Friday, July 25, 2008
I really thought that stunts like added retired players or really tall/short people was left in the minor leagues. Well apparently not. Two days after a brawl that gave the league more press than it's ever had, the WNBA decided 50 year old ESPN broadcaster Nancy Lieberman needed to play for a night.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman showed she still had one nifty pass left in her.Lieberman was once a great player, but come on WNBA. There was really NO ONE ELSE they could sign? This reeks of publicity stunt. The first real intense thing happens in your league in its history and you go and do something cheesy like this? I'm not saying that fighting should be highlighted, but it happens in Sports. The biggest knock on the WNBA was/is that the players are soft and Tuesday night showed that wasn't the case. After the ridiculous Mahorn "Peacemaker" suspension and this, I think the WNBA set a record time for losing validity.
The 50-year-old Lieberman had two assists, including a no-look pass in the closing minutes of the Detroit Shock's 79-61 loss to the Houston Comets on Thursday night.
Lieberman made a one-time only appearance in the Shock's first game since Tuesday night's bench-clearing melee with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Five Shock players were suspended and Cheryl Ford sustained a season-ending injury, prompting coach Bill Laimbeer to offer Lieberman a seven-day contract.
(P.S.- I would have pulled the video, but it's Friday and ultimately I don't think you really care.)