I became a fan of the WNBA and the Indiana Fever last season after watching the Fever tough out their last couple of regular season games and the post-season. I was amazed at the toughness of these ladies. They showed great resiliency and I was impressed by that "never give up" attitude they had.
The other day I decided to read the blogs by Tully and Mika and was surprised to learn that many of these WNBA players actually play basketball year-round. As soon as their WNBA season is over they'll go overseas and play in a foriegn league (or visa versa as is the case w/Tully Bevilaqua, for example). Moreover, once over-seas play is done, some of these ladies barely make it back stateside before the WNBA season actually begins. There's a brief post-game interview on the Fever's website that illustrates this point very well.
Ebony Hoffman and Tammy Sutton-Brown has just flown in from overseas the night before their Saturday night game against the Washington Mystics on 5/17. I was like, "Wow!" I didn't know that.
Comparatively speaking, I wonder who has it tougher? The ladies of the WNBA or their male counterparts in the NBA? Granted, the WNBA season is only 34 games long and only goes from about mid-May to early August (although this year there will be a month long gap from 28 July to 29 August to accommodate the summer Olympics) compared to 82-games in the NBA, but let's not forget that these ladies do play year round overseas.