We took a little day trip to Sacramento today to see the Sacramento Monarchs, WNBA sister team to the NBA's Sacramento Kings. Monarchs. Kings. Get the connection?
As you can see from the pictures, the Monarchs play in the ARCO ARENA. The local sports franchise has sold itself to the highest (I hope) bidder. And the scoreboard, on the right, shows several other sponsors. I count 8 sponsors in the picture on the right (Arco, Chevrolet, Comcast, Pepsi, Raley's, McDonalds, Budweiser, Verizon Wireless). So never forget, kiddies, sports is a business. The Maloof family, owner of the Sacramento basketball franchises and much else, is not a charity for the good of the community - no matter how many touching family scenes they project to the fans in the audience.
The Monarchs are very good basketball players. There are two Stanford alumni on the team and we got to see them both play today - Nicole Powell and Olympia Scott-Richardson. It was good to see them. Nicole didn't score much, but she made a couple of terrific passes that helped win the game (6 assists, second highest in the game), and she played the most minutes of all the players (33 out of 40 game minutes), and she had the most defensive rebounds (4). The stars today were Ticha Penicheiro, Kara Lawson, and Yolanda Griffith. All three were wonderful to watch. We enjoyed the game. Oh, by the way, they won today, and had already clinched home court advantage in the playoffs - the best team in the West.
We had good seats, near the floor. The Arco Arena is pretty small and old. I can see why the franchise wants a new home. Even though it's old and small, we liked the environment. The fans are supportive, and many of them have been faithful since the beginning in 1997. Today's attendance was 13,027.
Today Ruthie Bolton's jersey was retired (#6). She is a very good and much loved basketball player with several honors to her name, including two Olympic Medals (Sydney and Atlanta). It was a touching ceremony.
Another good day.