I apologize in advance. Just read 700 pages of Bill Simmons, so I've started to think and write like him.
We've got a game going at work called "The Threshold Game." Basically, what's the lowest common denominator of doing something. Work Example:
Would you bang the hottest chick in the office, if you first had to bang the fattest (and I'm talking Mark Mangino-fat)? No.
Would you bang the hottest chick AND the 2nd hottest, if you first had to bang the fattest? Hmmm...no.
Would you bang the hottest, 2nd hottest, and nobody ever knew you banged the worst? Deal.
BINGO - that's how the Threshold Game works. Get it? You can use this for millions of situations.
Which brings up a subject I've debated for about 15 years now. What's the lowest level of basketball that would beat a WNBA team?
First, I'll give you a lame real-world example in which I participated. In 7th grade hoops, we scrimmaged the High School Varsity Girls team. We destroyed them, it wasn't even close. And A) we sucked, B) they lost like 3 games all year, and C) they wouldn't let us block shots. So, for context, a crappy 7th grade boys team rolled one of the best Varsity Girls team in school history. Rolled!
I think it's pretty obvious all NBA, and D1 schools would destroy a WNBA team. We'll even take the best WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (yes, I had to look this up).
Next, lets take a mediocre DIII squad - oh, say, UW-Eau Claire. I know the tallest team doesn't always win, but WNBA's Mercury has a mere 4 players over 6-0 tall, and zero players over 200 pounds. UWEC? Again, a pretty crappy D3 squad: Everyone is at least 6" (with 10 at least 6"-5") and 11 at least 200 pounds. UWEC would absolutely destroy the WNBA chanps.
After this, to make a long story short, we decided the top 10 high school squads in Wisconsin (Washington, Tosa East, Madison Memorial, Vincent, Oshkosh West, etc...) would win, also would 8 random guys from Lincoln Park in Milwaukee or James Madison park in Madison.
What's my point? I have no idea other than work is more fun to playing The Threshold Game at than doing actual work. Agree? Disagree? And wouldn't this increase you viewership of WNBA games? If the Phoenix Lesbians played Milwaukee King HS, would you watch? I would. I think this should be proposed to Mr. Stern.