Tina Thompson of the Los Angeles Sparks put an end to our long national nightmare last night by finally becoming the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer. Until last night’s game against the San Antonio Silver Stars, we were so on edge during Thompson’s assault on Lisa Leslie’s record – which we dubbed “The Chase” – we couldn’t bring ourselves to even watch WNBA games.
The 35-year-old Thompson, a 6’2″ forward, took 14 long years to break Leslie’s mark, and we give her serious credit for her perseverance. Hell, one WNBA game is excruciating, we can’t imagine someone lasting through 14 years of them. It must have felt like she was on a life-long episode of Fear Factor. Actually, more like a life-long episode of something really boring, like whatever it is they show on CNBC.
So did Thompson – who looks like David Allen Grier in a wig – break the least important record in sports? Yes, yes she did. At least we’ll make the assumption she didn’t use steroids in the process, though, so we are going to give her props for that.
Does anyone care? I’m sure someone cares, I just don’t know who they are or what planet they live on. In fact, I doubt I’ll ever meet anyone who doesn’t think Tina Thompson was an original cast member of In Living Color.
It seems safe to say that 50 years days from now Tina Thompson’s name will be about as well-remembered to history as Roger Connor’s. You know, the guy who had the career home run record before Babe Ruth.