Whether via the social-networking site Twitter, e-mail, or this blog, one of the more popular topics is Sheryl Swoopes’ whereabouts. Some fans want Storm coach Brian Agler to know, while liking the roster, they don’t appreciate the way her being cut went down. And they’re irked she won’t have a farewell tour this season like Lisa Leslie, Yolanda Griffith, and Vickie Johnson, who have all stated they are retiring.
Well, maybe there’s no way to recognize Swoopes, but you can help pay tribute to the team she made famous in the WNBA: The Houston Comets. Deb of Seattle wrote to say there’s a grassroots movement (aren’t all WNBA movements grassroots?) across the league to get fans to wear red for their team’s opening day in honor of the Comets.
The WNBA folded the team in December after an inability to secure new ownership. The team is still involved in court cases, but it doesn’t look as if it’ll have a reemergence. A disappointing case for another great city, like Portland, that had strong fan support and couldn’t find ownership to match.
The Comets were the most dominant team in the WNBA, winning the first four championships. Swoopes was a three-time MVP and Cynthia Cooper-Dyke (pictured right), the league’s first MVP, put on a show every postseason, being named Finals MVP. Meanwhile teammate Tina Thompson continues to play, suiting up for Los Angeles today.
But will she see red in the stands? What about on Sunday for the Storm’s home debut at KeyArena, will you wear red?