Under normal circumstances, the Washington Mystics would have received their 2019 WNBA championship rings at their season opener last month. However, there will be no games at the Entertainment and Sports Arena this year. There will be an abbreviated 22-game season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead of receiving their rings at a game, the returning players from last year’s team went to a private ceremony at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Va. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the area, Middleburg is a small town in western Loudoun County, a western D.C. area suburb best known for being the home of Dulles International Airport, the largest airport in the DMV and the Washington Redskins NFL team’s headquarters.
Salamander is owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment vice chairwoman Sheila Johnson, the Mystics’ managing partner. The resort offers fine dining, accommodations, horseback riding and there’s also the nearby Market Salamander that I go to regularly because the bakery and sandwiches are very good, but I digress. I live in Loudoun County myself, so let me get back to the main point here.
Since the general public wasn’t able to see the actual ring ceremony, the Mystics produced a video for you to watch below.
The unboxing— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) June 30, 2020
A look back at Sunday's Championship Ring Ceremony #TogetherDC #RanItBack | @SalamanderVA @Jostens pic.twitter.com/oxhcj5dXu2
Let’s go for WNBA title número dos, numéro deux, nummer twee ... NUMBER TWO in 2020! Washington isn’t favored to repeat due to inevitable roster turnover and opt-outs, but this Mystics team has more than enough talent and coaching to ... run it back to back!