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    I'm going to stop putting all of my Sonics thoughts into the poorly titled "Blunder" fans thread. Maybe Birddog can forgive me even though I have a hard time forgiving the Thunder fans.

    Anyway, there have been a few articles I found interesting the last few days regarding the Sonics.

    This is probably my favorite one:

    Balmer and Nordstrom's join Chris Hanson

    In a letter to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine, Hansen identified Ballmer, who expressed interest in investing in basketball a few years ago, and Peter and Erik Nordstrom as part of his group.

    "These three gentlemen, like me, are committed to operating the arena and the NBA franchise in a way that represents and upholds the values of our community. They appreciate the role the Sonics played in this community for more than 40 years and see this project as an opportunity to bring that civic asset back to our community. They also understand the unique ability of professional basketball to positively affect urban youth," wrote Hansen
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    Why we should all root for the Miami Heat

    I would argue that how we choose to see the Heat and Thunder is a litmus test. It’s a litmus test that reveals how the sports radio obsession with villainizing twenty-first-century athletes blinds us to the swelling number of villains who inhabit the owner’s box. And in Oklahoma City, we have the kinds of sports owners whose villainy should never be forgotten.

    Strip away the drama and the Heat are called “evil” because their star players exercised free agency and—agree or disagree with their decision—took control of their own careers. The Thunder are praised for doing it the “right way,” but no franchise is more caked in original sin than the team from Oklahoma City. Their owners, Clay Bennett and Aubrey McClendon, with an assist from NBA Commissioner David Stern, stole their team with the naked audacity of Frank and Jesse James from the people of Seattle.


    While Bennett said all the right things about keeping the Sonics in Seattle, a team executive dinner on September 9, 2006, tells you all you need to know about the man and his motives. On that fine evening, the Sonics management, all held over from the previous ownership regime, all Pacific Northwesters, gathered in Oklahoma to meet the new boss. Bennett made sure they were sent to a top restaurant, and picked up the bill. As the Seattle execs sat down, four plates of a deep fried appetizer were put on the table. After filling their mouths with the crispy goodness, one asked the waitress what this curious dish with a nutty flavor actually was. It was lamb testicles. Bennett laughed at their discomfort and the message was clear: the Sonics could eat his balls.
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    What's Howard Schultz thinking?

    Schultz listens as more praise is ladled on the Thunder. He begins to suffer Bennett-envy. He's had these symptoms before.

    "Life is so unfair," Schultz groans. "I should be the toast of Seattle right now, not the espresso roast. I should be there at center court, like I was with the Storm in 2004, basking in the glory of this run. Taking credit for something I had very little to do with. I'm good at that.

    "This should be my time. Why did my trigger finger have to get so itchy? Why didn't I listen to some of my other owners, who begged me not to sell the team to some guy with a roving eye and an ache, like I once had, to be a hometown hero?
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    Howard Schultz dodges a question from Charlie Rose yesterday.


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    After filling their mouths with the crispy goodness, one asked the waitress what this curious dish with a nutty flavor actually was. It was lamb testicles.
    I'm here to tell ya that they're mighty tasty.

    03, In your quest to find solace, you can also put a lot of the blame squarely on the shoulders of George Shinn (former owner of the Hornets). Bennett tried to buy the Hornets or at least controlling interest in them several times and Shinn turned him down even though he was essentially broke. The Hornets eventually came to be owned by the NBA before recently selling to a private investor. Shinn recently said it might have been a mistake to turn Bennett down back then. Of course Bennett would have moved the team from NO, but that could still happen down the road unless this new ownership can get things going in a more positive direction. I don't think the NBA has done particularly well in NO anytime in their tenure as either the Hornets or the Jazz, much like Charlotte as either the Hornets or the Bobcats.
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    NBA on TNT giving props to Slick Watts for the headband

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    Also, this quote at about the 5:00 mark:

    In fairness one of the great tragedies, not having a team in Seattle, they had, they were the greatest fans
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birddog View Post
    I'm here to tell ya that they're mighty tasty.
    I'll have to take your word on that.
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    Trust me they're really good. Someone your age would probably have to have Ranch Dressing to dip them in though. Me, just a good squeeze of lemon as they are very lightly battered then fried, a little like tempura.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birddog View Post
    Trust me they're really good. Someone your age would probably have to have Ranch Dressing to dip them in though. Me, just a good squeeze of lemon as they are very lightly battered then fried, a little like tempura.
    I may have to be tricked into trying it like those executives were. I don't doubt that it probably tastes great.
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    Big Lo and Shawn Kemp





    To feel the heartache, you must find the biggest heart. And on the first night of the NBA Finals it literally and figuratively belonged to Lorin "Big Lo" Sandretzky, who sat in the corner of a bar owned by former Seattle SuperSonics forward Shawn Kemp and stared sadly at the television.

    Big Lo is something of a legend in Seattle. He calls himself "Seattle's Biggest Sports Fan," and at 417 pounds he probably is. When Seattle sports teams arrive home from long trips, Big Lo is the first person they see, standing alone by the side of the hanger. Once, when the Sonics flew back in a snowstorm, the players climbed off the plane to discover Big Lo had shoveled their cars from out of the drifts.

    That was back when Sonics coach Nate McMillan bought Lo's Sonics season ticket in the third row behind the basket. It seemed to McMillan the least he could do. But that was also back when the SuperSonics existed, before they moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 and became the Thunder and before the Thunder made the Finals, which was tearing Big Lo apart.

    "I'm like a lost little kid," Big Lo said. "When you're a kid you try to make sense of things. This is one of the things I can't make any sense of. It's like losing your favorite childhood toy or a friend."
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    I may have to be tricked into trying it like those executives were. I don't doubt that it probably tastes great.
    Do you like fried Calamari? It's similar, very similar in fact. Testicles, tentacles what's the diff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birddog View Post
    Do you like fried Calamari? It's similar, very similar in fact. Testicles, tentacles what's the diff?
    I've had it a few times. I think it tastes ok. It's not something I go out of way to order.
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    Gary Payton has a message fr Seattle: It's not our team anymore, Let's move on

    Whether [Gary Payton will] be in attendance at the Thursday parade in Seattle the show support for bringing an NBA team back to the city:
    "I sure will. I get into Seattle on Wednesday and I'm going to have a good time. When I come to Seattle I always have a good time. I wouldn't miss it for the world. Like I said, it's time for us to get our team back. This is a great proposal on the desk right now for the Seattle people and the politicians in Seattle. I think we should go ahead with this, we're never going to have this opportunity again. Let's go ahead and let's lock this up, and let's get NBA and the NHL back and let's start having fun again in the Emerald City. And I think that's what we need."
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    a sign at a barbershop in Seattle:



    as seen in this article
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    Sonics fans rally in support of arena

    Hansen took the stage wearing an old Sonics warm-up jacked with "Payton" on the back and was greeted by chants of "Thank you, Chris; thank you, Chris."

    Organizers of the event estimated the crowd at 6,000.

    "This is why I'm doing this, right here," Hansen told the crowd.

    Later, backstage, Hansen told reporters seeing all the fans made him want to "tear up."


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    ESPN coverage of Sonics rally

    Jerseys from every generation of the Sonics past were on display as fans dug deep in their closets to pull out old uniforms with the names "Durant," "Payton," "Kemp," "Sikma," "Brown," even a Sarunas Marciulionis jersey from his one season with the Sonics in 1994-95. Businessmen in three-piece suits added green, white and gold Sonics headbands and wristbands and came from the downtown business district to join in the event. .

    Those in attendance got to see the stars from Seattle's teams of the 1990s in Payton and Kemp, along with Seattle hip-hop artists Common Market, Macklemore and Blue Scholars and rock group President of the United States of America.

    Hansen, who wore a Sonics jacket with "Payton," stitched across the back and mingled backstage with former stars plus current NBA players Nate Robinson, Aaron Brooks and Spencer Hawes, said part of the rally's goal was to give fans an outlet after most of their efforts have been put into contacting local politicians to push for supporting the proposal.
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    Always been a huge sonic fan and former season ticket holder, yet I'm rooting for Durant and Co. Talent is talent and I admire the squad and Presti the GM. Lot of failures and many fingers to point, but hoops is hoops.

    Super stoked for the rally and continued momentum to get our sonics back!!!!
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    I don't hold it against the players, but am pulling for Miami.
    I think Hansen should buy a team, promising to keep it there, then take the Sonics back to Seattle. If Stern gets upset, file suit against him for his actions with Bennett. As has been said about the Kings, it will require the leagues (read his) approval for them to move, so he obviously gave his approval to move the team out of Seattle. I don't think due diligence was done in trying to locate, and build, a new facility, esp. when one investor said (paraphrasing) "We didn't buy a team to keep it in Seattle". Stern was guilty of complicity, and is a two-faced, lying person of disreputable birth.
    I think the NBA would have achieved its success no matter who was commish, and he may have held it back some...but that's just my opinion.

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    Grantland Article that goes in depth about the efforts taking place to bring back the Sonics.
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    The Sonics have PUSA, Sir Mix a Lot, Pearl Jam, and Blue Scholars performing songs about the Sonics.


    And well, OKC has this guy...

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    I think the new movie Ted was written with Sonics fans in mind.

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    Welcome to Loud City interviewed Sonicsgate's Jason Reid in three parts:

    Part 1

    As you might know, I was down in Miami for the NBA Finals, and was able to attend all three of those darned games with press access. During Game 4, there were some Sonics fans sitting behind the bench of the Thunder, jeering them just as they did when the Thunder played Denver during last year's playoff run. I wasn't surprised to find out that those fans were the guys behind Sonicsgate, the 2009 Seattle fan-made documentary showcasing the Sonics quick move from Seattle to Oklahoma City. It's gained a lot of traction through word of mouth, and has aired several times on CNBC. Jason himself has been blasting Twitter during Thunder games, and doing whatever he can to rally support for his cause.
    Part 2

    With this part of the interview, I focused a little bit more on what they did specifically at games, and their attitude towards Thunder fans and the Thunder in general. Most importantly, I asked him why the Sonicsgate crew haven't been to Oklahoma City yet. Some of his responses might surprise you.
    Part 3

    As implied by the picture above, with this section of the interview, I was trying to look at how Thunder and Sonic fans could have a better relationship. I was also trying to get an idea of what closure would be for the Sonicsgate cause, and what Thunder fans can do to help reach that closure. What I wasn't expecting was a great story about Kevin Durant's last day in Seattle. Without further ado, here's the last part of WTLC's interview with Jason Reid
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    These fans have the Sonics...incredible. SMH

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    Hello Thunder Fans!

    I'm selling my Thunder-Mobile "Lightning." It made the front page of the Oklahoman, NewsOk.com, The Lost Ogle, People in the Trenches PhotoBlog, and countless cellphones! Haha!

    Here is a link to one of the interviews. http://newsok.com/article/3672550

    So...This is a 1996 Suzuki X-90(they made them for 2 years, that's why you probably haven't ever seen one!) and has 125,500 original miles. It has a manual transmission and 4WD.

    The passenger side window rolls down, the drivers side doesn't. The heat works well, the a/c don't. The clutch needs to be fixed, but my uncle says it's not hard to do! Haha!

    Its a great car for the avid Thunder Fan as long as you don't mind people taking pictures of your car wherever you go! Selling as is $3000...

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