The Atlanta Dream had to win on Thursday night in order to keep their championship hopes alive.
Unfortunately for Atlanta sports fans, the Dream were unable to do so as the Seattle Storm hoisted the 2010 championship trophy.
The Dream had gone undefeated through the conference semifinals and finals, but apparently ran out of gas as they reached the league championship series against the Storm and the 2010 league MVP.
Still wondering who the Atlanta Dream are? Still not sure what sport they play? Well, shame on you because the 10,522 fans inside Philips Arena on Thursday night already know.
The Dream are the WNBA team here in Atlanta and despite a disappointing end to the 2010 season, they were the most impressive team to take the court/ice inside Philips Arena this year—not the Hawks and certainly not the Thrashers.
Led by budding superstar Angel McCoughtry, the Dream won the Eastern Conference Championship in dominating fashion by sweeping the first two rounds of the 2010 playoffs.
McCoughtry averaged 26.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals during the Dream's postseason run, but it wasn't enough as Atlanta was swept by the Storm and league MVP Lauren Jackson in three games.
The Dream lost all three games by a combined eight points.
The last time that Philips Arena was open for sporting events, the Atlanta Hawks were getting blown out of the NBA Playoffs in historic fashion—a record 25.3-point margin of defeat—at the hands of the Orlando Magic.
And in the NHL, a league where more than half the teams make the postseason, the Atlanta Thrashers finished 10th in the Eastern Conference—missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the ninth time in the franchise's 10-year history.
The bottom line is that the Hawks and Thrashers have shared Philips for 11 years and the only banner raised by either team was a Southeast Division Champions pennant following the Thrashers 2006-07 season. (Apologies to the banner hung by Widespread Panic for 15 consecutive sellouts)
In the Dream's third year of existence, they've already accomplished more than the two other teams that they share a roof with have in more than a decade.
Maybe the Hawks and Thrashers can learn a thing or two from the Dream's impressive 2010 campaign because, after all, maybe losing isn't for the birds.
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