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Jayda Evans covers college and pro women's basketball. While its her first year on the Washington beat, she has covered the Storm since its inception. She'll offer observations, critiques, occasional off-beat tales and answers to select e-mail inquires. Evans also has written a book on the Storm and women's hoops, called "Game On!"

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June 19, 2007 12:27 PM

One wish

Posted by Jayda Evans

Actually it's two, but Ray-J (who sings the popular ballad) can't count either, if you check out his lyrics. Anyway, mine would be an end to people opposed to women's pro hoops using the argument that they couldn't beat a top-rated boys high school team and male sports reporters challenging the women to a game of H-O-R-S-E in order to solidify their feelings about the WNBA.

In case you don't know (lucky you), Storm guard Sue Bird was challenged by P-I columnist Jim Moore to a game of H-O-R-S-E. Moore is a cool cat, but I had to ask Bird if she was tired of always playing games with the media instead of being covered by the media. In typical Bird fashion, she nodded in agreement as she sighed, then quickly added, "no one will play me one-on-one because they're afraid they might hurt me. Or I may hurt them." A cynic would say Bird's bum left knee was a little too timely, seeing how the match was to be played the day she had an MRI. It was rescheduled for this afternoon, however, despite my hope it was canned forever.

Bird-Moore accompanies the latest, a solid discussion on this blog about boys varsity vs. WNBA. A commentor, who didn't offer their full name for publication, wanted my opinion on the matter. I have the same response for both scenarios, what does this prove? Seriously.

Basketball is one of those unique games where on any given day a visibly lopsided matchup can end in upset. That's why the postseason is played in series and coaches stress focus against the weakest foes. So, yes, there probably is a scenario where a boys team could beat a WNBA team -- have you seen kids today? But why does it matter? The women still play against women. And if you're saying their competition is no better than WWE, emphasizing "entertainment," I'm a little lost on the point. WWE is a billion-dollar business that packs arenas all across the nation -- think the WNBA wouldn't want a little piece of that action?

Bottom line, the league is something different. If you want to keep bringing up the same snide remarks, that's cool. In case you haven't noticed, it hasn't stopped the women from playing. So, can we blow these candles out?

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