Thursday, June 7, 2012
OKC Can Kiss My Ass
I'm not an irrational person by nature. I typically have the calm demeanor of a left handed Scorpio. I've been watching sports for over 30 years, but none of my past experiences prepared me for what I went through last night as I watched the Oklahoma City Thunder reach the NBA finals. I knew it was a distinct possibility this day would come. The Thunder have a talented core of players and their window of opportunity is open right now. They have seized the moment and I for one couldn't be more upset about it. Why can't I just be happy for Kevin Durant and company?
BECAUSE IT'S NOT FAIR!!! I'M BITTER THE SONICS WERE TAKEN FROM MY CITY!!! I'M ANGRY I HAVE TO WATCH KEVIN DURANT FULFILL THE PROPHECY IN OKLAHOMA CITY!!! I'M DEPRESSED SEATTLE ISN'T BUZZING WITH CHAMPIONSHIP ASPIRATIONS!!! In short, the Oklahoma City Thunder reaching the NBA finals has me emotionally drained.
I hear people all the time make corny jokes(Reggie Miller last night)about the team being taken from Seattle, but as a 206 native I don't think that sh*t is funny. No other city has experienced the loss Seattle has. Certainly other sports franchises have relocated over stadium disputes, but this is different. THEY TOOK THE TEAM WHEN IT HAD KEVIN DURANT ON IT!!! What city has ever lost a team with a future hall of famer on the roster? What team has ever moved to a city with a SMALLER market?
I know it's not the player's fault and the people of Oklahoma City aren't personally responsible for what happened, but that doesn't make me feel any better. Sports fans are emotional and nothing makes a sports fan happier than when the hometown team is playing for a championship. That feeling has been taken away from me over politics, greed, and a shady oil man. People in Cleveland don't like Art Modell, people in Baltimore don't like the Irsay family, and I don't like Clay Bennett.
To make matters worse, the Thunder will be facing a geriatric Celtics bunch or a schizophrenic Miami Heat team. Either way you gotta like their chances. Am I alone in this mindset or do others feel the same?