Friday, October 16, 2015

It's "Basketball" and "Men's Basketball" Now

And so the women's takeover of all sports continues. Actual basketball, as opposed to boring ol' men's basketball, is getting more and more attention. One team in particular has a huge fanbase that is currently celebrating the Minnesota Lynx's third championship win in five years after an intense battle against the Indiana Fever.

You know what else is great about real sports teams? You never have to worry about censoring their names. They just name their teams after cool animals, weather events, and things with high temperatures.

Anyway, the Minnesota Lynx have been packing the stands at home games, and apparently Prince is a huge fan.

“The arena was packed last night, and it was loud and everyone was into it,” Michael Rand, who has followed the Lynx closely in his role on the sports desk at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, told ThinkProgress. “It was a fantastic atmosphere.” 
Maya Moore
It wasn’t always this way, however. For years, the Lynx were in the basement of the WNBA and struggled to generate a lot of fan support. From 2000-2008, the team was ranked 11th or 12th in the league in attendance, averaging around 5,000 fans per game. 
But in 2010, the journey to greatness began when coach Cheryl Reeve was hired and the team traded to get hometown hero Lindsay Whalen from the Connecticut Sun. Then, with the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, the Lynx selected Maya Moore, who has since gone on to become one of the most successful athletes in American professional sports.

Well done, Maya Moore! Once again, women of color are kicking serious ass at sports and making sure everyone knows that there's sports, and then there's men's "sports." In fact, I'm pretty sure it needs to be the NBA and the MNBA now. Let's get on that logo change, people.

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