- May 2023
As a Seattle Storm fan, I've been spoiled. The team has won four championships since 2004. But the Storm's season opener on Saturday made it clear my team is going to be mediocre or worse this year.
I find myself reacting in two extreme ways. Sometimes I swear a blue streak. And sometimes, with the back of my hand delicately pressed to my forehead, I peer about for an antique divan I can swoon upon, ashen but ravishing thanks to an instant case of consumption.
- September 2022
I'll play until my knees fall off.
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Tomorrow is Sunday, and I fully expect to attend church here in Seattle.
Of course, other people refer to it as the WNBA semifinals.
- May 2022
I might make an official complaint.
As a Seattle Storm season-ticket holder, I went to last night's game against the Chicago Sky fully expecting a family-friendly event.
What did I see? Rampant heterosexuality.
My lesbian friends and I were surrounded by amorous straight people. Sitting next to us, in front of us, behind us. One couple was just in their teens!
If they have to be that way, must they flaunt it?
Thank goodness a lesbian couple got engaged on the court during halftime. A bit of normalcy that helped me endure the evening.
At tomorrow's game, if I'm again encircled by heteros kissing and being as bold as you please, I'll tell them all to knock it off and remember where they are. We can tolerate their being at a WNBA game, but nobody needs to see that freaky stuff.
Especially not the children.
There's an unconfirmed report that Russia hopes to trade American basketball star Brittney Griner for an arms trafficker serving a 25-year sentence in the U.S.
In a simpler time, I only imagined Griner being traded for a forward, a point guard and two draft picks.
- April 2022
The contrast in (Magic) Johnson’s public support for LGBTQ causes and personal misgivings about his son’s sexuality shows that people are complex. As Johnson said, he grew up in the heteronormative world of male team sports. His son was supposed to shoot hoops, not wear scarves around the house.
I need you to tell me if I'm being too sensitive.
It feels like something has shifted in women's basketball. Over the last couple of years, I've noticed an affinity, especially among Black college players, for wearing false eyelashes on the court. During the NCAA tournament, Champion repeatedly ran an ad featuring empowered and sensual young female athletes, the leader of whom didn't have nails so much as lacquered talons. Yesterday during the WNBA draft, the announcers gushed over players being fashion plates.
It's enough to make a curmudgeonly lesbian suspicious. And nauseous.
Is homophobia at the root of this push to feminize players? Are young athletes feeling the need to scream they're not dykes? Or is there just a whole lot of self-expression going on, and I'm too jaundiced to see it?
Help me. I've jumped to a conclusion and I can't get down.
- October 2021
When the Chicago Sky captured the WNBA title today, the women's professional basketball season ended. The women's college basketball season doesn't start in earnest for a couple of months.
It's a gloomy period between seasons for this lesbian women's hoops fan. If you want me, I'll be hanging out with Punxsutawney Phil.
- September 2021
Some of Us Are More Bereft Than Others
The Seattle Storm, the defending WNBA champion and apple of my eye, lost in the playoffs today. The Storm's season is over.
I ask you to observe a moment of silence.
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