Why the wnba has next

Hey y’all! Let me start by saying this isn’t a story designed to get you to watch the WNBA; You’re already watching.

It wasn’t an easy decision to get involved with the 15.  When you are a woman in sports, you have to deal with waaaay more than any dude. It’s basically like trying to hit John Papelbon’s 98 on the red with a wiffleball bat from Osco Drug. I’ve written some things you’ve read before, but the time is right for me to take it to a much bigger stage. This is Kyrie moving on to the Big Apple. When the 15 asked me to be the lead writer for Competent Ladies Against Mansplaining, I decided to take on the challenge.

Back to the Queens of the hardwood. The WNBA is more popular than ever, with ratings for last Sunday’s Atlanta Dream tilt outdoing the boys’ Atlanta Hawks game 1 win over the Philadelphia Sixers. it doesn’t end there. As of Saturday, June 12, here were the hottest jersey sales in America.

  1. Tom Brady (Don’t get me started…UGH)
  2. Kobe “Bean” Bryant
  3. Lebron “King” James
  4. Sabrina “Buckets” Ionescu
  5. Patrick “Patty no-look” Mahomes
  6. Cam “Super Cam” Newton
  7. Tina “Goat” Charles
  8. Brianna “Goat” Stewart
  9. Lamar Jackson
  10. Betnijah Laney
This could be us but you playin’

So when you see the title the WNBA has “NEXT,” I’m talking about you, Boston.  The time is right, the stars are aligned, and a little birdie who would know has whispered that this is a real possibility. Think of the best moments in Boston sports history: Brady’s game winner to upset the Rams in Super Bowl 36, Dave Roberts’ steal in 2003 to reverse the Curse of Babe Ruth, Marchand’s hat trick in 2011 to hoist the trophy, and the 1998 all star game.

Now, think about actual meaningful basketball in Boston.  Think about what it would mean.  Local girls and boys and those who haven’t decided what they are would have female gay role models to look up to.  I grew up watching the Celtics with my dad and I remember seeing Larry’s final game. I was there at the FleetCenter. I fell in love with the sport. Since then, the Celtics have won one title and been to the finals only three times.  It’s time to try something new.  Give the ladies a chance. I think they’ve earned it.

The world is already watching the WNBA, and soon the world will be watching Boston. We got next.

Anita Thrust is the lead writer for Competent Ladies Against Mansplaining section of The15net dot com. She lives in the Greater Boston Area with her rescue doggo Yodel, and her cats, Alice B. Toklas and Lil Wobey.

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