Life isn’t fair. Not only is that an adage we’ve all heard countless times throughout our lives, but also has been proven to anyone who’s lived it with their eyes open to its subtle and not-so-subtle inequities. Be it in the workplace, in an athletic arena, on the road, or even at home; good doesn’t always beat evil, nice guys do often finish last, and the best team doesn’t always win.
Shortly following the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory, arms went up in the air over various comments regarding the city of Seattle’s “first championship since the 1979 Supersonics.” During the Fox broadcast, which by the way 111 million Americans watched, the announcers referenced the Seahawks’ win as the first championship in a major sport since the Sonics defeated the then Washington Bullets. ESPN later followed with comments echoing a similar sentiment, and various other news outlets ran with the story, playing on the city’s misfortunes regarding past Seahawk history, the Mariners habitual ineptitude, and the aforementioned Sonics fleeing to Oklahoma City while in the infantile stages of a potential NBA dynasty. This isn’t new, outside of cities like Boston, Los Angeles, and New York, most cities are or have been in the midst of a championship drought, and at the culmination of any title, the city’s last “major” championship is one of the first things referenced by broadcasters and writers covering the game. However, in this case there was a problem, and that problem lied with the rightful owners of the “Emerald City’s” last championship: The WNBA’s Seattle Storm.