The second post in what still might be a small series. We’ll see how far this lockout crap goes. If you missed the first look-back, read up on the game that signaled a young team was finally turning the corner.
When I was filling in the pre-game post on Dec. 31, 2008 and got to the team record part for the Thunder, it was almost painful to write. I can’t be sure, but I bet I cringed when it did it. Which is probably why for some reason instead of just typing in the numbers with a dash between, I made to add a little umph to it. “THREE AND FREAKING 29,” I wrote.
Three wins, 29 losses for our new team. Three games where the Thunder had more points than their opponent, 29 games in which they didn’t. This was the team we were all so excited about. This is the team that was supposed to change our city. And yet, 3-and-freaking-29.
At this point, it was almost past desperation. I had crossed over from that unbridled optimism that came along with the Thunder’s new car smell. I had definitely begun to leave behind trying to conjure up positives from each and every deflating beating Oklahoma City took every night. It was all starting to feel kind of pointless. I knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel somewhere, but the Thunder had me wearing sunglasses. That light was more of an idea, not something I could actually see. Keep Reading…