Even though their run to the WNBA Finals should have (and did) earn the team league-wide admiration, the Connecticut Sun still feel as though the respect that they deserve still has not come in the manner that their hard work and results should yield.
The Sun have their chance to leave no doubt about their standing in the game over the next week, with one of the players not shy to throw out the “disrespect” buzzword for the public to chew on.
It should be a hotly-contested WNBA Finals between Connecticut and Washington as both vie to earn its first-ever WNBA championship, and our latest edition of The A Lot of Sports Talk Podcast features a conversation with one of the women who should play a big part in how the series ends up, Connecticut Sun guard Courtney Williams, the third-year point guard who is the emotional leader of the team. After a strong performance in the clinching game for the Sun in defeating the Los Angeles in the semifinals, Williams speaks with us about how her team stepped up in sweeping the Sparks as well as the keys to downing the Mystics, the team with the league’s best record at 26-8. The franchise is not shy about playing up the underdog role in leading up to the series, including selling T-shirts that read “DisrespeCT” on the front, and Williams goes into detail about why she and the team believes that there is a lack of respect when talking about the Sun. Also included in the interview are details about her close relationship with her father and the support of women’s basketball in the state of Connecticut, already a women’s basketball hotbed given the University of Connecticut’s dynastic success over the past three decades.
As the WNBA season comes to a close, the gridiron action has only begun to heat up across the country and across all levels, so we concentrate on football in this podcast by continuing our conversation with football coach John Tomlinson, creator of The Quarterback Equalizer phone app, for part two of our conversation that continues on from last week’s episode. In this discussion, Tomlinson speaks extensively about the high-profile quarterbacks that he has worked with and coached personally during his 20 years coaching quarterbacks (including signal-callers in the NFL), as well as the importance of his wife, Kathy, in the development of the game and the ups-and-downs they went through before The QB Equalizer officially became a reality. Also, Tomlinson gives his take on his love for the game in the backdrop of the heightened sensitivity and scrutiny that many observers have of the game given the recent studies about football and concussion.
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Interview Order: Intro (0:00 – 4:24); Courtney Williams (4:27 – 21:52); John Tomlinson (21:56 – 38:20); Wrap-up (38:28 – 40:56)