When we originally began this site, one of my dreams was for us to be able to assist in bringing NBA basketball to Oklahoma City. Now that we have succeeded, TheLostOgle is ready to venture into a new campaign. This is the new objective:
Write your congressman! Talk to Mayor Mick when you see him buying a Fresco Taco! Get Clay Bennett to buy Seattle’s franchise! Alert Steve Hunt to start an opposition website! We need one of these teams. This is, after all, a football town.
No one will ever accuse Clay Bennett of being too secretive. After getting embarrassed because of personal emails and watching his franchise have the big unveiling of its new name and team logo come via a third party, it is happening again. The team uniforms, which are supposedly being revealed today, have already been teased by someone who got an early copy of the video game NBA 2K9.
While it’s fun to see the Thunder organization continue showing ineptitude, there are some secrets we wish Clay Bennett would be intrusted with:
I’m sure there are plenty of things our readers would like for Clay Bennett to know, as well. Leave your request in the comments section.
Update: The jerseys are now official, and they look very much, well exactly, like the video above. Don’t believe me? See for yourself…with the bonus of seeing four really uncomfortable players model them.
We’ve received way too many visits over the past week from people looking for stuff related to the sucky and boring Oklahoma City Thunder logo. To keep those visitors happy, here is a great, sarcastic visual interpretation of how bad the logo is.
*Thanks to the clever and angry graphic artist dude for sending this too me.
We are starting to hear some consistent rumblings that the pretty little logo you see above is a fake. To make things better, we are also hearing that the logo may have be “leaked” by the team itself in an (apparently successful) attempt to build interest for today’s announcement. And by using the words “build interest”, I think they really mean scaring the living hell out of us and tricking us to believe they hired a blind WNBA fan to design their logo.
Yeah, I have no clue what to believe right now. One part of me wants the logo to be real, so that the people at ESPN, FoxSports, MSNBC and other places don’t get too mad at us. On the other hand, I’d like the logo to disappear in Clark Matthews’ garage and never be seen again.
Anyway, I guess the only way to know for sure is to turn on the news tonight at 5:00pm and see what is unveiled. Or, I can be a total tool and request a text alert from The Sports Animal or NewsOK.com. Or, I can just write about it here and then read what I wrote. Or I can just get drunk. That doesn’t sound too bad.
When the schedule for the Oklahoma City To-Be-Announceds (but probably the Thunder) came out there were some bittersweet feelings for the old Hornets fans. Desmond Mason, who acted as the de facto face of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets while they played in a market whose fanbase struggled to name five players from the entire league but were intimately aware of him as a former Oklahoma State star, was coming to town for opening night as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Not anymore.
Just as the Bucks traded Mason to the Hornets on the eve of their debut in Oklahoma City three years ago, the Bucks again have traded him to the TBAs on the eve of their debut in Oklahoma City. In a three team deal that also included the Cleveland Cavaliers, OKC picked up Mason and Joe Smith and parted with Luke Ridnour and Adrian Griffin. The deal is being characterized as a salary dump by the TBAs, but it will likely be much more.
Sure Desmond was known primarily for his fugly jumpshot and jawdropping dunks, but what he really brings to the team is tenacious defense and the willingness to make hustle plays (something many NBA players refuse to do). He also brings the steadiness of a veteran to a team loaded with young talent. The fact that he is a former Cowboy and an established fan favorite in this market fails to hurt, as well. And from a personal standpoint, I am happy that Desmond never had to play for Kelvin Sampson who is now an assistant coach for Milwaukee.
I tried to get Patrick’s input on today’s deal, but after I told him the news, I heard a bunch of screaming and profanity. Plus, it sounded like he was throwing things. I will take that to mean he, too, wishes Desmond luck.
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