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A highlight from Dice it Up 12 | FSU Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff
"All right, what's up, everybody? We are back with another episode of dice it up on the her hoop stats podcast, ice. We are joined by one of the top guests we've ever had. I am so pumped for this interview. You know this coach personally, you've played against this coach, we're joined by Brooke wyckoff of Florida state, new head coach. She was interim before taking over in her first official year. Welcome to the show. Thank you, Daniel. And let's just be clear, ice plate against me when I was coaching. She is way younger than me. We didn't play against each other as basketball players. I just want to clarify that. For her sake, but I did go to against her when she was a player. I thought about that too. And I was like, are people on like, that's probably fine. It's no big deal. That way younger than me, but no, I'm super excited and thrilled to be here with you both. It's a great honor. I love this. This pod and so really appreciate you having me. Yeah, well, thank you for joining us, coach. One, it was fun playing against you, so to speak. We love the ACC love. So that's great. Daniel did mention this before we started that I did start the university of Florida, so we were sworn enemies at first, but I got rid of them. We moved on to better things. So now I can see love. So here we are. What you got, great resume, right? I mean, you know, four years standout FSU, one of the only four 7 also have your Jersey retired, played in the W for 8 years. And now you are officially a head coach, like under contract. It's no longer interim. It is the real thing and you're doing it. But walk us through that interim year. Just following up after stew, kind of going through everything. And then obviously COVID dealing with those things, you know, you kind of got your first started to head coach in a tough time, like in a tough circumstance. How did you raise your way through it? One day at a time, really, and that was kind of the blessing in disguise with being a coach during COVID and especially being a first time head coach, even though it was interim, was that COVID forced us all just to take it one day at a time because we had no idea nobody knew what was next and a lot of hard things were happening. And so it was a great way just to kind of rally the team together and under that just kind of theme of, hey, we're going to be grateful and have gratitude for every day that we have together, that every day that we're able to be healthy and to play basketball during this crazy time when so many hard things are going on. So it really was to enter into that role and before to just be in the moment because as you guys know, it just when you're leading something and there's so many things going on as a head coach. You can get wrapped up in all of the big picture and million details and your brain can go everywhere all the time. So that it was just like, we're here, we're practicing. We're going to see if we can play a game today. If not, we'll try again tomorrow. And so I learned a lot of just saying present and being grateful for what's in front of me. Yeah. That's awesome. My follow-up to that is, you know, culture is a big thing when we talk about basketball and teams and replacing Sue, right? And then doing that in the interim coaching here, which is kind of hard to establish your own culture, right? Because of course it's going to be different than anyone that follows is going to be unique to you and your experiences. How have you been able to establish your own culture this year? And really having some time to be able to do that outside of the season outside of being in a room right and firstly getting that space to do that. Yeah. Well, like you said, that is the most important thing. As we all know, being in sports is like you can have most amazing players. You can think you know all about the X's and O's, but if you don't have that foundation of a great culture, a solid culture, and people that buy into that culture, you're not going to, it's going to be really hard road. So fortunately, you know, having been here and having played and coached under someone that was an expert in establishing culture and having very consistent culture and coach Sue. I was able to build upon that, especially with the players that were here last year who kind of already knew what our program is about, philosophically, and really that we're about people first. We're about taking care of each other first and foremost. And so building on that and kind of putting my own spin on it based on really not necessarily who I am, but kind of what we need right now. I mean, this college athletics is changing the landscape. What college athletics means is changing all the time as we know. And college kids change. Just who people are in general and kind of the different pressures that each generation has year by year. All those things go into how we approach culture. And so, you know, starting with the basis of we're going to be about each other, starting with that. Now, I have established kind of our culture. And really what it is is we talk every day is that we're going to get closer and better as a team every day. That's our goal, you know? We want to win championships. Those are stops along the way. We want to win games, but if we can focus on that goal of really what it is is building culture will be just fine. Love it. I do want to go back to the fact that I don't think I've heard anybody throughout the COVID year talk about that situation. Use the word grateful. The flexibility adaptability to just go with games being canceled, reschedule, et cetera, and it all led you here to this. I mean, it's an awesome story. And I love a good narrative of someone who was a standout going back to their Alma mater. I think coach shoes, first year coaching, that was your freshman year, which is even crazier, but with the success you've had, not just the interim year, but just helping this program for so long. Was there ever a time that you thought and considered other coaching positions or this Florida state position always kind of your dream? That's a great question. And really, Florida state, you know, has been my home and it's been a huge part of who I am since I was 16, 17 years old, but I have been, this is my 12th year coaching at Florida state. So it's been a while. This has always been my first priority, and I did consider other opportunities came up over the years that I considered and looked at and talked to people, but I really knew that to get me out of here and especially while I was working for coach Sue. It was hard to top that in my mind in terms of a better situation for me and my growth. That was the most important thing, though, that I think was really critical. Was that coach Sue understood that I still needed to grow. So as long as I was doing that here at Florida state, I mean, each year I gained more responsibility each year, I was involved in more things within the program. And I became better and in every aspect of the job, that was still going on. So as long as that was there, I was like, it's hard to top this place, you know? ACC, we had a lot of success on the court. And I just love it here in Tallahassee at Florida state. It's family. So yes, I did entertain other opportunities as they came up. And got that experience with some interviewing things like that. But it always knew in my heart that if they wanted me here as an assistant or as a head coach, this would be my first choice. That's amazing. Well, I'm glad that it all worked out. It's like, you know, someone may write a book about it one day. And I'm not for reading. Now, I mean, how did somebody from, you know, the Midwest, Ohio, even end up until I see. I mean, the way you're talking about tall aspect, I feel like ice and I would need to go visit. Yeah, I've never been to tell I think. You never been.
A highlight from Winsidr Show 22 New York Liberty Season in Review
"See our amazing staffs written content over on WNBA. Oops, sorry. Over on win sider dot com. The WNBA season might be over, but sports are still going on. So for all your ticketing needs, go to tick pick dot com slash wind cider. All right, that's all out of the way. I want to welcome you Karina. First of all, Korean Mustafa, you probably know her from Twitter, host and producer at the parley, and the host of court time with Queen and Mustafa on Fridays. You can find her on Twitter at Karina MM. Karina, welcome to the show. Thanks for joining me today. Thank you, I'm so excited to talk some lives and I love that you said you probably know her from Twitter because that is absolutely true. We both spend far too much time on Twitter. Yeah. Yeah, I'm super excited to talk to another positive liberty fan because a lot of people that I know that are covering this team, even a lot of times they're not as happy about them. Yeah. But I think that we are both optimistic reporters and maybe to a detriment sometimes, but we can find the good stuff in the blowouts. So I'm excited for us both to inject some positivity after I think what was a very, very positive season and another step in the right direction. Absolutely. Just season impressions from the beginning because they won opening night, but then lost their next 7. So it was a slow, slow start, but they finished the season. They really leveled out, finished with the 16 and 20 record. They got to the postseason as the 7 seed pushed the defending champs to three games, even stole a game on the road. Got the first ever game at Barclays center. What were your impressions just overall of the team's performance this season? Yeah, so when they won their first game of the regular season against the sun, I got very, very cocky, very, very quickly. And then they went one and 7, and I was like, oh God, this looks terrible. But as you said, they did level out. And I was super, I think, you know, I'm impressed with the way their season has gone. I think because in the NBA, I'm a raptors fan. I'm kind of used to this kind of stuff where a team is still developing. They're putting their pieces together. And you saw that with the liberty this year. Like we're going to talk about finally seeing a healthy year of Sabrina, you're going to ask who I think was absolutely fantastic. You can see the potential this team. And it just feels like they're so close. They're just a couple of pieces away. Still waiting for some players to come back fully healthy, of course. We didn't have benaja for literally in the entire season. And so yeah, I'm just really excited. I think this season showed that the liberty are in the right direction and they're moving forward and not backwards. I think that on that opening night win, which feels like years ago at this point. There was nobody in the building maybe more surprised than I was at that performance. Because the liberty had been dealing with so many injuries during training camp with late arrivals and the week before that, they were supposed to have a preseason game against the Washington mystics that they canceled at the last minute. And it was because of a rash of illnesses on the team and just some people were not fully healthy. And during that, so they turned that into a scrimmage because they had promised the season ticket holders something. And at that scrimmage, the lineup, if I remember correctly, it was Natasha Howard, honshu, lorela kubai, it was Sabrina you can ask you. And who is the 5th? I don't even remember who the 5th was. Maybe it was Ben Asia. But either way, it was like, and then they just ran those 5 against 5 practice players for a simulated game. And afterwards, I asked sandy brondello about that. And I was like, are you trying this super big lineup against Connecticut? And she said, no, absolutely not. I only had 5 players. I only had 5 people that could dress, and we had this practice on the schedule. So when they came out opening night against a team that was 26 and 6 in 2021, I did not think the liberty had any chance. And they've surprised me and then very quickly came back down to earth. But all season long, like you said, it was just a season of attrition, right? They were just constantly losing players. They were constantly just working players back into rotations. So 16 and 20 is very impressive after that very, very slow start. And yeah, let's move on to Sabrina, like you alluded to. She made the proverbial leap in that year three where we see a lot of players. But it was a different year three for her because she almost didn't have a rookie season. And it wasn't even a rookie season that she was able to stick around and observe to learn from her teammates to get a feel because that was the bubble season. So after her injury, she left and didn't even build those relationships didn't even develop some of that rapport. But this year, 17.4 points a game, 7.1 rebound, 6.3 assists. Her first all star nod, she was second team all WNBA, the accolades were just kind of pouring in. And she just really, yeah, she took that extra step. She showed that she could be a franchise player. And that was that was a question. Number one picks, especially guards in this league over the last few years have taken a few years to develop. We just saw Kelsey plum and Jackie young really have strong seasons for the aces, but it took them a few years to get to that point. What do you think contributed to saps performance this season? Yeah, I think especially as soon as the libs acquired crystal dangerfield, I think that just opened up a whole new world for Saab being able to kind of go off a little bit because you can kind of you've heard it from her a lot how she was kind of struggling with that pressure when she was bringing the ball up the floor a lot and when she was at the one spot. And so I think having that kind of freedom and being able to work off of crystal while still still playmaking because don't get me wrong like sabb is still an amazing playmaker. And so I think
A highlight from Courtside 92: FIBA World Cup Update And Early Women's College Basketball Takes
"Joined as always by my guy. Gabe Ibrahim gave. First and foremost, I see that you're sporting a Georgetown T-shirt. I am. Did you know it was Brianna's birthday today? I did know, I did that. I was up to date on why I was wearing the shirt. So yes, it is your daughter's birthday. How 19? 19. Years young. Oh my God, that's my baby. I'm gonna squeeze her little face today. I can't wait to see her. Happy birthday. Happy birthday baby. Thank you for easy. Breezy for three Z would you say? No shots she's watching this. No. I'll save it. Pressing matters as a player on short John's about. I'll load up her text messages like I always do and just send it along after. Have a birthday brief. Yeah, happy birthday. So happy birthday in the comments. If you guys are around, welcome to the stream, as always, I guess not as always, but as of recently, we've been doing this since we've been really fun. So yeah, drop some comments, let us know what you guys think. And say happy birthday to Brie. And whenever you guys want, we love seeing you guys in the comments. And make sure you follow us at her hoop stats on Twitter. Ibrahim, Christy, wait. What's your, I haven't said it in so long. I know, right? It's all good. Christy W Scott, 51. And make sure you spoke Christy CHR is TY, even though, you know, when I get a coffee and they spell it wrong, I still drink the coffee. Especially after these middle of the night, games for USA basketball and the wizards at that end, you know, USA basketball played at 3 a.m. and the wizards played at 6. So the extra shot of coffee is just now kicking in for me. So I am very verbose and that's not a normal thing for me. Anyway. So yeah, I may not be as for both 'cause I may have made a mistake in I want to sleep for a few hours before the USA game. It didn't happen. So I'm running on about an hour of sleep. I just got right after the wizards game wrapped up and I wrote my article for bolts forever. But I still have many, many thoughts on everything that happened in feet in the feeble World Cup. And our thoughts on college basketball because we promised people to talk about it. And yeah, maybe there's also WNBA stuff, but we could use a quick break. As Daniel said, Dana said, I gave him so tired. His wife was sending me some energy drinks that I really liked. There you go, you know? Energy drinks, y'all. Vanilla, I also woke up for my post fever nap just in the how. It just now. Wow. So let's be honest, Christy, did you stay up until the wee hours of the morning? I did. And when the game got out of hand, which is early. It was early. Early in the game got out of hand. They were up 30. So I was like, you know what? They got this. They're going to advance, let me take a little power nap. And I think I went to sleep, but you know it's not good sleep when you're trying to wake up and do things. And so yeah, I got up and watched the hometown wizards in Japan taking on the warriors and that was fun to watch. So, I mean, when you wake up to basketball or you go to sleep to basketball and you wake up to basketball, it just gives the day a new feel. And I love it. So, yeah. A lot of hoops on the mind. On the brain. So I don't know if I answer your question. No. It doesn't seem like you did, but you're more used to this. You have it. You have this down powder. More used to not sleeping again. At some point, right? But as you mentioned, that game luckily for the U.S. was pretty out of hand early on. They end up being in Canada 83 to 43. Yeah. One of the most stifling defensive performances you're ever going to see from any team, it was from the first minute. I think Joel Lloyd really set the tone. She kept pushing out Canada's guards out like three feet beyond the three point line on all of their handoffs, everything. Everything was just really tough for Canada and I thought the effort from the United States was really impressive. Well, it was phenomenal. And I think what you see gel first and foremost on any team at any level is the defense. And everyone talks about, well, when you say the word chemistry, you're thinking offense, automatically everyone's like, what's the chemistry like? And you're thinking offensively. And that does take some time, but you're going to get that. I mean, you have skilled players and elite level. What you don't have is the chemistry on the defensive side. And I think that is what you're seeing now, becoming more pronounced for the USA team. I think that they are on a string communicative, as always, because again, they're on an elite level. But there is timing to defense as well. And I don't think it gets discussed enough. I think we talk about timing of pick and roll actions. What better ghosted or whatever? But we don't talk about how are we going to hedge like how hard are we going to hedge? How high up? What's the timing? Those kinds of defensive actions and I think we needed to talk about that more. And put that on some analytics and slice and dice with that. And then I think if you do that with this particular game for a USA against Canada, I think what you will see, is there efficiency on the defensive end. And it didn't matter who was on the floor. It was across the board. Like whoever came in, they were on it. And you love to see that kind of leadership on the defensive end. But I think now that they've been together for almost a month now, I think you're really seeing that side of the ball come together. Yeah, no, they were just all over it. That thing dual Lloyd played an absolutely phenomenal game. I think, as I mentioned, I think Asia and Brianna Stewart, it's not there. It's not fair. It's not fair. And I don't want to be like that, but it really isn't fair, just like defensively. And I think what you're saying is totally true. They have continued to ratchet up the defense. I think all those players, their dogs, you know, they all got that dog in them. And I think they really pride themselves in defense even some like Kelsey plum who's not necessarily her defense isn't the first thing you think of. She's playing some really good defense too. And it is easier when you have Asia Wilson and Briana Stewart behind you cleaning up everything. And they absolutely were Canada could not finish at the rim for anything. They couldn't finish anywhere. Here are the shooting numbers for Canada. It's not good. They were 16 of 73 that is about 20 1.9%. From three, they went four of 26. 15.4%. I don't know. I mean, I don't know how much you want to describe the three point shooting to the United States, but I felt like everything was also rushed for Canada. It was like when they got open three, they just felt like someone was coming to take this ball away from me. And they would rush it. But just a phenomenal defensive effort. I think. You look at the offensive side. It looks good to Kelsey plum 14 points. Wilson 15 Stewart 17 aless Thomas ten Thomas was had ten points and 5 of 5 shooting. It's normal. That's how she does it. It's normal.
A highlight from 9/30/22 - Aces High!
"The Dodgers are winning the World Series tweets depending on the day. Because we're sports fans of all this is such an October is kind of the best time of year for that. But make no mistake. Women's basketball coverage still are number one. You just might see some of that creep in over the next couple of weeks. Yeah. It's funny you mentioned that I actually did text my best friend one of my good friends, Jordan, like my best Dodger friend, Jordan. And actually texted him the classic. We just won our 106 game, and I still can't tell if the Dodgers are good. And people would laugh at that, but that's the world we live in. Sports being a sports fan is fun. Some years I feel like I wish I wasn't. I just feel like I would probably add like 14 years directly back onto my life. Definitely. Just takes conversation recently with you probably know Tommy. Tommy, who is a Utah state fan, a Boise state fan, and an Indianapolis Colts fan, all three of those teams play their hated rivals in the next 72 hours. And all three of those teams are probably going to lose, and I'm worried about it. I suggested over the phone earlier this week. We should get really into stuffed breads. We should start home making pizzas. Just doing something that's productive with our lives instead of stressing over whether or not Jonathan Taylor is going to get a touchdown. I remember telling Kyle one time like, what if you and I drop all the sports and it's just fly fishing. Like you already love it. But you get mean to it and that's just that's us now is we just fly fishing. Like and that's it. Because I think that would be a lot. First of all, tons more relaxing. And you know, like it actually, maybe I might be a good person after it. As opposed to it feels like sometimes after a sporting event, I'm over it. I used to be a horrific human after it. We're in like, I think we're in season 5 or 6 of WNBA nation by season 20. This is going to be a midlife crisis pod. It's just going to be about voting and taking care of your lawns. Yeah. Maybe by then we'll see if lons exist. Maybe zero escaping is a hobby. I don't know, but Logan, let's get to the belated news that technically we could have done well over a week ago, but let's finally do it. Congratulations to the Las Vegas aces you're 2022. You did it. WNBA champions, as if it was a shock to seemingly anyone. Here's the thing. We had a 5 versus 6 matchup last season. So to walk in into the number one and seem like the odds on favorite from start to finish doesn't exactly boat a strong resume heading into the playoffs, but they come in and essentially cruise through things beating Connecticut in four games while Connecticut was very competitive, had a very decisive win, my assumption is it really felt like this was the aces to squander throughout and they stayed in control. They played high octane offensive basketball, and then by game four, they figured out defensively how to essentially put a full on cap on things. Chelsea gray. MVP, which is a discussion in and of itself. We had the Vegas championship parade of all championship parades. There is just a lot to talk about. There is additional buzz already coming off of this championship like something I don't know that we've seen. Before, everything considered now that we've had a chance to give a real good long look back at this WNBA finals, this playoffs this season. And the aces in general and their potential impact, what's your impressions? What's your hand on it? What do you remember most are taking with you most coming out of this? I think the two big takeaways for me I'll go micro and then I'll go macro. With the benefit of retrospect, I think the ace is won the championship this year when they beat Seattle in that overtime. Yes. I think that was the moment that they ascended from we've been good all year. We've been a contender all year. We've had Becky Hammond and a great offense all year to nothing is going to stop us from accomplishing our goal. The macro is a lot more fun for me, I think, for us to talk about, which is since age of Wilson's been in the league, we've been talking about how she's destined for multiple rings. And here's number one. And you got to be careful with that because stars come into sports leagues all the time that look like they're going to be the next big thing. And sometimes it doesn't work out, or sometimes it takes to the twilight of their career to finally reach that point. Asia still not yet really even in her prime, she's the raging. She's the reigning league MVP. She's got a ring. She's probably not done. I would probably caution people not to get too ahead of themselves, but as you look at next year's rosters, you got to believe that Vegas is basically going to run everybody back and other teams are going to have to make some serious ground up in order to compete with them. So I know everybody who wins a championship immediately, that's where our thoughts go. Could this be the start of a dynasty? Is that where this is heading? I don't think it's instructive to really get that far ahead of ourselves just yet. But the legacy of aja Wilson is
A highlight from Dice it Up 11 | The Growth of WNBA Betting with Danielle Alvari
"Going on, everybody. We are back with another episode of dice it up. For those of you who also follow myself and are betting channels spread the floor, presented by her group stats. You know who our guess is this week. It is the legendary, the famous LA's finest, the one person I talked to from the West Coast. Daniela Alvarez, we've wanted to get you on for a while. What's up? Just a touch of an oversell. So good. I'm very excited. I'm like a little starstruck because I've seen Iceland's podcast, but I've never got to actually hop on with her, so I'm very excited. Love it. Well, this is a Dream Team then 'cause Dan has a lot of fun. We have a lot of the show. Yeah. That's all I'm good for. Usually just a few laughs and then occasionally. And some pics. Yeah, I was gonna say. And then occasionally some drinks after games. Drinks after games with ice is a must. Well, I hopefully commentating somewhere. Again, next year. And so when you go to LA, you and Danielle, Danielle, go down the court, go shoot some threes. I think I airball in front of ice. It was very bad. Once you get into New York, but yeah, so let's get into Danielle for those of you who don't know Danielle does a lot of work with BSI and she, which is at the bet rivers podcast, LA city cast podcast, and was one of the first people that I saw ever betting on the WNBA. And I've told her before, she's the first person I ever set up tweets for. Besides shams and woes. No, this is great. I mean, I love coming from Daniel. That's a lot. That's a saying. I pedestal right there. And when I was when he was in Houston, James Harden was on that list as well. Now he's sadly removed. But that's big company. So yeah, I mean, that's probably how I got into betting WNBA, even though it was available. So yeah, Danielle obviously there's a lot with media, give us a take on your overall background, getting into media, you and I are just head and shoulders above the average person and talking in front of a camera, it's crazy how professional cool you guys are. So take me back to where Danielle started education all that. I will obviously tell her stories. I think she probably has a more traditional background in broadcasting, but I went to UCLA, we don't have a broadcast major. I didn't know I wanted to do this when I got there, like everybody who goes to college, I had no creative ideas of what I wanted to do. So it's doctor or lawyer, so for me it was lawyer. And then I interned at an entertainment law firm, and I was like, it was so fun, and I still thought, no, not for me. So I was like, what am I going to do? My dad was like, you'd be really good on camera. You should do sports. You should do sports broadcasting. You know, at the time, and even still, like people really think of Aaron Andrews, I think, when they think of women in this industry and they say, hey, you should do sideline, and I said, okay, cool, we'll start there. So I bought a camera, I bought a microphone, bought a tripod, asked coach Mora at the time at UCLA football if I could come by practice and do some interviews with his players. Started going to spring practice and just kind of built a reel that way. And then got my first job at a local market in Wyoming. So moved to Wyoming from LA, almost died in two blizzards and thought this is, this is not worth the experience if we die in a blizzard, is it? Like, she was just trying to get some experience as what the obituary will say. So I got a job back in the Bay Area where I'm from, took that to get out of the snow, and then ended up at NFL network back in LA, doing some AP work. And some video content. And while I was doing this, I wasn't doing consistent on air stuff. So I was like, how do I do this? And so I started my own sports show that I would put up every week, so I did it every week for a year. It was like 52 episodes. And it was a lot of work. 'cause you learned so much, right? Because you're putting yourself on camera so you're getting the reps, you're getting to put that on your reel, you're editing, you're learning how to do graphics. And so it was a really, really valuable experience. And it's still the content that I put my reel out, people respond to the most. And it's probably because I wrote it. I think that that's the best thing you can do is make your own content. So that was a good chunk of time, and then I got picked up by BSI and which was really cool. I moved to Vegas for a year, almost died of the heat, obviously I'm not very good in seasons. I don't think people can live in the desert. I think it's very hard, power too, if you can. So I was really fortunate because they were allowed me to move back to Los Angeles, and I hosted the Los Angeles city cast for a while. Now, working on some new projects with BSI in, but did not ever think I would get into sports betting because I'm the person who's like, I like my money where I can see it in my bank account. I don't want to lose it. And then I got into it, and I thought, if you want to get into sports analytics or anything of that nature to do a sports, betting is the way to go because you see traditional sports TV and it was just who's going to win the game and it's 30 minutes on that. By how many points? How many points are going to be scored? Who's going to score this first? And so there's just so much more that goes into sports betting. So I've really been enjoying just the research part of everything. So that's kind of how I've gotten to where I am now. Yeah. I love that. Thank you one for sharing. That is a journey that you took from Wyoming to Vegas. Yeah, right, exactly. Literally everywhere. But I can relate to you in terms of becoming a content creator because you just want to get reps, like understanding that not every opportunity that you apply to, you're going to get. And so sometimes you just got to create your own opportunity. So powerful and like every woman in sports because I feel like we all get to that point where we're like, okay, we've got to somehow create something to be able to do it, right? I was like, all right, I'm going to do an icebox. You're like, hey, I'm going to do my weekly show. I'm going to do 52 weeks, but I definitely don't have 52 iceboxes. But I commend you on that literally. This betting thing. Okay, Dano has gotten me to the dark side. Hey, are you allowed to say that? Come on. Oh, wait, am I allowed to say you or the dark side? No, I was going to say Daniel, it's got I thought you were about to say Dana has gotten me to bet. I was like, you have not done that. You've never met. You've never bet on anything. No, of course not. To the dark side of paying attention to stuff.
A highlight from Courtside 91: The Las Vegas Aces Are Champs and Team USA Begin FIBA World Cup
"They wanted, they did it in four games. Really great last two games too. As we talked about once a game three, we can retail that more, but I do want to say we're here not only with us, we're here with our stream, oh man, I can't steal the stream team from the starters. That's what they call their we have to come up with a name for the courts. The court side crew. Oh yeah, there we go. Here at the quartzite crew, if you hear, comment, we'll put you on the screen. We're going to be going live here. For like an hour I think, probably. Who knows? Who knows? It's us. We may take you right into the USA Puerto Rico for the World Cup. I can't wait to watch that. 8 30 p.m. let's watch it. I can't wait either, but for that, we'll be off before that. I think so. I think so. But we do have a lot to discuss with the Las Vegas aces winning their first WNBA championship. As you mentioned in four games in Connecticut, they finish off the season. Christie, what was just your initial reaction to seeing them win? Oh my goodness. I think it was just, it was exhilarating to know the path that they have all been on, individually, and then also as a team, but I think when you're looking at a team, it's made up of so many different parts, right? Starting at the top with Becky Hammond. It's just amazing to see her as the only coach ever to come right into the WNBA when a title like that. I just thought it was beyond impressive to say the least. So congrats to Becky Hammond, my new best friend. I was like, I had so much fun. Talking to her, practices and games. I mean, she just exudes this confidence and this energy that you can't help but take something from her every time you have a conversation with her. So I can only imagine what it's like to play for her. So I was so excited for our Asia Wilson as well. But wow, I mean, Chelsea gray, though. Man, come on. I mean, she got leaner and meaner. That's what she said when she was snubbed from the all star team, you know, deserved boxes, started taking out some of the frustration. But wow, just to see her dominate the way that she did. And consistently so. Consistently so. It was I mean, it was incredible to watch. And just to know, again, the backstories of each individual. On this team, I mean, and Kelsey plum just to start with her as well. I mean, what can you say about her journey? And it goes down the line. I mean, Derek a hamby announced that she's having a baby. I think it's incredible. And I've had three children, and I don't know how far along she is, but God bless and that's why I have on my power of women's shirt today because that's so powerful for her to be able to healthily complete at that level. And then say, oh yeah, we won that championship, by the way. I'm expecting my second child. Excuse me. I was like, wait, what? I had to rewind it. Like, hello. I mean, I mean, the whole thing just encapsulated how fierce and how focused and how much love each individual person in this organization has for the game. And how that came to fruition with the championship. I think that story extends also to the franchise. And to the ownership group honestly, like it was cool. You know, I don't like giving a lot of credit to the owners. You know, I don't like that they get the championship trophy first and all of that. But I think one thing that was really cool was how pumped Mark Davis was. And I think, you know, when you heard that they were going to take over that the Davis fan was going to take over. You're going to think, oh, they're going to be second fiddle to the Raiders. They're going to be whatever. He thought this was the coolest thing ever. He said, my family has never has not won a championship in 40 years. And it meant so much to him. And then to think about the journey that this franchise has been on from San Antonio coming to Vegas and building such a tremendous fan base. You know, you look at that parade that they had and it was incredibly packed. I just think all those people you mentioned made everything come together for the city of Las Vegas and I think it means a ton to them and it was just lovely to witness and be a part of. Now I do want to go back to Chelsea gray. Yes. I'm with you. I don't know how to describe it. Because you keep waiting for a player when they're that hot, right? Regression to the mean, you know, you think you keep thinking, eventually you're gonna miss, right? And even in the bad game she had, which is game three of the finals, she didn't miss. She just didn't take shots. Every time she was taking shots of being aggressive, she was scoring. And then it was just the way she scored the shop making. At this elite level, I'm not sure we've ever seen anything like this in ambassador. I mean, maybe there's a Steph Curry stretch that you could find and maybe there's a Diana terrace stretch I don't know about in the finals though. I mean, I don't know. I don't know. You'd be hard pressed to find someone doing what she was doing at the shot that she had. Yeah. And Williams, too, had a piece of that pie too. I mean, my goodness for quite a while, it was. Where did Williams go to college? I believe it was Miami. I believe, I believe it was the you. I believe it was you. Thank you. I know you and my husband will save the you because he went to Miami to I always say Miami is like, no, it's the you. I'm like, and now you go. It's to you. It's fine. We'll take Miami, but she wants to buy it. I'm sorry to interrupt. But yes, we're kind of. And at least you want bananas, but that's what I'm saying. It's like, you can't help but be your best self. When you're around people like Becky hammon and Chelsea gray for that matter. I mean, there were times in the timeout huddles that Chelsea gray was animated while the coaches were having a coach's discussion on their own.
A highlight from Winsidr Show - WNBA Stocks 9/20
"With me, as we do WNBA stocks, Owen, how's the market feeling today? Oh, the market is glorious. We got, we got a championship team in Las Vegas for the first time ever. You know, the four locos are being crushed as we speak. The parade, it will be getting underway shortly. Just a celebratory couple of days for a team that has certainly given me a lot of joy and just kind of exudes good fun energy so I'm excited to be recording this pod and to talk about the Las Vegas aces, your 2022 WNBA champions. Real quick, rumor has it that Steph Olsen stopped you from boarding the private jet to fly to Vegas with the team. True or false. This is true. This is true. I've been seeing rocking my Asia Wilson Jersey in New York a while I'm off the clock. Let me add and yes, I was close to making the trip and Steph set one of her very solid screens and, you know, that's what she does. I'm just imagining I really hope a listener makes this. Putting your face on Sophie Cunningham and Steph's face on calia copper. Just you're not getting on this plane Owen. And side note, I just want to shout out here and defend you, because you know what? You should be rocking WNBA jerseys as you gal vant across the New York metropolitan area, or anywhere in the world, because it's all all of our jobs as WNBA fans, and people who support the league to get out there spread the message and get talking, right? And that's how you get more followers, more viewers. I can guarantee Owen. He has never told me this, but I can guarantee that somebody has stopped on or made a comment on at some point about it. In fact, during the WNBA playoffs, I happen to be in Italy, wearing a Simon Augustus Jersey and somebody stopped me on the streets and was like, is that a Minnesota links Jersey? And I was like, hell yeah. And it's beautiful. It's one of the best feelings. It happened to me. I was rocking a Candice Parker slam cover T-shirt, you know, and this was like, I think, right after their series with New York, which is actually a funny, full circle moment here and talking about that Steph dulce moment. And it was funny. I don't really hold it against her at all. But I do totally agree. It's like we're all here to spread love for this league and we want to see it grow. And I think some of the most genuine moments in which you could actually really feel the momentum is when you're in person just out in the world, rocking someone's shirt or someone's Jersey. And so I had this great moment where I'm rocking Candace Parker's shirt, which is funny because, you know, Candace Parker helps Steph dolson win a ring here. You know, I'm not just about the aces. I like to spread love across all the 12 teams, but this chef. It was at a restaurant and it was one of those restaurants where the kitchen is kind of open so you can interact with the chefs was the chef cooking up triple doubles. The chef was cooking up triple doubles. He was and he was cooking up just WNBA love and he said, I love the T-shirt man. He said, I'm a liberty fan, you know, but I gotta hand it to Chicago. They really played well. Candace is a legend. And I loved it. It was a great moment. It was like this guy, you know, clearly follows the liberty and, you know, it was disappointed by the end result of that series, but still wanted to show love. I was like, these are the moments that you love when you're a WNBA fan. And they happen a lot. Like people so love. So that's kind of what made that more and more and more. Well, Owen, it's like the Apple boom of the 2000s. The cell phone boom of the 90s. The hottest stock right now is the Las Vegas aces. But honestly, 2022 is forever known as the year of the Wilson, right? Like how fitting is it that in 2022 is the year that Asia does all of this. And she wears number 22. Talk to me about Europe stock today, sir. That's amazing. I didn't even think about the poetry of her number in this year. Nobody's talked about that. And I'm sitting here like, wait a second. Am I taking crazy pills? No, that's beautiful. It really does because it really, I mean, I could go on, I'm gonna have to, you know, try to try to be a little concise here because I could really go on for ages. About this team. And I think you nailed it. Like, this was Asia's year, right? We had, you know, so many amazing moments that she has given us in her pro career, not to mention the fact that she won state championship in high school. She won a national championship in college at South Carolina in 2017. And then she comes to the pros and she really knocks off every accomplishment, accolade that you could without having yet won a title. And the way this built was so beautiful because it was gradual and it was filled with some devastating losses. It was filled with a lot of frustration in years where we felt like either coaching or roster construction was holding this team back and threw it all Asia continually just gets better and better dominates the league wins MVP in 2020 does it again this year and you just felt like it was inevitable that eventually she is going to win a championship. She is just that good she is undeniable. And really just a delightful person through and through even in those moments that were really tough through the ups through the downs. And this just felt like Las Vegas this year. Like it sounds a little corny to say, but ultimately if we look back on this season as a whole, right? They signed Becky Hammond to a 7 figure deal in the off season. They were not messing around and I have to give Bill laimbeer credit because I was very critical of his coaching for the last couple years of his aces ten year and I wouldn't hold back about that in articles. And Bill himself, it takes a selfless person to be the head coach of a number one seed, be the head coach of the team that has a really good shot at winning the title and say, you know what, I am not the right person to see this through. He stepped down, he stayed connected with the team he was there in Connecticut for games three and four. And really was just so happy for everyone on this team. It was pretty beautiful to see. But that kind of seamless transition of power to bring in Becky Hammond who had the foresight who had the vision and who had the coaching chops for right now because Bill won three titles, like he is secure in his legacy, but for 2022, they needed someone new. They needed someone fresh Becky was that coach. It was the aces year. I remember we were recording stocks pods at the start of the season, and we're like, we can't talk about the aces as stock up yet because it's too obvious. We waited three or four weeks. Oh, we had to, 'cause it was like ridiculous. Also, side note, I have to get biblical hearing you say that Bill lamb beer is the Moses of the aces in the sense of brought them to the promised land, but was not allowed in the promised land. He had to step away and let somebody else bring them into the promised land the championship. Exactly. And it was just, I mean, it was kind of perfect out when. Like, not only do they start hot, not only do they win the commissioner's cup, you know, they had a little dip in the second half of the season, but ultimately they were the team of 2022.
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Aces take the crown!
"Show, we have a WNBA champion, the Chicago sky are no longer the defending champions Las Vegas aces are. Let's start it off with just a huge congratulations to the whole organization. A team that joined Las Vegas 5 years ago just to see the turnaround of this organization that's franchise has been amazing me personally. I'm just so happy to see the hard work that we've seen from Chelsea gray. Kelsey plum, Asia, Jackie. I mean, just a historic season for those players shot to Dior hamby. And yeah, I mean, just a crazy whirlwind of a game for Rachel thoughts. Just really want to echo that. I mean, just really impressed, which is the organization as the whole shout out to Bill and beer, Dan paddler. I mean, I mean, everybody in the front office who's kind of gotten this franchise to where it's at and the passing of the baton. And the off season, the Becky Hammond being able to come in and take over. I mean, I just kept thinking to myself. And I've already thought this multiple times, but it's like, man, this must Las Vegas is sorry, pickles agreeing with me very much. Las Vegas has really pushed the envelope. They've really set the bar high. You know, like, I don't know if it's setting the bar high or if it's just continuing to elevate, you know? And if I'm another franchise in this league, if I'm another expansion team that's considering, you know, jumping into this and okay, this is what this is the blueprint. You know what I'm saying? I mean, this is what it's got to look like. It no longer can look like some of these other organizations in the league. We'll talk about here in a little bit. I think in terms of ownership and investment and just everything that is being poured into this franchise. I mean, they're the Pinnacle of it in my mind. I mean, and it's not just from a talent perspective. It's just from everything the city, the organization, the ownership is pouring into it. And look how quickly they were able to get that done. I mean, it's just top tier across the board. And Las Vegas alone is single handedly pushing the WNBA to be better. It's holding these other counterparts to be better to elevate their game. Yeah, no. I mean, I'll clarify what Rachel is saying for a listener. She's not saying play horribly, like they were in San Antonio, so you get a bunch of first round number one picks. And then many years later, when a championship, what she's saying is from the franchise perspective, the way that they've put the players in the organization first said, hey, we're holding this team. I don't care if the league's not going to do this. I don't care if other teams aren't going to do this. We're holding this team to the standard of professional sports team. And you got to give a lot of respect a lot of love to the ownership to the people in charge. And like you said, and honestly, I know Bill and beers have been getting a lot of shout out, but Dan pad over. The person who was so much instrumental in building this team to what it is and where they are today. Now currently serving as GM over in Atlanta and already seen a shift there. Real quick, I want to remind everyone the 2022 WNBA champion champions merch is out rep the 2022 champions. And thanks to the folks at homage and breaking tea, they already got it out. I mean, that stuff, the designs are ready. They were waiting for it. I got to see both designs a little bit early and it was really cool to see that. Use
A highlight from Dice it Up 10 | Las Vegas Aces 2022 WNBA Champions
"Yeah. We're doing it. Yeah, we like squeezed in one with Gabe and then we did two and this is our fourth, yeah. Damn right. And it's so good. So good to be back. Recording with my favorite person on the earth besides my wife and my dog. Dice it up here again. The WNBA season is over. The Las Vegas aces are WNBA champions such a storybook season, what a series and can we say how right I was? Yeah. No, no, we can't say that. What? First of all, what's up? Second of all. I thought you said it was going to be a sweep. I feel like I could go back and clip this that you were like, it's going to be a sleep. Connecticut has no chance. They should just burn the whole franchise and throw the whole franchise away. I think was the baseline of our last compensation. Respect Montage. But yes, I was not right in that. I said it would be a sweep, but yeah, because game three, which I was in attendance for. And I should have known this coming in. I mean, I've talked about it, especially with in terms of gambling. I've never seen Connecticut losing person, who brings my record to 7 and now while I'm there. And I was tweeting about it. I even tagged mohegan sun, I can't believe they're being tried to do something to get me in the arena. For Sunday, they had chances to win that game. They were up in the fourth quarter. This is true. I mean, that had to be, that was the best game of the series for sure. Yeah. Yeah, a 100%. I think it felt like the championship game, you know? Absolutely. Asia was going off in the first half, but had a really quiet second half. Yeah, I think that's what just makes the aces so tough to be obviously and no one could do it is the fact that they just have so many superstars out of one is not performing well, the other two or three can kind of hold. And then honestly, you really got to acknowledge what Connor Williams, like, wow. My God. Talk about stepping up, talk about right place right time. Talk about confidence. The level of confidence she had to shoot those shots down the stretch. And she shot them with ultimate confidence, like she didn't hesitate she wasn't looking to pass. She's like, no, no, no. I know my role. I'm going to do it to the best of my ability. Just the level of confidence that she played with. I think can inspire any role player on any team anywhere. To understand that sometimes you just have to do your role. You just have to play your role, the best that you can. And that was clearly enough for the aces. It's a shame because obviously we love Chelsea gray and she has been playing unconscious all all playoffs all series, but you kind of finished that game and you were like, yo, we're Connor Williams deserves something. I don't know if there's like a mini second trophy or like a hey, thanks for being here towards the end, but she really helped them pull it out. 'cause if it was not for her, I definitely feel like it would have went to a game 5, which I think would have would have shocked all of us, 'cause I don't think anybody thought it was going to game 5, besides Connecticut. Yeah, I mean, I was getting a little worried. I was like, oh, maybe I'm not needed in the arena. But for quantum Williams saves my narrative, I mean, she was three for 14 from three in this series going into game four. And she hits four in the fourth quarter. And they're not just like normal, you know, open. They're not first half shots. They're not right. Right. Or so much pressure after you've, I mean, I thought it was almost out of hand at a second, like it felt like the aces were on the verge of pulling away so many times. Yeah. They even go down and she hits one in rhythm. She gets one out of an ATO and I mean, by the third and fourth, I'm like, you're not taking that shot again. You're not doing that. Season high comes in the last game of the season. 17 points, 5 made threes. Yeah, I mean, it should not be glanced over how important quantum Williams was. And then of course, shout out to our girl, Kelsey plum with the dagger. Sex. Facts, so tough. Yeah. It goes back to your original point. You have pieces that can step up when you're superstars or not. That team is just so talented. Jackie young was, I think, one for ten from the field. In this game, she had 22 points the night before, didn't matter. It still played a great game. It felt like defensively. I think she had 6 assists in the first half. And then Chelsea gray, who I mean, you may have been her biggest fan at the beginning of your back when we were talking about our redraft. Can you imagine doing a redraft again? I was, you know, that's a good point. I think you looked at me like really Chelsea, I'm like, no, Chelsea. That's a good point. Yes, I had Caleb McBride over her. I am insane.
Chelsea Gray leads the Las Vegas Aces to their first WNBA title
"The aces are WNBA champs for the first time after defeating the sun 78 to 71 in game four of the finals Las Vegas wasted a 6 point fourth quarter lead before quanah Williams drained a three pointer to put the aces back on top Chelsea gray and Kelsey plum added jumpers to secure the win Gray finished with 20 points and 6 assists I was a little passive and gained three trying to see and scope it out going into the pick and roll So I knew I had to be aggressive Williams had 17 and plum added 15 Courtney Williams had a team high 17 points for the sun I'm Jane ferry
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Finals Game 3
"Other sporting or concert event. We're back at the windshield show, can I get some have forced another game of these playoffs? They said, we're not getting swept. We're showing up in front of our hometown crowd. Big shout out to the four ladies sitting courtside with the pom poms who are honestly leading the crowd throughout the whole game, bottom left of the screen if you rewatch the game, definitely worth it. Entertaining ladies really having a good time. Shot to the Connecticut fan base because the place was rocking. I saw I heard I saw a lot of people putting their takes out there, some hot takes as it were saying, you know, it doesn't matter, they're going to lose because Connecticut doesn't show up for a weekday evening game like that. They show up for midday games better. And this this and that, Connecticut showed up and showed out a dominant win almost a 30 point win at certain points. I mean, before we get into key thoughts, key aspects, whatever, just like gut reaction, Rachel, I know you called Connecticut to win, but if I remember, I was listening to the just women's sports spaces before game two, and you made a comment that you saw the aces either winning by 30 or losing by three. Did you see Connecticut winning game three by 30 basically? Here's the thing. I think like a blowout is hard pressed. Becky hammon and Paul horses really early on. I mean, the start of the fourth, this was still very much a game. So it's halfway into the fourth, there's still, I mean, sorry, go. No, I mean, I just feel like, you know, we get
Sun stay alive, beat Aces 105-76 in Game 3 of WNBA Finals
"Alyssa Thomas had a triple double in the sun forced a game four in the WNBA finals by clobbering the aces One O 5 76 Thomas had 16 points 15 rebounds and 11 assists for Connecticut It was the first triple double in WNBA finals history We came already My teammates hit their shots and I always say without them none of these trouble doubles are possible John quell Jones led the son with 20 points in dewanna bonner added 18 Jackie young paced the aces with 22 points in Asia Wilson had 19 game four is Sunday afternoon in Connecticut I'm Dave ferry
A highlight from Courtside 90: WNBA Finals Game 2 Recap
"We're recording. So you can do three, two, one, count down without the live people watching. Three, two. Hello, everybody. And welcome to another edition of courtside with Christy and Gabe right here. On the her hoop sets, podcast network. I am Christy winter Scott joined as always by my guy. Gabe, Ibrahim. Gave it to oh, baby. The finals. Oh my gosh. Best of 5 series in favor of the aces are you surprised? That's a great question. To start off things. You know, I think I'm a little I'm a little surprised, not that the ace is one. I think them running away with the game in the way that they did was very surprising. Yes. And you know, I think you can look at either team, right? And point to one thing. So 85, 71 was filed. You can look at to the aces and say, well, Kelsey pump got going. And you know, that's exactly what happened. Like she got going, she made the difference. That's why they were able to blow them out. But I think there's a lot more on the Connecticut side where they're kind of kicking themselves saying, you know, our defensive rotations weren't as crisp. Our rebounding wasn't there. Our offensive energy, I actually thought the offense was more or less similar. They couldn't get to want to bother going, but it was on the defensive end where I was really surprised at some of the miscues some of the mistakes and just like, you know, it didn't feel like Connecticut some basketball and throughout the game. No, absolutely. And I think, you know, defensively a couple of times or more than a couple, a bushel of times. You're talking about the rotations, how about forcing Asia, Wilson to her right hand, and not that, I mean, the percentages go down like a smidge when you do that. However, you can't let her get downhill from the now Gabe. More than once. Okay, I can see like, oh yeah, hey, things happen fast. I get it. But she's the MVP of the league. I was astonished that she got wide open on the left elbow. And turned around and looked shocked. Yeah. That she didn't see a wall of defenders there. And you were on the postgame call last night. I asked her last night. Were you surprised? Yeah. Not to see anybody right there. And she said, to be honest, I have never seen no defense when I turn around. And it was this blatantly honest. And you know, that was more than a miscue to me. That was lack of focus. That was lack of being deliberate mentally. On the defensive end. I mean, you needed to split on the road. You had, you were in a three point game going into the fourth quarter. How do you, even with that? Because those things happen all game long. It wasn't just that they happened down the stretch and all of a sudden they just lost their focus. That kind of coverage was happening throughout the game. From the jump ball, right? So this wasn't something that all they were clicking and clicking. It was a three point game going into the fourth and all of a sudden the bottom fell out. That was not the story of this game, right? It was throughout the game, unfortunately for them, it was, you know, back against the wall situation, headed home, though, but still back against the wall when they could have had a split in Vegas. Well, and before we get too far into it, I do want to remind people to subscribe to the her hoop stats YouTube channel. If you're following us, if you're listening to the audio only, drop us a like, drop us a comment. I didn't stream this because I totally forgot to promote it, and I wanted to see. So that's why we're not doing the live stream. I think we're going to be back live streaming on Thursday because I'll be in Connecticut. For game three. And perhaps the final game of the WNBA series as season, which would be incredible. But to your point about Connecticut's lack of focus, you know, I think they seem to over adjust to what happened in game one. You know, I think they got a little too cute by half. And I think that's easy to do in this situation, right? Where you're saying and it's the exact thing you said, right? They needed this game. There's no way around it. They needed this game if they want to win this series. Now, of course, crazier things have happened than the Connecticut sun winning through street games in the series. Yeah, yeah. Absolutely. But you look at it. I'm very confident that the Vegas, the Las Vegas aces are going to win championship right now. But I think for Connecticut, I think they just got so in their heads and they said they found problems that weren't there and forgot the things that kept them in that game one, which, you know, and you got to give credit to Las Vegas first and foremost. I think Vegas took them off the boards in a really big way. So in game one, 13 to 6 advantage on the offensive glass for Connecticut. Yeah. In game two, the offensive glass was 6 to two. So great, great job by Vegas to keep those Connecticut pigs out of the paint. Yeah. But there was just like, like you're saying, like, Asia Wilson's wide open at the elbow. And I think that's because they had adjusted to putting to worrying about, okay, Chelsea gray getting to the elbow. Oh, we have now Kelsey plums going off. We have to adjust again. It's like, sometimes I feel like the easiest thing in this series. And this is what happened. The Chicago series to this team. Was they just said, you know what? We're going to play basketball. We're going to play basketball. And then if we play basketball, we're going to have a much better chance in this series. And I'm not trying to say Kurt Miller didn't do hasn't done a good job, but this team, that's not what I'm saying. I actually think he's done a he did too good of a job. He had too many ideas. And I don't think it all got through to the team, and I think that their execution suffered. And then it's back to my whole thing about the quicksand speech from the movie that replacements. One thing goes wrong and everything goes wrong and then I think goes wrong and then by the end of the game you're drowning. Yeah, holes in the boat. That's what I say all the time. And then they're trying to patch and fix and patch a fix and meanwhile, the main things not the main thing anymore. And the main thing for Connecticut, yes, the defense was subpar in a lot of ways. And maybe there was some over adjusting. There were some hard hedging and I know Becky Hammond is a savant when it comes to picking that apart and making and reads. And she also great too. Oh my God. You know, that double stagger away to the ball screen and the role in the dive side. Anyway, I can go on and on. I haven't written down. For whatever reason because I'm not coaching right now, but still I loved to see when things work out that way. But the way that Becky Hammond dissected all of those changes from Connecticut and Kurt Miller in that way, it was just masterful. And it was really fun to watch that chess match of what was happening for both coaches and how they were trying to fix it for their team. And give their team a chance to win. So I mean, when you're looking at Connecticut, again, I'm going back to what we said when we were talking about the preview of this final series.
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Finals Game 2
"On Thursday for game three, it's get playback dot com backslash windshield. We talked about this in the postgame show. It just felt like they, by they, I mean, Connecticut wasn't willing to give it their all. It felt like they were not like you talked about this early on in the game. The 50 50 balls, a 100% of them were going Vegas side. And it wasn't because Vegas was out muscling them or Vegas was out, whatever them, it was simply put, Vegas was out hustling them. Like Vegas was putting in the work in the intangibles, putting their bodies on the line, knowing let's be abundantly blunt here. Both teams have been to the finals, both teams have lost, both teams know what they don't know what it takes in the sense that they've been there and done it, but they know what it takes in the sense of they've been there and they've seen what doesn't work. And they know to even get to, you know, into a series to do whatever it is. The amount of meticulous detail that you have to be focused on. The amount of meticulous effort that you have to give. It is not a given that any team is going to win the finals and right now, the mind-blowing aspect for me is if you just watch these games, it almost feels like Connecticut. It's one of two, either Connecticut feels that they were just going to be gifted it and it was going to happen, right? And by gifted it, I mean, they're going to walk through the game and because their skilled things are going to fall their way, or they just or and I am going to lean towards the first one. But the other option is just that they've imploded. They've given up. And I don't say that about teams lightly, and I'm not saying that they are saying that, but saying, there's only two reasonable logical, simple options in this situation. What's I went way over a simple whatever. But what's your thoughts on this? No, I'm just I'm a little bit surprised. I felt like this Connecticut team has been a team that's always just found a way. And in my mind, it's like you have got to get one in Vegas. You have to. And so I felt like, having their backs against the wall yesterday, and that being a win that they had to take back with them to Connecticut, like the sense of urgency had to be there. And I didn't see that from this team. And at any point. No, and when you see sense of urgency, those are things that you can control. Those are winning the 50 50 balls. You know, being aggressive and not allowing all sorts of second chance points. Now, I mean, I'm looking at Las Vegas stats. They only finish with two old boards, but there was a couple really just key ones at the beginning of the game that they got back and where it felt like they were able to really capitalize on them. And so it just felt like some of those things that has become the identity of this team, they didn't do. You know, to be even on the glass, that's not Connecticut basketball. Now, both teams did a pretty good job of taking care of the basketball, but I think that Connecticut had, at one point, I think at halftime, they had one point of turnovers. I don't exactly know how to finish, but 22% of their offense comes from ability to convert turnovers. And so it's just like they didn't look
A highlight from WNBA Finals Game 1 Postgame Analysis with Ice Young, Dano Mataya and Gabe Ibrahim
"Well, well, well, here we are after game one of the WNBA finals, the Las Vegas aces one, so what we thought we all thought would happen happened, right? Like no surprises, nothing that was a little bit interesting. I think not. I think that's why we're here. I'm Gabe, that's Dan O ice young joining us. You see the dice it up crew. You've been familiar with their work. I don't know which way I'm pointing. Oh, over here. There we go. I sit up crew, come in here and I'm just joining in as a little. That's a little treat, I guess, I don't know. We'll see what happens when we start talking about this game. Vegas wins 67 64. They outlast Connecticut. They had to face a late charge from the sun, as we've seen that can be dangerous from some other teams, but Vegas pulls out game one, huge win these MB files. I start us off. Tell me what you saw from Vegas that got on this one. Yeah, I think Asia Wilson and Chelsea gray stayed consistent. I think was the most important thing. You know, other players did what they needed to do, you know, Jackie young was there, got a couple of rebounds, had some decent plays. But in here, her name as much as I feel like we normally do. Williams, I think her 17 minutes were huge, only scored three points, but again, just being consistent and playing her role within the team. You know, Kelsey plum, I swear this team, the win is more impressive to me because Kelsey plum is not playing like normally she does, right? And so your Connecticut, you're like, we gotta win that game because you're not facing this team that is just fully powerful because one of the best players in the league is just not performing right now to level that. She should be. And so if you're Vegas, you're walking away like, okay, we pulled out a tough game. Didn't score like we normally do. But we're also mill seeing 20 plus points from Kelsey plum normally. And so that was kind of the big thing that stood out to me just I think for Kelsey plum right now it's a mental thing. I don't think it's at all what anyone is playing, how the coverages are, how the defenses are, what looks they're showing her. I just think it's completely mental her game right now and not being able to knock down outside shots. And then this game not really being able to get to the paint either, but that's because Connecticut has great defense in the paint normally. And so she was getting those looks in other series against Seattle getting into paint being able to finish, but here in this game, she's not getting into the paint as much at will. She's getting blocked a lot. And she's got tough time making shots on the outside. I don't know if they're going to win as easily as everyone thinks that they're probably going to win. If Kelsey plum doesn't start to make outside shots, I truly believe they're going to figure it out because right now you've only got a guard two people. Three ish, including Jackie young, right? I'm muted, sorry. I want to ask you about, do you think tired legs can be evolved either if you guys answer, but I wrote down, I was like, is she tired? Is there an injury because I thought the same as you as mental, but she seems like someone who's so able to compartmentalize and I felt like maybe, hey, she's a little tired. She's played too many man, whatever. I don't know. So that was my question. Do you think tired likes could play a big factor? I mean, she could be tired, but you know, you're in the finals and a player like Kelsey palm, you know, early in the season, it was talked about her fitness, right? How she was in the best shape of her life because she wanted to be one of the best players and knew that her conditioning and fitness had to be at the supreme range in order to play the way that she does. So I actually don't think it's a fitness thing. I just know being a shooter sometimes. You were just not in rhythm. Sometimes you were just not knocking down shots. And you've got to find other ways to affect the basketball game. But I think it's a mental block for her right now. Not seeing threes go inconsistently, not seeing jump shots, but when consistently, it's just creating that block for her. And she's got to find a way to just get over the hump. I think every shooter, every great player has struggled with that at one point or another, and we're just seeing that right now. And unfortunately, it's at the worst possible time. Yeah, hopefully she gets to go. She hasn't been shooting up their level, but she has had moments, so hopefully she can get it back, but as you mentioned, Asia Wilson and Chelsea gray brought it home for the aces, like they have this entire playoffs. 24 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks from Asia, Chelsea gray, put up 21 points on 9 of 17 shooting on her ridiculous diet of shots. Dana, with those two stars going for Vegas, I mean, if they just get those two in a game, can they just win? Do they need more than just those two? I think they do on a normal night. You're not going to have to want to bonner and Courtney Williams going, you know, I guess they can mine four for 18 tonight. Just awful shooting, but I was definitely more impressed with their defense today. I mean, they were terrible on the giving up offensive boards. But when you have Asia Wilson, she's going to have to play at least 35 minutes a game. If you're only going to get that kind of offensive output from her and Chelsea, but it's
A highlight from 9/11/22 WNBA Finals are Set!
"I've got Logan Jones with me tonight because we have to talk about the WNBA finals coming up. We've got some games to recap and if you're wondering why I'm making this intro really, really fast, it's because we want to do this entire episode in 5 minutes because the apparently that's all the basketball you have to play in order to make the WNBA finals. Logan, how are you doing? Oh my gosh. What a few days obviously we had to jump on. You know when the major sports networks are talking about the WNBA, you know your WB nation pod is gonna crack out an episode, no matter what time of night it is. Absolutely. Yeah, we need to talk about this finals matchup. We need to talk about what happened in Chicago. I'm just gonna go ahead and get out in front of this now. I am so sorry. Sky fans. Oh, I love it. We're gonna set this last episode. We knew we knew. This is on me. I'm sorry. I love it. But we're gonna talk to sun aces, and I'm gonna give you my unfiltered opinions on how I think that series is gonna go. I'm not gonna like try to think my way around the cosmic jinxing that I've been doing for the past four seasons of the show. We're just gonna go straight forward, and if I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but boy, I thought I thought I really had something with Kalia copper had a good first half. I was like, finally, I got something right. And then, boy, well, I wasn't the only one who was surprised by that ending. I'm sure we'll get into it, but sorry, I didn't mean to take over. No. The episode. I wanted to get ahead of it because I don't want sky fans waiting for the apology any longer than they need to. No, I'm glad I'm glad you apologized immediately because I'm sure the sky fans are feeling it. I know that immediately every one of them as soon as the game went zeros and they had lost. I know every one of them immediately immediately started to think about blaming our show and the jinx power that at least one of the hosts has. At this point, Jason said it really, really well in our group chat. He said, Logan, at this point, it's not, it's becoming less of a funny joke and more of a statistical improbability. At what point at what point does this become like, do we have to study the science? Yeah, it's like if I turned in a true or false quiz and I got 50 wrong answers out of 50. It's like, well, wow. That's impressive. That's more impressive than getting a hundred right, you know? And so for those of you who might be new to the show in the last year, Logan ever since we've started our show anytime he picks Chicago to win, they usually lose and last playoffs, Logan specifically wanted to test out this theory and Chicago's coming in is the 6th seed and Logan picked Chicago to lose in every single matchup in every way on purpose, which led to a succeed eventually going and running the table and winning a championship. So when he says that Chicago is going to advance to the finals because they only have to win one of the next two games, and they've looked just nearly unbeatable. You knew that Connecticut was going to make the finals. So let's actually break this game down because this was one of the most interesting games I have seen in a while. Especially in the WNBA, this was an interesting not in the way that we saw the Las Vegas Seattle match ups, be interesting, but interesting in a way that speaking of statistical improbabilities, how often does a team not only come back from being 9 down with only four minutes and 44 seconds left on the clock to winning by 9 in that in that four minutes and 44 seconds, you're down 9 and then you won by 9. How often do you think that happens in the game of basketball? It can't be, it can't be hardly ever, especially at the level of a WNBA playoff series. Logan, what was going through your mind as you watched this because you and I were watching it at the same time and we were messaging each other and I just want to know what was going through your head as you're watching the last bit of this game happen. Well, I think by the time the sun were within three and then tying and then taking the lead, everyone had kind of tuned into like not only is this game not over, but like we don't really know what's happening right now. Every ounce of this qualifies as a collapse for the sky as much as I want to give the sun their flowers and we will talk about what Connecticut did and whether they can repeat that sort of performance against Vegas, I mean, if you're the defending champs and you're up in a game 5 with Candice Parker on the floor in four minutes to go, it's a collapse. You lost this one and they know it. You can see it on their faces. They knew it. What's crazy is like we've seen some crushing Chicago losses over the last couple of years. Last year's championship sort of erases the memory of the handy heave in 2019. But remember, we watched Vegas hit a half court shot to knock these guys out of the playoffs, not too long ago. To me, and I don't know if this is a hot take or not. This was a more shocking ending. Yeah. Because we watch March Madness and we watch a lot of basketball and you see buzzer beaters. Occasionally, like there's enough buzzer beaters in the league to create a highlight reel at the end of the year. Well, how often you don't see what I was going to say how often do we do when are the early days of our show when we would do like play of the week? How often did we have buzzer beaters? Like almost every other week. Like we'd have a buzzer beater on there. In the playoffs. Yeah, it doesn't happen a lot in the playoffs, but what really doesn't happen in the semifinals, unless you're a team from Connecticut. A little deep cut for the UConn fans there. Usually 18 O runs don't happen. They really only happen if you're a fan of a Connecticut basketball team, actually. And not only was it a run because of explosive offense and lots of different players hitting every it got to the point where every time Connecticut hoisted a shot, but Courtney Williams took an elbow jumper, you're just like, that's going in, bang, dewanna bonner, bang, like you knew. But you go back on the other end. There was still several minutes left in this game where even it was when it was a one possession game. It was like, if Chicago could just do anything right. They still could have pulled it out. But they just looked bad. They looked like somebody took like space jam style. They just like sapped them of any sort of competence at the end of this game, which is weird. I mean, we know they have what it takes to win a championship. We know the caliber of the players they have on that team. Nobody's questioning the legacy of any of these players. But what a smelly way to end a championship or bust season. I think this was rough. A game 5 where it's hard fought all the way through and then the sun have the edge. I think you hold your heads high and you say, we played great basketball in the center of great team. And whatever. This feels like it's going to linger. I feel like this is going to impact off season decisions. It's going to impact maybe players want to come back, maybe they don't. I don't think it's going to cause drastic unrest in the locker room or anything like that. These players all like each other. But it doesn't, it's not the sort of thing that you're going to sleep off in a week and then just be like happy for the champion this year. They knew they knew at the end of the third quarter when they held the sun to just 5 points in that quarter that a second ring was kind of on the horizon.
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Finals Game 1
"Or non sports related event, welcome to the wind siders show the Connecticut sun closed out the Chicago sky with an 18 O run to clinch the finals birth they have been waiting for. The ace is on the other hand. We're getting the ice packs ready as they get to prepare to face the wrecking ball that is the Kurt Miller led Connecticut sun. Rachel, we're here. Game ones. So close, I can taste it. The WNBA finals. The culmination of a compacted, beautiful WNBA season, any wise words before we dive into the key points of this game. No, I may not just, I'm excited to get it going. It's so crazy that it's here, but it also, at the same time, I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but even though it's a condensed season, I feel like it's kind of been a long season. I'm not complaining. I'm just like, wow, I feel like we've been doing this for a minute now. So I'm just excited to have the finals here. I'm excited for this matchup in particular, just being able to kind of dive into these two teams and have a new champion, you know, it's going to be a first for either one. And I think there's a level of excitement. And that I personally appreciate, you know, just something new. An opportunity here and just kind of excited to see how this 5 game series plays out. I spent a lot of time. I did a little bit of shameless plug. I did a little preview where I was able to kind of talk to a few WNBA coaches. Who had schemed against these two teams throughout the course of the season, and I thought it was really fascinating to hear some of their insight. I'll definitely be sure to share some of that as we talk about some of these keys. Love it. Well, we'll start off in a, I don't know if it's macro or micro or whatever. Well, let's start off talking about key players for each team. And we'll talk about the underdogs, right? The Connecticut sun are clearly the underdog. They're playing with house money. And that is not just a joke because they're playing Vegas. But let's talk about some key players on Connecticut. For me, it's John Cole Jones and dewanna bonner. Now, bonner is going to be and we'll get into this. Matchup wise, I think she's a really, really interesting one, especially considering the fact that Derek hamby is her health is in question for this series. Clearly she was not healthy in the semifinals, but they didn't really need her in the semis. They're probably going to need her just in the sense of they're going to need more minutes and more bodies to go up against this Connecticut sun team. And that really adds an element when hamby is not there when hamby's on the bench. It really throws off some of the matchups because you literally you have Asia who I understand is a big, but I'm going to say this and I'm going to get so much flack for saying this. But in my mind, I don't think of Asia as a true center or that big 5. You know what I mean? When they're playing with hamby and Asia it kind of seems more of a, I don't know, fun and gun as I like to call it offense. As opposed to now that hamby's out and you have stokes in there, it's a little bit more like obviously it's not traditional, but it's still a little bit more traditional. So for me, having bonner's ability, her length, her speed, her tenacity on defense, that's going to be a key player in my mind just because Connecticut, they're known for their defense and mucking things up and just forcing these ridiculous situations. Bonner is going to need to be an impact player on both ends of the ball. Hopefully, I was texting Rachel about this earlier. I'm curious your thoughts on this, Rachel. Bonner on Chelsea great. Right? Like, what is the positives, the negatives, break it down, coach Rachel, because in my mind, you got to throw the kitchen sink and like, heck, throw the backyard hose at Chelsea gray, just something new that she hasn't seen in a while because the way she's playing right now, she's not just having the greatest playoff performance in WNBA history, but in basketball history. Well, I think that one thing that's not really being talked about a whole lot is Kurt Miller really knows how to defend Chelsea gray. You know, she is really struggled in my opinion. Against Connecticut for years. And so, you know, it's not necessarily one single assignment, but there's a little bit of a problem there in terms of just kind of the way the Connecticut sun and the way Kurt Miller can scheme against Chelsea gray. And you can look at 2018, 2019, 2020, you know, I think that's kind of gone under the table a little bit of just their scheming ability and being able to frustrate her and keep her uncomfortable getting up and pressuring her. And keeping her out of her rhythm a little bit. Now, you know, you asked me about key players and obviously I Chelsea gray is the engine that makes this team go. You know, obviously she's aware of this. She's very familiar going up against the Connecticut sun and what that looks like. And so it'll be interesting to see at the level she's playing at right now, which is out of this world. So much fun to watch. How does that translate into a historically kind of troubling matchup for her in terms of just how they scheme against her. It is particularly one thing I'm going to be paying attention to because she's so important not just how this team operates as the conductor, but just the level that she's playing it right now. So I think when it comes to Chelsea gray, it's not just a one person assignment. It's going to be it's a whole team trying to get that specific assignment taken care of. And I think you're going to see a lot of different people potentially guarding her. I mean, the length and the physicality of Connecticut pose unique problems. In my opinion, that nobody else on this team in the league can necessarily match up with. And it's hard to emulate. What Connecticut does with their physicality and their length? And as you said, bonner brings a lot of that to the table as well. So one of the coaches I was talking to about just their opinion of what they felt Connecticut should do and they said, you know, if you pay attention, Chelsea, if you can pick her up before half court. She doesn't like to be pressured a whole lot. She wants to advance the court and kind of easily pick its side and get into their offense. But if you can pick her up before half court, you'll see she'll turn her hip into you in sort of back you down, and if you're able to get her to do that. And this is something that, you know, I think it'll be important to pay because I can think about it now. I'm like, she does she does do that at times. All the time. You take away half of her vision. And you're taking away key chunks of time off the shot clock. So just little things like that that coaches were bringing up to me that I thought were really fascinating and then just trying to see how does Connecticut play her and I think in my opinion have done one of the best jobs in any other team in the league in the past. So that's a huge area of concern because, you know, you've got such a force coming to the table here with the way she's playing, literally. I mean, it has to be at least at the top. Of
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Jordan Ligons
"Respected for her reporting on women's sports, Jordan Wiggins, is the host of the buckets 5. The series that celebrates the WNBA on the wave sports and entertainment buckets channels. As a black woman covering sports, Jordan is keenly aware that more often than not, no one else in the press room looks like her. Proud of her blackness and frequently sporting her natural curls, she wards off negative vibes with her infectious positivity and commands respect. She's been published in GQ essence, the ringer and more. She hosts take it from LA the latest series from Jordan basketball, where she talks about how fashion, culture, and basketball make the city so great. And as if all that was enough, she also co hosts the weekly podcast spinsters with hali o'shaughnessy on the blue wire network. Jordan officially welcome to the show. How are you? I'm great. Wow, thank you so much. What an intro. We got to roll out the red carpet, all right? We're just both super, super excited to talk to you. And we just have so much W stuff to talk about. So it's really a perfect time. We want to get into some of the amazing stuff that you're doing in a little bit. But first we have to talk about what went down on Thursday night. Tied at the half Chicago was up double digits after the third, goes ice cold, Connecticut, rattles off 18 straight and the game and another year goes by without a repeat champ. What are you thinking as you're watching that game about the sun's chances midway through the fourth quarter? I was thinking there's no way Chicago is going to give this up, right? Like that's what I kept saying out loud over and over. I'm like, there's no way. There's no way. And Connecticut's on made away. They force their way into the finals, just like the Connecticut sun always do. They're going to make a way out of no way. I didn't, I had Connecticut in the finals, but I think Lexi Brown tweeted we were talking about it a couple of weeks ago. We both had Connecticut in the finals, but we're both shocked that it happened this way because it felt like Chicago had that game in the bag. And I don't even know. I think there needs to be a word beyond ice cold because zero points for almost 5 minutes is unheard of until the last time that they did it against the New York liberty. So I don't even know what this term is. I don't know if it's going to be called Chicago skying or something, but it's too much. I don't even know what to do with that information of laying a goose egg in prime time in a closeout game. Yeah, like you said, it was like the first game of the postseason when they went. I think that was three and a half minutes or something like that where the liberty rattled off however many they had to come back late in that game. But for a team that is just so cohesive, offensively, it's weird. And as a champion with that experience, it's weird to see them get tight in that moment. And that's what we are seeing last night. It felt like especially from that's like and quickly and even Candace didn't have her strongest game. Yeah, I was, I don't know what was up with quigley, kind of the whole series. She wasn't really there. And then salute was also out of character. I think she was just making not the best passes or decisions. Literally like the one where she tried to throw the past to MME cement and it hits the backboard. You're like, wow, what? Is this the Courtney banner sleuth that we idolize and know? So it was just some questionable decisions and just like in that first game of the postseason between New York and Chicago where marine Johannes throws that incredible pass and it feels like the sky just froze up and that was the last, you know, they didn't score after that. And Thursday's game, it was the same thing with the kerfuffle down under the basket between Cleo copper and duana bonner and James wade running behind the basket. All of that happened and Chicago didn't score after that. So it's like some of these moments where you kind of have to absorb the hit and keep fighting and keep going. Chicago froze up. And so we just saw it again on kind of a really big stage where they had a chance to not only beat this Connecticut team, but try to get a repeat. We haven't seen it in such a long time. We've all been wanting it. We've been rooting for it. And they kind of pull it out. Yeah, I've seen a lot of people talk about the marine pass and call it V pass, and I want weaker to be how this game is remembered. That would be perfect. I hope so. Capital T capital K before we move on to the final spatula because I think that especially when you have a heavy favorite going down, it's a lot of times what did Chicago fail to do rather than what did Connecticut make them do. I do want to talk about just what the rosters look like on the two teams that have been eliminated because both Chicago and Seattle have a lot of questions coming into this off season. And we know it's retired. Alley quickly all but hinted at that or she definitely hinted at that. And then has talked about potentially wanting to just play overseas, especially prioritization is going to be a huge question. Candace, everyone's every time she steps to a microphone, people are asking her that question and if we're tired of hearing about it, I can only imagine how tired she is. I know. Answering that question. But yeah, she's been saying for years now that there are more yesterdays than tomorrows. Stewie is a free agent so that balance of power can really shift there. Do you think that those two teams met their windows have closed Chicago and Seattle? I think we've just been talking a lot about these windows recently, especially in different press conferences and just looking at the makeup of all of the teams that are at the top right now. I think Seattle, it is seem like the window is closing. Especially if stewie doesn't come back. I think the
A highlight from Courtside 89: WNBA Finals Preview And Semifinals Recap
"Christy and Gabe. I am Christy winter Scott joined as always by my guy. Gabe Ibrahim gave man. We are in the thick of it. Finals are right here in our faces and just wow, the game last night. I'm just going to say just wow on that. I'm going to take a deep dive into what happened. Our intro there had about as good of timing as the Chicago sky's offensive down the stretch. That's about where we are. And that's about where Chicago was. So we get to talk about that lovely to have everyone in the stream if you're joining us on YouTube or if you're listening to this later. I'd love to have you as well. Just make sure you like and subscribe and follow and give us comments, tell us what we're doing good, tell us what we're doing bad. We moved over the StreamYard, so obviously everything's live streaming now. Remember how you remember how often we used to mess up the intro? Yeah. Well, I got an alert and it covered you up so I couldn't see the queue. You know, I got to text or whatever. Oh, really? Okay. Yeah, and it covered. It covered you up. So I couldn't quite see. So I was like, hey, hey. Everybody. So good. Oh, no. It was really nice to be here live with everyone. Tweeting stuff out. I also want to point out that James, hey, he said new thumbnail indeed correct because my thumbnail for this video as of last night before the game was with Chicago and Candace Parker on the right hand side against Las Vegas. And now I have to change to my backup one, which was for Connecticut because the sun pulled it off. In dramatic fashion. Thank you. In 8 O run. To finish the game. Hold on, I want to get the exact stat that fell from Alexa Philip. It's from ESPN. So that's an info. The 18 O run is the longest scoring run to close out a WNBA playoff game in league history. History history. Wow. Lord had mercy. You know what? I mean, it's the 5 points generated by Chicago for me. And credit Connecticut in that way. But also, in listening to the postgame presser and hearing Courtney Vander sloot say, we were playing not to lose. And man, listen. No, man. You can't, I don't care if you're playing rec ball. I don't care what aids, gender, level. When you have that mentality or you can feel that energy from your team teammates, whatever, that's hard to recover from, especially at home. Like you're supposed to win that game. You were four zero against Connecticut during the regular season. You were, I don't know, there were so many things that were heavy if you let it be. And to hear van der sloot say that they kind of let it be, you know? And they had three timeouts. And sometimes when you take your time out, it's not strategic. Sometimes this momentum. And you just, hey, sit down, get something to drink. And lock in, man. Lock it, we have 5 points. Like, they have 5 points in the fourth quarter at the 7 minute mark. They didn't score the last four minutes. They didn't score the last four 46 of this game. Come on, man. Come on. In addition to only having 5 points in the fourth quarter. Hey, and you get the TV timeout, but you have three full-time out or you have three timeouts. And I'm not saying, you know, I'm not bashing James wade, love him. Good guy, everything. You got to take your time out. Like, take a time out. Take one. Just for a momentum's sake, because an 1801 season on the line, I don't care. You don't have to change a defense. You don't have to say, okay, we're going to run this play, sit them down and maybe don't say anything and look them in the eye. Like, is this how is this how we're going to go out? We're getting punched and punched and punched and we're not punching back. What are we going to do? And I think, you know, a strategy aside, that was mentality. Down the stretch for the sky. Unfortunately, I mean, you saw the dismay, I mean, all the fans, I mean, it was so quiet in that building. And after winning a championship as a 6 seed last year, you know, I was thinking they could draw from that. You know, being down in that moment, but wow. I mean, only 5 points in the fourth quarter. And credit Connecticut. I mean, obviously no disrespect to them by saying what I'm saying? No, no. The third quarter, you should probably play great. They had a ten point lead going into the fourth. At home in a closeout game 5. And I just, I don't know, disintegrated in front of our eyes. You know, it kind of, this is gonna be a weird analogy. It kind of felt like a very like a turtle race. You know, 'cause both of these offenses. Turtles are slow. That's fair to say. Outside of the water, very fast in the water. Turtles are slow. So it's a land turtle race because these offense couldn't really do much the entire the entire time, right? Neither of these teams could score. But I think it was just a matter of who got the run at the end. And we saw who got the run at the end of having to be Connecticut. And you know what else? Just reminded me of it and I forget, I think miles early said this to me, that this is just like that game one against New York. There was that big moment in the New York game. It was marines pass. And then in this Connecticut game, it was the little scuffle with Cleo copper into one of Bond we could talk about that. Yeah. Then it's just this tidal wave from the other team of putting Chicago down and it was one of those things that we have talked about throughout the year with Chicago. They're an excellent team, great players. They have Kansas freaking Parker, right? But all of their games were within one possession. Yes, pretty much every game they played was in within one possession. And that made it make some margin of error really thin. And if you go on a bad stretch and then you let go of the rope like I think you're saying Chicago did. This is what happens, but I did find the little the connection between that game one in New York and this one in Connecticut. To be very apt. I think you're right. I mean, when you have, when you have the momentum, you gotta hold that rope. Like you said, and you could just feel it, you could feel it. Going. Away from Chicago. You can feel it going away. And then the frustration starts to set in with the team. And then now, yeah, you're pressing. And when I say pressing, it's not like a one thing. It's like mentally you're pressing. Like, oh my gosh, we have to get this played on. You're going to force some things. Like that pass off the backboard to one down. I've never seen that happen. And I'm like, that was a vital, it was a three point game at that juncture with a minute something they needed to score. I don't care if it's a two or a three, you got to get a bucket right there. It was early in the shot Clark and early. I just don't, I don't know what, I don't know what happened. That was a big play. And that awareness and focus of the moment, right? Not necessarily whatever play you're running, although you need that. It was the lack of the focus mentally to just bear down lock in, get tunnel vision, I don't care where the game is being played, but you're at home, I get it, but you can't let that resonate with
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Sun to the finals!
"To the windshield show, game 5 Rachel, Connecticut versus Chicago. In Chicago, the defending champions 40 minutes away from making pushing to a repeat all that jazz. Let's get right into it. What's your reaction Rachel when I tell you the sun are in the finals? Yeah, I mean, you know, we were talking about it yesterday or whenever the day before last time we recorded and it was kind of like, you felt like, does this team have what it takes to be able to pull this off? And I mean, we were pretty much split, you know, going back and forth as to what was going to happen and obviously Connecticut found a way. And I think that's just a perfect just overall like description of the Connecticut sun this season. They've somehow just been able to find a way. And I think they made this series a little bit ugly, a little bit messy. It was not the prettiest basketball all the way around, but that worked in their favor. And I think you look just looking at some of the numbers last night. Are completely staggering. And I always felt like there was something about the sky that just, it wasn't sitting right with me, you know? It was just, I can't even put it into words. There was something about this team that I just questioned their ability to go all the way. And I think you have the Connecticut sun that are just so hungry and ready to be in this moment. And I mean, if you look at the fourth quarter, Chicago sky held to just 5 points. I mean, what are your thoughts on just that final quarter, you know, at home in a gain 5 series and they literally score 5 points. I mean, I don't think this is an exaggeration. First of all, I just want everyone to go to ESPN dot com, WNBA wherever it is. And look at the box scores. First quarter 24 16 Connecticut. Next quarter, 24 16 Chicago. Next quarter, 18 to 8 Chicago, and then the fourth quarter, 24 to 5. Really, it came down to the fourth quarter, it was quite an interesting battle, but you have to say if you're thinking about that fourth quarter, I don't think it's an exaggeration to say one of the more, I don't want to say embarrassing, but just like disappointing gut wrenching, I mean, welcome back to the depths of the WNBA fandom Chicago sky fans. And I mean that not in the sense of like, oh, they're the Indiana fever now. I mean, in the sense of like, look, the way the last year for the Chicago sky has been just, you know, cloud 9, right? Like a mediocre season last year, 16 and 6, go to the playoffs and sense like that first do or die game in the playoffs. I mean, lights out, yes, they've had their struggles this year, but they were still a top team in this league. Going in as the number two seat. And one of the most complete teams in terms of some just weaponry, you know? I mean, you had and they got better. Why don't you dump Olson for me, Simon? Yeah, yeah. I mean, so I mean, phenomenal season by the sky. And I mean, it goes down to a game 5, and I think all of us, this is nothing against Connecticut, but a lot of people were fully prepared to just kind of write Chicago in there with Vegas in the finals. And it would have been a hell of a finals. I think that that itself could have gone to 5 games. But Connecticut found a way. And even I think one of the most bizarre aspects of looking at the numbers with a 23 turnovers. I mean, if you would have told me Connecticut would have gone into this game and had 23 turnovers and shot just 25% from the three points. Most ever in a victory. I mean, wow, you know, it was like, but then you look, but then you look on the other side, you look at Chicago, and I think the biggest key for me and this specific matchup was the rebounding numbers and how dominant Connecticut was on the glass for 5 games. I mean, that was the biggest difference maker in my opinion in terms of just controlling the glass, limiting second chance opportunities. And then you combine that with the fact that Chicago just could not hit a bucket. I mean, Ali quickly goes one for 12. That's just brutal, you know? That hurts you. Candace Parker to just two for 7. Cleo copper 8 for 19. And his partner two shots in the whole second half of the game. But the thing that you're bringing up all these points, the part that I feel like we're skipping over is the game ends with 43 rebounds for Connecticut 28 four Chicago. That was not the case for I would say 80% of the game. Going into at halftime and most of the third quarter, it was like a different differential of maybe 5 rebounds. It was much closer. The turnovers were such a key aspect, but I believe they had 21 turnovers going into the fourth quarter. This was a fourth quarter where Connecticut flipped the switch and for the first time at any point during this game, Connecticut looked like a team ready in the moment. Now, early on in the game, we were talking about this on the playback stream, shameless plug we've been doing these fun watch parties, no download necessary. It's
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Semi GM4
"Backslash wind cider, we have to talk about Vegas, we have to talk about the Vegas Seattle game first, right? Vegas punches the ticket to the finals in a ridiculous fashion. Chelsea gray is a beast among beasts like having the greatest run in playoff history, men's MBA women's WNBA, whatever it is. She's breaking records and dethroning your favorite point guard or player of all time while she does it. Now, side note, I saw somebody tweet out that Chelsea gray also had a ridiculous game when the sparks beat Minnesota in the playoffs and it was my Moore's last game. So maybe a Chelsea gray is like the, I don't know, the bone, the gravedigger or something. But should we talk about MVP first the game? I want to talk about the game first. Then we'll get into MVP, it was just announced Asia Wilson's MVP will get into it. Oh my God, Chelsea gray, Rachel. I mean, it was almost like she was just punishing people, you know? It was just a level of, I get chills thinking about it. What Chelsea gray is doing right now is absolutely out of this world, unbelievable. Elevating her play to already a phenomenal player, but to elevate her play to the way she is right now single handedly taking over games and destroying any of the Seattle storm hopefuls hopes of pushing this to a game 5. I mean, Chelsea gray is out of this world. She literally destroyed dreams last night. And she was ridiculous, Rachel. Real quick. 31 points are great. She kept her stat line this playoff so far has been 60 plus field goal percentage. On top of that, shooting 50% from three. And as we all know, she's the point God. She's gonna get craziest tennis last night. And it wasn't even like the crazy. It wasn't even, I don't even, there's just so much to talk about here. The thing that I keep thinking about is many years ago sitting after the Washington mystics beat the LA sparks in the playoffs sitting in that press conference with neka Chelsea and Candace and honestly, they all looked at each other and said, look, at the end of the day, if we want to take that next step, if we want to be that undeniable champion, it's going to be on the back of Chelsea great. She's going to be that player. A few years went by and we didn't see that growth. And that was constantly the knock against her, right? Is like, when are we going to see her? She's already in the star sphere. But will she elevate herself to that legendary unforgettable playoff run? And not only is she doing that, but I think she's surpassed what anybody thought was possible. It's that ridiculous at this point. Should we talk about the other players or does it even? I just think it's, I think it's just fascinating to see what Chelsea brings down this year. And for the record, she wasn't even an all star, you know? Like, I agree, I think you bring up some really good points. You know, thinking back to those years in LA, and then it kind of was like, can she do that? Can she hit that other gear? You know, there started to be just some cracks and questions of, okay, what is this going to look like? Especially when she got to Las Vegas, and this is just unbelievable. I mean, the show that she's putting that she's putting on the level of play that she is elevated her game to. I'm going to go ahead and say it right now. If Chelsea gray is doing what she's doing, consistently, I don't think anyone's beating them. I really don't. Chelsea gray is doing what she's doing. And then you already have Asia Wilson, Kelsey, oh my God, help me. Yeah, Kelsey plum. And then you've got Jackie, Jackie young. I mean, all of those players that have been really solid and consistent. I mean, then you throw in Chelsea gray and what she's doing is unbelievable. I don't think anybody can beat them. If they can maintain this level of production and just consistency across the board, that doesn't mean they're not going to have moments where they struggle. But upset at time and time study yesterday in the podcast. You know, it comes down to players have got to hit shots. You've got to make plays. You've got to make the free throws at the end at the end of games. You've got to be able to hit clutch shots. Who else is doing that right now outside of the Las Vegas aces across the board? And the head of that is Chelsea gray. Well, I'm glad you said across the board because the only player on Las Vegas aces to take a shot who did not shoot 50% or higher was for quantum Williams. It was still a plus 8. And shout out to Jackie young 18 points. Three, three for three from the three point line 5 for 5 from the free throw line. 5 rebounds. Three turnovers, but we can ignore that one. 18 points just a ridiculous match and some of those threes were just daggers. And Kelsey plum 15.6 for 11. Asia Wilson, the MVP going for 23.8 for 15. But Chelsea gray, the thing about Chelsea gray's game was, I mean, she was covered like there's some horrible analogy that water on a boat, like a water surrounds an island. She was locked down. And she was hitting everything. It didn't matter who was covering her. What? Chelsea gray? Yeah. There were some clutch moments down the stretch where Seattle miscommunicated. Oh, for the daggers, but I'm saying, I would say that for the majority of the game, she had one to two defenders in her face. Rachel will go back and we'll watch the tapes and we'll count it off. She took 22 shots. I would argue that easily 15 of them, she had one, if not two defenders in her face. And the thing was, is like so many of them were like, oh, you're in the moment and you know, okay, there's no way she's missing them. But in the back of your head, you're like, can a player really sustain this insane scoring output and high percentage forever. So like in my mind, I'm like, okay, when's it not going to drop? But it just doesn't happen. She just keeps hitting it. And even the shots that don't look that beautiful, like I'm thinking that top of the key clock expiring, just chucked it up and somehow went in crazy three point shot. Like, the ball's on her side. But that's just, it takes heroic performances. Consistent, multiple heroic performances to pull off a championship. And we could look at the other side of the table, talk about Briana Stewart. I mean, holy, my God, like 42 points, 14 of 22 shots 64% from the field 6 of 8 from the three point line. Can anybody help her out? Three
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Semi-Finals GM3 & on
"It's great to be back from traveling just in time for all the craziness of the WNBA semifinals. So we're still in the wake of an epic game three in Seattle between Seattle and Vegas. And just a few hours away from game four tip off for both seriess. But since it's been a little bit, Rachel, I'm going to give you a quick moment recap us on games one and two of Chicago versus the sun and the aces versus the storm. I mean, hi. I'm glad to have you back. I see that you came back with a nice mustache. You still have it? It will be gone by tip off, no way. Okay. Yeah, I mean, here we are. This is getting pretty intense here in terms of Chicago and sun. I mean, you know, sun were able to pull out that first win. They were able to muck it up, make it messy, make it ugly. Just kind of played that bully ball that we've become so accustomed to game two, Chicago was prepared. You know, they weren't on their heels as much and pretty much took control of that game with Connecticut trying to make a late run. And then obviously, game three, Chicago, I mean, it was not a pretty basketball game. Well, we'll get into game three. This is just for games one and two, Rachel. Okay, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. No, you're fine. You're fine. Seattle and Las Vegas. I mean, game one, Seattle came out completely on fire. You know, had a lot of offensive firepower from around around the entire team, Vegas just didn't really seem prepared that game. I think Asia Wilson seemed pretty frustrated, only had one touch in the fourth quarter, just a lot of kind of empty possessions and strange shot selections, Vegas just didn't really look 100% there. Then game two, you just had that absolute epic battle of MVPs, Brianna Stewart, Asia wills and just going like toe to toe, just heavy hitters like going at one another. Vegas was able to pull out that phenomenal wind. To kind of even that score and that'll take us to game three. And just a reminder, join our next watch party on playback. We're doing it for basically every playoff game to the end of the season. I mean, maybe we won't. But as of now, it's
A highlight from 9/6/22 - WNBA Playoffs: Semi-Final Game 3 Review
"For getting so if I sound raspy everybody or I'm going to try and mute these out and hopefully I don't give Jason too tough of a time. Editing, but I'm going to try and mute out any weird coughs. But I will sound raspy today, all right? But I've been battling sickness. I was down for the count for a solid week last week. And then this week, I'm over it, but I just, I can't get rid of this weird, dry cough. So it's super annoying. And yeah, it's been rough, but I'm excited to tell the one thing it did allow me is some time to stay home and watch WNBA basketball. So there are pros. There are pros. It's not only cons here. But Logan real quick before we talk about these games, do you want to give a quick rundown on how people can interact with us where they can find us, et cetera? Absolutely. You already found the podcast feed. So go ahead and drop a 5 star review and let us know what you like about the show. You can also check us out on Twitter at WNBA and ancient pod once again that is at WNBA nation pod. We will be retweeting and sending out the show updates,
A highlight from Dice it Up 8 | WNBA Playoffs Semi-Finals breakdown
"A nice young back with another episode of dice it up on the herd hoops. That's podcast network. Ice went out and got a seat on the guest to break down where we are in a semifinals of the WNBA playoffs, so I saw what you introduced them. Dan, first of all, you're so humbled because I'm only responsible for one of our guests. Okay, Dano did get the other. I just reached out and did the quick messaging. But tag team effort always, what's up, fam, good to see you. Okay, our first guest had the chance of meeting both of you guys WNBA all star, which is so cool. I love that. I love how it connected the media. That might have been the best part of all star weekend, but we will just breeze through that. Okay, so first up is Marc Schindler, writer for WA dot com. If you do not follow mark already on Twitter, please do all thing women's sports WNBA. Mark, thanks for joining us. So good to see you again. Yeah, thanks for having me on. Also, I just realized dice it up is combining your two's names. I had never understood it and I just got it now. So amazing. It only took me like three months of listening. But here we are. We didn't do a good job of we're supposed to tell people that on multiple shows, but I guess we skipped over. Yeah, Iceland, et cetera right now. I'm like, oh, okay. I get it now. But yeah. Thank you. Thank you for noticing. Yeah, Daniel. Okay. Well, we tried, you know? We would think people would be more clever, I guess, I'm like. It's fine. Got it. That's all that matters. Next up, this has, you have become one of my favorite people to talk hoops with. Just conversations, you're thoughts and analysis on Chicago. This season has been amazing. So Stephen Gardner, thank you for joining us. You are right for notes nuts and bolts sports. Like I said, has become one of my favorites to talk hoops with about the W this season. So thanks for being here. I appreciate y'all for the opportunity peace and pleasure to everybody. And yeah, you've been one of my favorites to talk who would