Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dear Coach Trudi,

I think I know why we lost.

I followed what I thought was your game plan, but I didn’t realize it was on the other side of the paper you gave me. All I read was the writing on the first page: “PLEASE TURNOVER.”  I didn’t know there was anything on the other side. 

Next game, I promise to read both sides and try to follow everything in the plan, not just the part about turnovers.

Yours truly,

[A Mystics Player]

You’re probably thinking that letter isn’t even funny.  First, no Mystics player would be that stupid. (We agree.)  And second, who ever heard of players writing letters to their coach explaining why they lost?  That’s beyond stupid. (We also agree.)

Except sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction.  The BCs made up the content of this communication.  We admit it’s pure fiction. But did we make up the fact that Mystics players have actually written letters to Trudi? No!

The BCs have it on excellent authority that after the loss to the Liberty on June 8th, Coach Trudi required each Mystics player to write her a letter at least a page long explaining why the team has been losing and why they haven’t been able to finish.

You can’t make this stuff up! 

After last night’s drubbing in L.A., we wonder whether Trudi will now make them write her a two-page letter!


At 11:09 AM, Blogger dcsportsfan said...

Writing a letter to the coach as to why a team is losing..... Isn't that only done in elementary school after a kid talked back once to the teacher? Wow....

At 1:29 PM, Blogger vmaione said...

Sad to hear that the Shock released Kizer and acquired Courtney Paris. Hope that Linetta gets to play again in the WNBA!

At 1:55 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

That is beyond immature by Lacey. She's dealing with grown women, not kids. I swear, you can't make up the Washington Mystics. (But could you ask 'em to keep the losing down? Some of us are trying to tank up here.)

At 4:04 PM, Blogger fr mike said...

uummmmm! OK. DCBCs, I have missed reading your blog the past two weeks. I feel sure that you have been watching some excititng WNBA games on your computer (did you get it connected to your TV screen?) and I am wondering why all the silence. GO WNBA!
(GO LA!)

At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Mystics might be getting to the point of not playing for Trudi. They were in the game the first half, but whatever she said at the break worked in entirely the opposite direction. They looked like they had lost all heart in the second half, especially Lang.

And what was that rotation about? Everybody playing a few minutes, nobody getting any shooting rhythm except Snow.

Trudi is just a terrible, terrible coach, and a worse GM. Poor Marianne Stanley looks like she's going to throw up most of the time.

So The Sheila has gotten what she paid for. Does anyone think she gets it?

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really miss your Mystics blogs, but I understand why you gave up on them-I have too. The LA game last night was fun to watch, especially with Kristi Tolliver taking care of business for LA. I feel sorry for Lang though-she always has 2-3 players guarding her. As for Trudi's high school antics-one hopes the end is near.

At 4:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the sheila conspired
to have the trudy hired
a poor executive decision
that clearly lacked any vision
when in reality she should be fired

my heart breaks for the girls on the team
poor leadership has made losing our theme
there was a time we used to be there hero
now the sheila and trudy have made us the zero
please someone wake me up from this bad dream

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

maybe Mo's coming off the bench now because she double spaced her letter?

At 2:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trudi needs to write the team ANd the fans a damn letter... And hell no Sheila STILL doesn't get it!

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do like the Mystics, currently still support the cause - but it is frustrating to see this team play with SUCH a lack of chemistry and lack of heart. The win against Indiana was a desperation hold - buzzer could not come fast enough; I about threw my Ipad down as I saw the phoenix game slide away. We are not even in LA's league now (but it was nice to see some of our old players...I digress.) I think these games are signs of a bigger issue.

The analogy I would use is a poorly maintained car that is failing mechanically, running low on gas too and may not survive.

Were Trudi to go, how many good coaches would want to come into this? Really, right now - how attractive is this team for any player with 'robust' choices.

We pulled in lots of parts in the offseason (some doing well - go Ms Snow!) but it still feels like that -a group of parts.

I don't subscribe to the greed/ money, conspiracy issue per se. Have you seen how very empty Verizon Center looks at home games - it is depressing and I am sure making no one any money. I have to believe there is some threshold/ exit strategy there for Monumental.

I applaud the team for the social mission they have pursued. Without that, I feel like there is so little to this team that is compelling at all.

It is a strange dynamic to be 'celebrating' 15 years for the Mystics and yet feel like this franchise is really gasping and facing such a questionable future.

I want to say a coaching change is the answer, "we are one player away", etc. But I am afraid it is more than that.

Each of these disappointing losses feel like painful miles on the odometer. I fear we are getting to the point where, even with small fixes now, the car just won't run.

At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Basketcases, thank you for coming back even if just for a little bit. For the mental health of those of us still trying to support this franchise, we need an outlet!!

Trudi never takes responsiblilty for her role in this fiasco-have the players write her a letter!! Are you serious? No professionalism, no class,what a poor example of a head coach. And Dr. Johnson - you get what pay for-and the fans sure have not!!

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The coach and General Manager asked the players to write letters regarding why the team has been losing because SHE HAS NO IDEAS, NO PLANS, NO SYSTEM OF HER OWN. Watching the players, it seems as if no one knows and is comfortable with their role. Uncertainty and doubt destroys confidence.

I just don't think Ms. Lacey is the right person, right now, for this franchise.


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