Sports Illustrated cover girl

agvtvdhnngr1swtnmj9oBet you weren’t expecting a 13 year old Little Leaguer from Philadelphia, but here she is.

Mo’Ne Davis is the first Little League player to ever make the Sports Illustrated cover. If you saw her last Thursday, you saw why. A two-hit shutout against a powerful Tennessee team. Don’t know if her team will get to the finals, but you should watch her pitch tonight at 7:30 against Las Vegas. The winner goes to the U.S. Championship game, but the loser has one more chance to get into the finals with a game tomorrow because it’s double elimination. The U.S. Championship game is Saturday. And the World Series final is Sunday.

Expect a huge crowd tomorrow. On Sunday, without Mo’Ne on the mound, the Philly team drew more than 30,000 spectators.

Here’s the last inning of the Tennessee game:

The kid is good. And she knows how to handle an interview.

Becky Hammon: From the WNBA to the NBA

The San Antonio Spurs today hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, the first woman to get a full-time contract as a coach in the NBA.

That’s right, NBA, not WNBA.

So, some frat boys will ask, what does a girl know about basketball?

When the NBA launched, I had season tickets to the New York Liberty for a few years and was in Madison Square Garden when Hammon was a rookie. She was a crowd favorite, and has been popular in all 16 years of her WNBA career.

It is shocking that she wasn’t selected for the U.S. basketball team that competed in the Olympics. Mainly because a couple of years ago, she was named at one of the top-15 all time WNBA greats.

But this is her last season as a player. Again, the aging process hits me, because I can only think of Becky as a 21-year-old kid sinking three-pointers all over Madison Square Garden.

Of course, the question is, can she coach? Can she teach guys who are a foot taller than she is?

That’s pretty good.

WNBA All-Star Game: What? They had it already?

I’m not sure what happened, but I completely missed the WNBA All-Star Game this year, and I was really looking forward to it because Shoni Schimmel, the former Louisville Cardinals superstar, was voted in as a starting guard representing the Atlanta Dream.

And now that I realize what happened, I’m really upset I missed seeing this:

I was at Shoni’s last game as a Louisville Cardinal, when she almost pulled out a win against Maryland in the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight. Had certain juniors on the team at least made their average (Sarah, Bria, Jude:¬† I’m looking at you), the Cards would have gone to the Final Four.

The worst part is, I can’t even find a rerun of the All-Star game, because Watch¬† ESPN doesn’t have it on its repeat rotation.