Oh Well. At the end of the first half of this afternoon's Mystics-LA game, it certainly looked like that old fashioned whupping we'd been worried the Mystics were going to get was about to come true. Scoring only 20 points in the first half, shooting barely 25%, only 3 assisted baskets, being outrebounded 18-13, hitting only 2 of 6 FTs . . . etc, etc, etc. Not encouraging.
Thankfully, however, the game didn't end after 20 minutes. To the Mystics' credit, after falling behind by 16 in the 3rd quarter, they fought back to actually take a 1 point lead with a little more than 6 minutes left in the game. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough, as the Sparks regrouped, re-took the lead less than a minute later, and pulled away to win, 70-59.
We couldn't in all honesty call this a "good" loss, but at least the Mystics showed their 11,500 fans in the Phone Booth (and the national TV audience) that they didn't give up and made LA work for their victory. We're guessing that you were either in the arena along with us or you watched the ABC broadcast, so there's not much more we need to say. So that brings us to . . .
The Charm Factor. Let's see now . . . free Mystics "Believe" T-shirts to the first 5,000 fans. (Fans always like free T-shirts!) A lovely rendition of the National Anthem on violins and violas by the DC Youth Orchestra, who played with (to quote the BasketCases' on-staff musical consultant) "perfect bowing." A half-time performance by the very spirited Kangaroo Kids Howard County Precision Jump Rope Team, and then (back by popular demand) the Ballou High School Marching Band. Definitely an above-average in-arena experience!
So we're awarding Four Bunnies!
For Maryland Fans . . . Check here for a feature in the Philadelphia Inquirer about Crystal Langhorne and the challenges in adjusting to pro basketball.