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Posted by doktakra on July 14, 2009 at 9:05 PM

It was that magical time of the year last Thursday  -- the one and only day when the dream girl, Candace Parker, came to New York to play at Madison Square Garden. Much like last time, there was a bit of uncertainty over her playing status (she'd been out with a uterus for the entire season), and I didn't think I'd go in the days leading up to game night.  Somehow, it all worked out when I miraculously bribed convinced Michelle, who as we previously established, is much cooler than me, to go to the game.  I woke up early on Thursday morning, put on my lucky deodorant (that's right, I have a lucky deodorant), and tried my best to stay calm.

Right off the bat, I discovered there's a thin line between showing your devotion as a fan and coming off as a creepy stalker, especially when you're with a girl who you're attempting to impress with your sense of humor and irresistible charm.  Michelle took a few pictures of Candace shooting around before the game (my own picture-taking skills leave much to be desired), as well as a couple of me against the Garden backdrop.  As much as I want to say that she had to convince me to take a picture with Maddie, the Liberty mascot, I thought it would be kinda cute and jumped in the photo.  Turns out I was right.

A few other in-game highlights:

  • I wondered out loud whether Shelden Williams was in the building, and Michelle replied that he was in the mascot costume.  There's no way I can ever top that one.

  • Michelle's favorite player became Tina Thompson, when she saw that Thompson played basketball in full make-up.  More on this later.

  • We watched fantastic performances from the Timeless Torches, the Liberty's elderly dance squad, and Air Shelden Maddie, who somehow earned a standing ovation for what started out as an embarrassingly bad dance routine.

  • Oh, and the Sparks won or something.

We waited for Candace by the team bus after the game with a large group of fans.  She stood 30 feet away, holding her baby and chatting with her husband for 40 minutes, and eventually waived and boarded the bus.  We (or I), however, managed get autographs from Michael Cooper, the first and hopefully only Laker signature I'll ever have, and Tina Thompson, who Michelle said should've signed her name in lipstick (high comedy).

Michelle and I exchanged stories about meeting our favorite athletes on the way back (her Dan Marino one trumps any of my Kings encounters).  As we made our way down 6th Avenue, I couldn't help but feel disappointed, much less about the Candace snub than about whether Michelle would ever want to see me again after my craziness was on full display.  We reached her apartment and started to say our goodbyes.  And well...I'm a gentleman, but let's just say that my questions were answered, despite my best efforts to make the situation as awkward as humanly possible (my area of expertise).  Good times.

I walked home smiling the entire way, realizing that should've known all along -- the lucky deodorant never fails.

Categories: Candace Parker, Girls, Random Stuff

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Reply Stinka
9:46 PM on July 14, 2009 
"she's been out with a uterus".... LMAO... man this made me crack up.
Reply Stinka
9:53 PM on July 14, 2009 
great write up by the way!
Reply doktakra
9:54 PM on July 14, 2009 
Haha...thanks, Stinka. Glad you liked it.
Reply gally82
1:27 AM on July 15, 2009 
Nice. Lucky deodorant is something I might have to add to the rotation.
Reply JB
9:44 AM on July 15, 2009 
i figured you would of known she was into you when she agreed to go to a wnba game. ;) LOL! nice work man.
Reply doktakra
1:19 PM on July 15, 2009 
gally82 says...
Nice. Lucky deodorant is something I might have to add to the rotation.

I'd tell you the lucky brand, but it's a Secret.
6:17 PM on July 15, 2009 
i can't believe you have lucky deodorant lmao..and its a "Secret"?best comment i heard all day. Lol. when i go to the LA/ATL game i'll make SURE to get you an autograph buddy!
Reply R&B Lover and friend of M.Stark
9:25 AM on July 16, 2009 
Hello Alex nice blog especially the "uterus" comment. About the girl you took to the game you need to get her up on R&B and Hip-Hop (ASAP) just yesterday she asked me if I knew who Keith Sweat was, my mouth fell to the ground. LOL We need to stage an R&B intervention STAT!!!
Reply doktakra
9:45 AM on July 16, 2009 
Ha, thanks for the heads-up, R&B Lover. Not knowing Keith Sweat is I'll find out she doesn't know Smokey Robinson, The Isley Brothers, and Teddy Pendegrass. Don't worry, we'll take care of this. Although in her defense, she's now up on The Four Tops, which is a good start, even if she keeps confusing them with The Temptations. ;)
Reply FLV
6:19 PM on July 22, 2009 should've kissed her goodnight :p
Reply Mishka
3:53 PM on July 23, 2009 
What makes you think he didn't.....? ;)
Reply FLV
6:45 PM on July 23, 2009 
cause u don't know we know dok
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