So apparently President Obama and his youngest (Sasha) attended a Washington Mystics game this weekend. For those that have never heard of the Mystics (likely), this is DC’s very own WNBA team. For those that have never heard of the WNBA (sadly, still likely), here you are. All and all, this is a very nice story. Obama, a renowned basketball fan took his daughter to watch the sport’s best female players. A very nice gesture that perhaps more fathers with girls interested in basketball should do.
But that’s not what I thought of when I heard the news. No, as it so often does, my mind went immediately to the indignity that the Washington Capitals must be feeling. You see, the Washington Capitals have been lobbying, unsuccessfully, for Obama to attend one game since he has taken office. ONE GAME! There is even a fan-site dedicated purely to this task. Defenders of Obama say the President is far too busy with running our republic to spend the evening at the Verizon center, but consider this:
- Obama attended a Wizards game last year. The Wizards, by the by, finished the seasons 26-56
- Obama has thrown out the last two first pitches for the Nationals (59-102 in 2009).
- Obama attended a Georgetown game. Granted, it was against Duke, but college basketball in this city is hardly on the same level as hockey.
Still, all of this is defensible. The President has never pretended to be a hockey fan, so it would make sense attending a Caps game would not be high on his priority list. But this is different. He consistently passed up arguably the most important team in this city (and also most successful) to watch a WNBA GAME!
I am sorry, but if Hockey is the Yugo of the American Sport consciousness, then the WNBA is the short-bus that thought it would be a great idea to give all of it’s passengers kazoos. I mean, are the Mystics even any good? How the hell should I know, it’s the WNBA. I tried looking up their standings, and after nearly 10 minutes on their website, I gave up and eventually found them on Yahoo sports. Quick aside; if anyone can successfully tell me where they hide their standings, you get a free XL shark week t-shirt! Anyway, 15 – 10 — 3rd place in their division. Certainly not bad, but hardly world-beaters
Obama, I hate the Caps about as thoroughly as a man can possibly hate anything. But at this point, all of hockeydom is starting to look bad. So please, for the sake of this blog, change course and attend a Caps game for at least a period. If you like, I can come with you and explain what icing is. God know I’ll be the only one in the arena who can.