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posted Friday, September 23, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 38
A Dyke About Town: Storm loses playoffs
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A Dyke About Town: Storm loses playoffs

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Storm vs. Mercury in playoffs
Cuteness and Equality went to the first game of the Seattle vs. Phoenix playoffs on September 15, while Mercy went to the Branford Marsalis concert.

Cuteness reported: 'The Seattle Storm started off their playoff run with a decisive victory over the Phoenix Mercury this past Thursday night, winning the first game of round one 80-61. They eventually demolished Phoenix, keeping Mercury guard Diana Taurasi to a mere 11 points. Shockingly, Taurasi missed shots - not her usual M.O. Taurasi also received a technical foul after she tangled with Tanisha Wright, then later Camille Little received a technical after Little wrestled with Taurasi. The game was tied at the end of the first quarter 19-19.

'By the second quarter, Phoenix took the lead. Things went back and forth until Seattle simply outdistanced the Mercury and never looked back. Lauren Jackson's shooting was a bit off as well, although she scored 13 points and had six rebounds. L.J. seemed unable to find her rhythm, but her mere presence mattered - she rebounded, blocked, and passed.

'Jackson was knocked to the floor at one point in the third quarter and we all paused a moment, feeling a bit anxious. Jackson popped back up and took off down the court. Tanisha Wright had an outstanding game, finishing with 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Wright worked the court up and down - she seemed to be everywhere.

'Equality said, 'I'm so psyched!' The rest of the crowd enthusiastically agreed.'

Game two, which took place in Phoenix on September 17, ended with Phoenix 92, Seattle 83.

Game three was September 19. The Storm dominated the first quarter, 20-9. By the half their lead was reduced to 39-30. At the third-quarter end, the Mercury was in the lead 54-52. They won 77-75. Candice Dupree contributed 20 points to the Mercury's victory, Penny Taylor and Diana Taurasi 19 each. Sue Bird scored 22 for the Storm, Lauren Jackson 18, Tanisha Wright 17.

Cuteness said, 'Game three did not end up the way Storm fans had planned. Hoping for a miracle finish, it was not to be. Although the Storm played their hearts out, it was just not quite enough. The final score of 77-75 sends the Phoenix Mercury to the Western Conference finals.

'Cuteness felt the game was lost on the free throws, as did Mischief. Cuteness frequently says games are won and lost on free throws and that was true in this game. L.J. missed two in a row, Camille Little missed two, and Tanisha Wright missed the free throw on a Diana Taurasi technical foul. Had those free throws connected, it might have been the Storm heading onto the next round. And then there were the fouls - there were whistles blowing all over the place. Taurasi fouled out, Tanisha Wright had five, and Little had six. It was a physical game, with lots of players getting knocked around. Tempers flared frequently - there was a lot on the line. It was a wild ride to be sure, but sadly the Storm season has come to an end.'

Cuteness remembers one year when Equality said to her, 'Mom, it's only a game.'

'Yeah,' Cuteness said. 'Only a game,' and then she sighed.

Mercy said, 'Wait until next year.'

Branford Marsalis
Reality accompanied Mercy to Branford Marsalis' concert at Jazz Alley on September 15 and said it is clear the band of Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo (piano), Eric Revis (bass), and Justin Faulkner (drums) was very energetic. Mercy thought Joey Calderazzo's piano was hot. Reality pointed out the keyboardist's right hand was going crazy while the left held steady. Reality's favorite piece was 'Hope,' because it expressed all the varieties of that emotion. Mercy's favorites were 'Unnamed Soldier,' 'My Ideals,' and 'In the Crease.'

David Bromberg
Reality also joined Mercy for David Bromberg at the Triple Door on September 18 for an evening of folk and blues. The full house gave Bromberg three standing ovations. Reality said, 'It is clear his big fans are here.' Reality liked David's political edge. Olabelle, the warm-up band, set the tone nicely. Their pianist was great. Stand-out tunes were 'The Trials of the World,' 'Wait for the Sun,' and 'Ripple.'

Bromberg's high points were, 'I Don't Want No Reefer,' 'Blue Is Falling,' and 'This Old World Is Just a Junkie.' The last was about our addiction to oil.

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