Sunday, March 24, 2019

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You know you are going to be hurting for sports news for the week when Sportscenter is featuring the Winter Leagues in baseball. There really isn’t a lot going on this week because the world (or at least America) is waiting for the Super Bowl next Sunday and I’m sure that’s all we are going to hear about ALL WEEK LONG. (This is Reason #2 why I’m not leaving the house till the weekend festivities kick off. Reason #1 is because I live in Florida–the snowbird season has officially kicked off and there are seriously old people every where. And it’s just hazardous to drive anywhere.)

Ok back to the point.

1. The Super Bowl is next Sunday. Get prepared now!

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Just in case you didn’t read my blog last week and you block out football talk until right before the game, I just wanted to remention that the teams are the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Remember, we are trying to know what’s going on this year and not just be there for the party!

Pittsburgh seems to be heavily favored. I think this is crap. Feel free to quote me on that when people ask you what your opinion is. If further question on why that sucks just say, “Um, hello, the Cards have Kurt and Fitzy.” You don’t have to know what I’m talking about. Just say that and it could score you some major points.

Hmm, unless you are talking to die-hard Steeler fans. Then say the Cardinal line but also throw in “but that poofy haired guy on Pitts is good too!” Trust me, you don’t want to attempt to say his name unless you already know how to say it. Polamalu. Pa-la-mah-loo. I may like this name almost as much as I like Tony Dungy (Dungy!!)

Anyway. My Girl’s Guide to the Super Bowl; the football and the parties, will be up starting later this afternoon .

2. NHL All-Star Game

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Haven’t really covered hockey yet but I am looking forward to it. I used to watch our team club, in college and loved it. Unfortunately, that was many years ago and I don’t remember a lot of what I learned then. And a lot happened in this game that I really don’t understand. So, can’t really give you much of a recap!  But here’s what I do know:

  • The East beat the West in a SHOOTOUT 12-11
  • I don’t know what this shootout thing is but it appears to happen after an overtime so that games don’t go on for days.
  • It was the second highest scoring in an All-Star Game (The first highest was 14-12)

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  • Alex Ovechkin scored the winning goal in the third round of the mysterious shootout thingy.
  • On the East there was Alex Ovechkin, Alexei Kovalev and Andrei Markov. Say that five times fast.

I’m not even going to try and pretend I know more than that!  Check out The NHL on The Bleacher Report or ESPN.com for more information on this game!

3. The NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced

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FYI NBA All-Star Weekend is Valentine’s Weekend. Seriously, who the hell was on their planning committee cuz they ain’t so bright! Then again, Confessions of a Shopaholic and He’s Just Not That Into You are released then too so I’m sensing a great trade-off! “Sure I’ll watch the NBA Dunk Contest thingy. If you come with me to Shopaholic!”

The starting five for the East and the West were announced last week. I feel it’s almost pointless to even write who is going because even if you don’t watch basketball I’m sure you can guess.  Four of the players have been to the game more than ten times. So the results are not exactly shocking!  Sorry. I have no coffee in my house, I’m a tad cranky today. The point of the all-star game is to showcase the best of the best so realistically, you should already know the starters before they are announced.

The East:

  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
  • Dwighty Howard, Orlando Magic
  • Allen Iverson, Detroit Pistons
  • Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat

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The West

  • Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
  • Amar’e Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns
  • Tim Duncan, San Antonia Spurs
  • Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers (shocking, I know.)
  • Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets

I’ll be doing a full out profile and analysis of this at a later date when the football madness dies down.

4. The Life and Loss of the Inspiring Kay Yow

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I know Phil Jackson. I know John Calipari. I know Coach K. Actually, I know the names of a lot of college and NBA coaches. But I am very sad to say I had never heard of Kay Yow—a lot of people hadn’t–until she passed away on Saturday,  January 24, 2009.

  • Kay was the head coach of the women’s basketball team for North Carolina State for 34 years.
  • She was a coach in total for over 38 years!
  • She won over 700 games!
  • She won four conference titles, was the coach of the 1988 winning Olympic team, and is in the Naismith and the Women’s Basketball Halls of Fame.
  • More importantly, she won the battle against breat cancer for over 20 years.

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For more, please see my Profiles in Courage: Kay Yow

~Photos from ESPN.com & NBA.com

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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