Well, I had a bad night last night. Some crazy guy punched me in the face and broke my nose. My nose has always been big and crooked. Now it's bigger and crookeder.
The game was a lot of fun yesterday. Teasley was off the hook
-- half the time her teammates were basically too shocked to catch her passes. It was a great event all around.
The All-Star Game presented an occasion for everyone to address the state of the game.
Val Ackerman has this chat on WNBA.com
talking about expansion, next year's schedule with the Olympics, the NWBL, and other issues.
Several papers ran articles yesterday and today analyzing the league, its successes, and its problems.
The NY Newsday asks, "Will the League Survive?
" and concludes that the league needs to stay small and less political.
The NY Daily News suggests that the league might be headed for extinction
unless some personality -- some Annika, some Venus and Serena -- comes and saves it. Maybe Taurasi is The One.
WaPo yesterday examined this year's attendance figures
-- we still can't seem to get a totally straight answer on whether attendance is really up or down... but basically, the news isn't really good.
The attitude out there is basically gloomy. The league isn't going to disappear in the near future, but I think there are a lot of people (myself included) who thought this might be a break-out year -- that getting rid of weak franchises, concentrating talent on fewer teams, and starting in new markets (especially Connecticut) would really bring us to a new level.
It hasn't. San Antonio is drawing very good crowds, but Connecticut isn't. Most other teams are down moderately, continuing the general slippage that's been happening for several years.
Media coverage remains spotty. Unless you have satellite or DirecTV or something, it's hard to see many games. Some (but not all) local newspapers provide good coverage of home teams, but it's very hard to have much of a sense of what's going on around the league. SportsCenter, the most important and powerful piece of sports media in the entire country, rarely gives a minute to the WNBA.
So... it's not altogether pretty out there.
But we're still here, dammit.