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Women's Hoops

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December 18, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Storm releases 2009 schedule

Finalcake.jpgCan you believe the Storm has been around for 10 years? That’s got to make it an establishment, right? It is certainly the only team to bring the city a championship since the 1970s. And it keeps area sports from being a total embarrassment by reaching the postseason yearly — although I’d put four consecutive first-round exits down as lost seasons like the Mariners and Seahawks not reaching expectations, too. The Storm had an amount of significant injuries, but more was expected even after July.
Remember July? The sun. A healthy PF Lauren Jackson. A win streak. The warmth. Sorry, the snow — an as a native Michigander, yes, Seattle, you may call this snow — has me reminiscing.
What I meant to say was the Storm released its 2009 schedule, tipping off exactly 10 years since original co-owner Ginger Ackerley sat atop a podium and announced the Storm would be one of four expansion teams joining the WNBA for the 2000 season.
Coincidentally, the Storm will play its inaugural opponent, too, in Sacramento. But that’s where the similarities end. In the inaugural season, the Storm was one of four expansion teams to join the 16-squad WNBA. Just one other remains, in the Indiana Fever. And back then, the Storm was whipped through a two-week road trip. In 2009, the team has just three road trips of three games and one (one!) back-to-back.
It seems the WNBA is doing what it should have done to start — not forcing itself on the sports landscape. Yet it’s too bad, considering the talent it now possesses. There was a “war” in beating the ABL to be the pro league, but if the WNBA had been a little more prudish in the beginning, perhaps it wouldn’t have to dance around the schedule like it is now.
Regardless, Seattle is going to dance this summer. Storm CEO Karen Bryant won’t give any details because plans are still supposedly in the works, but big things are planned for the team’s 10th anniversary. The first being an expected 10-year lease agreement with KeyArena to be announced later this month.
But what can be bigger than 10 years of pro women’s hoops in Seattle?

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