Minnesota Lynx vs Washington Mystics at Capital One Arena, Washington DC
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The Mystics have made it to the WNBA finals for the very first time in franchise history! Congratulations, Washington! Washington, D.C., that is, seeing how their opponent is the Seattle Supersonics. The Supersonics feature a D.C. hometown favorite in Crystal Langhorne: a University of Maryland alumnus and former college teammate to our team superstar, Kristi Tolliver.   

Speaking of Tolliver, she has already earned one championship with the L.A. Sparks, leading the way and inspiring teammates to come along the road she paved to the championship. Tolliver’s position has proved pivotal as she navigates her team towards the familiar territory of the finals. She currently has her hands full with the likes of longtime WNBA star Sue Bird, who has several championships under her belt.   

This has been a learning experience for both of D.C.’s bigger names and heavyweight mainstays, Elana Della Donne and Brianna Stewart. Seattle went on to seize the WNBA title & championship this 2018 season. Stewart was award not only the league regular season MVP but she also achieved the same feat as the WNBA finals MVP and now the FIFA world cup championship and MVP trophy! That’s three MVP titles in 35 days!  

Ironically, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Washington Bullets’ — now the Wizards — defeat of the Seattle Supersonics back in 1978 for their sole championship!   

The Washington Monumental Sports group has already secured two championships this year: with the Washington Capitals in hockey, and the Washington Valor in indoor or arena football. This also marks the inaugural season of the Capital City Go-Go, which is in the NBA G League.  

Levester Green II is an artist and vendor with Street Sense Media.