Friday was a mad dash trip to Indianapolis to catch the WNBA Finals game between the Indiana Fever and the defending 2011 Champs - the Minnesota Lynx. It became evident early in the game that Fever star Tamika Catchings and her teammates had no intention of letting this home game slip away. Now up 2 games to 1 in the best of 5 series, Indiana will face Minnesota tomorrow night on their home court once again and if dreams do come true, Tamika and her team will be hoisting the 2012 WNBA Championship trophy and celebrating a long, broken up season thanks to the Olympics hiatus the league endured. The Fever squashed Atlanta's Dream, they made the Sun set in Connecticut and now they are poised to add the missing Lynx to their list of victims. And all this without one of their most prodigious scorers, Katie Douglas who is out with a severe ankle sprain. It was great fun to be in the crowd Friday watching Indiana put on a ferocious defensive game and an equally crushing offense. It was even more fun being with my beautiful "nieces" Kelly and her daughter Mackenzie and a dear friend Susan who used to live in the Chicago area and has relocated back to her original hometown in Indiana. Having others there alongside who cheered wildly for the team and had fun doing it....priceless.
Also adding to the fun was the fact that I had pledged $10 to Tamika Catchings and her foundation for every basket she made in this game - and since she scored 17 points - looks like her foundation is going to score a couple of hundred dollars out of my wallet! Well worth it because if you have a chance to read up on what the Catch the Stars foundation does in Indy, you'll know it is money well spent.
Yes, I'd love it if the Chicago Sky were in these playoffs and WNBA Finals games and I could support two of my favorite golf students, Pokey Chatman and Christie Sides who are the Sky coaches...but since this didn't happen this year, the next best thing is supporting a former local basketball star, Tamika Catchings, as she tries to add the elusive WNBA Championship to her bucket list! After all, if you have to catch a raging FEVER, it might as well be one brought on by Tamika Catchings!
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