About five years ago, during a simpler time, I wrote about what I thought could be the first (of hopefully many) great Thunder traditions.
Apparently I didn’t influence anyone with my brilliant ideas.
Tradition is weird, though. Because all the coolest stuff out there in sports just seem to kind of happened. Everyone wants it, but you can’t make it. Traditions by nature are old, which for the Thunder, a franchise just five years old, complicates things. The first step in building tradition, though, is the most important of all — a winning tradition. Check and check.
The other ones though, the superfluous stuff, which is also known as the fun stuff, is what builds on the culture and identity of being a fan of that team. The Thunder have a pretty obvious identity as an organization, and as a team. Even within Oklahoma City and Oklahoma, they’re a shining city on a hill, the representation of resiliency and hope and good and warm and lovely things. The organization has done an exceptional job of not just being a professional sports franchise that happens to play games in this state with that name on their jerseys. They’re part of the city, and part of the state. Keep Reading…