score: Storm 61 Monarchs 74 (L) (11-11)
Watch | Verrrrrrrrrrry slow, but he was only
12 so I'll cut him some slack.
Psyche | Does it really matter anymore?
Highlight | Were there any highlights?
| Something with mascots. I was too depressed
Keyword of the Game | Oklahoma, NOT OK
we have a game today? I'm not sure. Everything is a bit grey
and hazy right now. I do know that it feels like I've been
kicked in the gut and lied to by multi-millionaires.
news that the Sonics and Storm had been sold to a group from
Oklahoma City started spreading through the stands before
the game began like a California wildfire. You could see people
checking their cell phones and handhelds, trying to get the
latest rumor or quote from the web or their friends. Shock,
anger, disbelief — all of it was on the faces of the
Storm faithful. The players were reacting the same way.
heard from someone highly reliable that one of the players
asked as she stepped into the arena today whether she still
had a job or not. The fans weren't the only ones feeling like
they'd been sucker punched.
LJ on the bench looking very gimpy any time she walked and
then the news that the team was being sold to someone from
the ass-end of nowhere mid-America, the Storm looked and played
like they carrying 50lb packs on their backs. Whatever genius
thought it was a good idea to spring this crap on the team
right before a game needs to have their damn head examined.
What am I saying? This whole arena deal debacle has so utterly
ignored the Storm that the new and former owners probably
didn't even know the Storm were playing today.
real unfortunate part of all of this in terms of the game
is that the Monarchs came out and were played some of the
worst basketball I've ever seen from them. They couldn't score
points with a ladder and a 5-foot wide hoop. If the Storm
had come out with any kind of real energy, they would have
been leading by 15 at the end of the quarter at least. Instead,
the Storm couldn't put anything together either. It was only
a matter of time before the Monarchs got their heads in the
game and started hitting baskets. That started happening right
about 2 or 3 minutes into the second quarter. The game was
basically over right about then.
Storm just didn't have anything going in this game. Betty
was hitting, but since she was the only one who was the Monarchs
started clamping down on her and that was pretty much it.
The only other Storm player to hit double figures was Tanisha
with 11, and that really only came towards the end of the
game when the lead was flirting with 20 and the Monarchs were
this how it ends, on a whimper? The new owner of the team
kept saying how much he and his group "desired"
to keep both teams in Seattle. He was also quick to add the
qualifier that they stay here only if he gets a satisfactory
arena deal in the next 12 months. The likelihood of that happening
is as close to zero as you can get considering there was a
complete stalemate already between the city and ownership,
there is an initiative being readied for the next election
that would prohibit any public money from being spent on pro
sports arenas (and thanks to those dumbasses for picking now
to get serious about making a stink over public funds and
pro sports arenas — you're about $800 million too late
geniuses), and with the overarching fact that this new ownership
group is already on record as desperate to have an NBA team
in Oklahoma City. Oh yeah, and that 12 month timeline fits
nicely into the timeline for when the Hornets leave OKC to
go back to New Orleans. I guess we'll get one more Storm season
in Seattle. The future is dark and getting darker fast.