Scott and Angie Engelhardt
havent figured it out already, this is an unofficial
fan site dedicated to the WNBA Seattle Storm. Its a
place that has become a resource, record, and forum for fans
of the Storm everywhere. For us, it is a way to enhance our
fan experience and to share that experience with others. Over
the last 2 years, it has become that and evolved into something
more. But first, we need to start at the beginning.
this web site?
inaugural Storm season ended in 2000, both of us realized
that we werent too caught up in the fact that the team
went 6 and 26. Its not that we werent screaming
our heads off at each game trying to help the ball into the
basket through force of will, or that it wasnt killing
us that Seattle was becoming a perceived easy or expected
win for other teams. During the overtime game with the Sparks
that year, I actually split open my left hand because I was
clapping so much and so hard. Our coworkers knew that we had
gone to a game the night before because we would both be hoarse
the next day. And then there were the signs our goal
was to get on the Arenavision at least once a game. Most of
the time, we made it. Each game was exciting. Our players
worked their butts off all the time. We got to know some of
the people who sat in our section. When we lost, it was well
get them next time. When we won, it was now things
are turning around. Through it all, we had a great time.
the end of the 6 and 26 season, there was no question that
we would be season ticket holders again. There had been a
transformation from They won (or lost) to We
won. We had become caught up in being fans.
Becoming Storm fans
of us have ever played sports. Both of us have watched basketball
on TV and had gone to a couple Sonics games (mainly when they
played Portland thats another story), but neither
of us have ever been rabid, season ticket holder, go-to-every-event
fans before. Most professional sports, including the NBA,
keep their fans at a distance. The players dont seem
to care about the fans or are downright hostile. There is
no connection between us and the players or team, nor is there
the slightest possibility for a connection. The ticket prices
are so steep that theres no way that we could afford
season tickets beyond a token 5 or 6 game package. And, theres
no indication that us being at a game or going to an event
or holding up a sign is going to have any effect on the players
to a few Seattle Reign games before the ABL folded. We saw
a double overtime game between the Reign and the San Jose
Lasers that was one of the best basketball games we had ever
seen. We could sit close enough to see the players, the tickets
were affordable, hey wed found something we could
get into. We had honeslty decided to buy Reign season tickets
a week before the league went under.
the WNBA decided to test the waters in Seattle and the opportunity
to put down a deposit on Storm tickets came up, we jumped
on it. We went to the logo unveiling and every other event
we could get to. We were primed by what we saw in the Reign
to be willing supporters of the Storm.
found is more than just an affordable and exciting sport.
Weve found a group of people who seem genuinely happy
that we are fans. They are approachable. They will talk to
you. They look up into the stands every once in awhile and
acknowledge a sign, or dance with the kids at events, and
give high-fives as they leave the court. They seem as interested
in making a connection with us as we are with them, and that
has helped turn us into the rabid fans that we are now. Its
much easier to root for someone if you feel like you know
them a little bit, or that you know because youve talked
to them that having you up in the stands makes a difference.
Theres an inclusive attitude in the WNBA that is different
from other professional sports and that, for us, makes us
feel good about being fans.
is an expression of our fandom and, hopefully, it can be for
yours as well.