The Ball Tipped Off At The WNBA All-Star Game, And No One Had Any Idea Which Way They Were Supposed To Be Going
I'm not going to treat ten of the best female basketball players on the planet not knowing which way to go one second after the tip-off of a game in which they compete professionally as an indictment of women's sports as a whole. It's undoubtedly an awful look for a proud but unpopular league that could use a hell of a lot more good ones, but I'm not going to make more of one laughable display of confusion than necessary.
Now, that's partially because I pity how easy of a target the WNBA made itself during the very first possession of their annual talent showcase, but it's also because I recognize how terribly unwatchable All-Star Games are across all sports, regardless of the gender participating. It may have been due to a collective lack of focus that the center who tipped the ball forward in the first place had to completely reverse course, for the second time in about six seconds, to fail miserably in trying to save an embarrassing sequence with an unsightly lay-up attempt. However, if I know anything about gimmicky games in which the winner goes home entirely unaccomplished it's that caring is hugely frowned upon.
Being so emotionally uninterested that you start off not knowing which end of the court you are even on is somewhat inexcusable, but it's only a more egregious example of the same type of apathy that has the NBA, NFL, and NHL constantly tinkering with their respective All-Star Games. The only way to "lose" a competition in which not competing to the best of your abilities is a sign of belonging is to be the loser that tries too hard. Therefore, while the WNBA kicked things off with a level of play that could make a 2nd grader's basketball IQ seem like that of LeBron James, it could actually be argued that they kicked things off with the quintessential All-Star effort. Hopefully that makes them feel better about becoming the butt of some pretty obvious jokes that will unfortunately-but-undoubtedly vary in degrees of sexism.