A Few Deep Breaths

A Few Deep Breaths

Update: 2024-06-04
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This episode of Queens of the Court concludes with the hosts reminding listeners to follow them on social media. They then give credit to the production team, including Alex Ozzy, Maddie Sprung Kaiser, Leah Restennis, Isabella Apple, T-Storm Battle, and Lena Mosk Glazer. The episode ends with a playful "court is adjourned."

Outlines

00:00:00
Introduction and Weekend Recap

This Chapter begins with the hosts, Cheryl Swoops and Jordan Robinson, introducing themselves and the podcast. They then share details about their weekends, with Jordan discussing her bathroom renovation and Cheryl highlighting her busy weekend spent getting her hair braided, gardening, and cleaning.

00:00:35
Tiffany Hayes Returns to the WNBA

This Chapter focuses on the biggest news story of the week: Tiffany Hayes' return to the WNBA after retirement to join the Las Vegas Aces. The hosts discuss the impact Hayes' signing will have on the Aces' already strong roster and how it might be the missing piece they need to win another championship.

00:09:49
Kennedy Carter's Foul and the Double Standard

This Chapter delves into the controversy surrounding Kennedy Carter's foul against Caitlin Clark. The hosts analyze the play, discuss the statement released by Chicago Sky head coach Teresa Witherspoon, and touch on the double standard that exists for women in sports, particularly Black women, when it comes to expressing emotions and being perceived as aggressive.

00:22:51
Legends of the Game: Who Would You Bring Back?

This Chapter features a fun segment where the hosts imagine they are the general managers of each WNBA team and have the opportunity to bring back one legendary player who is no longer with the team. They discuss which players they would choose and how those players would fit into the current roster needs of each team.

01:03:13
Finding Joy in the WNBA

This Chapter focuses on finding joy in the WNBA amidst the negativity and discourse that often surrounds the league. The hosts share heartwarming stories of young fans interacting with players and express their admiration for Latina Robinson, a women's basketball analyst who will be covering the Olympics.

01:11:09
Social Media and Credits

This Chapter concludes the episode with the hosts reminding listeners to follow them on social media. They then give credit to the production team, including Alex Ozzy, Maddie Sprung Kaiser, Leah Restennis, Isabella Apple, T-Storm Battle, and Lena Mosk Glazer. The episode ends with a playful "court is adjourned."

Keywords

WNBA
The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league for women in the United States. It was founded in 1996 and is considered the premier women's basketball league in the world. The WNBA has 12 teams and is known for its high level of competition and athleticism.

Tiffany Hayes
Tiffany Hayes is a professional basketball player who plays for the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA. She is a two-time WNBA champion and was named to the All-WNBA Second Team in 2017. Hayes is known for her scoring ability and her ability to create her own shot.

Las Vegas Aces
The Las Vegas Aces are a professional basketball team in the WNBA. They are based in Paradise, Nevada, and are one of the most successful teams in the league. The Aces have won two WNBA championships, in 2022 and 2023. They are known for their high-powered offense and their strong defense.

Kennedy Carter
Kennedy Carter is a professional basketball player who plays for the Chicago Sky in the WNBA. She is known for her athleticism and her ability to score both inside and outside the paint.

Caitlin Clark
Caitlin Clark is a professional basketball player who plays for the Indiana Fever in the WNBA. She is known for her scoring ability and her ability to create her own shot. Clark was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 WNBA Draft.

Teresa Witherspoon
Teresa Witherspoon is the head coach of the Chicago Sky in the WNBA. She is a former WNBA player and has been coaching in the league since 2008. Witherspoon is known for her strong leadership and her ability to develop players.

Double Standard
A double standard is a set of principles that are applied differently to different groups of people. In the context of women's sports, a double standard often exists when it comes to how women are treated compared to men. For example, women are often criticized for expressing emotions or being perceived as aggressive, while men are not.

Girl Scouts
The Girl Scouts of the USA is a youth organization for girls that focuses on leadership development, community service, and outdoor activities. Girl Scouts are known for their iconic cookies and their commitment to making the world a better place.

Latina Robinson
Latina Robinson is a women's basketball analyst who is known for her insightful commentary and her passion for the game. She has worked for various media outlets, including ESPN and the WNBA.

Olympics
The Olympic Games are a major international sporting event that is held every four years. The Olympics feature athletes from all over the world competing in a variety of sports. The Games are a celebration of athleticism and human achievement.

Q&A

  • What was the biggest news story of the week in the WNBA?

    The biggest news story of the week was Tiffany Hayes' return to the WNBA after retirement to join the Las Vegas Aces.

  • What impact will Tiffany Hayes' signing have on the Las Vegas Aces?

    The hosts believe that Hayes' signing will be a significant addition to the Aces' already strong roster and could be the missing piece they need to win another championship.

  • What was the controversy surrounding Kennedy Carter's foul against Caitlin Clark?

    The controversy stemmed from the fact that Carter's foul was initially called a away-from-the-play foul but was later upgraded to a flagrant one violation after review. This led to a lot of discourse and debate about the play and whether it was justified.

  • What is the double standard that exists for women in sports, particularly Black women?

    The hosts discuss the double standard that exists for women in sports, particularly Black women, when it comes to expressing emotions and being perceived as aggressive. They argue that Black women are often held to a different standard than their male counterparts and are more likely to be criticized for showing emotion or being assertive.

  • What heartwarming story did Cheryl share about a young Girl Scout interacting with Sabrina Ionescu?

    Cheryl shared a video of a young Girl Scout at a New York Liberty game who was so excited to see Sabrina Ionescu warm up that she gave her two thumbs up and a big smile. Ionescu then called the girl over for a hug, which made the girl incredibly happy.

  • What is Latina Robinson's new role?

    Latina Robinson, a women's basketball analyst, will be covering women's basketball at the Olympics.

  • What is the significance of Latina Robinson's new role?

    The hosts believe that Robinson is a deserving representative for women's basketball on the biggest stage possible and that she will do an excellent job covering the Olympics.

  • What is the hosts' overall perspective on the WNBA season so far?

    The hosts acknowledge that the WNBA season has had a strange start with a lot of negativity and discourse, but they choose to focus on the positive aspects of the league, such as the joy of seeing young fans interact with players and the talent and dedication of the players.

  • How can listeners connect with the hosts on social media?

    Listeners can find Cheryl on social media at @airsoups22 and Jordan at @heyjordanarelovely.

Show Notes

On this episode of Queens of the Court, co-hosts Sheryl Swoopes and Jordan Robinson discuss the biggest WNBA news of the week, from Tiffany Hayes coming out of retirement to sign with Las Vegas to Chennedy Carter's flagrant foul on Caitlin Clark. Plus, they put on their general manager hats to play a game: If each franchise could bring back one player who is no longer with the team, who should they bring back?

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