Tune in to 710 KIRO AM at 8:35 p.m. to hear Janell Burse and NY Vinnie on tonight’s installment of “Storm Warning.”
If you read only one Storm story today, I hope it’s my look at how Lauren Jackson is healthy and rejuvenated after a very enjoyable off-season followed a 2006 that was frustrating because of her shins.
If you only read one Storm story outside storm.wnba.com, however, make it Jim Caple’s excellent look at life overseas for Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi as part of ESPN.com’s eTicket series.
The conditions in Russia have always been fascinating. We’ve heard a lot about these rich oligarchs who are willing to bankroll these teams at a loss, but never met any of them until now. This is a story that could only be reported from Russia, and kudos to ESPN.com for sending Caple. Major credit to Caple, a Seattlite and UW grad who checked in on Sue and LJ at yesterday’s Media Day, for his excellent reporting and deft wit:
“(Bird and Taurasi) learned about the Soviet Union in history class, certainly, but they do not personally remember when Reagan first called the U.S.S.R. the ‘Evil Empire’, nor the decades when the threat of nuclear war between the two countries was a constant source of tension and worry. Though they somewhat understand the complexities of those times because they saw ‘Rocky IV.’”