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The Perfect Storm

Seattle Storm fans celebrate the Storm's WNBA Championship in the rain last friday at the Key.

Seattle Storm fans celebrate the Storm's WNBA Championship in the rain last friday at the Key.

Thousands packed the Key Friday night, as rain-drenched but fiercely loyal fans welcomed home the Seattle Storm, winners of the 2010 Women’s National Basketball Association championship.

The festive occasion marked the fourth national championship brought home by Seattle teams. The Storm brought home two of the four – 2004 and 2010. The only other wins were by the Seattle Supersonics in 1979 and – reaching way, way back, the Seattle Metropolitans who won the Stanley Cup in 1917.

Friday Night’s rally and reception drew public officials like Congressman Jay Inslee, Secretary of State Sam Reed, Legislators Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Mary Lou Dickerson, Reuven Carlyle, Joe McDermott and  Phyllis Kenney, King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Councilmembers Jan Drago and Larry Phillips. And, of course, there were four proud Seattleites. Mayor Mike McGinn proclaimed “Seattle Storm Day,” backed by councilmembers Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell and me.

The pride we felt was mutual. But I may have been one of the few who could remember the bad old days when women weren’t allowed to play full-court basketball. I shared my story with Coach Brian Agler of playing half court basketball just before the Storm put in a joyous public appearance.

“I can remember playing in Oklahoma, in the Eighth Grade,” I confided.

“Where in Oklahoma?” asked Coach Agler in his soft, southern accent.

“Lawton,” I said, remembering my youth as a service brat.

“Miami,” he countered, recalling a different Oklahoma city.”But I do remember being in Lawton.”

Like the rest of a star-spangled evening, it was a moment to cherish.