Jumping on the Lynx bandwagon

Chris Bell, Staff Writer

I can’t count the amount of times I’ve heard someone rip on women’s sports saying, “no one cares,” and “it’s not like they’re important.” Ironically, when the Minnesota Lynx, a women’s sports team, wins a championship for Minnesota, that same person claims they’ve always been a fan.

Our state’s professional women’s basketball team recently became one of the elite teams in the league. The Lynx had the best record in the league the entire season, though just last year, they didn’t even make the playoffs.

The Lynx were named the WNBA champs on Oct. 7, the first Minnesotan championship title since the Twins won the 1991 World Series. Following this win were the confessions of “I always knew they could do it” from so-called fans. Just because Minnesota hasn’t won anything in so long, doesn’t mean the fake, newfound Lynx support is justified.

Minnesota doesn’t have much to offer for talented athletic teams: the Timberwolves have a 32-132 record of the last two seasons, the Wild have missed the play-offs the last three years, and the Vikings are sitting at a 2-6 record so far this season. But at least the fans of these teams support them in their losses.

I didn’t see the “fashionable” green Lynx sweaters until after the team prevailed and walked away with the championship. Where were they at the start of the season? The sweaters were at the concession stands, waiting to be purchased by the actual Lynx fans.