I can hardly believe its over. From one season to the next...from Europe, straight to the WNBA, right into USAB training - Chile, Russia...8 cities across the US. Whew. Toss a lil Hawaii in there and there you have it - my "offseason." Clearly we need to come up with another term for this period between the WNBA and Europe, because there is not much "off" about it. Its more like the Amazing Race. To what have I missed covering in the last few entries. We left off at Alicia Keys. Did you hear her stage name was going to be Alicia Wild instead of Alicia Keys? Yeah. Good call on whoever told her to swap in Keys for the stripper surname. She's killing it right now isnt' she? Did you see the American Music Awards last night? If given the choice I would have passed on that mess they had Beyonce up there doing, but coincidence that Alicia had the reggae performance? I think not. She must have seen the massive response my blog got and decided to that direction. And who knew a unitard could be so fly...I suppose if you add Beanie Man to most anything and its dope. If he performed at a Mercury game I think I might dunk. Just for good measure I might hand on the rim so I can get a T. So on the hoop tip yes - we went to Phoenix. We played ASU. I got a T...you remember all that. I opened my Reading and Learning room...we did a nike shoot...and then, we headed to LA! In LA we did another NIKE event - at the Point. See the link here for more on the event. It was in celebration of the ATHLETE campaign. Donna Orender, our WNBA President brought her game...Nancy Lieberman was throwin' no looks and catching everybody off guard (don't trip Nance, I saw you workin') and RUTHIE BOLTON. Get OUT. Ruthie was REEEEAAAADDDDDDDDYYYY. I think she went like 9-11 or something. Mone kept track...then Ruthie showed up to our Stanford game in the USA uniform. I know she was taped below those warmup pants too. Guns BLAZIN....if we slipped at Stanford, Ruthie was ready to come off the sidelines. We hit USC up the day after the ATHLETE event. I saw my family and got some rest - had an early call the next day. Car picked me and Sue up at the hotel for an NBC pre-Olympic photoshoot. We did green screen work, hair and makeup (I need a HAIRCUT), photos for getty and AMP. It was ALL day, but we got some good stuff. Hopefully I'll be able to share the official joints soon - or you can catch some on TV? Women's hoop on the promotional come upppppppp! So with Stanford, we concluded our College Tour. Most of the teams gave us a good run - it was mostly a matter of being able to keep up the pace for the entire time. The kids were tough though. There is good talent coming up. This is going to be an exciting college season to watch... BUT, let me not leave out the most exciting piece of information about our Stanford stop. Outside of a glorious campus tour where Lindsay pointed out all the libraries, fountains (and yes, there are a lot at Stanford) and the Palm Drive Church shot (ok ok, its nice. It is. I admit it. Tara, take ALL your recruits down that road at night), the most memorable experience about being at Stanford was my session with Dr. Lambert. The video will follow - but the summary goes like this: Dr Lambert drained this incredibly painful infected hair follicle in my back. I have video and I plan to share it. Before doing so though, I must think of a name for the beast. Maybe a soundtrack for the process? I could feel this creature in every nook and cranny of my back. When I moved my arm, it hurt. When I turned my head, it hurt - and it definitely hurt when Dr. Lambert sliced into my back. Anyways, its feeling better now. I felt like some episode of House. I got some antibiotics and over the weekend, my mom went to work on it...and now, I'm off to Brussels to meet up with my Russian team, Spartak for a Euroleague game. Nothing like a little Tylenol PM, an ipod and some books (the Atheists Bible and Julius Ceasar lol...you know, Huskies get their nerd on too) to get you through a long flight! Ciao!