Sacramento Monarchs

Monarchs Basketball

Flags fly forever. I know I get zero points for originality with that statement but it has been around forever. More importantly though it is true and a mantra we should never forget.

Regardless of who wins the championship or whether it is in a random recreational league or a major professional sports league quite honestly doesn’t matter. While not all championships are created equal, they do count the same. Even if it is from a defunct team like the 2005 Sacramento Monarchs.

The bottom line though, is that how much a championship matters is personal to each and every individual. As a fan you may feel like part of the team, but your life doesn’t change when your favorite team raises the trophy at the end of the season. Because at the end of the day, that moment is fleeting as there may come a day when that team doesn’t even exist. In the case of the Monarchs they ceased existence just four years after winning their lone championship so what are fans left with other than some old t-shirts and merchandise?

The championships that really matter are from the DFS standpoint as they put money into your pocket. The best thing about it is that every day there are basketball games there is a chance to make some real money. And that directly impacts your life as who among us doesn’t want more cash in their pockets?

Courtney ParisI digressed though as I made it all about myself. While the Monarchs only exist in the past tense no one is ever taking that championship away. Things accelerated pretty quickly for Sacramento after their inception in 1997 which led to their 2005 championship. The following season the Monarchs made it back to the finals only to lose to Detroit. After petering out in the semifinals for each of the next two seasons, Sacramento finished in sixth place in 2009 before ceasing operations.

In our current state we are pretty lucky when it comes to major sports leagues. New expansion teams pop up occasionally but existing teams don’t go away. Professional sports teams are a commodity and there is always more supply than demand and they are one of the most secure investments out there. After all in the middle of a global pandemic with no signs of it coming to a conclusion anytime soon, the Mets sold for $2.6 billion. This is following a season that had no fans and with no clear road map of when there will be fans again or in what manner they will be at the stadium.   

What we don’t remember, because it happened before our time, is that professional sports teams weren’t always the permanent fixtures of society they have become. Teams winning championships and then folding used to be a common occurrence but this was back when leagues were in their infancy. There was a tenuous time in sports history that now is a forgotten relic that sounds just unfathomable. Instead it just highlights how far the WNBA has had to come and the progress they still need to make.

That did take a serious turn but there will always be 2005. That is the thing about championships. Regardless of what happens you always have something to fall back on. After all, isn’t that the reason why we do anything. I can’t lie though and say that watching a favorite team lift the trophy is better than receiving that GPP payout with as many zeroes at the end as possible. And for that you need all of the help you can get.