Besides the amazing talent, the fans are the coolest thing about the WNBA. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with different fans via social. I believe the stories of how those fans came to enjoy the WNBA are important. It is awesome seeing everyone in Las Vegas or heading to Vegas for the 2019 WNBA All-Star game. This next WNBALove Story comes from a Mercury Junkie that is also a Seattle Storm season ticket holder. It is interesting how it all came together. It was pretty cool meeting her at an event for last year’s WNBA All-Star game in Minnesota.
I was utterly ignorant about the WNBA in April 2004. I knew about Lisa Leslie and that there was a women’s league. What I can tell you is that the WNBA I found in 2004 looks completely different from the one in 2019. Back then you had two halves like in college. There wasn’t Live Access, or League Pass. Games were not televised on Twitter or CBS. A team favorite might gain four or five games aired nationally during a season. I remember in 2006, the Phoenix Mercury were competing for a final playoff spot against the Houston Comets. It was not a televised game. The WNBA had a radio streaming service. I listened live as Diana Taurasi took the Comets to triple overtime and broke the league scoring record with 47 points before fouling out. I still wondered how high the number would’ve grown if only she’d been given a few more minutes.
The first game I ever watched, I still have it on VHS, was the Phoenix Mercury against the Connecticut Sun, with then rookie, Lindsay Whalen. My first WNBA finals I ever watched was the Sun against the Storm, with Sue Bird getting her first title. I’ve watched every Finals since whether or not the Merc play. It’s like starting a great movie, I wanted to know how the whole thing was gonna turn out.