Well it's definately been an interesting summer. Marriage, Graduation, and the arrival of a new team in my hometown. I'm definately giving props to the first two in that list, but since we are here to talk about ball...that's what I will do!
These past couple of months have been pretty anxious as far as the whole OKC/Seattle battle. As a sports fan, I feel for all of those Supersonics fans that have gotten to dance with them for 41 years which was pretty impressive. But now the Oklahoma City Thunder is the new identity of a team I finally get to call mine. I always wondered what it would be like to have that feeling and I have to say it's pretty good. I'm excited about the team no matter how bad they are, which I expect they will be. Oh, the growing pains...I've only seen NBA ball at the Ford Center, but I have to tell you that it is a really rockin place on game days. But I'm worried about the longevity of the Ford Center. It didn't cost us as much as most of the arenas around us and the upgrades have usually only been a temporary fix in cities not named NYC. I get the feeling that a new arena will be included in the Core 2 Shore projects that are still in development. I don't anticipate there being any problems getting those votes passed either seeing how much Oklahoma City has grown and the success it brought with it with the MAPS projects. All I know is, we finally got there and I'm excited to stop having to look to the future for a minute so I can stop and enjoy the ride. Here is to the Thunder and it's inaugural season at the Thunderdome!
The Panthers win over San Diego has me really optimistic at our chances this year. Staying healthy is going to be the key (isn't it for every team other than the Raiders who just suck really bad?). But the catch by Dante Rosario was epic on the road against the consensus favorite in the AFC. This weekends matchup with the Bears is all of a sudden a huge game and I promise I'm going to be sitting with the laptop and my reliable Field Pass (because DirecTV sucks worse than the Raiders) to hear all of the action. I've really been tough on Dwayne Jarrett on these boards...but the kid just hasn't shown me anything. When Steve Smith comes back from suspension, Jarrett will be 4th on the chart all of a sudden and probably with that USC attitude they usually have. There was an article about Moose and Smitty being mentors to him over the offseason and Smith even called him out about his example, work ethic, and leadership (ironically just before Smith popped Lucas). I just hope the kid does well this weekend as I usually wish on everyone. But if we win this weekend, we will be on such a high when we head to Minnesota to play the Vikings with Smith back. Now growing up in Oklahoma City and being an OU fan (before I enrolled at Oklahoma State for Grad School, where my allegiance now lies.), I watched Adrian Peterson's career blossom. I'm not surprised at his Superstar status in the NFL, but I'm in awe! Did anyone else see him baptize Al Harris last weekend? If only they had a quarterback...The Panthers need to ride this wave and give the ball to Stewart a few more times...It will be 03 all over again. Without Brady and Vinatieri of course. :) Looking forward to the game!
I'm in complete disgust with the Mariners this year. It has been a completely pitiful season with more underachievement than any other franchise in the history of athletic competition. It's probably Bavasi's fault the International Olympic committee is cutting baseball and softball from the games. The organization is a mess and I can't believe it has gotten this bad in 7 years since arguably one of the best regular seasons in history. The front office is committed to change...they better show me. Just tonight, I was clowned pretty bad by an Astros fan (also a friend) that I teased because of their bad luck this season. The conversation went like this:
The Astros suck!
That is all.
~RedSoxfan Dear Astrosfan,
I agree with RedSoxfan.
That is all.
~UCOBronchos10 Dear UCOBronchos10 Astros 79-67.
Mariners 57-87 (And they're too embarrassed to post this on their website.)
That is all.
~ Astrosfan *end* I laughed so hard. That was all. Please end the suffering, oh great gods of baseball! And finally, the Oklahoma State Cowboys! What a game they played against Houston! Dez Bryant is a flippin monster. With all of the yards he got in the first half, I'm tempted to say he took most of the third quarter off. I pretty sure Houston thought he took the whole game off. But he was pretty much camped in their endzone all night long. The defense is still a little questionable and hopefully we will pass that test with flying colors and roll into our Big XII Sched undefeated. Jacob Lacey...this is your call out. Show me something man! Hope all is well with everybody. Holla! Roll Thunder. That is all.