#WeAreThunder

Yikes. I’m slacking. If I say that every time, does that mean I’m just a slacker? Because I promise I’m not in real life…

Anyhoo, I have read a couple books recently that I’ll post about (loved them both…I know the suspense is killing you), but this post is dedicated to my wonderful Oklahoma City Thunder (yes, the team is mine).

Photo from nydailynews.com

That picture is not only a great photo, but also a pretty good representation of what Thunder fans were going through…oh, these entire first two series of NBA playoffs. I know I lost some confidence when our first round with the Memphis Grizzlies went seven games, but I thought we were sure to come in and kick some Clipper butt. I was wrong… Chris Paul broke his personal record for three-pointers and they beat us by 17 points. All in all, the series was a bit crazy. In Games 4 and 5, each team lost huge leads in the last few minutes of the game. I was at Game 5 in Oklahoma City when we miraculously came out with a win after being down 13 with four minutes to go, and down 7 with 49 seconds to go (and playing like crap the whole time, mind you).

At the end of the game, Russell Westbrook was fouled on a three-point shot. Those free throws put us ahead and won us the game. The picture above shows Kevin Durant with his back to Westbrook…he couldn’t bear to watch. I was also at the game in 2012 when we won the Western Conference title against the San Antonio Spurs, and that was the loudest I’d ever heard the arena…I have to say Tuesday evening was a close second. When Westbrook made those free throws, the crowd erupted. When Serge Ibaka held onto that ball from Chris Paul, the crowd EXPLODED. The entire crowd (those who hadn’t left anyway) remained for a good five minutes cheering and jumping and screaming and crying tears of joy on the inside.

I saw this story on Twitter yesterday and it talks about how Durant wasn’t the only one who missed those free throws… people in the stands and people at home had given up.

And to be honest, I don’t blame them. At that 49-second mark, I texted my boyfriend and said, “Well I think we’re done.” I am a Thunder believer, and we never leave games early. My dad wouldn’t stand for it. But we were playing terribly prior to this last minute, the Clippers were on fire and we were in a three-possession game. But that feeling with 49 seconds to go only made the feeling when the clock hit zero even better.

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Too “chunky” to be a cheerleader?

You probably didn’t read that title thinking it was a headline for CBS Houston Radio today. Oh, but it was. For those living under a rock (or in a city without an NBA team), NBA playoffs are going on right now and I’m proud to say my home team, the Thunder, kicked some Rockets ass on Sunday night. Rather than attack players, coaches or the team’s playing style as any respectable sports writer would do, someone at CBS Houston raised the question we were all dying to know the answer to: Is this girl too chunky to be an NBA cheerleader?

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Photo courtesy of bustedcoverage.com.

I tweeted a link to the story when I saw it this morning:

It has since been taken down from CBS’ website (as it should have been). All I can find now is a summary on Busted Coverage. Apparently, the story was originally published without a byline, but when I saw the story, there was a byline for someone named Claire, who I would assume is a woman. The fact that this story got by editors and published at all is ridiculous, but the fact that a woman would write this story blows my mind. Besides the fact that this girl is in no way “chunky,” the subject matter is just completely inappropriate. I hate when girls are mean to each other (despite the fact that I LOVE “Mean Girls”…who doesn’t?) and I hate when girls say they just “don’t get along with other girls.” I’m going to steal a line from my girl Chelsea Handler and say if you’re one of those girls, you’re probably a bitch (believe it or not, I cleaned up the language a bit!). We girls have enough bad things said about us on a daily basis, so how about we stick together and stand up for each other? People wonder why girls have such low self-esteem at such a young age. When you’re questioning if a 130-pound (just a guess, in no way is that accurate) athletic girl is overweight, where do you think it comes from?

The fact that this isn’t news either is a whole different story. But what do you guys think? Is this style of journalism and reporting something that needs to change? What do we need to do to give young girls better self-esteem today?

P.S.

I’m gonna be a fan for a second now. Houston, if you had to attack our cheerleaders to attack us as a city or team, obviously you can’t face the fact that we played a hell of a lot better than you Sunday night! Hope to kick your butts again tonight. πŸ™‚ THUNDER UP!

WE DID IT.

Image from foxnews.com

In my time at OSU, and especially coming up to last weekend, all I wished for was to experience a Cowboy win at the annual Bedlam game, preferably in Stillwater. Even before Bedlam, this football season was OSU’s best ever. We had a better record and were ranked higher than OU. But my fellow Oklahomans now that doesn’t mean a thing. OSU tends to have a habit of not playing well when it counts (I’m sure you’ve heard the term “poke choke”), and OU has a habit of coming out strong when it needs to. This year, however, it was completely reversed.

We beat the Sooners 44-10. Yep, you read that right. The Oklahoma State Cowboys beat the beloved Oklahoma Sooners by 34 lovely points, naming us Big XII champions, our first conference title since 1948. So obviously, we had to rush the field. I’m so proud to say that I was on Lewis Field that night. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to help tear down the goal post, but I think that would have ended badly for me considering I’m not the biggest or strongest student out there.

As many other OSU fans, I still think we got jipped from the national championship game. Obviously, I have some bias, and I’m no football expert by any means, but even I, a 21-year-old college student who barely knows the football basics, know not many people want to watch another game/punting contest between LSU and Alabama. Not to mention, if we were Texas or OU or a team of that nature with the exact same season, we’d probably be in. Regardless, I’m pumped for the Fiesta Bowl and can’t wait to watch my Cowboys kick Stanford’s butt! (The girl in me wonders why Stanford’s mascot is singular…the Stanford Cardinal. Huh?)

GO POKES!

All good things must come to an end.

I’m sure you’ve all heard by now my No. 2 Oklahoma State Cowboys lost last night to Iowa State…yes, you read right. Iowa State. The world of college football is always full of surprises, isn’t it? After the devastating losses of two basketball coaches Thursday night, Friday was just not a good day for Oklahoma State sports.

Unfortunately, I was at work until 10 p.m. so I didn’t see most of the game. When I called my boyfriend to check the score, I was shocked to hear we were only up by one touchdown with 10 minutes to go. I’m no college football buff (I save that for the boyfriend), but all I’d heard about Iowa State was that it was terrible. Any loss would be painful after a record 10-0 season, but for me, I just couldn’t believe we lost it all to an unranked, (supposedly) not-very-good team.

I won’t comment on much more because I know about as much about sports as you would expect a 21-year-old college girl to know. πŸ™‚ All in all, I still love my Cowboys, of course. They’ve had an amazing record-breaking season and it’s not over yet. We had a not-so-good week two weeks ago against Kansas State, a great week last week at Texas Tech then this week…enough has been said about that. Hopefully we can continue the pattern and rest up for the next couple weeks and come out strong against OU for Bedlam! I can’t wait.

I know all our fans are heartbroken and disappointed that we lost last night, but I’m so proud to be a part of a community that supports its team no matter what. I’ve seen disappointed tweets and Facebook statuses (and a few trash-talking from another certain school in the state), but most that I’ve seen have been positive in one way or another. It’s been a great year so far for the Cowboys and after last night, it can only get better, right?

Go Pokes!

It’s that time again!

Finally, Oklahoma State football fans get to enjoy a game on the Cowboys’ home field. For those of you who don’t know, our last home football game was Sept. 8. With the game coming up tomorrow, Oct. 8, that’s a whopping one month we’ve all gone without seeing our Cowboys play at home. Yes, we stayed up until 3 a.m. to watch our boys beat the crap out of Tulsa; we witnessed a great win against Texas A&M, but watching the game on TV just isn’t the same.

My sister and I at the first home game of the season.

The gameday atmosphere in Stillwater is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. Of course, I’ve never been to other college campuses during football games, but I like to think we here in Stillwater provide the best time. Everyone is friendly, fun tailgates are scattered all around town, and there’s plenty of orange to go around.

I’m stoked for tomorrow’s game and can’t wait to put on my orange and make up for the tailgating I’ve been missing out on for the past month. Hopefully our Cowboys can come out strong against Kansas and add another win to our record!

Go Pokes!