If you live outside of Florida’s state boundaries you would be hard pressed to find fans rooting against The Oklahoma City Thunder. They are America’s darling at the moment.
OKC is young and humble, basically the antithesis of what everyone perceives Miami to be.
The Heat has one city that sympathizes with their polarizing team though. It’s the city that the Thunder left a few years ago.
Some would call Seattle natives haters. I don’t. The city of Houston was there in 2002. A year after The Tennessee Titans left Houston they found themselves in the Superbowl.
I’ve never rooted against a team more than I rooted against the Titans. That should have been the Oilers making that run. It should have been Houston coming a yard short against the St. Louis Rams. So for me, it was a perfect ending. It was good to see the Tennessee fans taste failure. It would have hurt to much to see them succeed.
Houston fans were never as creative as Seattle faithful.
Colin Baxter and Jason Reid are still passionate SuperSonics fans. They dropped 3500 to take a pilgrimage to Miami to root for the Heat as zombie Sonic fans.
They have the hair and make-up of zombies and the jersey of a Seattle SuperSonics.
“We’ve actually had this idea for a couple of years. We always said if the Thunder ever make the NBA Finals, we were going to go and we were going to do it and we were going to go big,” Reid told espnplaybook.
“We felt like we needed to make a stand against what happened in Seattle, prove that we have the best basketball fans in the world and help the Heat win a championship.”
I’m sure Cleveland Cavalier fans feel the same way about the Thunder; they have plenty of pent up anger still against LeBron.
Baxter said the trip wasn’t planned out of malice.
“It’s not about the dollars and cents. It’s about fan passion. This is a once-and-a-lifetime opportunity, he said.
“This would have been our team, and we would have done it no matter what. This isn’t out of spite or bitterness. We would have been here supporting our team if they still played in Seattle. However, things got a little weird. We don’t really know the appropriate way to act. They don’t have a fan playbook. There isn’t a rule for what to do when your team gets stolen. And we do feel like it was stolen.”