WIE: For 24 year old Michelle Wie, tonight is a time to celebrate capturing her first major on the LPGA tour by winning the 2014 U.S. Women's Open Championship at Pinehurst #2. And by winning her first major title, hopefully, it will put to rest all of the talk of the unfulfilled promise of this particular pro golfer. It feels like we've been watching her play forever as we've seen her play golf since she was a young teen and big things have been expected of her for over a decade. Wie has been talked about, scrutinized, criticized and idolized all in the same breath. I have to admit I was not a big fan of her sometimes poor behavior on the course when she was younger, but that all changed when she came to Chicago to play in the 2009 Solheim Cup. That was the first time Wie was allowed to come out from under the sometimes misguided adult camp that controlled her life on and off the course and she became her own person. She loved it, the fans loved her, and the US squad won thanks to her stellar play. I can still hear the crowd yelling WIE, WIE, WIE as she strode up the final hole - with Michelle beaming from ear to ear after endearing herself to her team and the thousands of fans at the Solheim. Wie had the same composure this week at Pinehurst, kept her cool, stayed the course and won her first major....WHEE WHEE WHEE for WIE!
WOE: For most of today's Chicago Sky vs. Tulsa Shock game, it seemed as if the Shock would continue their road-trip losing streak - until the game went into overtime...that's when they shocked the Sky by winning 105-99. Even with 5 Sky players scoring in double digits, it just wasn't enough to hang on for the win. Jessica Breland had a career performance with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 blocks and scoring counterpart Epiphanny Prince scored 24, Gatling had 14, Quigley added 12 and Faulkner contributed 11...all to no avail. This was a particularly depressing loss especially since at one point the Sky were up by 12 and then the game was tied at the end of regulation. All that hard work for naught and another notch in the L column. Big Syl, Elena - hurry back so we can get back to the WOO HOO instead of the WOE NO.
WHAT? Team USA Soccer nearly winning their match at the World Cup against Portugal and ending up in a tie with only about 30 seconds left in the game. Talk about a WHAT moment. It was like the air was let out of a giant balloon with the USA fans going crazy and just as quickly everyone was gasping in shock. Our US squad isn't out of it yet and they will face the German national team on Thursday. Let's hope the US fans will be screaming WHEE WHEE WHEE later this week!
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