Saturday, June 03, 2006


The Clock, Not the Shock, Stops the Mystics. With Delisha Milton-Jones leading the way (21 points), and the other 4 starters also scoring in double figures, the Mystics controlled the Shock from tipoff to the closing buzzer. Detroit games are always physical and this one was no exception. Too many fouls (52 total) and too many turnovers (42) made this a somewhat frustrating game to watch--- no flow, no pace, lots of stops in play. The longest stop came early in the 3rd Quarter when the scoreboard, game clock and 24 second clocks took a half-hour off on Injured Reserve, while the BasketCases and the rest of the small but loyal crowd of Mystics fans in attendance were treated to an extra half-hour of Mayhem performances, Jumbotron entertainment, and the Mystics and Shock warming up, again. (And, does anybody know who the refs were talking to on their cell phones? Were they changing their flight? Or did did someone hear them say something about pepperoni, no olives?) While it may not have been one of the prettiest games (match-ups against Cave Man Bill and his Bam Bam Girls rarely are), it did have some very pretty moments. The BasketCases' favorite was the transition basket by Nikki Teasley when, on the break, she hesitated just long enough to sell the defense on her holding up, only to blow past her defender a moment later (with a huge smile on her face) to finish the play! This is the Nikki T who wowed her fans in high school, college and in L.A. -- the BasketCases are so happy that Nikki is now home in D.C. , where she belongs.

8 Comments:

At 11:35 AM, Blogger VP19 said...

Would that the bombastic sound system have failed, rather than the scoreboard and clock. Give the game room to breathe! (This increasingly annoying atmosphere at games could be a reason Mystics attendance is declining. It's something Sheila Johnson should investigate and change if need be, and if WNBA officials don't like it, so what?)

 
At 10:31 PM, Blogger LSUTigerFan said...

I must admit the music during the game IS a little disconcerting, but I kind of like the stuff designed for fan involvement... My 11 month old is 3 for 3 on the Jumbotron! LOL
I also like the pacman sound when the opponents miss.

 
At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Kayaker said...

Frankly, I like the whole Mystics show. It's entertaining and fun. And the pacman sound is hysterical.

 
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