First of all, sorry about posting that picture. That’s a shitty thing to do on a Monday following a tough Thunder loss. If you want to watch this video a few hundred times while moaning “Why! Why!! Whyyyyyyyy!!!” as tears roll down your face like the lady crying behind Kevin Durant as he hugged his family at the end of the 2012 NBA Western Conference Finals, I don’t blame you.
I’m not posting the pic because I’m mean. I’m doing it because the James Harden Trade (a.k.a. the worst moment in Oklahoma City sports history) came back to life yesterday. This was due to the Rockets visiting the Peake for an Easter matinee and this ridiculous Darnell Mayberry article that lists some reasons why the trade “will never die.”
The article, which reads like a “branded news” piece purchased by The Thunder Ministry of Propaganda, caught the eye of Bill Simmons:
OKC newspaper piece about the Harden trade leaves out the key point – they didn't have to trade him when they did. http://t.co/yrdgViPR9s
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) April 5, 2015
Bill has a point. The Thunder did not have to trade Harden when they did. They could have let him play the season out on his rookie contract and then either signed him as a RFA or traded him after the season. They also could have just done the right thing and signed the Beard to the max deal he deserved, named him a starter, and gone to war with a Durant – Westbrook – Harden triumvirate. Wouldn’t that have been nice? You could have put them on the court with Renzi Stone and Tim Heskett and named Travis Ford their coach and they still would have won 60-games and multiple titles. I guess it made too much sense.
Simmons followed that observation with a series of “facts” about the trade. This caught the eye of Kevin Durant. He had a simple four word message for the self-proclaimed Sports Guy:
After two weeks of heated competition, nail-biters and voting controversies, we’re finally at the Ogle Madness VIII Championship Game. The entire competition had morphed from a silly spring content filler into a symbolic battle of the two things Oklahomans love most – sports and weather.
Here’s your final matchup:
(2) Russell Westbrook vs. (2) Gary England
Yes, the bionic point guard goes up against the holy weather deity. This is the first all-male finals in Ogle Madness history, which proves that we’re all maturing. It’s also the second meeting in Ogle Madness history between Lord Gary and Westbrook. Way back in Ogle Madness V, Westbrook beat Gary in the Elite Eight en route to losing in the finals to Emily Sutton.
The Final Four matchup for both contestants wasn’t very close. Russ spun Joleen Chaney like a tilt-a-whirl while Gary England stormed through Olivia Munn with the might of a maxi-wedge grinder. If you want to check out how each person got here, and see how the entire Ogle Madness VIII bracket played out, you can view it here.
Anyway, so who will join Lauren Richardson, Kristen Chenoweth, Kevin Durant, Emily Sutton and Lacey Swope in Ogle Madness history? Vote after the jump. Polls are open through tomorrow.
Also, let’s give a round of applause to Tony for being our guide through all of Ogle Madness VIII. If you think voting is monotonous and gets kind of old, imagine what it’s like having to put together all these posts. He’ll be back on Wednesday with the Championship Game results.
Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of everyone’s favorite TLO column that features tweets! As I write this, I am sick from consuming too much Easter food and candy. Every year I think I’m not going to gorge myself on chocolate bunnies and Reese’s eggs. But every year I finish like a champ. What can I say? I’m dedicated to the ones I love.
Anyway, I’m going to assume that you’re a grown adult and you don’t have issues with eating too much candy. So I won’t even suggest that you are perhaps as nauseated as me. Instead, I’ll just encourage you to read all the tweets I have gathered for you after the jump!
Back when the Christina Fallin headdress controversy was happening, we posted a “Maxim: Hometown Hottie” submission pic of local model Mardi Nider. For the shoot, Mardi paid homage to her Native American roots…
When we posted the pic on the site, we included a poll asking if it was okay. 75% of TLO readers either voted “Yes” or “Not Sure. Having trouble thinking.” I guess it’s okay then.
I’m bringing this up because Mardi recently sent us an email. She did this because she loves us… and wanted to invite us to something:
My name is Mardi Nider and last March the Lost Ogle wrote an amazing article about me wearing a Native American headdress in my photos for Maxim. Needless to say, I love you guys!!!
While modeling is something I truly love, the passion and love I have for people is greater. The main reason I want to be model or actress or public figure is because it gives you a platform to bring awareness to the things that truly matter.
On April 12, 2015 at the Will Rogers Theatre I’ll be putting on my very first event here in OKC. *Vigilante en Vogue* will be a fashion show bringing together the biggest names in fashion from around our state to raise funds and awareness for the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Rescue Her. Rescue Her connects with at risk young girls to show them their true value, build self-esteem, strength, purpose and educate them on the dangers of sex trafficking. They travel throughout world to rescue children and women who are currently enslaved and build homes for the victims to live in and receive the physcial and emotional medical care they need to help them restore their their lives…I appreciate you guys -
Although she didn’t include a sexy selfie with “Keep Calm and Ogle On” written somewhere on her body with a magic marker, that’s pretty cool. It’s fun to have hot girls we write about email us. In fact, Mardi’s now the fifth hot girl Friday to have her name appear in the Ogle In-Box. The others are Divini Rae, Marla Morgan, Ashley Rodgers and The Vintage Doll. I think I may compile all of their emails into a book.
Anyway, it’s also cool that Mardi’s having this fashion show. You can buy tickets here. 100% of the profits go to Rescue Her. The names on the runway include The Factory, Blue Seven, Okies Rock, JLilly’s, Nicole Moan and Hannah Coury. Also, Christina Fallin has nothing to do with the show. She’s too busy “working” in Dubai.
There are some more pics of Mardi after the jump. Check them out and buy tickets to her fashion show. She’s our Hot Girl Friday:
A few weeks back, the Oklahoma City Not-The-89ers held a contest to determine the names of their new mascots. After a couple of rounds of nominations and voting, their identities have been released:
After receiving over 1,000 submissions for new mascot names, and close to 2,000 votes during the finals, the Oklahoma City Dodgers announced their new mascots will be named Brooklyn (female) and Brix (male).
“We had incredible response from all of our fans who wanted to share their input from start to finish,” said OKC Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes. “Once we narrowed down the field, it became pretty evident Brooklyn and Brix were the most popular choices. It’s a great combo that not only honors the Dodgers’ history, but also places an emphasis on the local community.”
Brooklyn and Brix? I guess nobody with the Bricktown Association mentioned to the team’s new owners that the worst restaurant in Bricktown’s history was a sports bar called “Brix.” Considering Bricktown was once home to the Daiquiri Zone, that’s saying something.
Also, I’ve known 10 girls named Brooklyn and I’m pretty sure they’ve all asked me to donate $1 to a deejay fund at one time or another. Seriously, they really gave the mascot a stripper name. That would be cool… if it wasn’t the name of a different city. I don’t care about Dodgers history, that’s insulting. They should have gone with a regular stripper name like Diamond, Sage or Pixie.
If you think the names stink like a Bricktown Ballpark bathroom on Thirsty Thursday, check out what the mascots look like…
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