Monthly Archives: January 2018

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SMOKESHOW OF THE DAY-1/10/18-KYSRE GONDREZICK (West Virginia University)

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Road Trippin Vol 3: Chace Athletics Center

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Yesterday, I braved the bomb cyclone again to make it out to the Chace Athletics Center in beautiful Smithfield, RI to watch the Bryant Bulldogs host the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils.

My first impressions of the Chace Athletics Center were similar to my first impressions of The Roof. It had the feel of a high school gym. Luckily, for Bryant the attendance levels were much higher than what I encountered at Boston University.

I was also immediately let down that the apple of eye Taylor Goode had not made the trip with the CCSU team.

Luckily,  Sydney Holloway made it easy for me to overcome my initial heartbreak.

The first quarter was a tough one for Bryant as they were outscored 19-10 by CCSU. The imbalance of scoring for Bryant compared to the balanced attack from CCSU in the first quarter was representative for the remainder of the game. In the first quarter CCSU had seven players score while Bryant only had two.

I was initially, impressed by Bryant guard Naomi Ashley’s ability to get deflections and force turnovers with her active hands. However, her inability to convert her steals into points particularly close to rim was a big factor in the slow start Bryant had offensively.  Kianna Patterson, lead the way for CCSU in the first quarter scoring 4 points.

There was a T-Shirt toss after the end of first quarter that like the Boston University T-Shirt toss was almost funny/painful to watch. At most sporting events when it’s time for a T-Shirt toss you have T-Shirt guns and people going absolute ape shit for a T-Shirt that they’ll probably never wear.

Not at Bryant University.

The marketing staff practically had to beg people to take the T-Shirts from them.

Onto the second quarter…

The story of the second quarter was Bryant’s defense that help them cut into CCSU’s lead. They were able to hold CCSU to a lowly 15% from the field, shooting 3-20, and forced 6 turnovers. Emma McCamus scored all 9 of CCSU’s points in the second, while Kathleen Everson lead the way for Bryant with 6 points.

CCSU went into the locker rooms with a 2 point lead from a largely underwhelming first half.

Halftime got off to a bang with an electric halftime show

Basketball musical chairs. Unbelievable. The Halftime show ended almost on cue as the real show started.

The Sydney Holloway show.

Bryant outscored CCSU 18-8 in the third quarter lead by Sydney Holloway’s 11 points. Similar to my experience at Boston University height was hard to find the on court today which allowed Holloway to take advantage. Holloway’s combination of length, athleticism and coordination was a sight to behold as she picked apart the CCSU defense. Her ability to get to the basket at will, as well as, the free throw line was mesmerizing.

As a former mop boy I noticed one thing that I didn’t like during the 3rd quarter. This mop boy’s performance.

Just a lackluster lazy performance. Weak form only using one hand. SAD! The players deserve better than this. Act like you want to be there bub. If Kobe Bryant can mop, you can mop.

Listen to the emotion in Kobe’s voice, how exhilarating mopping the floor was for him. This kid needs to watch some game film, do some soul searching and come back with a better performance next game. There is no reason why the Chace Athletic Center should’t have the driest floor in the Northeast Conference.

Figure it out.

Back to the game…

Holloway put up another 8 points in the 4th quarter leading the way for Bryant with 28 points and 10 rebounds en route to a 66-50 victory over CCSU.

This was Holloway’s 6th double double of the season. Sydney was also able to reach another career milestone scoring her 500th point. Just an all out dominating performance from the sophomore.

Following the game, Bryant head coach Mary Burke commented saying “I thought it was really great for the players to start off 2018 with a home win. I thought we did a few things really well, we were able to hold Central to 50 points defensively which was great. Offensively, getting into the 60s was a goal of ours because we’ve had trouble scoring. I’m really proud of the effort. Needless to say, it hasn’t been easy, but the players have put us in this position in order to be successful.”

Overall, I enjoyed my experience at the Chace Athletics Center. The crowd was engaged, the concession stand accepted credit cards (I’m looking at you Boston University) and Sydney Holloway put on a clinic.

I’d one hundred percent return to Bryant University again and plan on following
Sydney Holloway’s career and the rest of the Bryant team.

Road Trippin Vol 2: The Roof at Case Gym

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On Friday night I braved out the cold wrath of the bomb cyclone to get out to The Roof to see Boston University host Loyola MD.

My first impressions of The Roof was that it honestly was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The Roof’s name rings true. It’s actually a roof above Walter Brown Arena where Boston University’s hockey team plays. I knew Boston University was a “hockey school” but I didn’t expect them to go the extreme of stuffing their basketball team in their attic.

During college I attended many Big Ten Women’s Basketball games, to put it nicely the atmosphere for this game was strange, and honestly unlike anything I’ve ever seen for a college event.

The arena was very small and felt like a high school gym.

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There was maybe 100 people at the game, primarily I’m guessing players parents and the band. It was by the far least engaged crowd environment I’ve ever witnessed at a college sporting event.

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We had “fans” reading in the stands completely checked out from what was going on the court.

Which was sad because at least for the hometown team it was a good game.

As a graduate of a Big Ten university I can honestly say I’ve never been to a college sporting event like I saw at the Case Gym. The crowd was dismal and at times the play on the court was as well.

BU was better than Loyola in pretty much every facet of the game.

If this game is a look into what it’s like to play in the Patriot League, having height on your team presents a huge advantage that BU was able to take advantage of. Nia Irving lead the way for BU with 21 points on 10 for 12 shooting and Sophie Beaudry contributed 11 points for BU.

However, the player I was most impressed with was Katie Nelson. She put up 16 points for the Terriers and was very impressive for a freshman. Nelson was a threat from 3 point territory and is the main player to watch for me moving forward.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of good things to say about Loyola. They were overwhelmed from Jump Street and the game was never really in question.

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My main beefs with Case Gym came at the expense of the BU marketing department. At the end of the first quarter they had a t shirt toss where they practically had to beg fans to take the T shirts from them. It was sad to watch.

The marketing department was able to redeem themselves at halftime with the Dominoes Pizza Handout. I was shocked that they had the cheerleaders literally take a dozen pizzas and walk through the stands handing out full pizzas to the crowd. They say people from the East Coast are rough around the edges but that is some true hospitality.

Overall, the game was over at halftime and Loyola was never able to take a sizable cut out of BU’s lead in the second half. I hate to give such a negative review of the game because The Roof feels like a cool venue. I’d love to see that gym packed and what it sounds like inside the arena as well as downstairs in the lobby area with The Roof going nuts. I plan on following Katie Nelson and this Terriers team and plan on returning to The Roof again when BU students are back in session so I can give The Roof more of a fair shake.

Window Shopping: Detroit Shock Edition

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My hate with the NBA Store has been well documented on this site. I want to be a billboard for the WNBA. I want to waste my disposable income on WNBA merch but unfortunately most teams don’t have a substantial selection available online, particularly in men’s sizes.

If the WNBA doesn’t want to make it easy for fans to find merch I’ll put the entire league on my back.

This new series “Window Shopping” is where I’ll scrub the bowels of the internet looking for interesting and unique WNBA merchandise for the people.

For the first installment I went inside a time machine and went shopping on eBay for my former hometown team, the Detroit Shock (RIP).

Here are some of the highlights:

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Cheryl Ford in a Ford. Unbelievable. It’s this kind of creativity that the bobble head game has been missing. I have Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups bobbleheads at my desk at work. I might need to add Cheryl to the crew and hop in her Ford and drive in the fastlane en route to exceeding my sales quota.

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The Detroit Shock experienced success most teams would dream of and that success came with many experiences that athletes dream of:

1. White House Visits

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Love this photo of George W gripping the orange and white ball. Looks fierce af.

2. Championship Parades

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Love the Spirit of Detroit rocking a shock jersey

3. Wheaties Boxes

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Finally, the most important of them all being on the cover of a Wheaties Box. The pinnacle of sports success. I never thought I’d be able to find an unopened box of Wheaties commemorating the 2006 Detroit Shock championship but eBay did not disappoint.

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These were probably my favorite find of the day. As a guy I have no need for barrettes but I almost wish I had a girlfriend to buy these for. Nothing screams “I’m a bad bitch” more than rocking some brand new mint condition Detroit Shock barrettes.

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Swin Cash was my favorite player growing up. Not as unique as the Ford in a Ford bobblehead but a solid add to any bobblehead collection. I’d like to see my two favorite UCONN shooting guards together and I might have to buy this to put next to my Richard Hamilton bobblehead at my desk.

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If I hadn’t been following L Bag’s shitty gambling picks from last night I’d jump on this. Best piece of autographed memorabilia I was able to find. Looking at this listing again I almost respect the trolling from the seller asking $170.42 for shipping and handling. This would look awesome framed in any man cave.

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Bought this instantly. Just what I was looking for. Nothing better than a climalite shirt.

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Almost jumped on this one instantly as well. Braving the bomb cyclone on the east coast has been tough but a Detroit Shock blanket could make things a lot easier.

All in all a great showing for the Detroit Shock on eBay.

Don’t let the NBA store lead you astray there are many hidden gems out there.

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