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Taurasi Celebrating the Lone Title in Phoenix Basketball History

Taurasi Celebrating the Lone Title in Phoenix Basketball History

On Thursday night, 3-time WNBA All-Star Diana Taurasi was charged with a DUI in Phoenix around the 7th and Camelback area.  After last years Detroit Shock / Los Angeles Sparks brawl, this represents yet another step for the WNBA to being more like its big brother league.  In addition – Taurasi has now proved that Jason Richardson isn’t the only Phoenix shooting guard who can hop behind the wheel of a car drunk.  I anxiously await Taurasi driving 90 in a 35 with a toddler in the front seat.  Your move Diana.

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Now that the NBA season has mercifully come to an end, its time for the Monsoon season to start.  (No, the Monsoon are not a new WNBA expansion team, don’t you worry).  Here in Arizona, that means three things:

  1. Flash flooding will occur to do the city’s inadequate drainage system;
  2. As soon as the first drop of water hits the road, everyone will drive 15 mph under the speed limt; and
  3. Idiots will attempt to drive across flooded roads only to be stranded on top of their cars awaiting rescue by the fire department.

Unfortunately, the Monsoon season will not rain out any D’backs games. 

Rain or shine, this guy will be patrolling the outfield this summer.

Rain or shine, this guy will be patrolling the outfield this summer.

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The Phoenix Mercury, one of the WNBA’s 13 currently-struggling franchises, have sold out to Tempe-based Lifelock in an effort to stay afloat.  The identity theft protection corporation will pay the team $1M to replace the “Phoenix” and “Mercury” with the corporate logo on game jerseys.  The Mercury are the first team to utilize a WNBA policy change, called the “Energizer Presents the Mattel Corporate Sponsorship Bill,” that will allow corporate sponsors a level of advertising currently unprecedented in U.S. professional sports (except golf, tennis, soccer, bowling, and auto racing).

In the Words of Michael Jackson, "Dirty Diana, LET ME BE!"

In the Words of Michael Jackson, "Dirty Diana, LET ME BE!"

At our friend AZCentral, one columnist suggests this is a harbinger for similar corporate access in “higher-profile” leagues.  (more…)

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