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Have you had a chance to see the best basketball team in town play live? Well today you can. With today’s Groupon, $28 gets you one ticket to see the Washington Mystics play at the Verizon Center. You probably haven’t watched a WNBA game, and you’re missing out. During the week of July 21, the Mystics brought heart-pounding action all the way to the final quarter against both San Antonio and New York—it came down to the last seconds and a single point to decide to winner.
This is a great opportunity to see what the Mystics buzz is all about with tickets in the center preferred section (the blue section in the seating map). The Mystics are ranked fourth offensively and sixth defensively. Come with friends and family to help cheer the team on to victory and watch top scorer Alana Beard average 17.9 points per game.
Buy a ticket to any Mystics game. See the full schedule here. Here are six you could attend:
- August 7, 7 p.m. vs. Detroit Shock
- August 11, 7 p.m. vs. Detroit Shock
- August 14, 7 p.m. vs. Connecticut Sun
- August 16, 4 p.m. vs. New York Liberty
- August 30, 4 p.m. vs. Minnesota Lynx
- September 3, 7 p.m. vs. Seattle Storm
The Washington Times says, “[The Mystics] can hang with the Eastern Conference front-runners.” USA Today summarizes the last seconds of a game, saying, “With 39.9 seconds left and an 18-point third-quarter lead down to two, the Washington Mystics needed a basket. They got the ball to guard Alana Beard and she delivered on a fadeaway jumper to secure the win against the New York Liberty, a team that had bullied Washington last year — but not Saturday.”
Palin's WNBA Dream
In her recent resignation speech, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin used basketball as an analogy for her courageous decision to leave office, saying… > * “Let me go back to a comfortable analogy for me - sports… basketball. I use it because you’re naïve if you don’t see the national full-court press picking away right now: A good point guard drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her eye on the basket… and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can WIN. And I’m doing that - keeping our eye on the ball that represents sound priorities - smaller government, energy independence, national security, freedom! And I know when it’s time to pass the ball - for victory.”
Here are some scenes from the dream Palin had that inspired this speech, in which she starred in the WNBA…
As one of the WNBA's first expansion teams, the Washington Mystics first took their athletic wizardry to the court in 1998. Since then, the team has made six playoff appearances, beating out plenty of other teams that were too timid to play with a crystal basketball. The Mystics follow the direction of head coach Mike Thibault, the winningest active coach in the league and the second all-time coach to reach 200 wins.