Let the Games
After a month's hiatus for the Olympics, the Mystics kick off the remainder of their season tonight, when they host the Chicago Sky at 7 PM at the Verizon Center. This will be the first chance for fans to see the Taj-less Mystics; and the first chance for fans to see new players Tasha Humphrey and Shay Murphy, who were acquired in the Taj trade from Detroit. Most important, tonight will be the first opportunity for the fans -- and the team -- to see whether all that hard work over the break pays off in competition.
Parade of Olympians
With 26 games already in the books, the Mystics have just 8 games left to play, 4 of them at home. Each of those 4 games will give Mystics fans a chance to see a member of the Gold Medal Winning USA Olympic Team, starting tonight with Sylvia "Big Syl" Fowles. Unfortunately for Chicago, Big Syl missed most of the WNBA season due to an injury she suffered in a game against L.A. on June 3rd, during a play where she blocked a shot by Olympic teammate Lisa Leslie, and was called for the first ever goaltending violation in WNBA history. Goaltending! (That means she was called for blocking the shot after it started its downward arc toward the basket . . . in plain English, she was way above the rim!) The BasketCases are looking forward to seeing Big Syl in action tonight. We're also looking forward to seeing the new-look Mystics in action, and of course, we're hoping for a Mystics win! So . . . we'll see you later at the Phone Booth.