Friday, May 23, 2008

Catching Up with Chelle

I hope you listened to last night's Storm broadcast on 1150 AM KKNW or via the online webcast right here at for many reasons, most notably to hear the Storm's comeback. Beyond that, if you missed the broadcast, you missed a halftime interview with Alicia "Chelle" Thompson, who played a key role off the bench for the Storm's 2004 championship team and is now living in Phoenix.

Here's the interview.

Thompson told Dick Fain and former teammate Adia Barnes that she's now playing football for the Phoenix Prowlers of the National Women's Football Association. Thompson said she played defensive end and is also listed on the Prowlers' roster as a tight end.

That got me thinking about where Storm players might play were they to cross over. Naturally, Sue Bird has to be the quarterback, right? Swin Cash's partner, former Penn State star and NFL player Chafie Fields, could probably give her a few pointers about being a fleet-footed wideout. Sheryl Swoopes would have to be a shutdown corner who specialized in interceptions, given she's the WNBA's all-time leading stealer.

Something tells me Tanisha Wright has the mentality of a power running back who runs between the tackles with no fear. And you could put Yolanda Griffith on either line - she's no stranger to physical play.

I struggle a little bit with Lauren Jackson. Maybe tight end? Given her size and ability to catch lobbed entry passes, Jackson could cross over like Antonio Gates.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I would say LJ is a wide receiver type because she grips at calls like TO. Bit of a diva, but in the best way possible!

Anonymous said...

Back in 2004, a couple of the players had mentioned liking softball, and I got to imaging that team as a softball team, staring with Tully as a catcher. Sue would be the deceptively athletic center fielder, Sheri Sam a power hitting, trash talking 3rd baseman, etc. I agree with all of your designations for them on a football team, including Lauren as an Antonio Gates-type tight end.