The season is over. Even though the Mystics pulled off a spectacular last-second win over Connecticut this afternoon, the Liberty have clinched the final Eastern Conference playoff spot by beating the Sky. And while it will be tempting to blame the Mystics' failure to advance to post-season play on a number of factors (an 0-8 start comes quickly to mind), there's really only one explanation -- this is an odd-numbered year.
Yes, it's that simple. As long-time DC fans know, the Mystics are the victims of an odd-year curse. The team has made the playoffs in every even-numbered year (except their just-for-fun 3-27 franchise start in 1998). But in odd-numbered years, they have never made it into the post-season. For those who don't have a calendar handy, that means the Mystics made the playoffs in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006, but went home after the regular season in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, and now 2007. So while the Mystics treated their fans to some very exciting basketball in the waning days of this season, it seems (for now at least) there is nothing powerful enough to beat back the odd-year curse!
But the good news is that 2008 is an even-numbered year! Now that's something Mystics fans can really look forward to! (As well as a top-five draft pick!)
P.S. The BasketCases have already re-upped for next year's season tickets . . . have you?