I couldn’t even wrap my head around that number last night, though my pounding head and bewildered state might have something to do with my throbbing ears for exactly the thing I was trying to comprehend.
That being said, I think we all have a pretty good idea what the moment was when the Ford Center officially became the deafening Thunderdome, breaking the record for the loudest playoff crowd ever at 109 Decibels (per Craig Sager, but I can’t find any citeable information to back this up), crushing the previous record of 102 at Arco Arena.
The decibel meter started to inch towards the redline with Westbrook’s eye-popping, hand-over-mouth, “Did I just see that?” dunk over Lamar Odom. Then Harden’s open-floor three pointer to pull the Thunder within three points after trailing the entire game pushed the needle past the edge of the meter’s measurable limit.
And then KD hit that three. The needle shot to the right and stopped–the decibel meter could not move any farther. I honestly thought it was broken at that point. Or at least stuck because it was never meant to go that far.
But the noise just kept growing and growing, the eruption was a crescendo of excitement, nerves, disbelief and pure joy that was quite literally a painfully exuberant moment to experience.
Painful? Absolutely. My ears are still feeling it a day later. Which got me thinking, how loud is 109 Decibels? Keep Reading…