Skip to main content

Roundup: Indiana Fever Win Eastern Conference Semifinals

"Do you want to go to the Fever game tonight?"

It was a quick Facebook email, from my friend, Julie, who works for the Indiana Fever. (And now, my bestest friend ever!)

"Yes, please." I wrote back. I am nothing, if not polite.

Long story short, we ended up with 5 tickets on row 4 section 20, right behind one of the goals. It was the closest I've ever been to the action. I managed to take some great photos, and get some good expressions on the faces of the players. You really get to see the determination and fight each of the women have as they fight their way for another bucket.

Take a look at these photos in the slideshow below. You can even click on one of them and be taken to the entire album on Picasa.

This was an important game for the Fever, because they were playing for their survival in the WNBA championships. This was the final game of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The winner would move on to play the Atlanta Dream, the loser would go home.

Rather than keep you in suspense, I'll just tell you: the Fever won, 72-62. They play the Dream in Indianapolis on Thursday.

At one point during the game, Tamika Catchings lost her contact lens after getting clobbered by a Liberty player. The game stopped for a few seconds while players milled about looking for the lost contact. After about 10 seconds of this, she walked over, got her spare set, popped it in, and she was good to go.

Catchings came to play, because she knew her post-season was on the line, and she fought hard. At one point, she had to be restrained by Katie Douglas because she was about to tangle with Nicole Powell.

Tammy Sutton-Brown and Katie Douglas put in a hard game too (they all did; I just had some great photos of these particular women). Katie Douglas proved why she's the Chuck Norris of the WNBA (without the beard, but probably a mean roundhouse kick); Tammy Sutton-Brown outmuscled her opponents constantly.

My favorite moment of the game came in the first half, when Catchings was shooting two free throws. Before the second one, the whole crowd started chanting, "MVP! MVP! MVP!" It gave me chills hearing it. And she hit it without blinking.

It was a close game almost the entire time — the Fever were even down by 6 during the 2nd quarter — but they pulled away in the last few minutes, and settled into a comfortable lead. The Liberty tried their hardest to overcome it, but they were working against a loud and proud crowd.

We yelled, we cheered, we stamped our feet for every point, every rebound, every steal. We booed lustily at the bad calls — there were a few — and the flagrant fouls — there were a couple of those — and eventually the Fever drove in the final nail and brought it home.

Next up, the Fever play a best-of-3 series against the Atlanta Dream. The first game is Thursday the 22nd at 7:00 pm, the 2nd game is Sunday the 25th in Atlanta. And if there is a need for a third game, it will be on Tuesday 27th, time TBD (although probably around 7 or 8).

You can buy tickets at the Indiana Fever website.

(Special thanks to Julie Graue, VP of Business Operations for the Indiana Fever, for the tickets!)

My book, Branding Yourself: How to Use Social Media to Invent or Reinvent Yourself (affiliate link), is available on, as well as at Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores. I wrote it with my good friend, Kyle Lacy.

My NEW book, No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing is now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million, or get it for your Kindle or Nook.

Like this post? Leave a comment, Digg it, or Stumble it.


Popular posts from this blog

AYFKMWTS?! FBI Creates 88 Page Twitter Slang Guide


Did you get that? It's an acronym. Web slang. It's how all the teens and young people are texting with their tweeters and Facer-books on their cellular doodads.

It stands for "The FBI has created an eighty-eight page Twitter slang dictionary."

See, you would have known that if you had the FBI's 88 page Twitter slang dictionary.

Eighty-eight pages! Of slang! AYFKMWTS?! (Are you f***ing kidding me with this s***?! That's actually how they spell it in the guide, asterisks and everything. You know, in case the gun-toting agents who catch mobsters and international terrorists get offended by salty language.)

I didn't even know there were 88 Twitter acronyms, let alone enough acronyms to fill 88 pieces of paper.

The FBI needs to be good at Twitter because they're reading everyone's tweets to see if anyone is planning any illegal activities. Because that's what terrorists do — plan their terroristic activities publicly, as if they were…

Understanding 7 Different Types of Humor

One of my pet peeves is when people say they have a "dry" sense of humor, without actually understanding what it actually means.

"Dry" humor is not just any old type of humor. It's not violent, not off-color, not macabre or dark.

Basically, dry humor is that deadpan style of humor. It's the not-very-funny joke your uncle the cost analysis accountant tells. It's Bob Newhart, Steven Wright, or Jason Bateman in Arrested Development.

It is not, for the love of GOD, people, the Black Knight scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I swear, if anyone says Monty Python is "dry humor" is going to get a smack.

Here are some other types of comedy you may have heard and are just tossing around, willy-nilly.

Farce: Exaggerated comedy. Characters in a farce get themselves in an unlikely or improbable situation that takes a lot of footwork and fast talking to get out of. The play "The Foreigner" is an example of a farce, as are many of the Jeeves &…

What Are They Thinking? The Beloit College Mindset List

Every year at this time, the staff at Beloit College send out their new student Mindset List as a way to make everyone clutch their chest and feel the cold hand of death.

This list was originally created and shared with their faculty each year, so the faculty would understand what some of their own cultural touchstones might mean, or not mean, to the incoming freshmen. They also wanted the freshmen to know it was not cool to refer to '80s music as "Oldies."

This year's incoming Beloit freshmen are typically 18 years old, born in 1999. John F. Kennedy Jr. died that year, as did Stanley Kubrick and Gene Siskel. And so did my hope for a society that sought artistic and intellectual pursuits for the betterment of all humanity. Although it may have actually died when I heard about this year's Emoji Movie.

Before I throw my hands up in despair, here are a few items from the Mindset list for the class of 2021.

They're the last class to be born in the 1900s, and are t…