I've been hearing things about the WNBA playoffs recently, and it turns out the playoffs just ended, with the Phoenix Mercury beating the Detroit Shock in Game 5 of the championship series. In case you're unfamiliar with the WNBA playoffs — really, and you call yourself a fan? — Game 5 was the deciding game, and the Shock was favored heavily at home. Cappie Pondexter (who was NOT a pitcher in the Negro Leagues) won the series MVP. For some perspective on the win, I turn it over to Diana Taurasi's blog:
Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! [...] Through everything, thick and thin, through diamonds and coal, we did everything we could to win. People doubted the running game, they doubted Small Ball, they doubted the Rover defense and we say YES to all of the naysayers, doubters and haters. We did it.
We are Phoenix. We run-and-gun, we shoot the three and we win championships.
And people wonder why the WNBA isn't as popular as the NBA: if the league can't screw an exciting Phoenix team out of a title, how does it expect to survive?