Know Your Meme: The Iconic Images of the WNBA Wubble Season

By: Robocoko
Posted: January 9, 2021

Like the literally iconic image above of Arike Ogunbowale wearing her own merch to the press conference after taking the game to overtime with a buzzer-beater, these are the images I predict will live on long past the 2020 season. (And a couple of videos too.)

Vote Warnock

Remember that time the Atlanta Dream and the rest of the WNBA decided having an openly racist owner in the WNBA was unacceptable, researched her opponents and carefully chose to back Reverend Raphael Warnock, dedicated their media availability to supporting his campaign, and ultimately helped Warnock defeat said racist and flip the Senate blue? Yeah, me too.

This image will live on as a testament to the power of the athletes in the WNBA and how we should thank them every day that they refuse to “shut-up dribble:

Howdy, Cowboy

There is truly no good way to transition from a picture of WNBA players making history, so here is a picture of Connecticut Sun Coach Curt Miller and Atlanta Dream Coach Nicki Collen dressed like cowboys, which I predict will keep making me laugh for years to come:

Girl With A Glen Coco Shoe

This image of Lexie Brown is a work of art: from her Girl With a Pearl Earring And No Shits to Give expression, to her Mean Girls shoes:

Unsurprisingly, it immediately became a meme, my favorite of which was used to highlight Lexie’s feelings about the WNBA finally getting its due after helping Democrats win the Georgia runoffs.

Hang it in the Louvre

Speaking of works of art, this image of 5’9 Brittney Sykes blocking 6’9 Brittney Griner will be hanging right next to Lexie:

Allie Quig3y

This screengrab from a Chicago Sky practice perfectly captures the nightmares opponents have before having to guard three-point queen Allie Quigley:

Shey Peddy Calls Game

There were a number of incredible buzzer-beaters this season, but none of them got me more hype than Shey Peddy hitting a game-winning three to knock the team that had cut her earlier in the season out of the playoffs:

In addition to this photo, her team’s reactions were priceless, my favorite being Brondello literally on the floor.

Phee’s Shimmy

Reigning Rookie of the Year Napheesa Collier had a lot of expectations to live up to this season, and with Sylvia Fowles getting injured, she also had to step up as a leader. Phee truly stepped up and owned this new role as exemplified by her perfectly executed shimmy:

Legends recognized legends when she discussed shimmy technique with Steph Curry on her podcast with A’ja Wilson.

Sue Bird Keeps it Casual

As the 2020 WNBA champions, the Storm’s season will live on, from their bored looks on the sidelines to Stewie getting drunk on champagne. But perhaps the most iconic image was Sue Bird captured by fiance Megan Rapino looking completely nonplussed by her fourth championship:

Happy Holidays from the Carters

I’m pretty sure it was the Atlanta Dream account that original posted this photoshop of Chennedy Carter, and I laugh every time I see it:

The Connecticut Sun Bench Squad

I’m sorry to your team, but the Connecticut Sun were the undisputed best bench mob in the WNBA last season. There are many images to choose fun, but this is the one I hope lives on:

The Sky Rolling Into the Wubble

The Wubble season required creativity and the ability to adapt from all types, including the marketing team, like Sky Video Producer Amber Del Rio, who put together this incredible hype video from Florida, the beginning of which became instantly iconic:

The video was repurposed for various uses, including to taunt the Sky after losses [intentionally not linked].

Amaya and Holly Rowe

Dearica Hamby was one of the multiple mothers in the wubble, and her daughter Amaya became a fixture on the sidelines, with sideline reporter Holly Rowe occasionally playing the role of fun aunt. This video of Holly and Amaya is not only adorable but also emblematic of how the community came together to make this season work:

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