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One day in D.C.

While in Washington, D.C., for the All-Star game, the ESPN.com columnist experienced the strength, empowerment and joy of some women, and the everyday tragedy of others.

Updated: July 23, 2002, 12:36 AM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- We're inside the MCI Center on Monday, day of the WNBA All-Star game. Players visit and joke with each other and the media during interview time between practices.

A radio guy approaches Minnesota's Katie Smith, and with a big smile shows her his University of Arkansas class ring. He thinks he is breaking the ice with a fellow Razorback.

Smith says, politely, "No, I'm a Buckeye, Ohio State University.''

"Oh, really?'' Radio Guy says. "Well, I know there was a really ...

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