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The Lynx may have a smaller fan base, but they've earned attention.
I'd like to thank Roman for some great coverage. I know that teams have to prove themselves, but I can't help feel that the hometown paper should give a bit of a push. The Lynx have been remarkably accessible and have presented the model of professionalism we desire in our teams all along. It is understandable but unfortunate that it took this great season to expose that truth to a larger audience.
This is a very interesting article, and thanks to Nancy Barnes for writing it. I went to a Lynx Western Conference semifinals playoff game on Tues. and then watched their the Western Conference finals game #1 on TV (Thurs). Hadn't seen them play in over a decade but have to admit they were fabulous fun both for myself & my 11 y.o. nephew. The whole production was extremely entertaining; not only that couldn't believe the MTC bus ride home was free with a Lynx ticket!
I agree that we're hungry for a winning pro sports team and how ironic if the lowest paying team in the TC ends up doing better than any of the men's teams! Love the Lynx.
Interesting...I had just commented to my husband this week that the Strib decided to put a photo of a single fan watching the Twins from a folding chair in the outfield on their front page rather than the story about the tremendously exciting game the Lynx played the night before! Even on the radio I hear the "sports guys" saying that they have never even been to a Lynx game...or that they had just this week been to one and discovered how aggressive and exciting the game could be! Those of us who used to watch Lindsay Whalen back in her college days know how much fun it can be to watch her on a winning team! I look forward to Sunday's match-up!
Yes thank you to Editor Nancy Barnes and Sports Editor Glen Crevier for shining the local spotlight on the WNBA Minnesota Lynx! The Lynx are now in the national spotlight because of their hard work. These women are professional athletes who must train as hard as their male counterparts in order to be the best they can be. We are fortunate to have some of the best female basketball players in the world playing for the local team and it's good that the Star Tribune is aiding in getting the word out there. While most people don't care or aren't interesting in the WNBA solely based on the fact that its women's basketball, there are plenty of us who DO CARE and more that have become interested because they were open enough to give the Minnesota Lynx a try. Go choice, plenty of room on the bandwagon. So while those who "don't care" are miserable, crying and crabby about all the losing by their favorite local team, the small fan base of the Minnesota Lynx are having the time of our lives. Go LYNX!
Minnesota Timberwolve and Lynx owner Glen Taylor deserves a ton of applause for preserverance to see the Lynx become an exciting winning team. Between the Strib & the Pioneer Press along with Television sports coverage it would take an act of Congress to get out local media interested in the best sports story in Minnesota the Lynx. This is a team that has blended youth with seasoned veterans to be a powerhouse. The cream is Lindsay Whalen leading the Lynx. Just think Billy Smith does not work for the Lynx so he can not screw this team up! GO LYNX !!!!
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I may be pointing out the obvious here, but a big part of the reason "people" don't care about women's sports teams is because the media doesn't provide comparable coverage and hence doesn't convey to "people" that women's teams are worth caring about. Some people will be jerks, but some people are simply ignorant. It takes a conscious effort in the newsroom to change that, so thank you for that. Perhaps next year's coverage will be more comprehensive from the get-go?
One of my favorite sports photos of all time is 4 of the Lynx stars cheering on the side lines in 4 different expressions. Very dynamic! I think that was a Star/Trib photo and it is now my desktop. Loads of fun.
Here we are again, Lynx might be on front page of today's paper, yet when turning to the sports page what does one see? Half page spread on a LOSING male team instead of the big win to advance the Lynx. Same old, same old.
Yesterday I watched the Lynx instead of the Packer vs Bears.Klefebvre; you and I both know that the Lynx will never receive the coverage of the Vikings and Twins.However,this year they have grabbed the attention of sports fans.What will improve interest and attendance will be a good television contract. Hire broadcasters who know women's basketball and televise all away games.Most importantly though is getting it on a station which most people can access,not NBA TV.
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