Bleacher Report: The new era of the WNBA is upon us, as top picks Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne have made their respective debuts. Behind a marvelous performance from Delle Donne, the Chicago Sky defeated the Phoenix Mercury by a score of 102-80.
Griner, the top selection, overcame foul trouble to finish with a solid stat line of 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Unlike Delle Donne, who saw a substantial amount of playing time, Griner was limited to 27 minutes.
As Griner was known to do on occasion during her collegiate years at Baylor, she sent a jolt of excitement through the crowd with a thunderous dunk as the fourth quarter wound down.
And I’m sure that, for the dozens of people in attendance, the dunk was truly special. No, seriously, the game attendance was 10,000, according to ESPN. That’s fuckin chump change. The arena seats 19,000 fans. Yes, the WNBA averages only 7,457 fans per game, according to the New York Times. By comparison, the fucking METS are averaging over 26,000 at home this season at Shitty Field. The METS.
You wanna know how to get women in sports more? Allow them to play in the men’s leagues. Seriously. If Griner is good enough to make an NBA roster, let her play. Chances are, some stupid team looking to sell tickets would sign her like when the Jets got Tebow. But in a few years, we might see some legit female players in the league. Same with baseball.
But honestly. Anyone who goes to WNBA games does it purely for the fact that they’re women. That’s called sexism. The level of play in the NBA is so much higher, and the entertainment value is so much higher, the fact that people go to the WNBA is ridiculous. NCAA ball is more competitive than that.