May 27, 2012
My highlight from last week was an evening out to a WNBA with my girlfriend and another couple. My friend’s wife won four tickets to a Tulsa Shock game and luckily we were all available to go! Unfortunately for us, and Tulsa I suppose, the Shock are the worst team in the WNBA – last season they were 3-31. During that period I know they had a mass exodus of players and coaches, and I’m guessing they’ve had a hard time adjusting to new owners; from 1998 to 2009 they were known as the Detroit Shock, before packing up and heading my way.
The game far exceeded our expectations. This was only the second game of the season and they played the Phoenix Mercury in a high-scoring match, yet, they lost 89-87. They actually made a buzzer beater shot, but after review it was discounted.
Three things helped make our evening (besides the fine game). Firstly, the tickets she won weren’t general admission but tickets to a preferred lounge complete with padded seats, a bar, and a buffet, plus prime seating at half-court. Secondly, my friend and I caught free t-shirts! Every now and then their mascot would throw shirts into the crowd, and since the arena was only 1/4 to 1/3 full, we had a great chance of getting one. Too bad they’re XL and we’re not… Lastly, the crowd was awesome. As I just mentioned, it was a small crowd, but they were passionate. Their passion brought some out in me as I rooted for my home town team. We got on the jumbo-tron too and that was cool, haha.