Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Thunder Up!

Y'all know I love our NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder by now, right?  Up until now, we have not had a professional sports team.  College football was (and still is) huge in our state, and that means that most people are either an OU or OSU fan.  You either wear crimson and cream or orange and black.  And most people are extremely passionate about which team they follow.  So you could say there has always been a bit of a sports divide here (I'm an OU fan, by the way.  Just had to throw that in there).  But now we have a team that everyone likes.  Gone are the days of division, and hello to unification under the new colors of blue and white and orange. There is something sort of cool about seeing an entire city come together to cheer on their home team.

Since having the Thunder in our city, Mike and I had attended a grand total of 1 game.  The first year the franchise was here we saw the Thunder play the Houston Rockets and our team lost miserably (like they did most games that first year).  Still it was fun.  I had never been to a professional sporting event ever, so I really enjoyed it and hoped to go back soon.  Well between ticket prices and a busy schedule, we just never got there.  In the mean time, though, our team got good.  Real good.  So good in fact that they made it to the NBA finals.  That's the Super Bowl of the basketball world.  Tickets for these games are off the charts expensive (for decent seats anyway).  So when Mike called me yesterday to say that his boss had given him two tickets for us to attend last night's first finals game, I was shocked!  I immediately called my dad to see if he could babysit, and thankfully he could.  It was on!

We arrived about an hour before the game was to start and found our seats.  They were not too far up, definitely not the nosebleeds.  In fact, as we sat down, we noticed the ESPN booth set up right behind us and who should we see there?  None other than Magic Johnson!  He was getting ready to do the pregame show and his cell phone slipped out of his pocket and down below Mike's chair.  Of course Mike picked it up and handed it back to him where their conversation consisted of Magic saying "thanks" and Mike just saying "no problem!"  Of course Mike and Magic are instantly BFFs now.  At least in Mike's mind they are.....

Anyway, the game was a lot of fun.  Extremely loud (the place is called Loud City for a reason, folks) and the best part of the night was that we beat the Heat.  Literally!  One win down, three more to go.  We ended up getting home at 11:30 and by the time we crashed into bed around midnight we were exhausted.  Even though it was pretty physically tiring, I am kind of hoping his boss hands us two more tickets for tomorrow's Game 2.  We'll see. :)

Me before the game started
Here you can see how close we were to Magic.  It was cool that when he wasn't on camera, he would turn around, take his jacket off and watch the game.  

2 comments:

Maria Rose said...

Cool! That totally one-ups my newscaster obsession. You should probably start stalking retired sports celebs...

Susan Struck said...

Well, what unexpected fun was that?!