Thursday, June 24, 2010

Great Win . . . and Wall!

While many basketball fans around the DC-area were partying while watching tonight's NBA draft, the Mystics and their fans were busy holding their own party right inside the Verizon Center. A Washington #1 pick (albeit not #1 overall) led the Mystics to a decisive win over the visiting Los Angeles Sparks, 68-53.

Wizards fans (including plenty of us in the Phone Booth) were celebrating what we hope will be the future greatness of #1 John Wall. Meanwhile, Mystics fans saw some greatness on display in the person of Crystal Langhorne, who had a career-night, not just in points scored (27), but also in notching her first ever WNBA three-pointer!

Yes, the same Crystal Langhorne who in college practically never took a shot further than a few feet from the basket. That Crystal Langhorne, tonight, with about a minute left in the game and the shot clock winding down, swished a beautiful trey! The fans erupted, Lang's teammates cheered, and Lang herself smiled, looking a bit sheepish, almost like she was thinking, "Did I really just do that?" It was a fitting end to her impressive night's performance, and a fun ending to what, for the most part, was a pretty enjoyable game.

Lang not only hit a career high and led all scorers tonight, but, taking full advantage of Candace Parker's absence, she dominated in the paint, posting a double-double before halftime. She finished the game with 14 rebounds to go along with her 27 points. Lindsey Harding was the only other Mystic in double figures (16).

Adding to the enjoyment, for those of us who are also Terps fans, Kristi Toliver led the Sparks with 11 points, nailing several threes as we've seen her do so many times. Before the game, we were hoping that KT would have a good outing, but that the Mystics (of course) would win. We got our wish.

Since Basketball is Basketball, it came as no surprise that the fans in the Phone Booth were also interested in what was happening with the NBA draft. The Wizards' pick of John Wall was shown on the Megatron during a time out and the arena erupted in cheers. That was followed by a cool video of notable Washingtonians doing the John Wall Dance, including Dr. J, a few Mystics, and plenty of other sports celebrities, welcoming Wall to Washington . . . more cheers. And then we were told that following the game, every one of the more than 8,000 fans in attendance would get a free "Wall: Game Changer" T-shirt. (Which we did.) Who doesn't love a free T-shirt? If this is an example of that cross-marketing that Ted Leonsis promised, then we like it already!

Tonight's win was the fourth in a row for the Mystics, their longest win streak in several years. They'll look to extend that streak tomorrow night in Chicago when they take on the Sky at 8:30PM ET in the second half of a back-to-back.

Go Mystics . . . Beat the Sky! (And Welcome John Wall!)


At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we had the BEST national anthem of the season!

At 1:26 AM, Blogger Tonya Ervin (FCC) said...


I'm not really complaining, but we didn't get a t-shirt, because multiple people took multiple shirts. No biggie, but I was slightly irritated to see that!

At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a game! Too bad that the t-shirt distribution wasn't planned better. I thought there was goign to be a riot. People were pushing and shoving, I feared for little kids. I think it was very nice gesture to give out the shirt, just needed a little thought on the execution.

At 7:33 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

We agree -- the Anthem was refreshingly well done.

Tonya: call your ticket rep and see if he/she can get you a shirt!

-- BC

At 7:36 AM, Anonymous Stewart said...

Tonya, I got an extra t-shirt. You're more than welcome to it, if you'd like. Meantime, I thought you'd all like to know that I was able to get backstage for the private draft party the Wizards were holding. After the pick was made, Ted and Sheila took the stage and, after his speech, he ended by urging everyone to go to the main arena and watch the Mystics game, noting that "basketball is basketball." Oh, yes. Ted is going to be REALLY good for BOTH of DC's pro hoops teams. The "Great Wall of Chinatown" has arrived, folks!

At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of the anthem, I'm glad Mystics fans are knowledgeable and classy enough not to scream "Oh!" during its playing. That is soooo disrespectful and grates my nerves to no end! Either sing along "respectfully" or keep quiet during its playing. You'll have two-plus hours to do all the whoopin' and hollerin' you want.

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good picture on showing all of the Maryland girls. Kristi even has a smile on her face watching Lang. Last night we had the best of many worlds. Great win, Lang did superb, John Wall came, and Kristi was high scorer on the Sparks and Marissa scored. But don;t get me wrong, Marylander by birth, Mystics fan by choice, and a wise choice at that.

At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone know why Jacinta wasn't at least on the bench tonight?

At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think that's out of the ordinary for somebody who just had surgery. Plus it seems like the league must have sent out a memo warning teams to take extra precautions after the staph infection issues in Tulsa - so they were probably just being cautious.

At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is live access working tonight?

At 9:41 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

It wasn't working until very late in the 2d quarter. It's been working since, just in time for the Sky to go on a run and cut the Mystics' 13-point lead to only 3 at the half.

-- BC

At 9:58 PM, Blogger Tonya Ervin (FCC) said...

Thanks for the offer of a shirt, Stewart, but my awesome ticket rep, Nicole, hooked me up tonight!

Thanks, Nicole :)


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