It isn’t called the dog days of summer for nothing.
From the middle of May until around the third week of August, there is absolutely nothing for sports fans to watch on TV or attend. For baseball fans, summers are great — for everyone else summers mean hot days and thunderstorms.
I’m not a baseball fan but I enjoyed Arena football. The Arena Football League (AFL) began in 1987 and was played during the months following the Super Bowl and right up until the NFL’s training camp. However, the league cancelled its season this year which really have me football starved and channel surfing.
So besides the few track and field meets that are shown throughout the summer, the only other option I have left is the WNBA — which actually isn’t a bad option at all.
I will be the first to admit that I am a fan of the WNBA — not quite an avid viewer but a fan. This comes from following certain players — and on occassion teams — while they are on the collegiate level. Those four years that Chamique Holdsclaw was at Tennessee were probably one of the greatest four years of any collegian basketball player has ever had.
Holdsclaw finished with 3,025 points, was tw0-time Player of the Year and won three national championships. It was believed that she was the second coming of Cheryl Miller but Holdsclaw hasn’t quite panned out in the WNBA — going AWOL during her fourth season while playing with the Washington Mystics that resulted in a brief retirement. This season, she is with the Atlanta Dream — her third team in nine years.
The WNBA boast players such as stalwarts like Lisa Leslie and Swin Cash and former Pistons ‘Bad Boy’ Bill Laimbeer who coached the Detroit Shock to three WNBA titles before retiring this season. Great collegians like Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi has led their teams to titles and now four-time All American Courtney Paris (Sacramento Monarchs) and all-everything Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) who is suppose to change the league like LeBron is for the NBA.
But the issue is that no one cares about the WNBA. Teams have entered the league and folded just as fast as a poker player with a bad hand. It’s sad when three-time champion Houston Comets had to pack their bags and roll out of the league. The league — which is full of women — doesn’t even get any support from women. How can the WNBA survive if it doesn’t get support from the one’s it caters too?
The gripe I hear is that it isn’t as good as the men. Basketball is basketball no matter if it’s men or women playing. Is a women’s photo finish race not as good as the men’s over the same distance?
It will be ashamed to see the WNBA go down the toliet. It will be ashamed to see the best in women college basketball take their games overseas instead of staying home. Show the ladies some love, watch the WNBA — they have now.