Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  11 responses

Sonic Fans’ Sad Little Reunion in Portland

Great poster, though: “The anger may have turned into apathy. The disappointment into disenchantment. Thousands of Sonics fans were not beating down the door of the Rose Garden on Wednesday seeking Thunder blood. There was not an entire section of green and gold heckling every Oklahoma City dribble or screen or free throw. It seems many Sonics fans decided to stay in Seattle, perhaps to watch the Blazers and Thunder on television, still too broken up to watch their former heroes wearing those pedestrian blue uniforms. For those who did show for the Thunder’s 106-92 loss to the Trail Blazers, there were mixed emotions. Some fans wanted to show their gratitude, never having a chance to say goodbye. Others expressed disdain toward Thunder owner Clay Bennett, who purchased the Sonics in July 2006 and uprooted them 24 months later.”

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  • MalevolentKing7242

    O this is sad… I wish seattle gets a team. Stupid greedy guy..

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    HA! That poster is the best thing ever.

  • Krishan

    If I were a sonic fan and get the chance to see the thunder anywhere, I’d cheer them on and would feel genuinely crappy if they lost. If bennett was in the building, well…I’d do the same, but after the game I’d track him down, sh*t on my hands, and drop a steaming pile right on top of his head.

  • Krishan

    And then I’d wash my hands.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    “Thousands of Sonics fans were not beating down the door of the Rose Garden” Maybe that is because they did not exist? In their last days, Saving the Sonics had a base of people only rivaled by Save the Whales. But before then? They had the lowest attendance in the league and were a lottery team for the past 2-3 years. Ghey Bennet, a man i hate, was all about money. If their was money to be made in Seattle, he would have stayed. But the people of Seattle didnt give a sh!t till it was too late. Their is a saying ‘you dont realize how great something is until it’s gone.’ Well that is very applicable to the Seattle situation. Only once the team was gone did you see how much the people cared. Maybe if they would have done some caring 24 months before the move, they wouldnt have been in their situation, but they were.

  • http://deceptivelyquick.blogspot.com JackBrown

    BET it wasn’t about the money, Seattle is a huge market compared to OKC. It was about giving his hometown a team. Bennett’s group even said they didn’t care if they lost money in moving to OKC. Check it out.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    BETCATS, Seattle is a top 10 market if I remember correctly, and Oklahoma City is way down the list, 37th market if I remember correctly. The issue was not money, Bennett told his owning majority in e-mails he flat out wanted to go to OKC. Period. Was okay with losing money, he just wanted a team. I believe he said if he just broke even he would be totally content as long as OKC had a team. They only used the Seattle Arena negotiating fiasco as a ruse for a reason to “have to leave.”

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    awesome poster, though i doubt the kid made it. nice propaganda in any case.
    and i’m still on my self-imposed boycott of anything Thunder related. it’s gonna be challenging to watch the rookie game. every time durant/westbrook/green has the ball i’m gonna have to turnaway. i really do want to see these young studs play, but i have my (weird) principle that i need to stick to. fcuk bennett.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    All i am saying is, the year before they moved, the sonics had low attendance, when they went OKC they sold out season tickets real quick. Clay was all about the money. Had the city built the arena, the team would have stayed, Bennet knew it wasnt happening and you are absolutly right, he did use it as a excuse. However he figured he could sell more tickets and get a new arena in OKC, so he did. Seattle WAS a big market in the Kemp/Payton days, even in the Ray Allen/Rashard Lewis days. But once the team started falling off and missing the playoffs, fair weather fans deserted them. The fair weather fans returned when they were about to loose the team. Had the fair weather fans stayed consistent and been actual fans the team would have stayed. Thats my point, i am keeping it.

  • MalevolentKing7242

    Hey anybody think the king or clippers should move up to emeralad city? I think seattle should still have a team and the kings are out of cash and hardly anyone supports the clips in l.a. so anyone Seattle Kings or Seattle Clippers…

  • flash

    at this rate kemp and payton’s jersey aint never gonna be hanged…gary must be thinking crazy when he saw his buddy c-webb’s jersey retired at arco