We just need some wins…

On August 12th, 2009 the Chicago Sky traded Arminte Price to the Atlanta Dream for Tamera Young. This trade was the first of a flurry of transactions and moves for a team that, prior to this, had made very few personnel changes. Heck, the starting lineup never even really changed over the course of the first 2+ months of the season (…except for a minor change to accomodate Big Syl’s injuries). Shortly after the trade for Young, both Fowles and Wycoff went down with injuries causing more alterations to be made in the starting lineup. Out goes Brooke and Big Syl, in comes Young and Ely. Dupree is moved to the center position. Brooke returned from injury and was inserted back into the starting lineup. An injured Chen Nan was waived and replaced with Mistie Bass (welcome back!). And the latest transaction: Brooke Wycoff tore her ACL in the home game against New York on August 28th and is out for the remainder of the season.  In response to this, the Sky waived Brooke and signed 6’8″ center Katie Mattera.

Get well soon, Brooke!

Get well soon, Brooke!

First of all, I just want to say best of luck to Brooke Wycoff in her rehab and recovery. We’re definitely going to miss her ever-present smile and the heart and passion she brings to every game. More importantly though, we’re going to miss the hustle, defense and myraid of intagibles that she has contributed to this team over the course of the past 4 years. Speedy recovery, Brooke! …and I’m looking forward to see you back on the court next season!

Ok, so what was the point of recapping all of the changes and transactions that have occured over the past two-and-a-half weeks? The point is…none of them really matter.  Sure, trading Price for Young was a great move. It’s wonderful to have Bass back and I think she’s a definite upgrade over Chen Nan (well, except size-wise). I LOVED the Perkins/Canty/Young/Ely/Dupree starting lineup. We desperately needed another big (someone…ANYONE!…over 6’2″), so the Mattera acquisition is a good one as well.

But the fact of the matter is, as much as I like the moves that we’ve made, they’re all basically lateral moves. Diana Taurasi ain’t walking thru that door. Neither is LJ, Catch, Bird, Hammon or any other gamechanger. Heck, even Sylvia Fowles may not be walking thru that door! Young, Bass and Mattera ain’t gonna save us, folks. We weren’t tearin’ it up before these changes were made and we can’t just assume that this will be enough to get us over the hump. Sure, they fill holes that were left by injuries and they fit in with what we are trying to do, but the only thing that is going to get the Sky into the playoffs is a fighting desire to get into the freakin’ playoffs! Basically, we just need some wins. We’ve had the talent all season to win more games than we’ve been winning. It’s time to cash in on that. Step up to the plate and swing for the fences. Our playoff hopes don’t hinge on the personnel that we have, it hinges on whether, as a team, the Sky want it more than DC, Conn, Det, ATL and NY.  Regardless of injuries and other lame excuses (namely, coaching), the Sky are a superbly talented team. If we want the playoffs, we got the playoffs. We just need to go out there and get some freakin’ wins!

Some tidbits…

** Former Sky guard Stacey Dales joined the NFL Network and will co-host “NFL Gameday,” a 4-hour Sunday morning pre-game show. Congrats to Stacey on the new gig! I don’t watch football too much so I’m definitely gonna miss seeing her on ESPN during college basketball season 😦

** One more note on the Sky’s move to Allstate Arena next year. Look at the very bottom of Allstate’s Directions/Parking page. It says…

Parking at Allstate Arena: Parking is available close to all entrances of the Allstate Arena. Parking fee ranges from $11-$20. Buses and limos are extra. Parking is open two hours prior to event. No tailgating is permitted.

No tailgating? That kinda sucks. On a brighter note, hopefully Sky parking will be closer to $11 per/game, not $20!



~ by audsquad on September 2, 2009.

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