I am a huge basketball fan and I have to admit I am not an avid Indiana Fever or WNBA fan. I would call myself a casual follower at best - aka I keep up on their record, Facebook page, Twitter account and attend games on occasion. In 2009 I went and saw the Fever play in a WNBA Finals at the then Conseco Fieldhouse. It was a very similar situation, the Fever were up two games to one, on the brink of a WNBA championship. I was sitting in the nosebleed section cheering on the only good professional basketball team at the time (although I still attended many more Pacer than Fever games that year). The Fever would fall to Phoenix that night and eventually lose the five game series in Phoenix. This year was different and I wasn’t about to jinx the Fever again so I watched from the confines of my living room.
Sitting on the floor in my apartment I was tweeting, texting and calling various family members and peers. I find myself in a state of jubilation that the Fever are bringing home a championship to Indianapolis. I started to reflect and try to understand why this is so fun for me…outside of the normal excitement of championship win. I enjoy the Fever basketball entrainment on occasion but by no means am a hardcore fan. Then I realized this was much more than a championship for the Indiana Fever, the state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis. This was years of hard work put in by some very talented female athletes. Most notably Tamika Catchings, an eleven year veteran and Indiana Fever player her entire career.
In one year Catchings played on the Olympic team, winning gold, was the WNBA league MVP, Finals MVP and WNBA champion. Catchings has played in one WNBA finals series before but the trophy had eluded her. She was a champion in college under Pat Summitt – who was in attendance. The WNBA trophy was the final piece Catchings needed complete her basketball puzzle and she was able to put her name in the history books Sunday night.
The Marris Minute