Led by WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne , the Chicago Sky had its best season ever (24-10) and made the playoffs for the first time in its eight-year history. Armed with the Jordan-like ability to make the players around her better, Delle Donne earned every Rookie of the Month awards possible and became a brand name herself. Four-year veteran and All-Star 6'6 Sylvia Fowles dominated 6'8 Brittany Griner, the #1 draft pick of the WNBA's "Three to See," outearning Griner as the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Who won a "Super Bowl" this year? It sure wasn't the Bears, who fight for all the marbles in the NFC North this Sunday against the Packers. Nope. The Chicago Force women's full-tackle football team, three times the bridesmaid, went 11-0 in the regular season, undefeated in the playoffs, and trekked to San Diego's Balboa Stadium, to play the Dallas Diamonds on Saturday, August 3 for the Women's Football Alliance (WFA) National Championship title. The Force made coal out of the Diamonds, 81-34. Aspiring singer Samantha (Sami) Grisafe then sang the National Anthem at Wrigley Field and was a finalist in Chicago's American Gay Idol competition. American football may also become an Olympic sport
Remember when baseball and softball were eliminated as Olympic sports after the 2008 games? And then again, in September, when wrestling was chosen as the sport to retain, even after a prolonged fight? Squash was quashed as well. Thank heaven for the Japanese, and their support for all things baseball and softball. For this reason, baseball and softball still have a chance of being included in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The Olympic Executive Committee are mapping out a plan for inclusion, which will be presented to the general Olympic Committee during the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.
While the Chicago Blackhawks were beating the brains of the Boston Bruins for their second Stanley Cup in three years, the Bruin's sisters-in-professional hockey, the Boston Blades, had already won their version of the Stanley Cup in 2013. On Saturday, March 23, the Blades beat the two-time champion Montreal Stars 5-2, for their first ever Clarkson Cup championship. They were the first American women to ever win a professional hockey cup in the CWHL.
The Chicago Red Stars returned to women's professional soccer, getting their first win over eventual soccer champion Portland Thorns in front of 12,446 Thorns fans at Jeld-Wen Field. The Red Stars had a successful season at Benedictine University in Lisle.
As the Washington Post reported, 11 games into its existence, the NWSL had a better idea of where it stands and what challenges lie ahead. Subsidized by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF,) and to a lesser extent, the Canadian and Mexican federations, the low-budget, eight-team league provides a platform for development and a showcase for U.S. national team players.