Seattle celebrates the Oklahoma City Thunder, its former franchise, missing the playoffs.
Losing your favorite team to another city is a painful and confusing thing to go through. Who do you cheer for now? Do you stay loyal to your old team in a new city? Do you find another team? These are all difficult questions but, after awhile, you start to get used to it. That is, unless you’re a Seattle sports fan – or a former Sonic.
The Thunder, formerly the Seattle Supersonics, went into Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Although the Thunder won, New Orleans did as well. Just like that, the Thunder were out of the playoffs.
Former Sonics fans, who have not had much to cheer for since their team left for Oklahoma City in 2008, saw this as an opportunity to celebrate. Former SuperSonic Shawn Kemp took it upon himself to help.
Kemp hosted a party on Thursday night at a club in Seattle and invited other Sonic mourners and Thunder haters to stop by. For just $15, Seattle fans had the opportunity party with Kemp, listen to some house music, and bask in the misery of the nice people of Oklahoma.
Of course, people took to social media to share their thoughts. Warning: it will make you sad.
Right, because it’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s fault that your team left. Sounds like a classic case of displaced anger.
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Celebrating the failure of others is a pretty sad reaction generally, but especially when your city has seen recent sports success. The Seahawks made it to back-to-back Super Bowls and won one of them. The Mariners might be watchable this year. Plus, you have the Seattle Sounders, and apparently you’re really into soccer.
Oklahoma City has one thing: Thunder basketball. And maybe college football, depending on the year. Don’t rub in the fact that they missed the playoffs just because you’re bitter. That’s something a bully would do.
Not to mention the fact that it’s been seven years since they left. Haven’t you found a new team to cheer for? The Golden State Warriors seem nice! Some people even think they’re as good as the Jordan Bulls. Give them a try.
Or, if you have no interest in cheering for another NBA team, just wait it out. Although, since no teams are ready to relocate in the near future, and the NBA does not want to expand, you might be waiting a while.
In the meantime, Seattle, concentrate on your own problems and don’t celebrate the failure of other teams. Only losers do that.
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