Sue Bird needs a new jersey.
The 2023 NWSL Championship final features a conflict of interests for the WNBA legend. Her partner Megan Rapinoe plays for OL Reign. But she also is a co-owner of NJ/NY Gotham FC and close friends with team captain Ali Krieger. Both Rapinoe and Krieger will be playing in the final match of their careers.
So naturally, that makes things interesting for Bird. Who does she root for? The team for which her longtime partner plays? Or the team in which she quite literally has a vested interest?
While the ideal outcome for Bird might be a draw, that isn’t a possibility in the winner-take-all match. But Bird is still looking to play down the middle. She took to Instagram on Monday to ask if anyone has a plug for a dual jersey.
“Anyone got the plug on a Donna Kelce type jersey?” she wrote, tagging both Rapinoe and Krieger – as well as Travis and Jason Kelce.
LET THE BIRD BOWL BEGIN!We're already on it, @S10Bird! pic.twitter.com/a3obdOSW54— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) November 7, 2023
LET THE BIRD BOWL BEGIN!We're already on it, @S10Bird! pic.twitter.com/a3obdOSW54
Donna Kelce, of course, is the now-famous mother of NFL stars Travis and Jason. Travis stars for the Kansas City Chiefs at tight end, while Jason is a center for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The two played against one another in the Super Bowl earlier this year, prompting Donna to wear a jersey that had Travis’ number on the front and Jason’s on the back. She also wore a jacket that was split down the middle with her two sons’ numbers and team logos and their last name written across the back.
Here’s to hoping Bird can get a similar hookup for Saturday’s final, which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego. The NWSL appears to be on the case, having written, “LET THE BIRD BOWL BEGIN! We’re already on it, @S10Bird!”