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What's in a name?

March 23, 2007 - Neil Rudel

What does it say about how far women's basketball flies under the radar when most of the people around here still do not how to pronounce Rene Portland's name?

She spent 27 years at Penn State, won 600-plus games, during her peak was in the NCAA Tournament almost every year, ascended for a time to No. 1 and then became a household name for alleged discrimination against lesbians, which heightened her national profile.

And still people pronounced her Renee or Renny.

It was, is and will always be Ree-nee, a nickname from her given name of Maureen.

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Pitt unfortunately has learned that the greater the stage, the greater the expectations, not to mention this: The Panthers need better players.

It's amazing to think they've been in the Sweet 16 five times without an active NBA player.

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What was up with Orlando Antigua's green bow tie?

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I'm going to try an in-game, live commentary -- a glog, our Web master calls it -- on the Bishop Guilfoyle-North Catholic state final.

Patience, please.

 

 

 

 
 
 

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