roster.