Well, the Oklahoma City Thunder, after going ahead of the Golden State Warriors 3 games to 1, ended up losing the series, losing game 7, 96-88. This was only the 10th time out of over 200 games that a team came back like that. In many ways, the Thunder outplayed the Warriors, but there was nothing they could do against the superpower three-point shooting of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Now that I live in Oklahoma, I can’t help but get pulled into the vortex of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA this season has been dominated by two teams for the ages, with astonishing records, hailed by many as among the best teams ever: The San Antonio Spurs and (above all) the Golden State Warriors.
In the Western division playoffs, the Thunder first eliminated the Spurs and now has taken a 3-1 lead against the Warriors. Winning one more game in the best-of-seven series will put them in the championship series, against either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Toronto Raptors.
These wins, every one an upset–and the last two blowouts–have been fun to watch, to make a huge understatement. This has really united the state, as everyone–despite race, color, creed, social position, or politics–is insane over the Thunder. [Read more…]
The NCAA basketball tournament is underway. My two alma maters, Oklahoma and Kansas, are in the thick of it. So what are your predictions? Who will be in the Final Four? Who will be in the championship game? Who will win? [Read more…]
If you are playing football, say, and the opposing team has Superman as a player, it is going to be difficult and probably impossible to win. The Golden State Warriors have a player, Steph Curry, with a super power. He can sink three-point shots from virtually any place on the court, far beyond the three-point line.
In one of the best basketball games I’ve ever seen, in what some are calling the NBA game of the year, the Oklahoma City Thunder played Golden State (which has only lost 5 games all season) and actually led for most of the game. It would have won, if a foul in the last .7 second didn’t result in two free throws that let the Warriors tie the game and sent it into overtime.
But Curry kept launching those three-point shots, bringing the Warriors back into the game again and again, tying the NBA record with 12 three-pointers. And in the very last moments, Curry shot from what looked like 6 feet back from the three-point line. It went in smoothly, and the Warriors won the game 121-118.
But I was proud of the Thunder, who gave the Warriors their toughest game all season, even if they did have someone with super powers on their team. [Read more…]
The St. Louis Rams are moving to Los Angeles. The Oakland Raiders might also move to Los Angeles. And if they don’t, the San Diego Chargers will. L.A.’s two teams might even play in the same stadium!
L.A. lost two teams in the 1990s–ironically, the Rams and the Raiders–but now will have two at the same time. The NFL owners approved the move from St. Louis, despite the city’s proposal to build a new stadium. Yes, L.A. is the nation’s second biggest media market, but small market cities like Green Bay and in basketball Oklahoma City can still have successful and profitable professional teams.
Losing an NFL franchise is traumatic for any city, but it should hit St. Louis especially hard, with its reputation of being such a great sports city. What’s happening, all you Lutherans from St. Louis? [Read more…]