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STORM SEASON

BASKETBALL DEMIGODDESS SUE BIRD ON TITLE IX, THE WNBA, ACTIVISM, AND COMING OUT.
SEATTLE STORM | WNBA

COVER STORY

On August 8, looking tired, Sue Bird sat down outside the visiting team’s locker room after the Seattle Storm endured a lopsided 81-74 loss to the Connecticut Sun. The mood outside the Storm locker room was subdued and unusually quiet. After all, the team was struggling through a season that they should have been dominating, given their talented roster. They’d won only one game since the All-Star break. Two days later, in a late-season push to make the playoffs, the Seattle Storm fired their head coach, Jenny Boucek, after her two-plus mediocre seasons at the helm. On this night, if Bird was frustrated with her team or soon-to-be-fired coach, she didn’t show it. She is, as always, the consummate professional.

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This issue, we chose basketball champion Sue Bird of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm as our cover girl. This newly out, four-time Olympic gold medal winner is a lesson in strength, persistence, and humility. I hope you enjoy Lucy J. Madison’s excellent interview on page 62. And if Sue Bird isn’t enough to inspire you to support your favorite team or athlete, be sure to go see Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone, when it is released nationally on September 22. Battle of the Sexes is about the famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. King and Riggs played in the Houston Astrodome, and the match was nationally televised in 1973, long before ESPN and the Tennis Channel
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