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Q&A with Swin Cash

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Wednesday, February 1, 2006 12:00 a.m

Swin Cash plays for the Detroit Shock of the WNBA. The McKeesport graduate will be busy this week attending swank parties and mingling with the high-brow in Detroit for Super Bowl XL. Cash took a few moments to talk with sports writer JoAnne Harrop in between getting her hair done and choosing an outfit, to chat about the excitement of this week where Detroit is hosting the biggest sporting event of the year.

Cash is one of the most well-known athletes in Detroit and western Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-1 forward led the Shock to the WNBA championship in 2003. She played for the gold-medal winning women’s basketball team in Athens, Greece. Cash was on two NCAA championship teams, one as Most Outstanding Player, at Connecticut and won a WPIAL title in high school.

You said you ere gong to a party (Monday night), how was it and talk about all the festivities you are going to be at this week?

It was a Black-Tie affair at the Fox Theater. I saw coach Cowher there and he said, ‘Hey Swin, How are you?’ That was pretty awesome. He is a busy guy and spent some time talking with me. I am not sure which other parties I will be going to because I get my schedule daily. But I know my agent has plenty of things lined up for me.

How does Detroit look for the big game?

This city has done a fabulous job of putting together a fantastic showcase of the city. It looks like a winter wonderland and people here are embracing the teams and the visitors and the people who live here.

Have you been to a Super Bowl before?

Yes, in Houston, in 2004.

What do your Shock teammates say about the Super Bowl?

Most of my teammates are overseas playing but one of my teammates, Ruth Riley, will be here. She went to Notre Dame, just like Jerome Bettis.

Do you know any of the players?

I know a lot of the Steelers’ players but not really the Seattle players. My parents are coming up, and they know Charlie Batch’s parents and Russell Stuvaints. They also know one of the Seattle players. They will be up here. The Pittsburgh players I have met over the years. This team is focused. I can see that in their eyes. It is the same kind of feeling when (the Detroit Shock) won the (WNBA) championship. We had a feeling we would win. We weren’t cocky, and they aren’t cocky. They are just confident. That is what it takes to win a championship. I have believed in this team all season. There were people who said they might not make the playoffs but I knew they would. I told people, you just watch, the Pittsburgh Steelers will go far this season.

What do you think about the game?

I am rooting for the Steelers.

There is no question about that.

Even though I live and play in Detroit, I am still a Pittsburgh and McKeesport girl. I will always love and respect Pittsburgh. That is my hometown and people care about each other there. I like Detroit, and I think once people see what Detroit is like they will like it. There are people who think there is a lot of violence here. But there is violence in all cities.

What will you be wearing?

Yes, I have bought some new clothes. I have been working with a stylist. That is one of the perks being in the Super Bowl town. I love to shop and wear nice things.

How will hosting the Super Bowl help Detroit?

This whole week will give Detroit a boost. I think Detroit mirrors Pittsburgh a lot. When I was in high school, Pittsburgh wasn’t doing very well, but when I go back now I see a lot of growth with the Waterfront and on the South Side and even downtown and in the Strip District. Pittsburgh is on the rise and so is Detroit.

Where will you watch the game?

I will be at the game, but that is all I can say now. There are so many things planned for me that I am like the football team. I am taking it one day at a time. I wake up in the morning and I get my schedule for the day. So I am not looking too far ahead right now.

Does it mean more that Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl?

It is more special hosting the Super Bowl because Pittsburgh is here. Reporters here know from talking to me at Pistons games and at Shock games that I wear the pride of the city. They know where I am from and how people in Pittsburgh believe in their Steelers.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review fashion writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, jharrop@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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