Most people in Seattle were delighted by the Seahawks 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Sunday. However members of the city's WNBA franchise were left a little displeased.
The Seattle Storm were not impressed that the FOX announcers referred to the NBA team Seattle Supersonics as the last team from Seattle to win a championship in 1979.
In reality the Storm had won the WNBA championship in 2004 and 2010.
Team president and CEO Karen Bryant and three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson both took to twitter to show their anger:
"What's up w/reports re "no champ in Seattle since '79"? @seattlestorm 2004 AND 2010! @NFLonFOX @espn @espnWnews @wnba @nba #Respect" tweeted Bryant whilst Jackson said:
"We were good enough then and we are certainly good enough now to be acknowledged. @seattlestorm #littlerespectplease"
Jayda Evans of the Seattle times even referred to the slight as sexist: “It’s time to look at this quantifier for what it is — sexist,” Evans wrote. “The WNBA is the only successful women’s professional league in America. That makes it major. And that has to be recognized. Period. Finding a way to not mention it when simply throwing out a list of titles attached to a city is blatantly disregarding women’s pro sports and a city’s pride in its teams’ accomplishments.”
The Seattle Supersonics did win the title in 1979 but were moved to Oklahoma City and renamed the Thunder in 2008.
The Storm were founded in 2000 and have won two titles. They are one of only 12 teams competing in the WNBA and the only one of those teams to play in the Pacific Northwest.