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Caitlin puts up 21 in her first pro game. Sure, it's pre-season, but still.

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Caitlin puts up 21 in her first pro game. Sure, it's pre-season, but still.
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Caitlin puts up 21 in her first pro game. Sure, it's pre-season, but still.
https://y.yarn.co/a7e9a042-ba48-4075-b3 ... a_text.gif

https://twitter.com/redapples/status/17 ... 3629759780
:thumbup: Five 3-point shots and 21 points was tied for the game-high tally :-||
ICYMI:
No one was airing Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso's WNBA preseason debuts, so an X user livestreamed it

The WNBA rookie class of 2024 is entering the league with unprecedented interest and Kamilla Cardoso and Angel Reese are two of its biggest names. So you would imagine people want to watch their preseason debuts with the Chicago Sky.

Unfortunately, those fans couldn't on Friday. That was despite the WNBA League Pass app saying otherwise, as it listed every preseason game as available for streaming. The truth was that fans could only watch Caitlin Clark's debut with the Indiana Fever on Friday, but not the Sky's game against the Minnesota Lynx.

The WNBA posted an apology clarifying the situation, but that was little help for fans of Cardoso, Reese or the Sky. The more helpful party turned out to be an X user with the handle @heyheyitsalli, who attended the game in Minnesota.

Minutes before tip-off, she posted a query on whether fans would be interested in her livestreaming the game from her phone.



The answer turned out to be an emphatic "yes."

As @heyheyitsalli streamed the game over the next two hours, her stream peaked at 173,381 viewers and has since hit more than 400,000 views through replay. It was grainier than professional broadcasts and shot in vertical mode for an hour, but it was clearly better than nothing.
Nearly the entire game. I've never seen a 2-hour tweet before:


529.4K views!!!
... The WNBA is basically in a situation where interest is surpassing its capacity to capitalize on it, and the only real answer is increased investment from the league's stakeholders. That has been a recurring conversation in the league for years, but there are fewer excuses as the 2024 class brings the viewers the league has been waiting for.

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GO Knicks > Pacers
NY leads series 1-0

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GoCubsGo wrote:
Sat May 04, 2024 5:57 pm
O Really wrote:
Sat May 04, 2024 12:42 pm
Caitlin puts up 21 in her first pro game. Sure, it's pre-season, but still.
https://y.yarn.co/a7e9a042-ba48-4075-b3 ... a_text.gif

https://twitter.com/redapples/status/17 ... 3629759780
Regular season opener tonight, first opener sellout for Connecticut in two decades. Clark jersey is the top seller for a rookie in any sport.

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Tue May 14, 2024 10:12 am

Regular season opener tonight, first opener sellout for Connecticut in two decades. Clark jersey is the top seller for a rookie in any sport.
:clap: :clap:

Do you know if it's being broadcast?

Edit: ESPN2.
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Regular season opener tonight, first opener sellout for Connecticut in two decades. Clark jersey is the top seller for a rookie in any sport.
:clap: :clap:

Do you know if it's being broadcast?

Edit: ESPN2.
:thumbup: Thanks.

Indiana Fever at Connecticut Sun
Live 7:30 PM EDT

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Fever got stomped, but Caitlin scored a game-leading (tie) 20. Not bad for a debut.
https://www.espn.com/wnba/boxscore/_/gameId/401620219

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WNBA Refs Accused Of 'Rigging' Game Against Caitlin Clark

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Where's billy.pilgrim when we need him? ;)

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Caitlin Clark's Debut Drew Largest TV Audience for WNBA Game in 23 Years

... Even though it wasn't broadcast on ESPN's main channel—it was aired on ESPN2—the Fever-Sun clash brought in 2.13 million television viewers.

That is the WNBA's highest single-game ratings since the Los Angeles Sparks and Houston Comets matched up on NBC in 2001. That game brought in 2.44 million viewers. This means, though, that the Fever–Sun game brought in the biggest audience for a WNBA cable game in history.

Clark's teams have been breaking ratings numbers for months now. Iowa's Final Four game vs. UConn in April was the most-watched NCAA women's basketball game ever with 14.2 million viewers. That matchup beat out the Hawkeyes' Elite Eight game vs. LSU, which had just reset the record with 12.3 million viewers the week prior....

Clark and the Fever might continue to break viewership records as 36 of the team's 40 regular season games this season will be broadcast on national television.
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Caitlin Clark scores 9 points in home debut as Fever lose

Guard Caitlin Clark took to the newly designed floor for the Indiana Fever on Thursday along with three other WNBA No. 1 draft picks, two past MVPs and the player she watched closely throughout high school. In the Fever's home opener, a sellout crowd of 17,274 showed up for Clark's official introduction to Indianapolis fans at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

But the New York Liberty, one of two franchises dubbed superteams last season (along with Las Vegas), did their part to spoil the party, beating the Fever 102-66.

"We've got to get to a level of toughness," Indiana coach Christie Sides said. "When things are going south on us, we're not stopping the bleeding."

Clark finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, going 2-of-8 from the field. After 10 turnovers in Indiana's season-opening loss at Connecticut on Tuesday, Clark had three against the Liberty.

Thursday was the first time since January 2021 in her freshman season at Iowa that Clark -- the all-time Division I scoring leader -- was held to single digits. She had eight points against Northwestern then, but she's now facing the best players in the world.
Ouch.
Clark, who had 20 points against the Sun, said the good thing about the WNBA's busy schedule is that there's no time to sulk. The Fever next travel to New York to face the Liberty again Saturday.
Ut-oh.
There has been tremendous excitement around the Fever because of Clark. But this is still a franchise that hasn't made the WNBA playoffs since 2016 and starts players who are in their third, second and first years in the league -- NaLyssa Smith, Aliyah Boston, and Clark -- along with Katie Lou Samuelson, who is on her fifth team in five years in the WNBA.

All four players were lottery picks, while the most experienced Fever starter is Erica Wheeler. She was undrafted out of Rutgers in 2013 but made her way to the league. The Fever are in the earliest stages of finding themselves, while the Liberty return all five of their starters from last year's WNBA Finals team that fell to the Aces.

Like Boston and Clark, the Liberty also have two past No. 1 picks: Forward Breanna Stewart (2016) and guard Sabrina Ionescu (2020). Stewart and Jonquel Jones are former MVPs, and Thursday they combined for 45 points, 20 rebounds and 8 assists.

Ionescu had an NCAA-record 26 triple-doubles at Oregon, and Clark said her family bought a subscription to the Pac-12 Network while she was in high school so she could watch her....
Let's hope they build rather than create a dead end.
Las Vegas Aces sell out a WNBA-record 15 of 20 home games

The Las Vegas Aces, who are chasing a third consecutive championship, continue to be a hot ticket by selling out 15 of their 20 home games, the most in WNBA history.

Las Vegas in March became the first team to sell out its allotment of season tickets....
:clap: The WNBA has arrived.

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Vrede too wrote:
Tue May 07, 2024 3:05 pm
GO Knicks > Pacers
NY leads series 1-0
Indiana Pacers (6) eliminate the New York Knicks (2), 4-3 :(

Go:
Boston Celtics (1) > Indiana Pacers (6), now leading 1-0
Minnesota Timberwolves (3) > Dallas Mavericks (5), now trailing 0-1

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Go:
Boston Celtics (1) > Indiana Pacers (6), now leading 1-0
Minnesota Timberwolves (3) > Dallas Mavericks (5), now trailing 0-1
Boston Celtics lead series 2-0 :thumbup:
Minnesota Timberwolves (3) 108, Dallas Mavericks (5) 109
Luka Doncic makes 24-foot step back three point jumpshot for the Mavs with 3.1 seconds left :angry-banghead: 2nd half choke.
Dallas lead series 2-0, winning both in Minnesota. Ut-oh.
Back to Minnesota - Game 5 (if necessary) :think:

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Go:
Boston Celtics (1) > Indiana Pacers (6), now leading 1-0
Minnesota Timberwolves (3) > Dallas Mavericks (5), now trailing 0-1
Boston Celtics lead series 2-0 :thumbup:
Minnesota Timberwolves (3) 108, Dallas Mavericks (5) 109
Luka Doncic makes 24-foot step back three point jumpshot for the Mavs with 3.1 seconds left :angry-banghead: 2nd half choke.
Dallas leads series 2-0, winning both in Minnesota. Ut-oh.
Back to Minnesota - Game 5 (if necessary) :think:
NBA playoffs: Luka Dončić, Mavericks power past Anthony Edwards to take a 3-0 lead over Timberwolves
Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving combined for 66 points to push the Mavericks past the Timberwolves on Sunday night


Crap.
Boston leads series 3-0 :thumbup:
2 sweeps?

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Crap.
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Mon May 27, 2024 2:26 pm
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Crap.

https://x.com/espn/status/1795143583202201834
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Walt ... _and_death
... Walton's political beliefs were known for being radical. During his time at UCLA, Walton was active in campus protests. Walton, who spoke at Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman's memorial service and funeral, acknowledged spending time with Hoffman when he was a fugitive in the late 1970s.

Walton was a fan of the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, Neil Young, Phish, and Bob Dylan. He was particularly attached to the Grateful Dead, whose concerts he started attending in 1967, while he was still in high school. He attended more than 850 Grateful Dead concerts, including traveling with the band to Egypt for its famous 1978 performance before the Pyramids (joining the band on drums), and quotes Grateful Dead lyrics in TV and radio interviews. To fellow Deadheads, Walton is fondly known as "Grateful Red" and the "Big Red Deadhead" and "World's Tallest Deadhead". In the video for "Touch of Grey", Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is wearing a Celtics jacket given to him by Walton. In 2001, Walton was inducted into The Grateful Dead Hall of Honor. Walton wrote the liner notes for the Grateful Dead live albums Dave's Picks Volume 5 in 2013 and Dave's Picks Volume 48 in 2023, both of which feature concerts recorded at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion during Walton's tenure on the university's basketball team.

Walton also considered himself a fan and friend of the writer Ken Kesey. In 2015, he made a visit to the Ken Kesey Collection while on a stop at the University of Oregon....
These days he would be cancelled. RIP

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Boston Celtics sweep Indiana Pacers, return to NBA Finals for second time in three years

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Go Timberwolves, 4 straight :wave:
GoCubsGo wrote:
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Crap.

https://x.com/espn/status/1795143583202201834
30 for 30
The Luckiest Guy In The World

4 Part (I think) series, 2023, ESPN2

This Bill Walton documentary covers his days as a high school phenom, his dominance at UCLA, his social activism, an injury-riddled NBA career and to his current job as a controversial basketball commentator.
:clap: Interesting and well made.

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:clap: Interesting and well made.
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Walton is pretty much saint-level around here.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sp ... ivic-pride
Bill Walton, San Diego icon, basketball superstar, award-winning television analyst, certified Deadhead, cyclist, philanthropist, political activist, philosopher, father, grandfather, loyal friend, jovial stranger, self-described luckiest guy in the world, has died. He was 71.

The 6-foot-11 center, who won titles at Helix High School in La Mesa, two at UCLA and two in the NBA before moving back to San Diego and working with dozens of local charities, lost a protracted battle with colon cancer. The NBA released the news of his death Monday morning with a statement saying he was “surrounded by his family.”

“He was Mr. San Diego,” said former San Diego State basketball coach Steve Fisher, whose first recruiting class included Walton’s son, Chris. “That’s who he was. He loved this city like no other. He was so proud of the fact that he grew up here, went to high school here, his parents were here.

“I don’t know who else would be on that list, but they would be a distant second in terms of athletes who call San Diego home. It was home for him from birth to today. He was what you hope you can be, never complaining, always a smile on his face, had time for everybody. You couldn’t go to an event he wasn’t at. He did everything for everybody, and loved this city, boy, like none other.”

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