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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday Cardinal Couple -- Angel in Final...10 Things About Walz



THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

- Atlanta in WNBA Divisioal Final

- Our Top 10 on Walz


Stop me if you've heard this one before. The Atlanta Dream and Angel McCoughtry have advanced to the WNBA Eastern Regional finals by eliminating Washington in three games. Their next opponent in the Indiana Fever and they face off tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

Here's what is weird. Angel is on the 2nd team WNBA. Really? No first team?

Here's the selections:



Diana Taurasi had made the WNBA All-Star team for a record-breaking 8th time.

Taurasi was also on the team in 2004 and from 2006-2011. She averaged 20.3 points and 6.2 assists to get Phoenix back to the Western Conference finals, where it will face Minnesota and fellow first-team members Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen.

Chicago center Sylvia Fowles is the league's leading vote-getter, while WNBA MVP Candace Parker rounds out the squad announced Wednesday. The Los Angeles Sparks forward is the only member of the group who was on the first team last season.

Chicago's Elena Delle Donne, the rookie of the year, made the second team. She was joined by Indiana's Tamika Catchings, Connecticut's Tina Charles, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry and Minnesota's Seimone Augustus.

Voting was done by a national panel of media and broadcasters.

So...Angel can't knock Taurasi, Moore, Whalen, Fowles or Parker out of the first team? She was leading scorer in the freakin' WNBA!!! She's held that title for three straight years. She was also second in steals.

I call shenanigans.

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WE get questions and e-mails everyday about Louisville WBB and Coach Walz. It's a busy time of the year for the coaching staff right now....checking out both 2014 and 2015 prospects. We can't catch up with Coach for CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR interviews....and we're OK with that.

We'd rather he be out there talking to players instead of us.

Paulie came up with 10 things on Coach and UofL WBB to tide you over for a few days:

10) Coach is a new Dad. We'd prefer he spends time with his wife Lauren and daughter Lola instead of talking to us. We know he'd prefer that, too...

9) When Walz retires in the late 2020's, he wouldn't mind getting back into lawn maintenance...something he did with his Dad when he was in high school. (For the record, he can cut my lawn anytime if he misses it.) 

8) Walz has the distinction of having a former assistant (Bethann Ord) as the head coach of one of the worst programs in WBB. Weber St. was 0-for-season last year. Turn it around, Bethann!
 
7) WBB will ring in the 'New Year' in Philadelphia, playing
Temple. Home of the Liberty Bell. Sweet! I propose Walz takes the team out for delicious Philly Cheesesteaks at Pat's King of Steaks at 9th and Wharton...if you are going to Philly for the Temple football game next week...stop by and have one. You won't regret it.

6) Coach wasn't the best basketball player in his family. That honor goes to his little sister Jamie, who was a star at Ft. Thomas Highlands and WKU. She is the leading scorer in the history of Kentucky high school hoops. In some areas of northern Kentucky...Jeff is still referred to as "Jamie's brother" instead of Coach Walz. Oh, and she's a coach, too.

5) The Cards start the season on 11/05 with an exhibition game against Pikeville in the KFC YUM! Center. The game tips at noon. It's also on a Tuesday. Election day. Those of you who like a beer while watching the Lady Cards are out of luck.


4) Louisville ends the regular season against UConn in the KFC YUM! Center. A 7 p.m. contest on March 3rd. Fill the arena that night...Cardinal fans! This could be our big shot to get a win over Geno.

3) Coach Walz names "Shawshank Redemption" as one of his favorite all-time movies. ( I wonder if he has posters of Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch on his walls like inmate/escapee Tim Robbins did?)

2) Coach Walz is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan when it comes to the NFL. He has never had a Pittsburgh, PA recruit to play at UofL. (Probably because Bradshaw, Swann, Rothliesberger, Harris and Greene had already used up their eligibility...)

1) The Cards will have an early season road trip to Bowling Green, KY to face WKU and his former assistant Michelle Clark-Heard on 11/27. Candyce Bingham and Laura Terry are also on staff at WKU. We need to pack E.A Diddle arena that night with Cardinal fans. (And, BIG RED is a cool mascot...almost as good as Louie the Cardinal Bird.) It's a 7 p.m. game on a Wednesday night...but the next day is Thanksgiving and you're probably off work. Make the 90 minute drive. You'll be home in time for the 11:00 news...

-Paulie

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3 comments:

  1. Even though she has improved, Angel's behavior on the court keeps her from being voted MVP and first team. People just don't like her. It should be based on performance alone but unfortunately for Angel and her fans, of which I am one, these things are largely popularity contests.

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  2. It has been probably her worst trait...her petulant court mannerisms. But, geniuses have their quirks. She is driven, no doubt. She wants to win. She'll do whatever she thinks is needed to accomplish that.

    She deserved a first team nod. And it is a popularity vote. Stats are secondary. .
    That is wrong.

    Paulie

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  3. Of the 4 players who finished ahead of Angel in the MVP voting, only one is still playing. I thought that was what a true MVP did, find a way to make your team better and get to the finals. What a sham.

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