Boo to You, Channel 7. Yesterday, ABC's local DC-area affiliate, WJLA-TV Channel 7, opted not to broadcast the network's "nationally televised" game between Sacramento and Phoenix that launched the WNBA's 10th Anniversary Season. Instead, Channel 7 treated us to a B-minus movie. While the game was carried on News Channel 8 (News Channel 8!!), this was a well kept secret, and only available on cable. Many fans failed to find it. Shame on Channel 7. The BasketCases think calls to the station's General Manager, Fred Ryan (703-647-8700), are in order.
Boo Boo of the Day. Yesterday, with 3 seconds left in the game, Charlotte Sting rookie LaToya Bond sank a 3-pointer to give her team a 2 point lead over the expansion Chicago Sky, capping an 18-0 run by the Sting. The Sky, up 80-64 with 3 minutes 30 seconds left in the game, went into free fall, losing all of its 16 point lead and finally allowing the Sting to pull ahead when Bond sank her shot from outside the arc. Unfortuntely for LaToya, the story does not end there. With only 1 second left on the clock, Chicago's Jia Perkins threw up a "hail Mary," or perhaps a "hail LaToya," because it was the rookie, Bond, who answered her prayer. LaToya fouled the 3-point shooter! Perkins, who was the Sky's pick from the Sting's roster in the expansion draft (talk about rubbing salt into a wound) nailed all 3 of her free throws to give Chicago the win. [Repeat after me, LaToya: Never foul the 3-point shooter!]