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Tree Rollins for WNBA Coach of the Year. There, I said it. And how about we remove that interim tag one of these days, huh? To recap, after his first four games as Mystics coach, the team's record was 0-8 and the fan base, as judged by my blog comments on Mystics items, was losing interest. Since then, the team's record is 15-9 (second-best in the East), the playoffs are looking good, and, judging from my blog comments, the fan base really isn't reading my blog. Anyhow, the Sacramento Bee has already floated Rollins's name as a COTY candidate, so we might as well do the same.

One more thing about the Mystics: Alana Beard scored each of her team's 18 points in the fourth quarter last night, the second-best quarterly performance by a player in WNBA history, although it wasn't enough to get her name in the headline. Mel Greenberg called her "a human scoreboard," presumably complete with little light bulbs and Chipotle promotional videos. Sadly, that news was also overshadowed this morning by a crazier WNBA incident, in which Chasity Melvin's eyeball came out of its socket, which doesn't sound all that fun.

"I really feel like I'm going to have nightmares," Melvin said, while wearing sunglasses after the game. "It was kind of traumatizing. I really felt my eyeball coming out. I felt it coming out and I felt it outside of my face. It's going to take some time to get over this."

More from the Chicago Tribune: "My whole eyeball was out and I just felt it on my cheek and I blacked out for a minute," Melvin said.

If I can finish up my life without ever feeling my eyeball on my cheek, I'll consider it a moral victory.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 15, 2007; 10:14 AM ET
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We're reading! Just never thought to comment. I've enjoyed reading this all year! I have to admit I'm really starting to like Tree. After giving it serious thought over the past several weeks and watching very critically, I think I would be okay if we remove the "interim" part of his title.

Posted by: KCH | August 15, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I would truly at a loss for words if I saw that. I've had Lasik and that made me queezy at first. Was this in the game or on the bench?

Posted by: Wendell | August 15, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"Was this in the game or on the bench?"

Uhh, Wendell, ON THE BENCH???

Gatorade spills, maybe, but an eye gouged out of your head...the former could be a "bench" issue, but the latter -- generally is a "game" injury. It was in this case.

BTW, after slipping it back into place at the hospital, Chasity was back on the bench. No crybabies in the WNBA.

Posted by: EyeGotMyEyeOnYou, Dan | August 15, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

... the playoffs are looking good, and, judging from my blog comments, the fan base really isn't reading my blog.

That's just classic.

Posted by: Red Sox Monster | August 16, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Oops, no playoffs. But I did get my complimentary season-ticket-holder Media Guide from the Mystics -- the day after the season ended.

What a swell organization.

Posted by: mb | August 21, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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