Michael Arace commentary: Competitive fires burn on for durable wom...
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Since: Mar 10
#1 Aug 25, 2010
Since 1992, when Katie was in high school, I have been Smith's biggest fan. I followed the OSU Buckeyes through the 1993 title game against Texas and Sheryl Swoops.
I was in Battelle Hall for two American Basketball League championships, followed the Minnesota Lynx with Coach Brian Agler from Prospect, Ohio and went to Detroit, where Katie played for Bill Lambier, won two titles and should have won two more, but for the Phoenix Mercury's comeback.
It dismayed me that she returned for another season after last years back injury, however since she has returned, we are rooting for the Washington Mystic and Coach Julie Plank, a Bishop Hartley, OSU grad and member of the Plank's Restaurant family.
Women's basketball is an exciting game, lots of scoring, many more cheers than baseball or soccer. The game isn't played above the rim. Sure, dunks would make it more thrilling, however pinpoint passing and defense makes it great.
I won't belabor the fact that the audiences are small and the television coverage is very spotty. I am able to see the games that I want to see and the enjoyment of women's basketball and Katie Smith has added value to my life.
Her Logan family is my family and I consider her a sister. Thank you for the news story; every little bit helps.
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