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Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

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  • #31
    Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

    Dirty Diana strikes again with the "inadvertent" nasty elbow to Davenport's nose. 'Tis not the first time that sort of thing has happened at the end of a hotly contested game that Phoenix is losing.

    Gonna win though, 95-78 with 2 and a half remaining.
    Last edited by gummy; 08-08-2010, 08:07 PM.
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    • #32
      Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

      Originally posted by gummy View Post
      Dirty Diana strikes again with the "inadvertent" nasty elbow to Davenport's nose. 'Tis not the first time that sort of thing has happened at the end of a hotly contested game that Phoenix is losing.

      Gonna win though, 95-78 with 2 and a half remaining.
      That **** was disgusting. She clearly saw Davenport, stuck out her elbow, and even followed through. Then afterward, she even looks over like with satisfaction. What a *****. I don't know why, but that **** really bothers me. If she was anyone else, on any court in America she would get her *** beat for pulling some **** like that.

      And she probably won't even be punished.

      I'm so happy we blew them out. Without Cappie, they ain't ****.
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      • #33
        Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

        I'm a fan of Taurasi's, and even I thought the elbow was intentional, retaliation for Dewanna Bonner. I don't think she hurts people because she's losing. I've never seen that one. But I have seen her retaliate, quite blantantly. But apparently She (Taurasi) went over to Hoffman to check on her, and kinda patted her on her arm.

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        • #34
          Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

          Not specific to the Fever, just a progress report on the league. Basically the storyline is one of slow, steady growth in attendance and ESPN ratings over the last two years. I saw somewhere else that merch sales were also up this year but I can't remember where I read it.

          Not too shabby in a crappy economy.

          http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/news?sl...-positivesigns
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          • #35
            Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

            I love this girl Briann January, man. What a play to end the first half!
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            • #36
              Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

              Love to hear the place so loud - glad to see folks remember and appreciate last year's Finals match-up.
              "Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better." - Albert Camus

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              • #37
                Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

                The bench is not getting it done right now.
                "Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better." - Albert Camus

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                • #38
                  Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

                  Wow, what an incredible succession of plays right there. May have decided the game.

                  The arena is pretty packed, any special ticket promotion or it's only because it's vs. Phoenix?

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                  • #39
                    Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

                    Originally posted by cordobes View Post
                    Wow, what an incredible succession of plays right there. May have decided the game.

                    The arena is pretty packed, any special ticket promotion or it's only because it's vs. Phoenix?
                    Yea..looked like a lot of people.

                    Perhaps a little rivalry there.

                    The Fever aren't my team (not that I really have one in the WNBA..I kind of go between Connecticut, New York, Phoenix, and Seattle..that's only about half the league there.. And I don't mind Indy..) but the way the crowd supported them last season during the playoffs was fantastic. I'm hoping for a Seattle/Indy final, the fans are awesome for the women. (although Phoenix/Indy would be good too)

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                    • #40
                      Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

                      I heard that the game was a sellout tonight. I'm so glad that we won and man we are playing great right now. I'm really hoping that we can finally win that championship this year (knock on wood). I'd rather play Seattle in the Finals if we get there (and assuming Seattle does too) as I don't want to see anymore of Taurasi as I absolutely have to. I think she is actually one of the dirtiest players in the league and she does get away with some pretty big calls from what I've seen--a la LeBron James--imo. But back to the Fever, they've got great chemistry on and off of the court and really play like a team. They play hard and with passion and it is great to see the fans come out and support the team.

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                      • #41
                        Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

                        Originally posted by ChristianDudley View Post
                        I heard that the game was a sellout tonight. I'm so glad that we won and man we are playing great right now. I'm really hoping that we can finally win that championship this year (knock on wood). I'd rather play Seattle in the Finals if we get there (and assuming Seattle does too) as I don't want to see anymore of Taurasi as I absolutely have to. I think she is actually one of the dirtiest players in the league and she does get away with some pretty big calls from what I've seen--a la LeBron James--imo. But back to the Fever, they've got great chemistry on and off of the court and really play like a team. They play hard and with passion and it is great to see the fans come out and support the team.
                        she gets away with a lot, she also gets called for a lot too, more so than other superstars. (It's her own fault, she's not very subtle about things. )
                        IMO, she's the WNBA version of Kobe. (well, except the players in the league actually like her, and she's a better passer and play maker)

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                        • #42
                          Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

                          Great game. I don't think it was a sellout though - 10,002 was the official number, which is the 2nd largest of the year.
                          Here's an excerpt of the post game write-up. Love the swagger:

                          Stirring The Emotions By Tom Rietmann

                          On a night when the Indiana Fever shattered its franchise scoring record and clinched a playoff position, the team also made a statement to the rest of the WNBA.

                          “This was our goal, to beat the (league) champs and sweep them this season, just to put a message out there: 'Don't sleep on the Fever,' '' forward Ebony Hoffman said after Indiana thumped reigning WNBA champion Phoenix for the second time in six days.

                          http://www.wnba.com/fever/news/100813game.html
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                          • #43
                            Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

                            When I was the TV schedule for this game (Fever/Mercury), I told my wife I thought the WNBA lost a great opportunity to capitalize on the season WNBA Finals matchup between these two teams. It was the highest WNBA Finals ever televised; for the regular season rematch not to be aired, IMO, is a huge mistake! Think of how many basketball fans let alone WNBA, Fever or Mercury fans would have watched this game.

                            What a wasted opportunity to not only generate advertising revenue but to also bring in even more fans to either arena (in this case, the Fieldhouse since this was a Fever home game).

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                            • #44
                              Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

                              Stellar play by Bri tonight. It would be a huge plus to have Bri at the top of her game when we face NY.

                              That said, I'm not a fan of her over-dribbling on the final play of the 4th quarter. I would have liked to see Catch get an iso at the top of the arc and let her go to work.
                              Last edited by Kuq_e_Zi91; 08-22-2010, 07:27 PM.
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                              • #45
                                Re: Indiana Fever 2010 Regular Season Thread

                                Didn't get a chance to watch the last game.

                                I'm bummed that we slid down to 3rd place. NY is super hot right now, I am a little worried. If the Fever are at the top of their game they'll take the series but they've been up and down all year...
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