Women's Hoops Blog

Inane commentary on a game that deserves far better

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

It was another tight game that went down to the final possession. Neither team shot well and the play wasn't beautiful, but it was still an exciting conclusion to an exciting series. Though I was hoping for a Game 5, I can't complain about seeing Yo get the title and the MVP in front of her hometown fans.

The new five-game series format was a huge success. I think in the past people have worried that there isn't enough interest to sustain a long series. That reasoning, however, gets it partly backwards: interest builds as a playoff series goes on, and a longer series can create its own momentum.

Cheers to ESPN for staying with the postgame celebration, which cut a half hour into Baseball Tonight. Given that we're in the midst of some very tight playoff races, that was no small sacrifice. Next year, they should just schedule the half hour. WNBA playoff games don't fit into 2 hours anyway, even without the postgame.

Strangest bit of Game 4 commentary: Geno and Doris gushing about how great the quality of point guard play is in the WNBA. Which league are they watching?

The folks on TV also talked lots about Whalen's ineffectiveness. True enough... but give Chelsea Newton and the other Sacto defenders a little credit.

All in all, it was a great series capping off a good year for the league. More tomorrow...