The joys and heartaches of being a sports fan

So I got to watch (most of) the hockey game involving my favorite NHL team (the Colorado Avalanche) tonight. Besides realizing just how long it’s been since I’ve actually watched a game, I’m rather pleased overall; the Red Wings have historically been a very tough team for the Avalanche to crack, but tonight they did just that. Combine that with the Texans’ recent wins, and one could reasonably infer I have quite a bit to be happy for right now. And for the most part I do, except for one thing…

Maybe it’s a bit behind the times for me to be commenting about this just now, but this is big enough to me that it’ s still on my mind. I am still rather disappointed the WNBA decided to fold the Comets instead of looking harder for a buyer and/or running the team themselves for the coming season. On one hand, I already had another favorite WNBA team, that being the Connecticut Sun (which, for the moment, are now my only favorite team still playing), but this is still a huge loss. The Comets won four championships in a row, the first real dynasty in the WNBA, and arguably the only real, honest-to-goodness dynasty of any Houston-based team in any sport. I barely had any idea the league was looking for a buyer when I awoke to the news the team would be folded and the dispersal draft would be next week. (It also is rather unfortunate that the WNBA has actually had this level of experience with dispersal drafts and teams folding, but I’ll save that rant for another day. For now, suffice it to say that the WNBA is missing the elements of the men’s pro game that turned me off from watching basketball at all for a while, and I find it a real shame that the fan base is as small as it is.)

I do appreciate that the WNBA president has not ruled out a future return of the WNBA to Houston. I just hope that they keep the name and let the future owner display the championship banners once again when that day comes, because first and foremost, when it comes to the WNBA, I will always be a Comets fan.

2 thoughts on “The joys and heartaches of being a sports fan”

  1. Gee… The Hilton Furniture guy couldn’t run the team? IMAGINE THAT. I hate that guy. I knew it was the beginning of the end when he bought that team. Shame. Those women rocked.

  2. I still fault the WNBA much more than Mr. Furniture Man for not trying harder to find a buyer. MLB ran the Expos (now Nationals) for I think a full season before finally finding a buyer. The Comets were at least as viable as the Expos/Nationals during the league-owned period. Somehow I think the uproar over MLB disbanding the Expos would be deafening; this one is getting more or less swept under the rug. I think that’s a shame.

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