Storm PG Sue Bird told people this will probably be the year remembered for coach Brian Agler doing the Stanky Legg. Prodded by nearly 5,000 fans gathered at KeyArena on Friday night, he went to halfcourt and did the jig with players Camille Little, Svetlana Abrosimova, Ashley Robinson and Le’coe Willingham, who’s pictured right with G Tanisha Wright spraying champagne in the locker room postgame on Thursday.
It was the highlight of a frantic celebration, squeezed in between the Storm winning its second WNBA title in Atlanta and many players boarding flights on Sunday to join national teams for the World Championships in Czech Republic. Competition, which is the 2012 Olympic qualifier, begins Sept. 23.
“We had contingency plans for every possible thing that could happen,” said Storm co-owner chairperson Dawn Trudeau of the Finals’ possible last date being Sept. 21. The Storm swept its way to the title, however, becoming just the seventh team in sports history to do so. “The tricky part was pulling it off in 24-hours, that’s the hard part. I couldn’t be more proud of our staff. The unsung heroes behind filling this arena and making it an experience for the fans. We knew that these were the people that were with us all year long. We wanted them to feel some of that excitement of the championship.”
Fans did, taking numerous photos of the players and roaring for the dignitaries who attended, proclaiming it “Storm Day.” The team left for a private party on the Seattle Center grounds, but the celebrations don’t stop Friday.
On Sunday, all are expected to attend the Mariners game against the Texas Rangers. Storm fans can get in on the celebration with special ticket prices of $15 for View Reserved seats (normally $20) and $30 Field Level seats (normally $40).
While supplies last, ticket buyers will receive a “We Love the Storm” T-shirt. This ticket offer is available online only at www.mariners.com/storm. Deadline to purchase discount tickets is Sunday at 10am.
“I love this city, man,” said Little, who won her first WNBA title.