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Ready to Rumble
By Megan Rossman
January 5, 2012
I have never been a big sports fan. During my youth, the men in my family would stand in front of the television screaming at college football games, and I would retire to my bedroom, where I would guide my various toys through more gentle activities, like dancing and flying. Physical competition, with the exception of the Olympics, has never been my thing. I am drawn more to noncombative “sports,” like ice skating and dog shows.
Hearing that the Seattle SuperSonics were relocating to Oklahoma City in 2008, and being a Seattle-area native, I was more interested in the controversy surrounding the move than the actual prospect of having an NBA team. Seattle fans were mad; Okies were glad. I kept hearing this move signified that Oklahoma City was a major-league city; this was about more than just having a basketball team. We had arrived.
I could see the logic in that sentiment, but it still did not make me want to watch a basketball game. However, being a lover of all things complimentary, it was hard for me to turn down the free Thunder tickets my brother, a Chesapeake employee, kept getting. So I went to a game. And then a funny thing happened—I loved it.
I blame television for my inability to appreciate basketball up until that point. The energy of the fans, the superhuman way the players traverse the court, the grace of Kevin Durant—these things translate clumsily to pixels, no matter how high-def your television. As far as I’m concerned, you haven’t really watched basketball until some stranger’s spilled a $6 Budweiser on you as they jump up screaming at a referee’s bad call.
Of course, most of us can’t go to every home game, so the TV or computer does come in handy. There’s no admission fee, the refreshments are cheaper, and you can even watch the game in your underwear, if that’s your thing. Still, it’s a pale substitution for the in-person experience.
Anyway, the point of all this is: If you haven’t been to a Thunder game yet, go. There’s something magical about watching Oklahomans rally around their hometown heroes. Thunder up.