Today is a cloudy Saturday here in the DMV. It is October 10, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic is in its seventh month, and cases are rising in the United States as a second wave looms. We have a moment of reckoning with racism in the our country. There is a pivotal federal election in three weeks. And the Washington Wizards and Mystics are now in long offseasons where we aren’t sure exactly when they will end.
But I also hope today brightens your day, because today is also the first anniversary of the Mystics’ 2019 WNBA championship, when they won Game 5 of the Finals against the Connecticut Sun.
Last year’s team had a 26-8 regular season record, one of the best offenses in league history. And the team’s two star power forwards were MVPs. Elena Delle Donne won the award in the regular season, while Emma Meesseman won it in the Finals.
A lot has happened in the world and in our country in the last 366 days (2020 is a leap year). But no one can ever take away the memories of the Mystics’ 2019 WNBA championship.