Monday, May 23, 2011

Thunder Up

The phrase "Thunder Up" has become a rally cry in OKC. You say it when you're getting ready for a game, during the game when it's time to get serious and send good vibes to the team, and pretty much any other time that a Thunder fan wants to show their Thunder love.

(I liken it to the similar cry in the 1994 movie "8 Seconds" with Luke Perry where the big catch-phrase was "Cowboy Up". I've not heard any commentary on this, but it's what I think of every time I hear "Thunder Up", at least after I think about the horrible Chemistry teacher I had who let us watch this movie in class instead of actually teaching us Chemistry.)

Anyway... I'm excited about the game tonight.

But I'm also frustrated with some Oklahoma fans. I overheard several people say things like: "If they play like they did last time I'm going to turn it off.", "They better win or I won't watch them next year.", or "They better 'Thunder Up' or I'm going to 'Thunder Out' and cheer for Dallas." This attitude supremely gags me.*

I think it's very important to claim a team and support your team. You don't have to like all of the players or the coaches or the owners. You don't have to like their logo. You don't have to like how they play all of the time. But if you're going to claim them as your team, you should support them or keep your mouth shut. Stand behind them and especially support them when they're struggling. It's easy to support winners, but true fans are there to cheer and be supportive when the cards are down.

If you had told me at the beginning of this season that we'd be this far into the playoffs I would've been shocked. We're a young team that has already over-achieved this season -- they need supportive fans, people who are willing to Thunder Up.

* I'll only mention as an aside that the fans I overheard with the worst attitudes were also OU football fans. Coincidence?

1 comment:

Cerulean Bill said...

I don't get sports (sorry) but I like your supportiveness.

Me, I'd like to Croissant Up.