Wednesday, September 03, 2008


On Wednesday, September 3, 2008, Oklahoma City made history! Yes, this was the lowest "high" temperature on record for this day (68 ̊  for the high), and YES! THIS WAS THE GRAND DAY that Oklahoma City's NBA team would no longer be called the Oklahoma City "somethings!" The name, hardly a secret, was unveiled:

THE PRELIMINARIES. The event was set to occur at 5:00 p.m. (CENTRAL Daylight Time) right here in downtown Oklahoma City at Leadership Square in the atrium connecting the two gorgeous buildings. I got there around 4:30 and took a few preliminary pics, shown below.

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Entering the Leadership Square atrium from Park Avenue

I had a little time to spare, so I went to the balcony for an overview

Downstairs, looking around at the crowd

The press was fully present and assembled

Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman, point NBA writer
at the Oklahoman and a heck of a good guy

Al Eschbach of the Sports Animal Radio
Myron Patton of KREF Radio
Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman and Peep Show infamy

And, of course, your silly "Ralphie" citizen journalist couldn't keep away when this Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle was unveiled and presented to Oklahoma City at A Christmas Story in September!

THE UNVEILING. I'll add more text later, but, for now, let's just enjoy the eye candy.

Some brief introductions and comments

Presti and Carlisimo

The Unveiling
Damien Wilkins and Desmond Mason flank the logo banner

Bennett, Carlisimo, Wilkens, Mason & Presti

Clay Bennett was roundly cheered and applauded
as he made some closing remarks

Wrapping It Up. Heck, the crowd would probably have been more than glad to hear lots of speeches and yell and go crazy for much longer than the presentation lasted ... about 20 minutes. While there, I bumped into some who, in one way or another, have made a serious contribution to helping this grand day to occur. I got photos of a few, others I didn't like Kim Searls, Downtown OKC's marketing director, Council Member Gary Marrs and others ...

Julie Riggs of the Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce
She worked tirelessly behind the scenes for the March 4 vote campaign

Josh The Eggman of fame (soon to be renamed)
He drove to Okc from Ada to attend this event

A parting view from Park Avenue, looking through the glass

Press reports of this event are flourishing. But I like this one by AP writer Jeff Latzke who summarizes it this way at Yahoo Sports:
To unveil the logo, six children joined players Desmond Mason and Damien Wilkins to pull down a curtain as the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” blared over the loudspeaker. What was revealed was a large blue banner with the logo in the middle, and splashes of yellow at the top and reddish-orange at the bottom.

Bennett said the light blue color coincides with the state flag to represent the inclusion of all Oklahomans, the yellow refers to the sun and the reddish-orange color to the sunset. With the University of Oklahoma featuring crimson as its primary color, and Oklahoma State using orange, Bennett said it was “not too red and not too orange.”

Thunder is a fitting moniker for the Oklahoma City franchise, not only as a reference to powerful storms in the area known as Tornado Alley. The Oklahoma City-based 45th Infantry Division carries Thunderbirds as its nickname, and that’s a reference to the state’s American Indian heritage. Even one of Oklahoma native Garth Brooks’ biggest hits was “The Thunder Rolls.”

“There’s just all kinds of good thunder images and thoughts, and the in-game experience of Thunder,” Bennett said. “Just here was a good sense of how that evokes emotion. It’s very powerful.”
So, there you, me, and we are ... the Oklahoma City ...

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Anonymous said...

Somehow, we missed each other... I was by the KOCO set-up. Geez, all you need in that photo is to be wearing a pink bunny outfit and I'd swear you'd be the goofiest looking guy in town.

Doug Dawg said...

Maybe so. I was having a "Ralphie" moment! :-) And what's so wrong with that, for an old geezer like me???