|Because Washington’s steady and sturdy fourth quarter — polished off by Delle Donne, the best free-throw shooter in WNBA history and one of the best free-throw shooters in the history of organized basketball — gave me and my wife an excuse for some late-night bourbon, and honestly, anything that provides an excuse for late-night bourbon must have several redeeming qualities.
Because the greatest summer in Monumental Sports history just keeps getting better, a Caps Stanley Cup followed by a civic burst of Caps elation followed by a (sort of ridiculous) Arena Bowl win followed now by this Mystics run.
Because the Nats are toast, and the Caps and Wizards are still on break, and the Redskins keep begging me to buy tickets to the home opener, and there’s a window here — a modest, humble window, but a window nonetheless — for the Mystics finally, after 21 years, to get a tiny, tiny bit of attention from casual D.C. sports fans.
Because a newsletter reader named Peter emailed me this in the middle of the night, asking me to lead today’s newsletter with the Mystics, and I just can’t imagine a compelling retort: “The football season hasn’t started yet. The Nats are out of it. If D.C. sports fans can’t muster some excitement for a D.C. team in the league finals, then maybe they aren’t really DC sports fans. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯”
That’s the pitch, anyhow. Scott Allen put together four reasons to jump on the bandwagon, and that should push you over the edge. Game 1 is Friday at 9 in Seattle. Washington’s home games will be at George Mason. And it’s … okzy to believe? As always, you can find me @dcsportsbog or via email, and let’s do this again tomorrow.