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TMCNet:  Tulsa World, Okla., Jay Cronley column: WNBA team in Tulsa is a great idea

[September 20, 2009]

Tulsa World, Okla., Jay Cronley column: WNBA team in Tulsa is a great idea

Sep 20, 2009 (Tulsa World - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- That so many people are against a WNBA team coming to Tulsa can mean only one thing: It has to be a great idea. Maybe even fantastic.

The Internet is a vast spawning ground for people hating things that they know nothing about. Internet hating is infectious.

How can you be against something that you have never experienced firsthand? Good question -- it must just feel refreshing to lash out.

The WNBA is a professional basketball league for women. How many people in this entire market have seen a WNBA game in person? Twenty-two? Not on television, from a seat in an arena. Eleven? Four? One? It has even been suggested by a sports talk radio host in Oklahoma City that a team here would be a terrible idea, as the sport would likely attract a type of fan that might frighten the kiddies.

What would we do without Oklahoma City? Exactly the same things we've been doing with it.

Women's sports: Good women's basketball at the collegiate level has been wildly popular.

When OU's women are of championship quality, the building has been as full as when the men compete. The chief complaint about the WNBA style of play seems to be that the women can't jump as high as men.

This just in, again: Men and women are different.

Females can't run as fast as males, but they haven't canceled Olympic races for women as a result.

The truth of the matter is that the mindless basketball dunk has diluted the skill level from the men's game so that when a male center hits the front of the rim with a free throw, he is roundly congratulated.

Men can also serve a tennis ball faster.

Somehow the women's game has survived.

Your choice: There seems to be one main misconception about a WNBA team moving here: Nobody will come to your place of residence and force themselves inside and haul you to a van and transport you to the BOK Center and make you watch a game.

Nobody will shake ticket money out of your pocket.

If you are in some way involved in the local economy, a successful WBNA team could make you money.

If you would rather stay home and watch The Unreal Mobile Home Wives of Bakersfield instead of attend a WNBA game, it won't cost you a dime. A row of basketball players is not as intimidating as a row of slot machines.

To summarize the situation as it stands today, one fine reason to support the inclusion of a WNBA team into the local fabric is because so many dummies are against it without knowing exactly why.

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