New Sheriff In Town
Imagine Kobe’s reaction if Derek Fisher earns his 6th ring.
Please don’t choke like the OU football team. Those were my thoughts as I watched with huge interest from my couch in the LBC as the Thunder stumbled in the 1st half of Game 6. The Spurs were hammering them by 18. Chokelahoma. Here we go again. If the Thunder stumbled in Game 6 and then lost Game 7 in San Antonio, I’d hear it over and over. I’m a Laker fan, but anyone who knows me know the Thunder has a special place in my heart. It’s home. Other than the Sooners, who annually compete for a national championship in college football before biting the dust, Oklahoma has no team with a higher profile. Oklahoma State? Puhleez. We found out last year, with the exception of smacking OU, the Cowboys weren’t ready for prime time. OK, they beat Andrew Luck and Stanford, but is that the best you’ve got?
Did I ever tell you the story when I had to show up for work (and I mean HAD) at the L.A. Times, where half the paper consisted of Trojan geeks or brain surgeons, as Jim Healy astutely called them, after SC hammered the Sooners for all the marbles in 2004? Didn’t think so. The hanger didn’t even compare to the abuse I suffered. But I’m a big boy. I took it. And as they laughed, I kept telling them 1 day we’re going to smoke your ass too.
So I figured there was no freaking way the Thunder would let down the passionate basketball fans in Oklahoma. As I told a friend, they’ll play shitty until late in the 3rd quarter and hit high gear. Then, they’ll drop the Spurs, who still haven’t figured out what hit them since Game 3, like a bad habit. Close-out games bring out the worst in the best teams. And sure enough…
To my homies, cheers! You earned this 1.