If it is one thing we at Beyond The W are always here for it is when our beloved ladies of the WNBA make crossovers into the pop culture end of the spectrum.
Whether it is appearances in music videos or strutting their stuff on the red carpet or walking down the runway at New York Fashion Week. W players are deserving of their flowers and they are getting more of those as the profile of the women’s game continues its meteoric rise.
It has been over a month since the Las Vegas Aces went back-to-back with their WNBA championship act. For those who need a refresher – the Aces triumphed over the New York Liberty in four games to repeat as WNBA champions following defeating the Connecticut Sun (also in four games) following last season.
If it was not made clear enough last season, it was certainly made clear following 2023 that the path to a WNBA championship for the other 11 (soon to be 12 or 13) teams – including the seafoam, copper and black – goes through Sin City.
These Aces are still basking in the double glow of going back-to-back – as they should. Why be humble when a team like this is on the verge of dynasty status.
And these Aces have been living it up ever since. Remember when A’ja Wilson was serenaded by the one and only Usher at one of his Las Vegas residency concerts? Wilson may have ice in her veins on the court, but she looked like she was going to melt into molasses being THAT CLOSE to the GOAT Usher Raymond.
So…what are the Aces manifesting for their next act? Well….let’s check Kiah Stokes’ Twitter….
Did….did she just pitch the Aces to be on Steve Harvey’s Family Feud? Did she?
Great. Minds. Think. Alike.
That’s at least two Aces who are down with the idea….and one can certainly add Syd Colson and Wilson herself as a yes and yes.
Add in Las Vegas’ social media team – who we know is always on point with theirs.
Ok…we are not just saying this has to happen. This needs to happen.
And we think it will.
This is exactly the sort of WNBA-pop culture crossover that the W could use. Firstly – for the Wilson factor in itself.
There are many superb talents throughout the WNBA’s ranks that can stake claim to being a “face of the league.” One can say Breanna Stewart. One could say Alyssa Thomas. One could say a Brittney Griner or a Diana Taurasi. One could even say a Skylar Diggins-Smith or an Arike Ogunbowale. One could even say a Jewell Loyd, Sabrina Ionescu or Aliyah Boston.
But there is no question after the last couple of seasons that South Carolina’s very own is the face of the league. While it is a hotly discussed and debated topic among WNBA folks on social media, the proof has certainly been in the pudding the last couple of years.
Not to mention the personality and swagger there is throughout the WNBA is well-seen with all of its players and throughout all 12 of its teams. It is particularly on another level with the Aces – a team of mostly Black ballers that is great at what they do.
Plus…one has to keep it a bean. We would watch just to hear Syd’s answers alone. For anyone who has watched Steve Harvey’s version of Family Feud, some of the contestants on that game show have given some…let’s just say….legendary answers to a few of his questions.
Heck … many of those classic moments have even been posted to the show’s YouTube page. Colson is a guaranteed laugh and we know she will have a few responses that will have Mr. King of Comedy himself thinking what was he thinking when he invited these women onto his show.
And – for added measure – let us throw coach Becky Hammon on there as well! Our guess is that she will have a few responses to questions that will really get laughs from Aces players.
So…whoever needs to get in touch with whomever to make this happen…make it happen – and three strikes on everyone if these conversations are not already taking place because the culture (Black and W) needs this!