June 2008

Friday, June 27 - Crystal Langhorne checks in.

Well this week I avoided shopping altogether. I usually don't go shopping when I'm at home unless I really need something or I'm super bored. It's also because I know when we go on the road, I'm going to go to every mall I can. Thank God, we didn't have any time to go shopping in LA, that could have been dangerous (lol). But we have a day off coming up in Seattle and I heard they have a great mall, so I guess I'll be shopping anyway.

Another great part of this trip is that I'm going to be able see Harp. She said she's going to have great plans for us when I get there. I wish we were there a day early like Seattle so we could spend some quality time together. I think she planned for us to get massages but I don't know if we are going to have the time. I really hope we can get those massages because my body definitely needs it.

Thursday, June 26 - Greg Bibb checks in.

Welcome back. I’m struggling a bit with the idea of June already coming to a close. With the WNBA season being played during the summer months, the days of warm weather seem to be flying by.

Here’s what’s on my mind this 26th day of June, 2008.

One Up, One Down

The Mystics ran the team’s winning streak to three last Friday with a 72-61 victory over the Atlanta Dream. After a miserable first half (22 points), Washington rebounded with 50 points in the second stanza. AB led us with 18 points while Monique dropped in 17.

Unfortunately, the winning streak could not be extended on Tuesday night as the Mystics fell to the Phoenix Mercury, 98-90. A poor third quarter where we were outscored, 33-22, led to our downfall. Despite a gritty fourth quarter effort where we closed within six points on two occasions, the team could not overcome the dynamic duo of Diana Taurasi (31 points) and Cappie Pondexter (28 points). Taj McWilliams-Franklin posted a career-high 31 in the losing effort for the home team.

Now the Mystics are off to the west coast where we will play LA (tonight), Seattle (Sunday), and Sacramento (Tuesday) before coming home to host San Antonio on July 6. Hopefully, we can continue our recent winning ways on the road where we have posted two straight victories. At 5-8, we need to find a way to get a positive result in at least two of the three games out west.

Honoring Our Armed Forces

Speaking of July 6, please be sure to join us on this special day as we honor United States military personnel. We’ll have the Armed Forces Color Guard and the US Navy Drill Team with us and we will be giving away “Support our Troops” yellow ribbon car magnets to the first 5,000 fans through the doors. We are offering special discounts to members of the military, so please contact us at 1-877-HOOP1 to learn more or to purchase tickets.

Going Camping

I’m pleased to report we are on pace for a record-setting Camp Day on July 23. This annual late-morning game welcomes children from hundreds of area camps for a day of fun with the Mystics as we host the New York Liberty. All tickets are just $10 and tip-off is at 11:30am. If you or a family member are involved in a camp program, give us a call, we would love to have you here as part of what we expect to be a crowd of more than 15,000 fans.

Website Bells & Whistles

While you are on WashingtonMystics.com, take a look in the multimedia section. There you will find new videos featuring Mystics players. I think you’ll enjoy these vignettes.

Speed Racer

Adelyn is officially on the move. She now walks with the mere assistance of one mommy or daddy hand. In just a matter of a few weeks she has gone from a wobbly stander into a speed walker. She seems to have a very limited amount of fear, which makes me both happy and scared to death. I often get in trouble at home for not letting her explore on her own and for not allowing her to fall and take her bumps. I have a feeling this is going to be an on-going issue for me. The days of non-stop chasing after her are quickly approaching.

Website of the Week

If you have children, you understand the challenge of finding age-appropriate movies and television programming. Now there’s a little help in this fight. Check out www.CommonSenseMedia.org. This site is dedicated to improving the media and entertainment lives of kids and families. In short, this site helps parents decipher what programming is appropriate for their children. On this site you will find movie, video, and television show reviews as well as feedback on books, video games, and websites. If you’re a parent, take a few minutes and visit…it will be worth your time.

Quote of the Week

“Limitation is a choice…choose to be limitless.”

Mystics Game-Worn Jersey Auction

Don’t forget, our July 13 game vs. the Connecticut Sun is our Breast Health Awareness Night, sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. Following the game, we will hold a jersey auction with all proceeds going to Sibley’s Sullivan Center for Breast Health. Items up for bid include authentic Mystics game-worn jerseys, a team autographed WNBA basketball, the chance to play H-O-R-S-E with a Mystics player, and items from around the WNBA. Everyone who has a ticket to the game is eligible to bid, so circle the date and make plans to be at Verizon Center on this special day.

Final (and sometimes random) Thoughts

• Candace Parker has now dunked in two WNBA games. I can’t decide if we should be celebrating this, or just accepting it as part of the evolution of the women’s game.

• I think history will eventually prove Michael Beasley is the best pro prospect in the 2008 NBA Draft.

• How much is the PGA Tour going to miss Tiger Woods?

• I don’t know if it is going to happen, but an all-Chicago World Series would be fun to watch.

• Happy Birthday to my wife Tara who turns 30 today. I’m looking forward to spending the next 30 years and beyond with you.

Until next time,

Go Mystics!

Wednesday, June 25 - Lauren Lafayette seeks out sights and sounds of D.C.

Good Morning Mystics Family and Fans!!

Can you believe it the season is already 1/3 over? As you well know I am new to the area. While I would love nothing more than to tour the city, I cannot seem to find the time to do so. Although it is quite exciting to be in the Verizon Center supporting the Mystics, I need to get away.

For example, I have yet to visit a restaurant that is outside the of the four blocks surrounding the Verizon Center. The people who know me the best are the parking staff at Verizon. And most depressing, the last movie I saw in the theaters was "Iron Man" (which was by far the best of the Marvel Moveis!!!!).

However, I did have one outing a few Sundays back. I ventured out into city street to Madame Toussad's Wax Museum. For you Washingtonians who have not had the pleasure of visiting this place, I would say it is a definite must see. While most of the people I told about this thought I was a complete loser for spending my sunny Sunday afternoon with a building full of wax figures of today's biggest actors, entertainers and athletes, I was completely enthralled. I posed with the figures, played every interactive game in sight and even purchased all sorts of overpriced knick-knacks to remember my time at the museum. Though I cannot say that I would spend another sunny, summer afternoon at the wax museum, it was certainly an interesting afternoon.

I really need to find some time see more of the sights and sounds of D.C. before I go crazy!!! I am open to any suggestions from the Mystics Family and Friends to help me ease my transition to the Metro area.

So until next time....

Tuesday, June 24 - Linda Hargrove checks in.

Hey all ...

It is game day and I love it. When I was coaching in college, I would walk from my office to the concourse and the smell of popcorn always got the competitive juices flowing. Now, it is leaving shoot around with a sense of calm, knowing that our coaches have done a good job preparing the team and the team is confident and anxious for the game to begin.

The past couple of weeks have been good for the Mystics. Nikki Blue got back on the floor almost two weeks early, thanks to our amazing trainer, Navin, and it has made a big difference. The late surge at Chicago and Houston that resulted in two wins showed a lot of grit and determination. Continuing the winning streak against Atlanta after one of the worst halves of basketball I have ever seen was awesome. I guess if I call the first half against Atlanta one of the worst halves, I have to come back with the second half being one of the best halves of basketball that I have seen. The Mystics scored 50 points and only had 5 turnovers in the second half as Monique and Alana showed why they are two of the best in the league.

We picked up Kendra Wecker yesterday and feel that she will give us some quality depth at the small forward position. But waiving Amber Jacobs was really hard to do. She is such a great person and if we had not had injuries to both Amber and Nikki early in the season I think she would have fit in really nicely with the rotation and would have been a valuable member of our franchise. I look for her to get picked up by another team soon and wish her only the best.

We start on a long road trip early tomorrow and a win tonight would really send us off on the right foot. The last time we played at Phoenix we missed 14 free throws and got beat by 5 points. I know our team really enjoys playing against them. They like the up tempo game and if we can come close to shooting the 60.3% that we shot in early June, I like our chances. Games at LA, Seattle and Sacramento will be tough but I do feel that we are playing better and are more focused as a team.

I just finished making all of my travel plans to attend the Olympics. Hotels were the biggest problem since they have just increased the room rates so much and many of the hotels are requiring you to pay for all 19 days even if you are only there a short time. I did finally work out a space within walking distance of the Wukesong Arena and I’m starting to get excited about watching the best in the world compete against each other. Zane (Teilane) Taman, will be playing for Latvia and I’m anxious to see what kind of progress that she has made. There are several other foreign players that I will be focusing on during the week that I am there. I just hope that the committee to select the rest of the USA team will look favorably on some of the Mystics and they will be added to the team.

When we get back it will almost be the 4th of July. It is so great living in DC during the patriotic holidays. My husband and I will go down to the Capital lawn for the concert and fireworks on the night of the 4th. We will be joined by over a hundred thousand of our closest friends and enjoy the atmosphere. Hope to see you there.

See you in a gym ...

Linda

Monday, June 23 - Nicole Jones takes a trip down memory lane.

Hey Mystics Fans,

It’s so interesting how things work together some times. The other night, I was talking with my Mom and going through some papers. There were a couple of stacks of old newspaper clippings just sitting there. I came across this one eight-page spread of the area’s 2001 Washington Post’s All-Met High School Winter Sports Athletes. For those unfamiliar, the All-Met honors are awarded to the top high school athletes in the DC Metropolitan area. It’s the highest regional honor you can receive in your sport. So of course I saved it because I was one of the Managers for my high school’s (Eleanor Roosevelt) Boys’ Basketball Team.

I was proud of every accomplishment made by my boys and made it a point to save every article written about “us”. (I know this was corny, but I never played a team sport and this was the closest I got). Obviously the plan was to create a scrapbook, but that project has yet to be completed.

Anyway, this particular article highlighted three of our players. Maurice Carter made the Honorable Mention squad and the other two made the First Team squad. Eddie Basden was a member of the First Team and ended up graduating as Roosevelt’s leader in points, steals and assists. Then, there was Delonte West. He was the boy’s basketball Player of the Year and pictured on the cover with an almost full-page picture. How impressive, right? But next to him was a picture of the girl’s basketball player of the year. I remember thinking to myself, way back then, “Who’s this? WOW! She’s racked up some serious stats!”

After reading the caption, I see that it’s Monique Currie from Bullis. Monique had been named All-Met Player of the year twice in high school. She managed to secure a school record of 661 points her senior year and finish as the Bulldogs’ all-time leading scorer with 2,221 points. Color me embarrassed for not recognizing her.

Now, Monique and Delonte are both playing professional basketball. Monique is back home with the Mystics and Delonte is with the Cavaliers. Not only are they on the roster, but they are starters and play a great role in the success of their respective teams.

Well, that’s my trip down memory lane. I just found it amazing how things come full circle. Hope you all enjoyed reading my little story. I’ll chat with you later…Continue BELIEVing and GOOOOOO MYSTICS and Cavs!

Friday, June 20 - Crystal Langhorne checks in.

It was so nice to have the weekend off. I was thinking about driving home to New Jersey but I was too lazy to drive. So I just stayed around and chilled for the weekend. When we got off our flight this past Saturday, I went to the mall of course. I didn't buy much, just a shirt and a pair of shorts. Later on that night, I didn't know what I was going to do, but I knew I had to do something because we were off. I called one of my friends from Maryland, she was a manager for my college team and she lives in the area. So we decided to go out to Georgetown for the night. It was nice catching up with her because I hardly ever see her anymore. And I found out that night how close my apartment is to Georgetown, its only about 10 minutes. So now I will probably be going to the shops at Georgetown a lot now :)

On Sunday, I didn't wake up until about noon. I worked out then I went to the supermarket. I was cooking a fancy dinner tonight. I was going to make shrimp alfredo, caesar salad, garlic bread, all for my old Maryland teammate, Jade Perry. I had to try out my cooking on somebody and since Jade was coming over to watch the NBA game I decided to test my cooking out on her, haha. I can make breakfast and other little things, but I never made a meal like that before. I called my mom so she could tell me how to make it just right. Jade was a little scared to eat it because one time I made her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and she said it got her sick lol. But I don't believe it was my sandwich at all, like come on, who gets sicks from a pb&j sandwich. So we ate dinner and the pasta was delicious. She liked it a lot and it didn't make her sick. But I made a little too much, so I was eating it for the next two days because I was not going to let that go to waste. Jade and I were supposed to go out later that night with Monique Currie but she never call me. You see how these Duke people are. So we just watched the game and that was the end of our night. I knew that this was one of the few times I just got to chill at my place because it seems like we are always on the road.

When we left for Houston I wasn't going to try to go to the mall, I didn't need to. Mo, AB, BMo, and I decided to go grab some food the night we got there. Of course, we stopped at the mall first. I ended up buying a pair of jeans and a shirt. I wanted the jeans really bad so I had to get them. They are the last pair I'm buying for the summer because I don't need anymore. So if you see in a later blog that I bought another pair, please tell me what a bad person I am when you see me, because I'm getting out of control lol.

Thursday, June 19 - Greg Bibb checks in.

I love this time of year for many reasons, including the amount of daylight we enjoy. Later this week, we’ll have 14 hours and 58 minutes between sunrise and sunset, marking the longest day of the year. So cheers to summer, daylight savings time, and short nights. Enjoy it because starting Saturday we head the other way until late December.

Other than sunshine, here’s what’s on my mind…

Team Update

The wins weren’t pretty, but they were wins nonetheless. After dropping five straight, the Mystics have rebounded with two consecutive road victories. Friday, Washington posted a 64-57 triumph at Chicago. Wednesday, the Mystics registered a 67-63 win at Houston. We are now 4-7 on the season and host Atlanta (Friday) and Phoenix (Tuesday) before beginning a three-game west coast road trip.

Mystics Youth Summer League

I’m excited to announce that later this month nearly 300 young women will participate in the first annual Mystics Youth Summer League (MYSL). This initiative, in cooperation with DC Parks and Recreation and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, will provide a summer basketball league for youth girls from throughout the city. The championship games for each age group will be played at Verizon Center on August 29, before and after the Mystics-Chicago Sky tilt. Be sure to come out to Verizon Center to support tomorrow’s WNBA stars.

Father’s Day

I enjoyed celebrating my first Father’s Day on Sunday. Tara and Adelyn treated me to a fantastic day of relaxation and family fun. My itinerary included sleeping in until 8:30am (that’s about noon in daddy time), a great run around Washington, a trip to the pool, and plenty of play with the little one. Great weather and my two beautiful ladies made for a wonderful day.

Dads and Daughters

Speaking of Father’s Day, please note that this Friday’s Mystics game against Atlanta will serve as our annual Dads and Daughters celebration. The first 5,000 fans through the door on Friday evening will receive a Mystics picture frame. In addition, we will have a photographer on the concourse who will be taking complimentary pictures of dads and daughters for those frames. Tip-off is 7:00pm. Give us a call at 1-877-DCHOOP1 for more info.

Website of the Week

It’s summer, which means vacation time. If you are looking for a last minute trip idea, check out TravelAndLeisure.com. Here you can find all things travel including great deals on hotels, restaurants and car rentals. You can also research thousands of different destinations and book great all-inclusive packages. Bon voyage!

Mystics Career Fair

Along with hosting the championship games of the MYSL, August 29 will also bring the Mystics first annual Career Fair. During this event, attendees will be able to meet with and talk to hiring representatives from a variety of companies, including a host of sports teams. Admission to the career fair includes a ticket to the Mystics game vs. Chicago later that night. For more information, contact the Mystics Senior Director of Ticket Sales & Guest Services, Mike Ragan at 202-527-7509.

Quote of the Week

“Potential is a static, but attitude is a driving force.”

Mystics Game-Worn Jersey Auction

I mentioned it last week, and I’m reminding everyone again today…if you don’t have your tickets yet, make sure you purchase them for the Sunday, July 13 game vs. the Connecticut Sun. Following the game, we will hold a jersey auction with all proceeds going to Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Sullivan Center for Breast Health. Items up for bid include authentic Mystics game-worn jerseys, a team autographed WNBA basketball, the chance to play H-O-R-S-E with a Mystics player, and items from around the WNBA. Everyone who has a ticket to the game is eligible to bid, so circle the date and make plans to be at Verizon Center on this special day.

Final (and sometimes random) Thoughts

• Congratulations to the Boston Celtics on winning NBA Championship #17.

• Happy Birthday to Mystics head coach Tree Rollins who celebrated his special day on June 16.

• If you are looking for a good book to read, pick up “Standing Tall” by Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer.

• Atlanta’s Chipper Jones has a legitimate shot at being baseball’s first .400 hitter since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941.

• The Mystics will be hosting a variety of events during the League’s August break. More information on our August schedule coming soon.

Until next time,

Go Mystics!

Wednesday, June 18 - Chris Waldmann meets and greets the fans.

Hey Mystics Fans! As one of the newest staff members of the Mystics Sales team I’ve had a lot to take in here in the last 6 weeks or so. I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far and am excited to be part of this organization. I’m still new to the team and league but I’ve been doing my best to get caught up on all things WNBA. We’ve had some ups and downs so far this season. Our home-opener and game against LA were very exciting in both the atmosphere of the Verizon Center and the action on the court. The dedication of our fans is amazing, you folks really love your Mystics and it’s great to see everyone showing their support at our home games. I was hoping for a faster start out of the gate, but I think that the worst is behind us and that we can take Friday night’s win in Chicago and start a winning streak of our own!

Beyond getting to know the Mystics, I’ve also been getting to know DC. Being from Connecticut originally, I moved to Baltimore a little over three years ago. While I still reside there now, working in DC has really opened my eyes to the city as more than just a tourist destination. Unfortunately, the commute can be almost more than I can bear some mornings, but its always nice to pull into that parking spot and come into the office with a team of people of who are all working towards the same goal!

This past weekend wasn’t the most eventful for me, although I did make it out to the movies on Saturday and saw the new Indiana Jones. While it was rather over-the-top as a whole, that’s really the point of a summer movie to me and for that it did not disappoint. I’d recommend it, but don’t go expecting to see a movie as good as the original installments of the series.

That’s all for me for now. I think we have a great chance to steal another win on the road tonight over Houston before the team returns home to face the Dream on Friday night. It should be a great crowd and an exciting game, so if you don’t have any plans for Friday yet, come check us out, I bet that you’ll be glad you did!

Mystics ’08: Believe!

Tuesday, June 17 - Bernice Mosby looks back on her surgery and her return to the court.

Surgery, wow! I thought that word would never come out of my mouth. When I first heard that I was having surgery, I was so scared; I was just like “my career is over.” This was not just any regular surgery, this was micro-fracture surgery, the surgery that all professional athletes dread, and sometimes ends their career. I can remember crying and praying, saying “God, whatever is supposed to happen in my life, I put it in your hands, for only you hold the key to my success, not man or woman.” After praying and talking to Linda, my GM, about when I was going to have surgery, my thoughts about life and basketball began to change.

On November 21, 2007, Dr. Rudsky performed my micro-fracture surgery and meniscus repair. Here is a funny story during surgery that I tell everyone. While getting prepped for surgery, on my left side of the bed was my anesthesiologist. He looked like Anthony Hopkins, the guy who plays “Hannibal Lector”. I was so scared I was like, not only am I having surgery, but the last person I am going to see is Hannibal. But before I fell under, my trainer and Navin Hettiarachchi, our trainer, and Dr. Rudsky walked in, phew.

After surgery, I was non-weight bearing for 6 weeks. That meant I couldn’t even walk around the house. I just sat in bed and ate. Anyone who knows me probably was like, yes at least she would gain some weight, but it just went to my stomach. Linda and Coach Jessie are in charge of my stomach for the year. I told them once I get that flat stomach, they are going to be fining me everyday because all my shirts are going to be short and tight.

Rehab was the hardest part. I spent 2 months at the Cleveland Clinic and the other 5 months with Navin. There were times when I wanted to give up, but I knew God didn’t bring me this far to leave me. With the help of Navin and Dr. Rudsky, every month I began to get stronger, not only physically but mentally. This year the passage on my shoes is David vs Goliath. I know I am undersized at my position, but this year there is no fear in my heart and surgery helped me realize that.

So I want to tell every WNBA Player who believes in God, “With God, all things are possible”.

Monday, June 16 - Danielle Watkins introduces herself to Mystics fans.

Hey Mystics fans! I am Danielle Watkins, one of the newest members of the Mystics staff and I work in the Public Relations department. I grew up in the area so I have always followed the Mystics. In 2003, I graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Prince George’s County and headed off to Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland and I thought about becoming a doctor because I thought there was no greater challenge. While studying at Loyola I needed to look for a job in the work studies program and I found I was a good fit for the sports department, thanks to my knowledge of the game of basketball and I thought I could put it to good use. They asked me what I thought I could do and I chose being a spotter/statistician for both men’s and women’s basketball. What better job, the best seat in the house, watching the game and being involved in the outcome. The job was invigorating and it lead to many other opportunities in the athletic department including working in the sports information department.

After spending four and a half years at Loyola, I graduated on May 17th, 2008 with a degree in Sociology and was home in time to listen to the Mystics season opener in Indiana, online! That day in May ended those carefree years of no major responsibilities, and weekday afternoons spent with friends are no longer an option. I have now transitioned to living by the alarm clock, pressing snooze once or twice, catching the 9ish Metro and being at my desk by 10 o’clock. It’s taken a little time to get used to but the environment is AMAZING, the people I work with are AWESOME and at this point I wouldn’t have my life any other way. I work for my favorite team and my family gets to finally see me do what I love best, watch basketball. It’s a different view than from my seats in Section 111.

And as always GO MYSTICS!

Friday, June 13 - Crystal Langhorne talks about having former teammate Laura Harper in town.

Well, this week was so great because Laura Harper was in town. She got to come in two days early which was perfect. I went to her hotel to pick her up early so we could hurry up and start our day. When she got off the bus , we were pretty corny and ran to each other and hugged and all her teammates were looking at us like we were crazy. She was so happy to finally get here because her travels were delayed and she didn't reach Virginia until 7:30 pm when she was supposed to be ready since 4pm. So of course we went to one of our college spots to eat with our old Maryland teammates and just had a good time. It was so good to see Harp.

The next day we went to visit our old trainer and conditioning coach. We talked to them for a bit and told them how our lives were going. We then had our senior dinner finally with Coach Frese and Coach Floyd. It was such a good meal, we went to Morton's. After that Harp just came to see my apartment and we watched the NBA finals. We couldn't stay up too late because as you know, we were playing each other the next day.

All of our staff and teammates were going to be at the game. It was exciting especially for Harp because she never gets to see anybody anymore. The game was a great game but unfortunately we lost. One play Harp pushed me in the back and I fell and she got the offensive rebound. I was joking with her after the game, telling her how dirty that was. We also got a jump ball which I know caused a lot of flashes from the cameras.

Overall, it was great to see Harp, we talk everyday so it was good to finally see her face to face again. I'll be able to see her in two weeks when we go out to Sacramento and hopefully I'll get to even the score with a win.

Thursday, June 12 - Greg Bibb shares what's on his mind ...

It’s hot here in Washington as we’ve reached mid-June and over a quarter of the 2008 WNBA season has been played. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed in our record, but there are plenty of games to go and if this organization learned anything last year, it was that a season can be turned around if you want it badly enough.

Here’s what’s on my mind this 12th day of June, 2008.

We’re Listening

One of the most frequent fan requests we receive is for a true flex ticket package. Therefore, I’m happy to announce we are now offering a brand new ticket plan where you buy six tickets and get the seventh ticket for free! In addition, the tickets are actually vouchers that can be redeemed at anytime during the 2008 season. Therefore, if you want to use all seven vouchers for one game you can. Or if you want to use one voucher for seven different games, be our guest! It’s totally up to you as to how you use this new plan, our most flexible and fan-friendly to date. For more information, contact us at 1-877-DC-HOOP1.

Old Friends/New Friends

Two of my dearest college friends, James and Linda Hocking spent part of last weekend with us. James, Linda and nine-month old son Ethan live in Connecticut so we don’t get to see them much. In fact, this was our first experience with Ethan and our first weekend together with babies in the mix. Of course, the four adults had a great time catching up and enjoying the company; however, I think Adelyn and Ethan also hit it off, quickly becoming buddies. With just a month separation in age, the two little ones are at the same place in a host of developmental areas, which made things easy. I hope we get to see more of the Hockings in the future.

Hungry?

In case you missed the announcement last week, the Mystics are offering a special all-inclusive ticket package for our June 20 game vs. Atlanta. Fans can purchase a lower level corner ticket (regular price: $30) and receive an all-you-can eat buffet meal prior to the game for just $44. The menu includes a beef carving station, pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, salad, chips/pretzels, brownies/cookies and beverages (beer, soda, water). The food and drink will be available in Verizon Center’s Dewar’s Club for one hour (6pm-7pm) prior to tip-off. Give us a call, or check out WashingtonMystics.com for more info.

Congrats Corner

Congratulations go out to Mystics Director of Community Relations, Nicole Boden, who celebrated her fifth anniversary with the team on June 10. Nicole joins Mystics Sr. Director of Communications, Ketsia Colimon, in the five-year club. Ketsia reached the milestone in April. Here’s to another five years and many more, Ketsia and Nicole!

Website of the Week

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Quote of the Week

“If you can accept rejection and reject acceptance, then there is nothing you should be afraid of attempting.”

Circle The Date

If there is one game you don’t want to miss during the 2008 season, it’s Sunday, July 13. On this day, the Mystics will play the Connecticut Sun at 3:30pm. More importantly, we will host our annual Breast Health Awareness Day, presented by Sibley Memorial Hospital. Following the game, we will be hosting a jersey auction with all proceeds going to Sibley’s Sullivan Center for Breast Health. Items up for bid include authentic Mystics game-worn jerseys, a team autographed WNBA basketball, the chance to play H-O-R-S-E with a Mystics player, and items from around the WNBA. Everyone who has a ticket to the game is eligible to bid, so circle the date and make plans to be at Verizon Center on this special day.

Final (and sometimes random) Thoughts

• The Celtics will win the NBA Championship. Somewhere Red Auerbach is getting ready to light up a cigar.

• Congrats to the Detroit Red Wings…four Stanley Cups in the past 11 years is an amazing run.

• Chase Utley will win the National League MVP Award, marking the third straight season a Philadelphia Phillies player has garnered the honor. Right it down.

• Big Brown’s last place finish in the Belmont Stakes is proof once again that winning the Triple Crown may just be the hardest thing to do in sports, period.

• Congrats to Mystics rookie Crystal Langhorne who recorded her first professional double-double in Washington’s tilt vs. Sacramento on Wednesday. Lang posted 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Until next time,

Go Mystics!

Wednesday, June 11 - Mike Ragan introduces himself to the Mystics family.

Hope everyone is doing well and surviving this heat!! I wasn’t so lucky this weekend as a few hours outside in Ocean City gave me wicked sunburn; however it was all worth it as I got to hang out with my friend’s 3-year old son who is battling leukemia. When you see someone like him, it’s tough to complain about sunburn. Anyway I’m staying inside and making calls introducing myself to Mystics season ticket holders, I look forward to speaking with each of you this year. In the meantime, if you ever have any concerns always feel free to contact me at 202-527-7509 or MRagan@washmystics.com.

It’s been a great first two months for me. I was fortunate enough to start right at the beginning of the season and have met a lot of wonderful Mystics supporters in my short time here as well as the ladies on the team. Getting to know them has made me an even bigger fan! On top of that I get to work with an amazing staff, never have I met more dedicated people.

I thought the Opening Day crowd was amazing and how could you not love the LA game? Packed house, national TV (which we have two more times!!) and a big comeback highlighted with a standing ovation at the end of the third quarter. Ladies played great and almost pulled it out.

On the personal side, my wife Jennifer and I are glad to be back home in Washington, DC after spending the last four years in Fort Lauderdale. Not only did I miss family including my nephew Luke, but also the sports teams in the area. It’s hard to live somewhere where you don’t care about the teams! So I am glad to be back home and working for and supporting the Mystics. I do truly appreciate all of your support of this team and do believe great things are coming very soon for this franchise.

Look forward to meeting all of you at upcoming events including our home games, our Open Practice on June 21st and many future season ticket holder events.

See you soon at the Verizon Center. Go Mystics! Believe!

Tuesday, June 10 - Linda Hargrove checks in ...

Hey All……………………

We are currently 2-5 and not happy campers. Missed free throws and untimely turnovers have led to most of the losses and everyone is working hard to eliminate those things that have really hurt us. We saw a great performance by Alana in Phoenix where she posted 33 points and our team shot 69% from 3 point range but we lost because we couldn’t knock down the free throws. While in San Antonio a good defensive performance is wasted when we have the lead with around 6 minutes to go and turn the ball over several times in a row and can’t make up the difference and lose. While in Connecticut, Monique puts up great offensive numbers, going 11-16 from the field, pulling down 6 rebound, dishing out 4 assists for a total of 28 points but again we have that bad quarter, mostly the miscues, that do us in. We play Sacramento tomorrow and while they are coming off a big win in NY, we just have to find a way to get the victory. The season is too short to fall behind early. A rebound is crucial at this time.

Nikki Blue hurting her ankle in the Houston game really hurt us. She was starting to feel comfortable as a starter and was leading our team affectively. When she got hurt Amber Jacobs stepped in and did a good job against both LA and Phoenix. The next day in practice Amber sprained her knee and had to go to the bench. Crystal Smith got in two days of practice before starting at San Antonio, where she played very well. The next start however at Connecticut wasn’t as good. The inconsistency at the point guard position has definitely affected our inconsistent play on the court. All three players could be in practice this week so I hope we can find a starter and stay with them. All three have experience in the league and are capable of doing a good job for the Mystics. We just need to avoid the injury bug and keep them on the floor.

I’ve been missing my grandkids summer baseball, softball and basketball games. It is tough when they call and want to know why I’m not at their games. I love watching them play. The pure joy of competing, trying so hard to do their best is so awesome. But when I see their tears after the game when they lose and I see the tears of our players after we lose it just makes me feel good to know that it means so much to them. They care. Our players and coaches are working so hard to put a winning product on the court for our management group and our fans. No one hurts more than they do when we don’t produce the W.

Let’s hope that everyone is feeling good Wednesday night after the game.

See you in the gym………..

Linda

Monday, June 9 - Eboni Tyler provides her unique game recap.

Greetings Mystics Fans!

My Mystics GS Recap… Broadcasting Live and Direct from the Mystics Guest Services Booth. Calling all my Mystics fans. Summer is here. We’re Playing Basketball – We’re Playing Basketball… It has been a crazy four weeks with the start of the season hosting Houston on May 25th, saw the Atlanta Dream for the first time on May 27th , Sex and the City in theaters May 30th, and last but not least Candace Parker came to town on May 31st.

Houston Comets May 25th – It was great to be back in the arena for the home opener. I reconnected with the lovely ladies that assist me in the Guest Services booth on game nights. My season ticket holders came in with big smiles. I had a great time catching up with some of you as well as meeting some of you for the first time. And we got a WIN! Yeah BABY!

Atlanta Dream May 27th – The newest team to the league the Atlanta Dream made their debut in Washington. The Mystics showed come back power and deferred the Dream. The season ticket holders came out and showed that they believed in the Mystics on the BIG screen.

Sex and The City – Entered Theaters People! Let me say it again SEX IN THE CITY Entered Theaters. My TV Show has come to life…It was great! Yes my fabulous foursome is back! I Got Carried Away. On Friday, May 30th with Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon). It was great to see the love and the fashion that those ladies brought to the big screen. I LOVE THEM… I LOVED THE MOVIE. It did the show proud.

May 31st – L.A. came to town. The feeling in that arena on May 31st was one that I hadn’t felt in a very long time. We showed viewers that watched the game on TV that you got to BELIEVE to BELONG in DC. The fans gave the team a standing ovation for their efforts. They fought long and hard and it showed. The Mystics rocked their BELIEVE Tees and it gave me a flash back. Our MysticKids had an awesome time getting balloon art, goody bags and face painting. It was a night to remember.

GO MYSTICS!

Well my Mystics fans, we are off to the next home game on Wednesday, June 11th to take on the Sacramento Monarchs. Tickets still available bring a friend, bring two. Call your Rep today…

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Friday, June 6 - Crystal Langhorne writes about her first WNBA road trip and the anticipation of playing former Maryland teammate Laura Harper.

I am currently on my first road swing of my WNBA career. I started reading the James Patterson series, The Women's Murder Club. I read the first book of the series in about three days and I just bought the 2nd one today. I read all of Patterson's Cross series, so I had to find some of his other work. I love Patterson books, I never want to stop reading them until I'm done so I'm sure I'll finish this new book soon. Now that I'm done with school, I actually have time to read for enjoyment.

I've been to a lot of places in the US, but I've never been to Texas. The one time I was supposed to go was last summer when my brother graduated from Texas State. Unfortunately, my flight was cancelled and I missed the whole weekend. So I'm glad we are in San Antonio. It's a really beautiful city and we ate dinner on the Riverwalk. I love when we get to go to all these cities and get to go to eat at different places and of course, shop. I bought a good amount of accessories on this trip.

I'm so excited that Laura Harper is coming to town for Wednesday's game against Sacramento. Our Maryland teammates told us they have a surprise for us at our game, so who knows what it will be. I talk to Harp everyday, but I still miss her so much and can't wait to see her. It's going to be a mini reunion in College Park and I am soo excited it's kind of corny.

Thursday, June 5 - Greg Bibb checks in.

If there was one thing I didn’t expect in respect to working in the WNBA, it has to be the speed at which the season moves. It seems as if it was just yesterday when we were getting ready for training camp and now we are six games in the regular season. The pace doesn’t slow anytime soon as we play in San Antonio on Friday and at Connecticut on Sunday before returning home to host Sacramento on June 11. By the time we conclude our game vs. the Monarchs, we’ll be a quarter of the way through the 2008 campaign. Time flies when you are having fun!

A Great Home Stand

I would have to say our recent three-game home stand went pretty well. On the court, the team went 2-1 with wins over Houston (May 25) and Atlanta (May 27) followed by a loss to Los Angeles (May 31). Moreover, the fan support was outstanding. The thought of playing three home games in seven days in late May was a bit daunting when we took our first look at the 2008 schedule; however, we were very pleased with the attendance during this stretch. We averaged 9,837 for the three games, which marked a 34% increase in attendance over the first three contests of the 2007 season.

Of course, the highlight of this opening week of home games was the national broadcast of the Mystics-Sparks game on Saturday. Despite a tough loss, it was a good day for the organization and a great day for women’s basketball here in the District as 11,517 fans packed Verizon Center. The result was an exciting atmosphere in the arena and a great looking game on ABC. Familiar faces in the crowd included Caron Butler, Sheldon Williams, Etan Thomas, and DC Mayor Adrian Fenty.

I’m hopeful our early success at the gate continues. This team and the WNBA deserve it. If you haven’t made plans to be here already, you can do your part by coming out to support the team vs. Sacramento on Wednesday. You can order your tickets by giving us a call at 1-877-DCHOOP1.

Falling In Phoenix

The good news about Tuesday’s game in Phoenix…it was broadcast live on ESPN 2. The bad news…we lost, 98-93, despite a 33-point performance from Alana Beard. The difference in this game came at the free throw line where we again struggled, converting just six of 20 attempts for a dismal 30%. We lost by five and left 14 points at the charity stripe…these are the types of defeats that are tough to take. Alana’s effort by the way was the second highest single-game point total in team history behind Chamique Holdsclaw’s 34 vs. Indiana on July 24, 2003.

Special Offer

In our effort to continually provide new ticket packages to our fans, we are rolling out an all-inclusive offer for the June 11 game. Fans can purchase a lower level corner ticket (regular price: $30) and receive an all-you-can eat buffet meal prior to the game for just $44. The menu includes a beef carving station, pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, salad, chips/pretzels, brownies/cookies and beverages (beer, soda, water). The food and drink will be available in Verizon Center’s Dewar’s Club for one hour (6pm-7pm) prior to tip-off. Give us a call, or check out WashingtonMystics.com for more info.

Congrats!

Congratulations to Mystics account executives Sarah Novak, Christopher Waldmann, and Megan Burda who each hit their sales goals for the month of May. Also, kudos to the Mystics sales organization as a whole for producing one of the best months in recent team history!

Hello Chocolate World!

Last weekend, I had a Sunday morning business meeting back in my hometown of Hershey. It just so happened that one of my dearest college friends, Gianna Casini, was in Hershey for the weekend with her husband and baby daughter, so Tara and Adelyn decided to join me on the trip north. While I was at my meeting, the girls headed to a local playground where they met up with Addy’s Aunt Kate, her cousins Brandon and Kyra, and her grandparents (my mom and dad) Jim and Carol. After my meeting I joined them for a short time before we headed to one of my childhood haunts, Chocolate World. There we met Gianna and her family. We smartly decided to eat lunch while at Chocolate World, which then provided an excuse to get one of my favorites for dessert…a Hershey’s chocolate milkshake. It was great seeing everyone and the trip provided yet another example of why it is so wonderful to be living so close to family and friends.

Website of the Week

If you are like most Americans, the price of gasoline is a relevant topic in your world. Therefore, I recommend GasBuddy.com. This site makes finding the best gas prices in your area a lot easier by pulling information from over 180 gas price information websites. You can search for the lowest price in your locale by entering your zip code. You can also check gasoline price averages by state as well as nationwide and you can even find the lowest gas prices by using a map. Check out this cool site and start saving!

Blog Mentions

By the way, if you are looking for interesting information regarding the WNBA and the Mystics, check out these two Blogs:

DCBasketcases.com
blog.washingtonpost.com/mystics-insider

Quote of the Week

“You cannot help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.”

Final (and sometimes random) Thoughts

• As a big Boston Celtics fan, I’m excited for the NBA Finals. Larry Bird was my boyhood hero and Celtics-Lakers NBA games were must-see events in my house as a child. I’m picking Boston in six.

• Monday night’s triple overtime game between Pittsburgh and Detroit reminded me why the Stanley Cup Playoffs are tough to beat when it comes to sports and high drama.

• Congrats to Taj McWilliams-Franklin on recently notching her 2,000 career rebound.

• USA Basketball recently announced nine of the 12 players selected to the 2008 women’s Olympic team…this corner feels Alana Beard deserves to be one of the remaining three picks.

• I still like where we are heading as a team and I still think the playoffs are in our 2008 future.

Until next time,

Go Mystics!

Wednesday, June 4 - Erin Mitchell looks ahead to our Dads & Daughters game on June 20th.

Hey Mystics Fans!!

What a way to start my summer…I accept this amazing position as an Account Executive with the Mystics, I move from Atlanta to DC in record time, and best of all I get a summer filled with great WNBA games! What more can a girl ask for? OK, maybe I can think of a few things – a new car, a bigger closet…but I digress. I am beyond excited to have this opportunity to work in sports and with a group of people that are so much fun to be around. Not to mention being able to interact with fans like you!! You all really make my job easier by being so supportive of the Mystics. Big THANKS to you!!!

We still have quite a few home games remaining and there are a couple that I’m REALLY looking forward to – Connecticut on July 13th because I lived in CT for many years and have enjoyed watching the Sun play; Phoenix on June 24th since they’re the current WNBA champs and during Diana Taurasi’s UCONN days I never got a chance to see her play in person; and Atlanta again on June 20th because not only was Atlanta my most recent “stomping grounds”, June 20th is Dads & Daughters Night. My dad passed away when I was only 12 years old and while I didn’t have many years to spend with him, I have so many fond memories of things we did together. He and I shared a love of sports (neither of us being very athletic) and clothes (my Dad was a very fashionable man). Unfortunately he never had a chance to experience the WNBA. However, I know he would have embraced the league and supported the teams just as much as you all do.

I was the epitome of a Daddy’s Girl and I know we would have taken full advantage of an opportunity like Dad’s & Daughter’s Night to spend time together and enjoy the Mystics play. I hope all of you Dads feel the same way about your little girls and come out on June 20th. Daughters - instead of buying Dad ANOTHER tie or a gift card for Father’s Day, get tickets to see the Mystics and hang out with your Dad for a few hours. Take it from me; the memories of the time well spent together will last much longer than any neck-tie!

Again, thanks for being supportive Mystics fans and I can’t wait to see all you Dads and Daughters on the 20th.

Erin Mitchell

Tuesday, June 3 - Monique Currie reflects on the start of the season.

Hellooooo Mystics fans! I am so excited to be able to get on the blog bandwagon! Taj has taken over and she's a tough act to follow but I'll do my best. Before I get to being on the road now I would like to say how exciting our home opener was. After losing two tough games on the road we were all ready to play in front of our fans and get our first win!

The crowd was crazy and definitely helped us beat Houston! It felt good to get that monkey off our backs and get a win under our belts. For some reason we make games a little more difficult but we do that just to make things more exciting for the fans :).

After winning against Atlanta, LA came to town and that seemed like the event of the summer so far. LA is such a talented team and we played a great second half against them! We even took the lead but I think we ran out of gas after an amazing third quarter. We learned a lot from that game and if we can compete with one of the best teams in the league we can play with anyone. I would like to mention that not only for fans but for us players as well we are excited about what Candace Parker is doing for this league. She is a great player and a lot bigger than I thought she was. I just kept saying ... she's not going to set any records in here!

Now we are back on the road for a three-game road trip starting with Phoenix and let me tell you it is beyond hot here. It's nine in the morning and already it's ninety degrees out here. Anyway, to be successful in this league we must win on the road so we are going to do what it takes to get a few more wins. We will be back in a week ... see you soon!

momo

Monday, June 2 - Koula Strosnider shares her thoughts on the Mystics.

Hey Mystics Fans!

This is my first season with the Washington Mystics as an account executive. As for my basketball background, I have played basketball in college and coach varsity basketball at my alma mater, Springbrook High School. From my athletic experience, I was convinced that teamwork, heart and passion for the game of basketball were at a halt after college. However, I was proved wrong after watching our first three home games. The Washington Mystics play with passion and heart. For those of you who have not attended a Mystics game, you will notice the friendships that the players have established on and off the court and how much they push each other to succeed. They are not just playing for themselves they are playing for their team and for their fans. You will notice that the players go out of their way to say hello to fans, sign autographs, and engage in conversation without hesitation. These professional basketball players are accessible positive female role models that inspire our youth today. They give hope to aspiring professional athletes while portraying positive behavior. Most importantly, it is evident that the Mystics are enjoying playing for their fans and each other, and having the best time doing it. It is not just a job for them, it’s gratifying and rewarding.

off the court lies our loyal and supportive fans that I believe keep coming back because of what our team produces; entertainment through skill, heart, passion, and dedication! If you are looking for fun affordable entertainment, I would highly recommend attending a Mystics game. The atmosphere is family friendly, exciting, and entertaining! Last Saturday, the Mystics played the Sparks and came back from a 16 point deficit through teamwork and heart.

I personally wanted to thank all our fans for their support and love for the Mystics! You all are an important key aspect to the Mystics motivation and success and again we thank you! I look forward to seeing you at our next home game on June 11 against Sacramento Monarchs!

Koula Strosnider