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Dishin & Swishin 2012 in review: A fun year of podcasts

Published on December 27, 2012

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What a year it was for women’s basketball! The year 2012 brought more than its share of thrills and excitement, and it has been a pleasure helping to chronicle it for you with our weekly Dishin & Swishin podcasts.

With that in mind, we thought it would be a nice conclusion to the podcast year to give you a look back at some of the highlights of 2012, all in one place. Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! Enjoy!

In January, when women’s hoops fans are supposed to be focusing on the college season, the WNBA stole the spotlight, with a monster trade and two fantastic coaching hires.

The first podcast of the year (1/05/12) brought coaches Brian Agler of the Seattle Storm and Pokey Chatman of the Chicago Sky on board to discuss the trade of All-Star and Olympian Swin Cash to the Sky. Cash was joined by Le’Coe Willingham and a second round draft choice (Shay Peddy, released) in Chicago, while Seattle cleared salary cap space and Chicago’s first round draft choice, which they used on Tennessee star Shekinna Stricklen.

Lottery teams Tulsa and Los Angeles began the turnaround of their franchises the very next week, with the hiring of Indiana assistant coach Gary Kloppenburg by the Shock and Atlanta assistant coach Carol Ross by the Sparks. Both were a smash hit, with Klop creating a buzz previously unseen in Tulsa and Ross taking the Sparks to the playoffs and winning Coach of the Year honors.

The college season rolled through January and February, and as March madness came around, there were great players that were dominating the landscape, leading their teams to unparalleled success, topped by Baylor’s run to an undefeated championship. Before the NCAA tournament started, Dishin & Swishin had a two-day, two-part podcast featuring some of these great players, including the major award finalists and All-Americans.

On 3/1/12, in part one, listeners heard Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Stanford’s Nneka Ogwumike, Duke’s Chelsea Gray, and Green Bay’s Julie Wojta.

On 3/12/12, part two brought listeners Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas, Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers, and Princeton’s Niveen Rasheed.

Those podcasts were followed by the always popular Dishin & Swishin Roundtable discussion on the NCAA tournament. Participants were Doug Feinberg, LaChina Robinson, Mel Greenberg, Wendy Parker, Jayda Evans, Angela Taylor and Orin Day.

The year 2012 will also be remembered for the Olympics, and the international game was on display, including the talents of the United States senior national team. How does a team like that get put together, and how difficult are the logistics of planning for a team that consists of players playing WNBA schedules? USA Basketball’s Carol Callan joined the podcast in April to discuss.

The roundtable returned in May to preview the new WNBA season, with a strong group assembled, including ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel, Seattle Times’ Jayda Evans, former executive Angela Taylor, the Guru Mel Greenberg, and WNBAlien blogger Richard Cohen.

The Minnesota Lynx rolled through the early part of the season, and appeared to be heading toward record-breaking success. In June Dishin & Swishin pondered the question, “Could there be a dynasty brewing” with star forward Maya Moore, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, and journalists Debbie Antonelli and Stephen Litel.

July brought an Olympic break to the WNBA, and the podcast helped get your ready for the competition. First, Russian national team member Becky Hammon discussed playing in the Olympics and the experience, then the AP’s Doug Feinberg, who gave us incredible coverage during the games, helped break down what everyone would see.

The warm weather also brings the AAU season, and some heavy-duty recruiting by colleges big and small. Dishin & Swishin tries to give its listeners a look at all aspects of women’s basketball, and featured high school tournaments and recruiting. Talent expert Kenny Kallina gave a look at the players, teams and tournaments of interest while head coach Kelly Graves of Gonzaga and associate head coach Charmin Smith of Cal gave the coaches’ perspective of the recruiting “industry” and demands.

Another international tournament that drew a lot of interest on Hoopfeed and via the podcast was the first 3 x 3 World Championships. The United States sent a team consisting of college stars Chiney Ogwumike, Skylar Diggins and Bria Hartley, as well as experienced former UConn Husky Ann Strother. The team was on the podcast together the day before heading to Greece, and the listeners were enthralled with the coverage, making this one of the most listened to podcasts ever. Not surprisingly, the quartet returned home with gold medals around their necks.

Returning home from the Olympics with another gold medal, it was a pleasure to bring Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird back on Dishin & Swishin. On the same podcast was one of the great stories of the WNBA season, a healthy and thriving Alana Beard. Two veteran guards pushing for the playoffs made for a great listen.

The leaves began to turn, and thought turn back to college basketball in September. As is Dishin & Swishin tradition, the college coverage begins with a salute to the defending champion, and it was a pleasure to welcome Kim Mulkey of the Baylor Bears to discuss their amazing 40-0 season and to introduce the 2012-13 team.

WNBA president Laurel Richie helped put a wrap on the WNBA season, discussing the season, and not shying away from questions on controversial matters like the Phoenix Mercury’s perceived “tanking” for the top spot. President Richie was a gracious and outstanding guest of the podcast.

The college season has brought us full circle, and it was a pleasure to welcome the most experienced first year head coach to the podcast, Holly Warlick of Tennessee. No one may have a more difficult job in the nation this season. Warlick not only has to replace the legendary Pat Summitt on the bench, but she has one of the youngest teams to work with. It will be interesting to see how the season pans out for the Lady Vols.

The last podcast we want to mention took place at the end of November. Dishin & Swishin has always prized itself on presenting the human side of the game, not just on the court and off the court. It was a pleasure to preview the game between Stanford and Gonzaga by having the Tinkle sisters, Joslyn and Elle, on together. We did not tell Joslyn about the joint interview, so when her sister suddenly appeared on the podcast, it was priceless. Sometimes it is easy to forget that the players are not “just” the person in the uniform, and talking to the duo that had never previously faced each other in a game, was a great reminder of the wonderful stories that make women’s basketball a joy to experience.

Of course this is not meant to be a total list of the best podcasts of the year, just some that struck a chord with you listeners.

So, here’s to you, the listeners! Thank you for the time you spend with us each week, and we wish you best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013!


 

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