The WNBA All-Star Game: Sheryl, Sherill and Tamika (but not Chamique)

The WNBA All-Star game is July 15, less than a month away. Online balloting is now open. But how will you vote? Will you support your home team if you live in a WNBA city, or will you stick with your favorite college players, no matter where they ended up?

I live in L.A., so I love the Sparks, even with a retired Chamique Holdsclaw (bummer) and a pregnant Lisa Leslie on the sidelines.

It’s the first time I’ve been in a city with a WNBA team — it’s a lot more fun to be able to go to the games. It’s a little harder to be loyal to a team when you can only watch the games on TV or online.

My advice: Base your choices on stats, or pick them like I always sometimes do: Which player is cute? Do I hold it against her that she sort of looks like that woman who rejected me at that bar? What do her biceps look like? Can I pick her even though I hate that team’s uniforms? What if I don’t like the food in that state? How do I weigh that against her percentages?

Being a sports reporter is harder than people think.

Here are my picks — although sometimes I think I curse things by picking them, almost like the curse of the Sports Illustrated cover.

Western Conference:

I’m picking two forwards, because I can’t decide between Diana Taurasi and Sheryl Swoopes.

Guard: Sue Bird, Seattle Storm. While I was living at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, I can’t tell you how many lesbians asked me whether or not she was gay, so she gets my vote based on that alone.

At center, I pick Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Los Angeles Sparks (formerly of the Connecticut Sun). “Taj”? Sounds like a Battlestar Galactica character. How cool is that?

Eastern Conference:

Forward: Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever. She gives back to her community, she has overcome her hearing disability, she has a master’s degree, and she has really nice biceps. Easy pick.

Guard:

Sherill Baker, New York Liberty (OK, I really like her smile).

Center: Chasity Melvin, Chicago Sky, although I had some moral angst over this one because she went to NC State and I went to Carolina.

Share your picks in the comments, and don’t forget to cast your vote online.

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