Tidal Wave Wednesdays no. 18: Unexpected Hiatus, NFL Szn Preview, & More!!

Tidal Wave Wednesdays no. 18: Unexpected Hiatus, NFL Szn Preview, & More!!

The year has flown by swiftly as we are wrapping up of the 3rd and preparing to enter the fourth quarter of 2018. Before we know it, we will be celebrating the year II anniversary of #TheSkyBoxSuite (excited!), which officially takes place in November. There has obviously been a lag in content over the past month.

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Bridging the Gap: A Candid Conversation About the WNBA Salary Issue

Bridging the Gap: A Candid Conversation About the WNBA Salary Issue

Last week, Aja Wilson asked a question that many WNBA players have posed before her.  Tweeting after learning that Lebron James had signed a new $154 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, she lamented the fact that WNBA players were “looking for a million.”  Many people immediately attacked her stance…

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Crown Her Queen: Minnesota Lynx win 2017 WNBA championship, a historical 4th title in 7 years

Crown Her Queen: Minnesota Lynx win 2017 WNBA championship, a historical 4th title in 7 years

By now, the news is out: closing out the finals at 3-2 in the best of 5 series with an 85-76 win at home against the Los Angeles Sparks Wednesday night. Minnesota Lynx have scored their 4th WNBA championship title in 4 years, the most championships of any active franchise right next to the Houston Comets

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Top 5 Powerhouses in the WNBA

One component people ever discuss is the WNBA, which is a reflection about how many people feel about women in relation to sports. Despite the work that goes unnoticed and rarely ever getting the credit they deserve, these ladies have been out here playing their hearts out. Although we're a few months shy of regular season for the WNBA, today is the National Girls & Women in Sports Day (#NGWSD), according to WNBA's official twitter account, so what better time than now to honor the 5 female athletes who really stand out and are always on top of their game? Typically, I wouldn't list 2 players from the same team on my list of superlatives, but this time, I had to bend the rules a little. 

Image source. via SI.com

PF/C - Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

What is the WNBA without Ms. Parker? Heyyyy, Ms. Parker! No, but really, this girl has game! Not only is she a baller at large, who has set the bar really high, she's smart as hell, having graduated class of '08 with a shining 3.5 GPA. Having followed her career, pretty much since her sophomore year at University of Tennessee, it's been really fun to watch her progress over the years. Aside from being the no.1 draft pick in 2008 WNBA Draft to a team, which I was already a fan of prior to her arrival, and bringing home the gold USA Basketball in the 2008 Olympics she has had so many noteworthy accolades in her career thus far. So yes, my #1 pick for Top 5 Powerhouses is naturally my favorite WNBA player.

Photo cred. Jevone Moore

F - Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks

Earning the title for WNBA's MVP for the 2015-2016 season (3rd from the franchise to do so following Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie) and having just earned a spot on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in 2017, Nneka has made her mark in professional basketball. Not only is she a player with so much passion, the right amount of aggression, and a killer work ethic, her stats say it all; averaging a smooth 19 points per game, shooting a little over 60% from the field, ranking third in the league for rebounding and scoring, and that's only a partial summary. It helps that she has an even more dynamic team on the hardwood with her and a league of notable Sparks alumni to support. This past season, the team earned the No. 2 seed in the 2016 WNBA Playoffs and pulling off a 26-8 record this season with 11 consecutive wins. 

Photo cred. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

SF - Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

Maya Moore is also I player that I feel a sort of connection to and a player that my family has personally endorsed. Being the no. 1 draft pick in 2011, she's the only player other than Candace Parker whose career I'd been following since their college ball days. She definitely hit the hardwood as a powerhouse, leading her team to 36-2 record her freshman season and consistently delivering a stellar athleticism each season during her reign at the University of Connecticut. Obviously, it didn't end there; the Lynx made 3 consecutive WNBA finals once she arrived and she helped them achieve their best record in franchise history. She was also the first player in WNBA history to lead the league with 3-pt field goals/shooting percentage. There's a reason why she was the first female basketball player to ever sign to Jordan (brand), which-aside from overall stats-is pretty dope. And she's from Georgia! See, connected. 

Photo cred. Marcus Ohlsson-Nike

PG - Skylar Diggins, Dallas Wings (Tulsa Shock)

Standing at a mere 5'9", Skylar Diggins has easily become an athlete that I just cannot get enough of. She's absolutely gorgeous, but her athletic abilities make her even more special. Her freshman year at Notre Dame, not only did she start in 30/35 games, but she was the fourth in team history to score over 400 points as a freshman and accumalate100 assists in a debut season. Averaging only 8.5 ppg in 2013, only to turn around in the following scoring 20.1 ppg, was the first testament that she was ready to work.

image source via Sports Illustrated

SG/SF - Elena "Delle" Donne, Chicago Sky (recently traded to Washington Mystics)

For someone who has overcome a great deal of adversity, Elena "Delle" Donne consistently makes name for who she is athletically. After graduating from the University of Delaware, she was selected 2nd overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft to Chicago Sky and scored 22 points in her debut game as a rookie, leading the team to a 102-80 victory against the Phoenix Mercury. The same season, she became the first rookie to be voted into the 2013 WNBA All-Star game. Having earned MVP and scoring a career high 45 points in an OT win against the Atlanta Dream in 2015, she continues to prove her value on and off the court.

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The Sky Box Suite VIP Pass | Where the Dream Begins Again

From participation in basketball and swimming to Sundays spent watching football with my family, sports have always been a pretty huge deal in my world. Sports taught me valuable lessons that are applicable to so many different areas of life and helped to mold my perspective on success and achievement...and the dedication it requires to get there.

Just like sports, music has always been a pretty huge part of my life and one of those subjects I can talk/write about endlessly and never get tired of it. I listen to a wide range of artist and genres-everything from jazz to hip-hop to pop to dub-step. 

For years, I've had this idea to re-launch my sports blog, but I was hesitant for a few limiting reasons; afraid that I wouldn't be good enough, or well-versed enough to deliver sports news flawlessly and consistently, or wasn't educated enough to be a legit journalist, and the list goes on. For so long, it felt impossible, therefore it was.

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact; it's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration; it's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
-Muhammad Ali (Rest in Power)

Despite spending all that time not believing in myself, there's something extraordinary about following the careers of Jemele Hill and Jill Monroe, who both have managed to gracefully and consistently expand their horizons in the wonderful world of sports, that motivates me to just do it, as the notorious Nike slogan would suggest. 

So in my sexiest pair of heels, I'll be delivering: 

Game day thoughts + predictions + analytics 
Dual Perspective: collaboration articles
Music Collective: play lists, album reviews, + music essentials for the day-to-day hustle
Style Report: featuring my favorite game day looks
And so much more

...all told primarily from the perspective of a sports savvy sweetheart; meanwhile, working my way up to becoming one of your new favorite female sports bloggers.

Here is your  VIP pass to the new + improved home of #TheSkyBoxSuite.

Chymere A.

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