WNBA Playoffs, Western Conference Finals, Game 2
score: Storm 91 Mercury 88 (W) (2-0)
Score | Jayda's
were at the game and we brought it!
were on the flight down there with the team...offered most
of them our first class tickets....they wouldn't take them!
of Storm10 to arrange for a pregame party in Phoenix. There
was a big group waiting before the doors even opened.
was hard to tell how hard our fans were working it, but we
were all cheering throughout every offensive and defensive
possession. It didn't show on TV because the first three rows
behind the bench were the quietest in the group. We did Aussie,Aussie,Aussie
and Brick each time.
to remember what happened when the buzzer sounded because
we all went crazy. The team was so happy, even Sue who is
usually all business gave the crowd a huge smile on the way
off the court. The Phoenix crowd was stunned. It was unbelievable.
waited in the arena for the team to come back out. As the
staff tried to kick us out, Force 10 let us know that the
team was going back to the Sheraton where there would be a
celebration.....Boy was it. The whole storm contingent was
there...and Force 10 paid for EVERYONE'S drinks!!
plane ride was chill, everyone left the players alone. However
the players were thrilled. Sue held court the whole way...you
could see them laughing and enjoying eachother.
to baggage claim, you could hear the crowd before you saw
them. It was overwhelming. Way to go Seattle!!
an amazing trip....
I think my hands are steady enough now to try and put some
thoughts down about the whole experience that was yesterday.
day started with the alarm going off at 3:00 AM so we could
get to the airport on time for our 5:15 AM flight to Phoenix.
Got to the airport and found that we were on the same flight
as Stalker, a woman from the Washington Nurses Association
and another Storm fan from Edmonds. We landed in Phoenix after
an uneventful flight and hopped a cab to the Hyatt. We left
the WA Nurses Association fan at the airport. She had used
some frequent flyer miles to fly an 80 year old friend in
from Portland and she stayed to meet her flight. They eventually
made their way to the pre-game party.
breakfast at the Hyatt and killed time talking about the season,
the LA series, game one, and our hopes for game two. At a
little before 10 we headed out to the pregame function. The
pregame party was well attended, Lisa, Dawn, and Ginny were
there along with K Pelton, Doppler, KB, and some front office
staff.K Pelton played the latest version of "On The Road"
with all the players thanking fans for traveling to Phoenix
to support them. Lisa embarrased the hell out of Brian's wife
by introducing her to the crowd.
little before 11, we headed over to the arena so we could
pick up our tickets and have time to stroll the concourse,
which is our pregame routine at home. We got to the doors
and the bag beeotch told us that backpacks weren't allowed
in the arena, but maybe she could get "the guy over there"
to give us permission to bring it in. NO DICE. Strict no backpack
policy unless you are carrying medical supplies or baby food/diapers
etc. I had to go in and get our tickets and then we had to
go around the corner and enter through the garage so we could
check our bag at Guest Services. Now mind you, I saw all nature
of HUGE bags, purses, messenger bags, etc, but Lord don't
let a backpack in the arena We made our way around to the
garage and found guest services and got our bag checked in.
We were told that they would be there for 15 minutes after
the game and we had to claim our bag by then.....more as to
how that impacted the day later. Now mind you, guest services
is just across the lobby that houses the box office. Why I
had to go around the corner and through the garage to get
there instead o being trusted to do what i'm told is beyond
me, but I complied. I *****ed the whole time, but I complied.
in the arena with bag safely stowed we wandered around the
concourse before going to our seats. Walked past Adia and
Dick having a little arena food before they started their
broadcast. Glad they were well nourished and had the energy
to get through that last 3:20 of the game.
made our way to our seats and waited for the game to begin.
There was a woman sitting on the endline wearing a Sacramento
shirt with a sign that said "Abandoned fan, looking for
a new team". Full of hospitality, some of our Storm fans
took her all means of Storm gear which she accepted.
been to games in CT, NY, DC, MN, LA, HOU, and SA and I think
I've finally found an arena where the fans are almost as loud
as at the Key. However, most of their cheering was prompted,
as opposed to the Key where the fans don't need a lot of prompting
to be loud. The contingent of Storm fans in 103 held our own
I think, especially seeing as if you believe the attendance
numbers we were outnumbered about 4400 to 1.
remember thinking in the third when we were down 19, how the
hell am I going to convince my boss that I'm sick on Wednesday
so I can get to the game? At the end of the third when we
were down 10, I thought this is doable. When it was back up
to 12 I started doubting our ability to close this one out.
Then I started watching the scoreboard after every play, and
watching us walk the lead down. At the 1:52 mark, with the
Storm down 7, I decided to run to the bathroom. At the Key,
if it's late in a game and we're down I'll usually run to
the restroom so I don't have to go after the game and that's
when we usually start playing better. Well by the time I got
back from the bathroom, we were tied. I ran down to my seat
just in time to see Sue's series of heroics, and DT's miss.
When Sue hit that shot, the entire arena with the exception
of section 103 pretty much went silent. Needless to say, section
103 erupted in pure unadulterated joy. When DT's shot missed,
we exploded again. Phoenix fans were in a stunned silence
not believing that they weren't going to "Do it Again
stayed in our seats until after the handshakes and the team
headed into the lockerroom. Then we had to hightail it to
guest services to retrieve our banned backpack. We had to
get to the airport for a 5 PM flight so we never heard about
the after party at the Sheraton, but what another shining
example of what a class act our ownership group is.
got to the airport and found that we were on the plane with
K Pelton, a couple of staffers, and Dawn and I'm guessing
weren't able to stay around to wait for the team to get in
because we had left our three dogs alone for the day and had
to get home to them. Glad to see there was a large group of
fans there to welcome them home.
already trying to figure out how/if I could make it to NY
or ATL for the finals games.
more notes. There was two Phoenix fans in front of me and
I got lots of glares for the "BRICK" routine during
had to watch the 4th quarter (actually I watched the whole
game) when I got home, because honestly, other than the last
23.7 seconds, I couldn't tell you what happened in the quarter.
I kept watching the play, then checking the scoreboard. The
end result was that while I knew we won, I didn't know that
Phoenix didint' score for the last 3:20 of the game until
I read it here while waiting for my plane.
hot as hell in Phoenix, I don't care if it's dry heat. It's
freaking hot there.
got called an "ugly green shirt wearing person"
after the game. Props to the person's companion who gave her
crap for not being nicer. I told them we would have cheered
for them in the finals if they had won and asked where the
Phoenix love was that I had heard about.
you have tickets to a game, you don't have to pay the light
rail fare. Thank you random Phoenix fan for letting us know
this is so late, but I had a touch of what I will call Taurasi's
Revenge for a couple of days after we got back. Ahem.
we got to Majerle's a little after 10 and the party was in
full swing. We were joined by our new friend WestwardStorm
whom we met at SeaTac. I was very happy so many Storm fans
made the trip! So many road trips Mini and I are the only
green dots in a sea of yellow or purple or blue or black or
red, etc. I knew this many voices couldn't help but bring
the KeyArena Thun-dah!
the arena they were handing out placards that read "The
Storm is Over." A little negative by WNBA standards,
but it only served to fire us up.
section was very loud from the moment the Storm came out.
The benchies (especially ARob) looked at us appreciatively
and elbowed each other. I swear I saw Jana raise her eyebrows
woman seated to my right was one of the tinsel-haired beauties
you can see in Scowl's pictures. She offered me a megaphone
but I proudly showed her my Admin-issued "Brick!"
one. And I used it. Oh, yes. We can take credit for at least
messing up Penny Taylor's first free throw. No doubt. We used
their arena-prompted "De-fense" cadence to do our
"Let's Go Storm" chant. "Let's" in time
with "De", "Go" quickly in the middle,
and "Storm" for "fense." It worked very
well. I could only hear us, most of the time. I sort of felt
sorry for the Merc fans in front of us, but they were sitting
behind the visitor bench, after all. They were very nice.
In fact, most Merc fans were very nice.
seemed like every time Taurasi touched the ball, she scored.
I was half-expecting her to stand on the scorers table with
her back to the basket and score. Run up to the 20th row and
score. Holy crap, when she goes off, there is nothing like
throat was sore by halftime so I got some ice cream. Toward
the end of the 3rd (when Svet got the steal, Sue hit the 3,
and Phoenix threw it out of bounds on the other end, all within
a few seconds), I felt the momentum shift and gave Mini my
ice cream. She was surprised, but I told her, "I have
a feeling I need my hands free now."
this team has taught me anything this year, it's that you
can't count them out, no matter the score. We were down by
19 at one point, but it never felt like we were going to lose.
I don't know how else to explain it. This team doesn't break
down at those moments like some do. They just keep playing
their game and eventually overpower their opponents. Like
Lobo is seriously preggers.
Sue hit The Shot, we cried and hugged and jumped up and down.
When we won a few delirious and blurry moments later, Le'Coe
jumped up and down on her good leg, holding on to Svet for
balance. Lisa B picked Ginny up off the ground in a big hug.
The bench went nuts. When the team ran off the court, Svet
ran by and grinned at us with her arms in the air. We hung
around the arena, savoring the victory. The owners invited
us to the bar at the Sheraton and bought drinks all around.
Then the players came in and said a few words on their way
to their celebration in a back room. Sue high-fived me on
her way past.
in with the team on Sunday night. They were having a great
time on the plane, celebrating with each other. Fans kept
a respectful distance and let them party. When Swin came past
on her way to the restroom, she apologized for being loud.
I said, "No problem. You earned it."
we landed in Seattle, there was a huge crowd of Stormfans
waiting near the escalators down to baggage claim. They high-fived
us like we were part of the team. It was great fun.
thought we shouldn't go because we (as fans) are 0-2 in Phoenix.
I told her this is the year we break the curse. And it was.
And we did.