Can we all agree that dunking in a WNBA is not news. In fact, nothing that happens in the WNBA is news. The WNBA itself is not news, unless it folds, my God how I hope it folds. A dunk is not news. The fact that Candace Parker was able to palm a mini basketball and put her hand on the rim while she made a lay-up is the biggest joke of news since… well since the last time someone “dunked” in a WNBA game. If you have to lead a news story like this “Candace Parker threw a down a dunk on one coast and picked up an honor on the other. Hours after becoming the second player to dunk in a WNBA game…” you know their stretching. Just saying Candace Parker, wasn’t going to suck in the readers but maybe if we remind everyone that she “dunked” they’ll keep reading the story. If you are relying on that as your attention grabber, you probably should just not write the story.
(Quick trivia: How many teams are in the WNBA? Don’t cheat. Just guess.)
This got me thinking though, what other stories are out there in the sports world that don’t get the publicity like a “dunk” in a WNBA game but are more newsworthy? These are the stories within the story of a game that are more interesting, and better and bigger, than a “dunk” in the WNBA.
… Taking a no-hitter in the second inning.
… Scoring 16 points in the first quarter of a NBA (real) basketball game
… A little leaguer hitting for the cycle
… What Maria Sharapova is wearing at Wimbledon.
… Who was traded at the NHL deadline.
… Who was taken first in the MLS draft (if there even is one).
… ESPN over-playing (surprise) the Bulldogs verse Bulldogs in the College World Series.
… Making three tackles in an NFL game.
… A pitcher throwing three straight first pitch fast balls.
… A second baseman going 1-for-4 with a single.
… An AFL game with more than 50 points.
… The Super Bowl being on of the most watch TV shows of the year.
… Chris Berman giving a stupid nickname to a guy with the last name Holes.
… An interview wit the grounds crew guy who cut his finger ranking the infield between innings.
… Joe Buck saying no to job.
… John Madden voting Brett Favre to the Hall of Fame.
… Asdruoibbelkbul Cabrera hitting over .400… in the minors (It’s good to see but come on, it’s still the minors. He was hitting less than he weighs in the majors.)
… Winning a first round match at any tennis tournament. While losing in the first round at Wimbledon is news, winning isn’t.
… A pro golfer driving the ball 330 yards.
… A relief pitching being called in for match-up purposes.
… A back-up quarterback warming up when the start gets hurt.
… This being my 327 post.
… GFB aging 15 years when he got a mini-van.
All these are stories I’d rather read about than a “women” “dunking” during a “basketball game.” Go away WNBA.