I'm not a rabid basketball fan, but some stories transcend the game. I first saw Whalen in the televised high school state tournament games, then playing for the Minnesota Gophers. When she came to the U, girls basketball was an obscure sport played in a little shoebox gym. Soon the seats were filled with rows of little girls wearing Lindsay Whalen jerseys. They were forced to move the girls' games into The Barn, and it turned out she could sell out the 14,000 capacity Williams Arena too. Her senior year she took the Gophers to the Final Four. That year Twins pitcher Johan Santana won the Cy Young award, the NBA's MVP was the Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett, but Lindsay Whalen was the Minnesota 2004 Sportsperson of the Year. For the last five years she has been an All-Star point guard for the Connecticut Suns. Until last week when she was traded to the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA.
Lindsay Whalen is back home.
(I was going to post some Youtube highlights, but whoever is the Whalen fan posting them has just brutal taste in music)