Roger L. Simon

Father's Day (and birthday) update

To celebrate Madeleine’s birthday, we went to our first Los Angeles Sparks game. It was a lot more fun than I had expected, the players were good (a woman on the Sparks from Zaire whose name is Maketa hit seven of nine three-pointers – a record) and the atmopshere more family and relaxed than the NBA. Cheaper too, of course. Because it was Father’s Day, they invited father’s and daughters (some sons) down on the field to welcome the Sparks with high-fives.
They also gave the kids basketballs. Here’s Madeleine enjoying hers and the Sparks’ victory over the Sacramento Monarchs, last year’s WNBA champs.
Later she was able to get the ball signed by Sparks star Lisa Leslie, arguably the greatest woman player of all time. (She once scored 101 points in a game – take that, Kobe!) She and the other Sparks were very generous with the kids.