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As this is a personal blog, sometimes the posts here will be … pretty personal. Or very personal as is the case today. Those looking for basketball thoughts on the WNBA playoffs, there are some on ESPN.com. There will be more here soon. But this is a story about whom I have been watching the WNBA games with, gratefully.

Ripley came into my life when I was in San Antonio at the 2002 Women’s Final Four. The day before I was to fly home, I’d phoned my mom to check in. And after a conversation about all the usual things, she hung up by saying, “Oh, by the way, I got you a dog. Bye.”

You know how you sometimes find yourself explaining to people, “Um, my mom is just like that” because you assume everyone has times when they explain their mother that way? All right, so you understand.

Anyway, after UConn’s Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi (OK, so I am making an oblique reference to the Western Conference finals) and their teammates finished their perfect season, I arrived home and met a furball whom I quickly deduced would grow rather larger than my previous two dogs.
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In May, before the WNBA season started, there were a fair amount of good reasons to have doubts about the Atlanta Dream. The Chamique Holdsclaw situation was up in the air. There was the question of whether Sancho Lyttle and Erika de Souza would  have 2010 performances as good as what they did in 2009.

When last we’d seen Shalee Lehning play – in the 2009 regular-season finale – she’d severely injured her shoulder and was forced to miss the playoffs. How strongly would she come back from the injury in her second pro season?
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On the radio

Today at 1 p.m. Eastern, Brenda VanLengen and I will go through various listener/reader questions and try to answer them. Or we’ll just make up stuff.

I had several questions off the ESPN.com chat Thursday that I didn’t have a chance to get to. So we will give some of them a go today. And if you have any additional questions or comments, just post them at the “She’s Got Game” web site.

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Just humor me, Part 1

This week, there was an announcement that Cathy Guisewite is ending her “Cathy” comic strip in October after 34 years of drawing it. I got sucked into a couple of pages of reader comments about the story on “Yahoo” before I could stop myself. And the trend seemed to be that the people lamenting “Cathy’s” demise were women. But not all women liked it. Some despised it.

Meanwhile, most of those readers who said they were male (or whom I presumed by name to be male) were saying things like, “Good! That strip was stupid! It was never funny!”

And it made me think, as I often do, about how drastically different we humans are about humor, and what degree gender sometimes plays in that.
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Saturday night, the choice was easy. Just one WNBA game that evening, Tulsa at Seattle. No problem picking what to watch, right?

Ugghh. I just couldn’t do it. Normally, I take every opportunity to see games … but this wasn’t really a game. Unless you’d also call what cats do to mice a “game.”  OK, it wasn’t exactly that brutal. No deaths involved. But the Storm players, after two consecutive losses and nearly a third, were looking to put the hammer down hard again.
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On the radio

I’ve been dealing with a computer problem the last few days … hopefully, it will be resolved soon, and I’ll have some new blog posts up quickly. In the meantime, today I’ll be doing “She’s Got Game” on SportsRadioKC.com from 1-2 p.m. Central time. Brenda VanLengen is showing her kids around Galveston, Texas, so I’ll try to yammer through the whole hour.

I’m scheduled to have a couple of guests, each with their own insight into the WNBA. I’ll be talking with Dawn Trudeau of Seattle’s Force 10 Hoops ownership group about the success of the Storm and various topics such as what the independent owners think of the impending NBA lock out next year and how that may impact the WNBA.

Also joining me will be David Woods of the Indianapolis Star. David will offer his thoughts on who the real Indiana Fever team is: the one that has lost its last three games … or the one that won five in a row before that?

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This weekend at Madison Square Garden, the Liberty games had that “old-fashioned” feel to them. Mind you, in this case I’m referring to “old-fashioned” being the late ’90s-early 2000s.

The atmosphere at MSG hasn’t been as good in recent years as it used to be, back when the Liberty had several players who were fan favorites for a variety of reasons. There were the Becky Hammon worshippers, the Teresa Weatherspoon devotees, the Kym Hampton group, the Vickie Johnson backers, the Sue Wicks posse. And we don’t want to leave out those Lib fans who picked Crystal Robinson or Tamika Whitmore as their favorite, either.

There was just this cult of personality for the Liberty, and they played good basketball, too. The team had support from a pretty diverse audience, and there was a feeling that games were events in a way that wasn’t necessarily the case in most other WNBA cities. Hey, it was New York.
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