So I’ve become a WNBA fan


hammon.jpgYup, I’ll admit it. I haven’t given the WNBA much of a chance until now. Any time there was a WNBA game on NBA TV, I always found something else to watch.

My hometown Silver Stars also have been a lottery team since they came to San Antonio from Utah.

I heard at the beginning of the WNBA season that the Silver Stars traded for Becky Hammon and made some other changes and figured they’d be much improved, but still never paid any attention to their games until about 3 weeks ago.

I ended up looking for something to watch on NBA TV and saw the Silver Stars were playing so I decided to watch and try to get some basketball in my system. I ended up watching for the next 20 minutes. Then the next time I saw them on I watched the entire game. Then I stared setting my DVR for the Silver Stars games.

I came to the realization that:

• If you are a fan of the sport of Basketball, it shouldn’t matter whether it is men or women playing.

• The Silver Stars are fun to watch. No dunks or high-flying SportsCenter-making plays are needed to enjoy watching a WNBA game. They’re out there playing their asses off as much as any men and make a hell of a lot less than their NBA counterparts.

• Dan Hughes, the Silver Stars coach and GM runs his team similar to the way Pop runs his.

• It’s about damn time the WNBA get some respect, starting with me.

The Silver Stars are in their first franchise playoffs and are fresh off a routing of the Sacramento Monarchs in game 2 after they got pounded in game 1. Tonight, they have a chance to close the series out at home in the AT&T Center and advance to the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Mercury.

I’ll be there rooting them on and I convinced three of my brothers to go with me and if you’re reading this and live in the San Antonio area (I live in San Marcos) you should be there to get your dose of basketball while the Spurs aren’t playing. Plus there is this coupon, where you can get your ticket, a hot dog, chips and a drink for $15 bucks.

Besides attending games and giving them some love in this blog, I’ve decided to start up a new blog called Silver Stars Central. I’ll post the official announcement once it is all set up, but I hope to get some photos and video from tonight’s game to post there when it goes live.

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