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Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 2:39 pm  |  73 responses

The Continuing Struggle

When to (and when not to) respond.

by Ben York / @bjyork

I suppose you could say I’m an anomaly. I’m a guy, I have two full arm-sleeves of tattoos, I’ve played basketball at a high level, and I write about the WNBA for SLAM Magazine and SLAMonline. As shocking and bold as some people think it is, I support the league and want it to thrive; I think its significance in society is both largely undervalued and under-appreciated.

But I’ve said all this before. Here, here, and here.

So how do I respond to articles that liken the WNBA succeeding to a cell phone walking to the refrigerator and grabbing a Yoo-hoo? Better yet, should I respond?

Haters like Jeff Pearlman of SI.com have made their case before so his article in SI.com today is nothing original, nothing new. You could substitute the writer’s byline with dozens of others who have said the same exact thing over and over again. Maybe not to the extent of comparing the WNBA succeeding to “dogs speaking fluent Spanish” like Pearlman does, but it’s happened before. And it’s tired. And ignorant. And, unfortunately, not surprising.

But wait! Pearlman even got a quote from SLAM writer, Russ Bengtson! Validity = enhanced, right?

Maybe the most ironic part to me is that he chose to write this a mere 36 hours before Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Why? What is the point of that? I didn’t write an article on how horriblSheryl Swoopese the AFL is the day before the Super Bowl. The fact remains he knowingly wrote and posted this when he did. This leads me to assume his thought process was as follows…

Man, the NBA Finals have been great this year. What a fantastic match-up between such storied rivals. This makes me think of how much the WNBA sucks. I should write an article about how worthless I think it is. Oh, and I’ll get a quote from a writer at SLAM for credibility.

Why?

If you knew nothing about the league, Pearlman presents a solid case not to watch it. Here’s a shocker – he says Tamika Catchings will never be Carmelo Anthony (which is a poor comparison anyway). He compares the likeliness of the WNBA succeeding to dogs speaking fluent Spanish and penguins playing Mahjong. Yes, it’s as narcissistic and arrogant as it reads.

But we’ve all heard it before.

Bashing the WNBA generates pageviews. People who don’t want the league to thrive will read it and laugh at the punch lines (even if they’re not funny, as is the case with Pearlman). Others who support the league will read it and become incensed. It’s a win-win situation for the writer. After all, I’m writing this response to Pearlman which will give him more views on his SI.com page, right? Even more ironic, Pearlman uses a quote from Debbie Schlussel who is about as biased and ignorant as they come in terms of WNBA detractors.

If I’m honest, it’s a lose-lose situation for writers like myself who cover the WNBA. If I respond, I’m generating more hits to his page and will probably come off as defensive or that I can’t take a joke. If I choose to ignore it, it’s almost like I’m accepting the misogynistic views like I’m okay with it.

Well, I’m not OK with it…so, what do I do?

I could let Pearlman know that compared to the NBA in its first couple of decades the WNBA is leaps and bounds ahead. I could cite the growing media presence at WNBA games and on the web but he would just throw out how infantile the numbers seem to the NBA. I could reference the attendance numbers in the last couple years as great signs for future league growth. He’d still respond with a laugh. What if I told him the WNBA is actually more profitable than the NBA? Would he believe me? Maybe I could go for a more humanistic approach and state how much the WNBA does for their surrounding communities or the example they set for young women. He’d shake that off and tell me it doesn’t matter.

Lose-lose.

Even as I’m writing this, I’ve went back and forth whether or not to publish it. I’ll probably receive more hate mail (I get about 15 a week) calling me an “idiot” (amongst other words I can’t repeat) for supporting the WNBA. The comments on this post will probably be filled with people agreeing with Pearlman and me attempting to defend my stance. In the end, it will give him the publicity he wants and the web traffic he needs.

On the other hand, if I don’t publish or respond, will articles like Pearlman’s ever stop? Should I just keep doing what I’m doing and cover the league religiously? Will that help?

I don’t have the answer. What I do know, however, is how unbelievably sorry I am for my niece that there are people like Pearlman still bringing her down as she pursues her basketball career. And I’ll keep encouraging and supporting her. I’ll continue to let her know she can achieve what she sets her mind to in spite of all the negativity surrounding her; and I’ll be there every step of the way no matter what.

I suppose that’s all I can do.

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  • nicko

    Just quit man. The WNBA sucks.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben York

    @nicko – case in point.

  • pilight

    Pearlman sounds like one of those people who said people would never fly because so many had failed before the Wright Brothers.

  • Emily @iheartsports22

    Thank you for writing exactly what true basketball fans are feeling! Keep up the good work!

  • Jeremy Hartman

    Ben, keep doing what you’re doing! I’m a high school girls’ basketball coach and I travel the country doing basketball skill development and life skills development for girls! We need more people to write about and defend the women’s game. I applaud and commend your efforts. If there’s anyway I can help please let me know! Good work!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Good stuff, Ben. Personally, I don’t have much interest in the WNBA, but I have great respect for the women who play this game at the highest level. The best of them are incredible athletes with legitimate skill, and anyone who disagrees is blind or an idiot.
    Regardless, I see no point in criticizing it in print. What’s the point? No ’86 Mets stories to recycle today, I guess. Lame.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Honestly man, I’m just a fan of basketball. Mens, womens, pro, college, high school, I don’t care. But I just can’t get into the WNBA, mostly cause the season is so damn short. I really don’t try to keep up with it but when it’s on, I’ll watch. I don’t even know all the team names. As far as players, the only three I follow are Candace Parker (for obvious reasons but also because I watched her in high school in Illinois), Jessica Moore (because she’s from Palmer, Alaska where I currently call home) and now Kelsey Griffin (because she’s from Eagle River, Alaska just 20 miles away where I lived for a few months and my in-laws live). So maybe if not for geographical connections, I wouldn’t watch it at all. I prefer women’s college ball. Once the NBA lets them do their own thing instead of treating them as “something to tide over NBA fans during the summer” I might become a fan.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    That was an awesome piece Ben. Admittedly, I do not watch much WNBA and I haven’t even caught ONE game this season…but I am making a vow: when the NBA finals end, I will commit myself to watching the WNBA as if it were the NBA (to the chagrin of my wife who cant wait for bball season to end). WHY? Just so you know there are people…no, FANS that are in agreement with you, that feel the same way about the vitriol and hate and, worse, antipathy spewed at these amazing athletes and amazing women as you do…because I want your niece to be the Mike Jordan of the WNBA if she wants…After all our society has gone through, it is sad that we still arent above simplistic hate, misogyny and dismissal.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben York

    @Ryne – Thanks, man. I think that’s what bothers me the most. I’m not a big hockey fan or follower but I don’t go out of my way to criticize it.

  • Coffy

    I really don’t understand why some men are so threatened by the Wnba. If you don’t like it, fine, move on. Why the hate? Why the constant talking down about the league? I don’t necessarily enjoy Soccer or golf, but I’m not gonna take my precious energy and time to degrade it. They certainly can’t say it’s not athletic enough. Goodness, many of these women, play year round basketball, with hardly any big breaks and it’s true fundamental basketball. If you can’t appreciate that, then you really don’t know sports.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben York

    Ryan – My apologies for misspelling your name.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben York

    @AlbertBarr – Well said. And thanks for the kind words.

  • Heidi

    Thank you for writing and publishing this article. It is very much needed and appreciated.

  • Hussman25

    Great article Ben… I love basketball on all levels and to see the game disrespected in print really accomplishes nothing. They’re may not be many… if any real “athletes” in the WL, but their skill level is still something to garner praise. Im impressed w/ girls like Diggins from ND and Griner from Baylor; and The Parkers, Beards and Augustus’s will continue to keep the L going; but I wish there could be something else done to make it more appealing for all… Keep up the great work….

  • Malia

    Nice work…I grew up in a city with the WNBA and I know it had an impact on my life and gave me good people to look up to. Keep doing your thing because it’s much appreciated and good luck to your niece in the future.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Ben York, GREAT JOB on this article. You covered your ground against pretty much anything that Pearlman idiot could come up with, all while remaining rational and not resorting to cheapshots (like mine). If the WNBA had more writers like you, there’d be less writers like Pearlman. Admittedly, I’m not familiar with this Pearlman’s work, but here’s one reader who won’t give his page a hit.
    I’m not sure why people would go out of there way to bash the WNBA, except that maybe some men are just insecure. I can understand not watching it, or just not liking it–everybody has their own opinion–but when you go out of your way to denounce it to the world, and that makes you feel good about yourself, well something is wrong with your security as both a man and a person.
    Keep doing what you’re doing, Ben.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    “go out of their* way”

  • http://slamonline.com Ben York

    @Teddy-the-Bear – Appreciate the kind words, my friend.

  • LD
  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000580635564 Bryan

    Good job sir, I’ll probably never be a fan of the wnba but I definitely respect what they do regardless of the jokes I make. I dabble in it just enough to know a little so I can converse about it, but it’s cool to see someone be against the grain and stay passionate about something that no one else is in to.

  • Joe Berger

    “What if I told him the WNBA is actually more profitable than the NBA?”

    Love the column, but this is not true. Used to work for the NBA … the only reason the WNBA can say it’s more profitable is because the money it loses is NBA money.

  • http://www.slamonline.com JL

    that pearlman article is such a poor piece of writing. how that even passed through the desks of cnnsi’s editors baffles me.

    the wnba is not as fun to watch as the nba, but they are just one of many brands of basketball. ncaa basketball is not as good (talent and skillwise) as the nba, and they are huge. people watch high school games, and that’s fine too. if the wnba can survive either generating their own revenue or support from different sources, then it’s great. if not, then we lose a venue to support women’s athletics, and that would be a pity.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Bryan – Thanks, sir.

    @JL – I think we’ll see more independence with the W in terms of sponsorships etc. in the coming years.

  • jborange

    I am a New Yorker born and raised, and I’m a Liberty fan.I feel proud and privileged to live in the mecca of basketball.When I look at the sports landscape in the NY/NJ area,and how all the local teams are well supported and well financed(including the Liberty),I know that there is enough room for women’s and men’s pro sports to coexist.

    Men’s and women’s college basketball gets equal media coverage nowadays,though it wasn’t always like that.So why is it that there is such a disparity between WNBA and NBA coverage.Don’t get me wrong, the coverage has gotten better thanks to articles and discussions on various websites,and great blogs like yours.Even the magazine coverage has come a long way.Just look at Candace Parker’s cover and feature story in ESPN the magazine.But the news coverage(newspapers and tv sports reports)is still not extensive enough,compared to the coverage of the NBA and other men’s pro sports.There is not as much coverage of the WNBA games,highlights and scores in the news reports on local tv stations as there is on the cable networks like ESPN,NBATV, and Fox Sports.Some fans even say it’s hard to find injury reports on players from the different WNBA teams.

    The Liberty is very lucky because Madison Square Garden has its own network.The other teams in the league are not as fortunate.That’s why I’m so glad that you have chosen to do this blog in a major sports magazine.You are certainly doing your part to give the WNBA the kind of press and attention it deserves.

  • caune

    Perlmans article…Yawn….especially that quote from the troll Lil Debbie Schlussel, that has about as much credibility as Tom Sizemore quoting his opinion about women, LOL
    But your answer to it is straight up, that’s what makes you a great read, no dogs playing cards for you, just great fact based writing. Thanks

    oh and if you get a chance ask Diana or Julie Brase about how to answer Debbie Schlussel, good stuff!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @jborange – Thank you for your response and for your thoughts.

  • Melanie

    Hello Ben,

    I appreciate you writing this response. I don’t understand how people like Perlman can use the words “nobody” or “everybody” when discussing something of interest to people. How can he say “nobody” is watching the WNBA. It is obvious there are a lot of people watching. Yes, the WNBA has had bumps in the road, but they are growing and many more people are watching. I know that I have gotten my entire place of employment watching WNBA games when they are on TV. I take people to games so they can experience the fun. Everyone I have ever taken has said “this is a lot more fun then I expected” and they end up buying tickets and going to a game on their own. If people like Perlman would actually open their minds and go to a game for the experience they would be happy they did. It is Amazing and a lot of fun. I will ALWAYS be a supporter of the WNBA, its true basketball at its finest quality!! Keep up the good work Ben, I appreciate everything you do!!

  • LD

    It seems like all sports are allowed to be made fun of except the WNBA. Why is this? I do not think that is equal.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @LD – There is a difference between “making fun” of something and making a statement. Joking about how a player shoots is “making fun.” Saying the league has zero chance of succeeding is a statement.

  • http://myspace.com/circasurvive Bryan

    I don’t understand why they aren’t marketed together more, I guess the euro winter league’s pay more? It would work better in the winter I think. The leagues could schedule male female double headers. double header tickets at a semi discounted rate would get feet in the door.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Basketball Double Header? W/NBA…that would be sick.

  • Chris

    The Pearlman piece was actually really well written, with very valid points, and completely backed up with facts. You actually can’t argue against anything he wrote. But I just question the reason for writing it. Sorry if it sounds harsh, but it’s like taking a blind-sighted low blow at a badly autistic kid at school, stomping on his face repeatedly, and then telling him he’ll never be successful at anything in life, and no matter what his parents try, he’ll never be like the class valedictorian. And saying it the day before the high school graduation ceremony.

  • LD

    If the late John Wooden’s name is getting dragged in the street saying that he took a blind eye to violations, than I am not suprised at the negative press the WNBA gets. The media is always the problem. Too many adults who still behave like children.

  • Ping

    I was disappointed in reading Jeff Pearlman’s piece. But I think you pointed out his main goal which was to create buzz for himself and his web site. The fact that he used a somewhat respected online entity like cnnsi.com to do this and to attack a sports league’s right to exist is what should be examined.

  • pilight

    @Chris

    Not many facts in evidence in Pearlman’s article. It’s an opinion piece, and he’s entitled to his.

  • mae

    Thanks for your article and your serious support for the WNBA. Why does Pearlman think Cathings would even WANT to be like Carmello. She is perfectly fine being just who she is. I can’t think of even 1 NBA player who works as hard on both ends of the floor as Catchings does. If I am wrong please correct me. She is everywhere and gives her all EVERY game.

    Again thanks for your support.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I don’t understand why people criticise things they don’t understand. It’s blind ignorance. So you prefer the men’s game, that’s cool. Most people do. Doesn’t mean you’ve got to be derogitory towards the women’s league in the process. The growth of the WNBA isn’t hurting the NBA. At all.
    Why would the success of the WNBA bother an average person? They can choose not to watch it. They can choose not to attend games etc.
    It’s like they’re being adversely affected by the possiblity of the WNBA being successful. When, um, they aren’t.
    The vitriole of some people in their “hate” is… outstanding. But where’s that passion in state, national and global politics? Funny how people are.
    I don’t get it.

  • RR

    Im confused. Accrding to Pearlmans article and this is directly from the piece: “Because nobody watches the WNBA. Nobody discusses the WNBA. Nobody seems especially interested in the WNBA. If a basketball league falls in the summer and nobody cares, is it still a basketball league?” Yet, here we see numerous responses from people who’ve watched it on TV or in person(gasp)! I know it makes for more juicy writing when you say “Nobody” Funny to because I just read a story in 2 different papers the other day and neither piece was “buried” as he put it on the agate page. Again it’s all about the juice and creating the illusion of “no one cares”. He does make a couple of valid points however. Tamika Catchings is no Carmelo Anthony, Diana Taurasi is no LeBron James nor is Sue Bird Deron Williams(this is great news for their parents!). Just because Pearlman has a big platform doesn’t make him any less ignorant than the same uneducated guy from Alabama or New York. I mean you’d lose your man card if you said you liked the WNBA!! What’s interesting is that he only makes comparisons to today’s NBA….you know like those monster ratings just happened, like they’ve always been a part of the landscape. Note to Pearlman. Go back and check the early days of the NBA. I mean the really early days. Before big TV contracts, before team charters. In fact he could check as recently as the early 70′s. Before Magic and Bird. And didn’t Seattle used to have an NBA team? I know they have a WNBA team. I recall a team in KC I believe as well. Look Jeff don’t sweat it man…just like the WNBA players never becoming your favorite stars…..I know you’ll never become Mitch Albom, Rick Reilly or Michael Wilbon.

  • Lindsay Kagawa

    The way Pearlman criticizes his own wife in his personal blogs sets the table nicely for his spewing on the W. I find him to be an interesting fellow; liberal without being at all progressive. His “I love the WNBA and I”m friend’s with Angela Taylor” was pathetic. Rings awfully similar to “But I’m not a racist, I have a lot of black friends.” Or wait, maybe that’s what he was saying.

    His logic is flawed on several levels (not the least of which is assuming the WNBA wants or needs to be the NBA) and you expose many of them in your response.

    Assure your niece that in fact, its better that people like Pearlman expose themselves for who they are and that as long as people like him are using their column ink to bomb on the league, we know we’re doing something right.

    Sure the W has room for improvement — everyone on “our” side would concur, but even if we grow, sexist, homophobic and materialistic haters will always be circling — and taking target practice at the WNBA and powerful (scary) women.

    P.S. I do not have a clue who Russ Bengtson is and according to Sue, she really likes Deron Williams, but she’s really just fine being Sue Bird.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Know what’d be cool?
    If the WNBA had a few of their early games played as “openers” to the NBA Playoffs.
    The WNBA/NBA could (re)-arrange the schedule to make sure teams that are in the NBA playoffs ala the Lakers have a WNBA game held prior. Kinda as an “undercard” to help draw more of a crowd, and the major networks e.g. TNT, ESPN, NBATV would pick the game up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Lindsay – “..according to Sue, she really likes Deron Williams, but she’s really just fine being Sue Bird.” – Couldn’t have said it better. Love it.

  • http://www.allamericanredheads.com John Molina

    Ben,

    Great write up. I get very tired of the level at which some bash the WNBA and womens sports overall.

    Regardless of what one thinks of the league, it is because of the league, the NCAA and others that they are having a great impact on girls.

    The amount of girls playing basketball in my town has gotten to the point where some years we have more girls playing on teams then boys.

    It was nothing like this 20 years ago.

    This guy may get more hits because of your article, but keep doing what you do. Not only could it help the WNBA, it WILL help the future generations of our daughters in growing up…playing sports and gaining more confidence in all they can be.

  • The Philosopher

    Big shout out @Ben York.

  • http://Slamonline.com JKG

    I used to be like pearlaman, until I watched Candace Parker’s first game. How can u possibly say the WNBA sux after watching her and taurasi and catchings play ball? its just so ignorant

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-hoops4life Overtime

    Cosign a lot of the comments on here, Ben, keep writing these articles, the more the better.
    As others have already said, nobody is forcing you to watch it.
    And more importantly, basketball is basketball. I’m someone, who like people above, who just wants basketball.
    Back in the Olympics, the BBC actually picked up a few of the USA women’s games, and I loved watching them. If I had a way to watch the wnba, i dont doubt I would

    (there are also many more than a handful of NBA players who wouldnt get my bet if they were to play one on one against Diana Taurasi)

    Great job Ben

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-hoops4life Overtime

    Cosign a lot of the comments on here, Ben, keep writing these articles, the more the better.
    As others have already said, nobody is forcing you to watch it.
    And more importantly, basketball is basketball. I’m someone, who like people above, who just wants basketball.
    Back in the Olympics, the BBC actually picked up a few of the USA women’s games, and I loved watching them. If I had a way to watch the wnba, i dont doubt I would

    (there are also many more than a handful of NBA players who wouldnt get my bet if they were to play one on one against Diana Taurasi)

    Great job Ben

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-hoops4life Overtime

    cosign a lot of the comments above.
    Ben, great piece, please, keep writing more like these.
    Basketball is Basketball, as the commercial suggests.
    No one is forcing him to be a fan, as again mentioned above…dont watch it if you dont want to.
    I’m one of the ones who just wants basketball. Back in the 08 Olympics the BBC picked up the USA Women’s games, and I loved watching them. If I had the oppotunity to watch regular WNBA I have no doubt that I would.
    (and there are more than a few NBA players who wouldnt get my bet if they played one-on-one with Diana Taurasi)
    Great work Ben, keep it up

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-hoops4life Overtime

    (sorry for putting essentially same comment twice, it didnt come up first time)

  • Don

    Good response Joe Berger. Got to admit there have been some adorable points in wnba history. That strike they threatened that Stern squashed…cute. And, when they had their playoffs last year I read that both teams bought the unsold tickets for their games, gave them out for free and called them sellouts! Can’t help but love that!

  • The Philosopher

    I think Britney Griner will be the ‘savior’ of the WNBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Don – It has been a while since you’ve left a comment. I wondered where you went.

  • Fever Fan

    @Don, Just so you know the facts that yes the first sellout was bought by each teams respective NBA teams general manager (i.e. Larry Bird). However after that first sell out the arenas sold out the rest of the games on their own. No help from NBA for their general managers. So plz find out exactly what is the facts before you spew what you don’t know. Thx Ben for great article and if you see a game in person you are certainly hooked. Also why bash what you don’t know anything about. All the haters become lovers once they see a game live and in person. STOP THE HATE!!

  • Don

    Really? That’s nice. Have you been playing basketball at a high level lately?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Don – I always look forward to your insightful comments.

  • Peg

    Thank you for your response to the article. I found your link via Rebkell’s board. The link to the article was also posted, but I chose not to read it because I didn’t want to give him the hit. Your response and Rebkell posters’ comments were enough info for me to know what was in the article.
    I appreciate your support of the WNBA. We need more men like you.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Peg – Thank you.

  • jborange

    I like Hurst’s idea.Instead of the WNBA having to compete with the NBA playoffs for attention,they should have the WNBA teams play as a prelude to each NBA playoff game.It would be like an opening act at a concert.They could advertise the NBA and WNBA together in the newspapers and tv.This season’s WNBA commercial “Basketball is Basketball” is a good start.They could make more commercials like that.

  • Q.

    what’s difficult is that there is a BIG difference btwn women’s basketball and the WNBA.. i can COMPLETELY understand fans not liking the WNBA – from a business and fan standpoint.. the business side is a HUGE beast to talk about, so i’ll stay away from that.. i.e. marketing, number of players, salary cap, marketing, owners, marketing..

    from a fan standpoint, it really is based on their first experience.. i’ve been to different arenas and have different experiences.. some are great, some are just horrible.. whether it’s the drop off from the 6th or 7th player to the rest of the bench, to the refs, to the coaching, to the fan experience, it really does differ.. i remember going to a Sparks game and was appalled by the talent, coaching, crowd and refs.. if that was my only game, i’d hate the league.. but i’ve also been to Phx and Indy during the finals and saw an incredible atmosphere.. the problem is that the dropoff is so large, it can be difficult..

    but the players? they are great.. they work harder than most athletes that i’ve come across.. i think the league just has to get it together, or it could be over – soon..

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    What did russ say? As a business wnba sucks, loses money, but they have the support from nba so its cool. but as a league, its fine. Some great players playing great. Haters hate, just cant let them get to you. But they gotta do something about these 20 game seasons or whatever, way too short. And best of 3 playoff series? Come on, get a legit playoffs. Overall, more games

  • John and Melanie

    Mr. York, you are a credit to your sex and to your profession. We are passionate fans of Cal WBB, and would be the first in line for season tickets to a Bay Area WNBA franchise. As for Mr. Pearlman: Grow up, sir. Your (stale) opinions are not necessarily facts, and gratuitous bashing is not journalism.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Out of principle, and support for Slam and Ben York, I am NOT going to click on the Pearlman article.

  • Gummy

    Keep on keepin’ on, Ben. I’m a fan of basketball and I appreciate your coverage of the W.

  • http://www.kartemquin.com gordon

    yes right on Ben. Perlman is like Ann Chouter he will say anything to get attention. Besides the couch is a great place to eat chocolate and watch the WNBA, and you can order a meal w/ you cellphone and ask them to deliver a couple of yoo hoos on the side. My Mexican neighbor’s dog seems to understand some Spanish, probably not fluently, but then I’m sure Perlman is not fluent either.

  • Jumper

    the WNBA is bad basketball with inferior atheletes that just so happen to be women.

    Thats not even debatable. If thats your thing, then watch it. But if you find the NBA exciting, then the WNBA will probably be a considerable let down, not because they’re women, but because the womans pro game is slower, closer to the ground, less exciting and overall mundane by comparison.

  • Ace

    @Jumper I do find the NBA exciting and the WNBA exciting. You have fast paced WNBA games, you just have to watch certain teams to see it. Same with the NBA if you want a fast paced high scoring game, watch Golden State.

  • Holli in DC

    I don’t even know where to start…First, I am a HUGE sports fan and a supporter of the WNBA, NBA, NFL, MLB, and many NCAA sports (men and women). Ben, I frequently read your column, and today you hit the nail on the head. I watch the WNBA because I like good competitive sports. As a Mystics fan, I have watched the Mystics go in to overtime twice. Like the home game against Phoenix, which was literally won in the last 7.7 seconds of the game. While there are some standout teams and players, the 11 person rooster has made the league even more competitive. Unlike the NBA, the WNBA championships are truly earned and could be ANY team, ANY year.

  • Greg

    Two arms full of tattoo sleeves and an wnba apologist. You are such a loser. You did not Play at a high level. You are a wannabe. Don is so deep in your dome you can’t think straight. The wnba sucks. It is remedial baskeball and will never make it on it’s own. Pearlman, schlessel,pressman,mohr and every other hack or celebrity hack that ever criticized this bullspit league are wrong. Take off the blinders. The best restaurant doesn’t have to convince me that the food is great. It didn’t take me 14 years to discover that Bern’s steakhouse in Tampa was really worth it. The social experiment has run it’s course.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Greg – Thank you for proving my point…as always.

  • Greg

    Cute Ben. I challenge you to securitize the league and offer opportunities to invest in the success of the W. Any takers?(crickets chirping) I prefer blue chip stocks that have an ROI.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Greg – Thanks for the tips on investing.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Greg – Also, I like the WNBA. You don’t. Let’s move on.

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  • Todd

    Bill Russel shows up to many of the Seattle Storm games. You know why? Probably because he loves good basketball.

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