WNBA Sky Thrive in Basketball Underground

WNBA Chicago Sky are must-see
Courtney Vandersloot and the Chicago Sky demand respect, and it's earned. Credit: WNBA Youtube

By: Jeffrey Newholm

Chicago is home of several of the country’s best sports teams. From the Blackhawks to the Bears, and the Sky; wait, the who? With the Bulls penned into a dirty sty, the more critical basketball franchise battled to a 105-78 triumph Sunday. The Sky have fought to the fifth WNBA seed and desire acclaim as a viable Windy City entertainment selection. And with the league’s most fun players, surely it’s a reasonable argument.

Wintrust Wins

Chicago sports a 12-5 record at beautiful Wintrust Arena. But, you argue, every pro arena is gorgeous? Wintrust, however, is terrific in its ambiance and cheer. It’s also perfectly sized for a more modest (for now) WNBA crowd. And prices for the best seats still outshoot the worst Bulls tickets by hundreds. Better yet, the product on the court is a more excellent draw.

Determined Hoopers

Point Guard Courtney Vandersloot leads the team. She set the WNBA record for assists in a season with four games left, breaking her record. Also, partner Allie Quigley electrifies with jump shots, and Diamond DeShields provides hustle and athleticism. When one considers Stefanie Dolson’s showwomanship and style (even calling herself her fashion idol), it’s certain Chicago places first in endearment.

Playoff Parade

The 27-point rout of Phoenix left little desired. Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi treated the game as a walk-through, while Vandersloot emphatically demanded a win. With new coach James Wade energetically requesting improved detail, Chicago further established itself as genuine playoff contenders. Granted, they may not be ready for a championship in 2019. But the Sky is erasing clouds of doubt from the skeptics’ atmosphere, and those looking at shoes had best soon notice a midwest sports emergence.

Jeffrey Newholm
About Jeffrey Newholm 193 Articles
Hey there! I’m Jeff Newholm and depending on your point of view I’m blessed or cursed that my two favorite sports are outside the limelight. Being a UW-Whitewater grad (winter 2013) my first love was d3 college football, but over the last few years I have picked up a huge interest in woman’s basketball (Uconn being my favorite team as their 90 game winning streak helped show me how good a team can get in the woman’s game). I like all the sports everyone else likes (NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA basketball and football) but those two sports are where I really have a passion.
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