To say that there has been plenty of news coming out of the Seattle Storm lately would be a gross understatement.
In addition to the team changing its logo, the Storm won the award for Seattle Sports Story of the Year at the Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards and Katie Lou Samuelson, who the Storm recently traded for in that five-team blockbuster involving the Phoenix Mercury, Dallas Wings, New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx, was named to USA Basketball’s 3×3 team to replace Napheesa Collier.
Sue Bird also made major news with the announcement that she was starting a new women’s sports and lifestyle outlet with Alex Morgan, Chloe Kim and Simone Manuel. Bird may have also let something else slip that Cathy Engelbert and the WNBA probably wanted to keep under wraps until we got closer to the season.
In an interview with Percy Allen of the Seattle Times, Bird revealed that in addition to the traditional sets of uniforms our twelve teams will be donning this season that the WNBA plans to take a page out of the playbook of its big brother, the NBA.
The plan is for the introduction of special “city edition” jerseys for all 12 teams – just in time for the league’s 25th anniversary.
The release, according to Bird, is to be made sometime in April.
There’s your tease that I probably wasn’t supposed to say.
–Sue Bird, Seattle Storm (Seattle Times)
We are glad that she said it because it will once again incite a robust debate on WNBA Twitter about the jerseys our ballers don. The NBA’s “City Edition” gear has become a hit amongst fans and more alternate jerseys have been introduced this season so teams can have more merchandise to sell as they hope to recover lost revenue from the pandemic.
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) December 22, 2020
Brooklyn-inspired Liberty wear? Capitol-themed Mystics uniforms? Lake Michigan-based for the Sky? A Hoosiers homage for the Fever? Sun, sand and palm trees of the Sparks? Desert and cacti with the Mercury? A Sonics throwback for the Storm?
Sign. Us. Up.
And – as a memo to the Dallas Wings, a little throwback to a certain other Texas team that won four WNBA championships in the league’s infancy would be well-appreciated as well.