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Originally published Friday, September 17, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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The Seattle Storm: The drive and skills to be WNBA Champions. Again!

The Seattle Storm's capture of its second WNBA title is icing on the cake for a team that gives the Seattle area quality basketball at affordable prices.

THERE is so much to savor about the Seattle Storm's capture of its second WNBA title, a fitting cap to a thrilling season.

First, a moment of gloating. When the Atlanta Dream took the lead Thursday night, their fans in the sold-out Philips Arena likely thought a win was a done deal. But they don't know the Seattle Storm the way this region knows them. The women in green pressed on, swept the Dream 87-84 and clinched the title.

There is a lesson there about bringing not just skills, but focus and perseverance, if you plan to win.

Times sports columnist Jerry Brewer captured the Storm championship win best: "This isn't some random, star-aligned feat. It's the culmination of lessons learned, disappointments outlasted and strategies redefined."

A sense of history adds to the sweet taste of victory. The Storm is the only team in WNBA history to sweep through seven playoff games en route to a title.

Beyond hometown pride, the Puget Sound region owes team players a debt of gratitude for pure athleticism and gamesmanship, things that can't be downplayed this year in light of the less-than-impressive performance of other teams around the state.

It's been quite a year for the Storm's star players, Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson. Proper due also must be given to Storm owners Dawn Trudeau, Lisa Brummel, Anne Levinson and Ginny Gilder. The four women underscore the value of local, independent ownership.

The WNBA may not have the high-flying acrobatics of the NBA, but a growing fan base proves it doesn't need to. The fans filling up KeyArena want athletic skills, consistency and a quality game. Add in moderate ticket prices that make Storm games affordable family entertainment and this region has a real treasure.

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