A Woman’s View
The beginning of the Storm’s season introduced Seattle,and the rest of the league, to a team that felt it could break thecity’s curse of not being able to produce a team that couldbring home a league title. Seattle has long since been able toproduce teams that could make it to the playoffs, but would thenchoke before taking home any hardware.
By the final game of the finals, it was obvious the Storm couldtaste victory. But many questioned whether the newest team to thecity could fully break the Seattle curse and bring home a majorprofessional sports title.
The Storm pulled through and brought home the trophy to a citythat hasn’t seen a title in a quarter of a century. The lastteam to do so was the Seattle Supersonics in 1979.
But something made Seattle’s 2004 title a little morespecial. This time it was brought home by a team of women. Theplayers were women and the coaches were women.
The Sonics, on the other hand, didn’t even make theplayoffs last year.
Some have tried to downplay the title saying that it reallydoesn’t “count,” as it was from a women’sleague and from a league that is only eight years old.
This Seattle team has, pardon the pun, stormed the city and indoing so captured the minds and hearts of thousands of fans.
With sellout crowds at games two and three of the finals(that’s 17,072 fans per game), and an estimated 10,000 fansat the Storm’s rally last Friday, it is obvious these ladieshave caught the eye of many in the emerald city and the surroundingareas.
A Man’s View
Seattle finally did it! The only city in the Northwest anyoneknows exists finally has a professional sports championship. Well,for the first time since 1979 anyway. You missed that memo?Probably because it was the Storm. No, the Storm. The WNBA team outof Seattle. They won the championship on Oct. 12.
Led by superstars—yes I said superstars—Sue Bird (norelation to Larry, unfortunately) and Lauren Jackson, the Stormdefeated the Connecticut Sun in the best-of-three series.
This is actually quite a feat considering the league took amonth off in the middle of the season to accommodate the Olympics,in which Bird represented the gold medal winning U.S. and Jacksonto silver medalling Australia.
The 2003 season MVP, Jackson led the league in scoring, whileBird was second in assists.
If Seattle has a national champion team, why is no one riotingin the streets as they do in Los Angeles? Sure it’swomen’s basketball, but that’s why we have affirmativeaction, right?
People cared more about the Mariners tanking their season than theStorm dominating theirs.
The Storm made a major shift in the standings in the properdirection, unlike some other major Seattle sports teams. Watchingthe Mariners and Sonics—and the last couple weeks, theSeahawks—go from studs to duds in their respective sports hasbeen exciting. But why slam our bad teams when we can lift ourwinning ones? People need to take notice of the Storm before theygo the way of the Reign.