Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma finally has a professional sports team–the Oklahoma Sooner don’t count–and, within just a few years, it’s in the championship hunt!  The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 105-90, to win the seventh game playoff, putting them up against the Dallas Mavericks for the Western Division championship in the NBA.  The winner will play the Eastern champion, either the formerly always dominant Chicago Bulls or the superstar team of today the Miami Heat.   Wouldn’t it be something if the Thunder could beat either of those teams?  At any rate, the performance of the Thunder this year, with its great player Kevin Durant, is great for Oklahoma City and for all of my fellow Okies, including those of us in the post-Dust Bowl diaspora.

via Thunder top Grizzlies 105-90 to reach West finals – dailytribune.com.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Dave

    It’s hard for me to imagine that enough people actually live in Oklahoma to field a fan base. Is there any water there? ;-)

  • Dave

    It’s hard for me to imagine that enough people actually live in Oklahoma to field a fan base. Is there any water there? ;-)

  • http://necessaryroughness.org Dan at Necessary Roughness

    I love the Thunder! Having lived in Duncan for two years anything OKC almost has “homer” status in my opinion.

    I want them to win, but I also think Dirk Nowitzki needs a ring.

    Anybody but Miami. I wish D.Wade could have won a ring without LeBron. (yeah I live in Ohio now) :)

  • http://necessaryroughness.org Dan at Necessary Roughness

    I love the Thunder! Having lived in Duncan for two years anything OKC almost has “homer” status in my opinion.

    I want them to win, but I also think Dirk Nowitzki needs a ring.

    Anybody but Miami. I wish D.Wade could have won a ring without LeBron. (yeah I live in Ohio now) :)

  • Craig

    Dan

    D Wade won a ring in 2006 with Miami when they had Shaq. Wade was voted the Finals MVP.

  • Craig

    Dan

    D Wade won a ring in 2006 with Miami when they had Shaq. Wade was voted the Finals MVP.

  • http://necessaryroughness.org Dan at Necessary Roughness

    Well, that settles it, then. :)

    Go Thunder!

  • http://necessaryroughness.org Dan at Necessary Roughness

    Well, that settles it, then. :)

    Go Thunder!

  • DonS

    “post-Dust Bowl diaspora”? :-)

    Go Thunder!

  • DonS

    “post-Dust Bowl diaspora”? :-)

    Go Thunder!

  • SKPeterson

    Having lived through the wilderness years of the Mavericks, I’d like to see them win it all this year.

  • SKPeterson

    Having lived through the wilderness years of the Mavericks, I’d like to see them win it all this year.

  • Jimmy Veith

    To my big brother, “Dr. Veith”, the smartest person I know.

    You have not forgotten your humble beginnings. I am very glad that, despite your world travels, you are still loyal to the state of your birth.

    I know you are still a loyal Oklahoman not only because of your support of the Thunder, but also because of your love for the fine food products produced in Oklahoma, such as head country
    bar-b-q (made in Ponca City) and Griffin’s Waffle Syrup (made in Muskogee, “a place where even squares can have a ball”.)

    As a person who has never left the state of my birth, I have had the privilege to watch Thunder games on TV all season. They are indeed a team worthy of your support, and one of the youngest teams in the NBA. Our two best players, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are only 22 years old. James Harden, our great sixth man, is only 21. (The Dallas Mavericks are one of the oldest teams in the NBA. We may just run them to the ground.)

    By the way, while we are on the subject of Oklahoma City, it is no longer a dull sleepy cow town that it once was. With the renovations at “bricktown”, the river walk, a great minor league baseball park, great food, music venues, and now Thunder basketball, Oklahoma City is now a happen place!

    Go Thunder!

  • Jimmy Veith

    To my big brother, “Dr. Veith”, the smartest person I know.

    You have not forgotten your humble beginnings. I am very glad that, despite your world travels, you are still loyal to the state of your birth.

    I know you are still a loyal Oklahoman not only because of your support of the Thunder, but also because of your love for the fine food products produced in Oklahoma, such as head country
    bar-b-q (made in Ponca City) and Griffin’s Waffle Syrup (made in Muskogee, “a place where even squares can have a ball”.)

    As a person who has never left the state of my birth, I have had the privilege to watch Thunder games on TV all season. They are indeed a team worthy of your support, and one of the youngest teams in the NBA. Our two best players, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are only 22 years old. James Harden, our great sixth man, is only 21. (The Dallas Mavericks are one of the oldest teams in the NBA. We may just run them to the ground.)

    By the way, while we are on the subject of Oklahoma City, it is no longer a dull sleepy cow town that it once was. With the renovations at “bricktown”, the river walk, a great minor league baseball park, great food, music venues, and now Thunder basketball, Oklahoma City is now a happen place!

    Go Thunder!

  • Jimmy Veith

    Oops, I meant to say “happen’ in place.”

    Did I spell “happen’ in” correctly?

  • Jimmy Veith

    Oops, I meant to say “happen’ in place.”

    Did I spell “happen’ in” correctly?

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    No, Jimmy, it should be “happenin’”

    happening

    Then drop the final g, as we Okies are wont to do: happenin’

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    No, Jimmy, it should be “happenin’”

    happening

    Then drop the final g, as we Okies are wont to do: happenin’

  • Jimmy Veith

    To my big brother “Dr. Veith”, the smartest man I know.

    Thanks. The fact that you know how to spell “happenin”, just proves that despite you’re great scholarship and high academic achievements, you are still a “man of the people”.

  • Jimmy Veith

    To my big brother “Dr. Veith”, the smartest man I know.

    Thanks. The fact that you know how to spell “happenin”, just proves that despite you’re great scholarship and high academic achievements, you are still a “man of the people”.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Your to kind.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Your to kind.


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