Oklahoma City: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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10. Regrettably, I didn't go to the Oklahoma City National Museum, but apparently Jason Kidd did. Can't believe that tragedy was 16 years ago all the sudden.

9. Stayed in a hip, happening part of OKC called "Bricktown." Think of it as Dallas' West End, with a canal running through it. Part San Antonio's Riverwalk and part Dallas Alley. Thumbs up.

8. The storms that ravaged Joplin, Missouri just grazed OKC, which is about 200 miles southwest of the Sunday tornadoes' epicenter. But you're constantly reminded OKC is in tornado alley, and on the prairie. Winds are 30 mph daily. Yesterday a gust literally ripped my media credential off my lanyard and whisked it down the street before I had to run and catch it.

7. After a night of drinking, a 2:30 a.m. chili dog from a street vendor is never a good idea. May seem like it at the time but, trust me, it ain't.

6. Played some basketball at the OKC YMCA Sunday with a group of Dallas media. Scouting report: Jeff "Skin" Wade got game. Ben Rogers is a mix between Jeff Ruland and Kevin McHale. Mark Followill has the energy and elbows as the spawn of Eduardo Najera and Brian Cardinal. And me? Over two games I was like 3 of 15. I'm like J.J. Barea, only without the skill or the accent or the Miss Universe girlfriend. So, actually, nothing like him. Would you go for Mike Iuzzolino?

5. After Game 3 a group of media went to Skky Bar and bumped into Miss Oklahoma (Morgan Woolard). Perhaps Definitely inappropriately, I asked if her grooming habits trended more Slick Watts or James Harden. Answer: "I prefer to landscape." Touche.

4. Unlike Dallas, OKC is a walking town. After watching Heat-Bulls at a sports bar last night we passed none other than Mavs coach Rick Carlisle walking along the street with some guy I didn't recognize dressed in TCU hat and shirt. (No, it wasn't Greggo).

3. So there's this parking garage/mall that somehow connects our hotel to the convention center. Get off on the first floor and it's like a scene right out of Dawn of the Dead. Giant, cavernous space where retail shops once were, but now only musty darkness and cobwebs remain. Creepy.

2. Also didn't quite find the time to go to the American Banjo Museum. Tried to think of anyone I even knew who played the banjo. Roy Clark on Hee-Haw? One of the Dixie Chicks? Still, an entire museum?

1. Outside OKC Arena there is a walkway that funnels fans into the game. It's 90 percent a one-way affair, with media forced to swim upstream against the masses. Horrible planning. Magnified by inexplicable attitudes. As we struggled to make our way to the media entrance before Game 3 a female arena official with a walkie talkie and an undeserved title yelled "You gotta walk around!" and wanting us to turn a 15-foot trip into 15 minutes. When she threatened "Stop! Or I'll take your names and make sure you never step foot in our arena!", I simply kept walking and offered "It's okay, you've never hosted a conference finals game before."


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linefourguy
linefourguy

So you can't find the time to visit the memorial but you squeezed in basketball with your fellow second rate dj's, a trip to some douche bar called Skkye where you came up with the brilliant question for Miss Oklahoma about her grooming preference, and topped it off with a street hotdog at 2:30 am. Not to mention going all Napoleon on some lady doing her job.  And you wonder why you're called a douche on this blog??

BTW JJ is listed at 6 foot, comparing yourself to him is like Spud Webb comparing himself to Shaq.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Oklahoma: The state where you cant get real beer or a tat, but you can marry your first cousin..

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Bricktown is about as hip as the Mesquite Rodeo.

 

Redleather
Redleather

When Oklahoma receives a frown you are bothered for loaded denim? Invoice your until please policy you. Having been apostrophe! Apologize your rudeness to the state and much better flow posture chin of you.

Guest
Guest

Being part of the media we all know there are two sides to every story... and sometimes those stories get a little exaggerated.  Fortunately, OKC so strongly supports its team that fans want to be as close to the action as possible, even if it means not having a tickets.  Unfortunately, that means at least 3000 people congregating outside of the building.  Those 3000 plus the 18000 trying to get into the building can create (as you saw) a very hectic situation.  The female official who made the top spot on your list was attempting (almost successfully) to create the two way walkway in the area you are complaining about.  However, a select few felt they should be able to charge through the oncoming foot traffic instead of following the flow headed the opposite direction.  While your experience was unpleasant, one would expect a member of the media to be factual especially when it comes to a first hand account.  No, the building has not hosted a Western Conference Final before... it's only the the teams 3rd season.    The building has also never experienced an onset of people in the manner that they did that night and has hopefully done their best to remedy the situation in the best way they could for tonight's game.  In Oklahoma we pride ourselves on our hospitality and hate to think that anyone left here feeling otherwise so If your still in town or will be for game 6,  my guess is that the female official would probably extend an offer for you to spend an hour or so with her to give you a first hand account of what goes along with that "undeserved title"... and perhaps she would be willing to offer a truce.  That is, if you are up for it.     

Nana Krego
Nana Krego

Arklahoma, from Idabel to northwest of Tulsa is one of the nicest area's anywhere.  Thank god not a good load of people know about it.  Beavers Bend, Mena, Talimena Drive, Mountain Fork=greatness.  I'll take it if ya'll don't want it.  And as for the rest of the state, don't forget Black Mesa, Turner Falls, the Arbuckles, Chickasaw National Rec. Area, the Witchita Mountains.  OKC is Dallas 40 years ago, except they have quick access to great I'd move to OKC in a NY minute if'n (he he) I could. 

just sayin'
just sayin'

Street vendor chili is a bad idea. I bet that it was 98.6 degrees.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

 I had no idea they had a banjo museum there. That's worth a trip to OKC by itself

Mishon
Mishon

How do you go to OKC and not go to the Memorial? It's one of the few must sees that town has. Aren't you still there? I'm sure you still have time to go check it out.

You really are going to talk shit about them never hosting a conference finals game before? It's not like the Mavs are old hat to this type of thing.

Heard that Galloway was not happy with the seat they gave him and he left? That's pretty funny if that's true. Galloway is a diva.

Rooster
Rooster

OKC?  Two words.  Night Trips. 

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I hate the entire state of Oklahoma, nothing good has ever happened to me there. However, the bombing memorial/museum is something you should really try to get to, RW.

As for #8, please tell me you held on to your hair implants?

#7 - Hope you were drinking liquor, because that 3.2 beer is shit. I was in a wedding up there a few years ago and bought a case of beer, knowing about the 3.2 crap. The only thing that stopped me from drinking the whole case was getting full and throwing up after about 17 of them. I certainly wasn't drunk.

Mishon
Mishon

I would 'like' this twice if I could.

the african american line
the african american line

i see richie didnt bring his phone books to OKC as he's nearly breaking his neck to look up to gina miller on  txa 21. 

he shops at the jc penney's boys dep't 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I figured out what this bit is...an Oklahomoan got a thesaurus for their middle school graduation...I thought it was a fan of RW's all this time..nope..OKC fan, with a poor grasp of English...like the majority of OKC residents and fans.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Couple of things Guest, RW is a self admitted douche...he ain't apologizing.  She wouldn't recognize him anyhow, she probably thought he was a fifth grader with his holey jeans and backward cap.Point#2: He'll have to catch up with her next year, cause there isn't going to be a game#6 this year.Mavs in 5!

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Mr. Crockett, there's a way around the old 3.2 situation..Go to a liquor store and buy your beera there..It's Texas beer, sold hot..and then you'll have to stop by a convenience store and buy ice..cause the liquor store can't sell you ice..Oklahoma is as backwards as it gets. 

Mishon
Mishon

Gina wasn't wearing high heels was she? Surely she knew she was going to be on with Richie and didn't. He should put lifts in his shoes when he is on tv with her.

Last night was the first time I got a chance to see his hair plugs. Looking good RW!!!

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

I'm definitely ripping Richie on the fan text tomorrow.  Without the aid of a raised chair in the studio, Richie looked about half a foot shorter than Gina. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

If you figure it out, could you possibly give us a trancript of the translation and now that I have used words with tran in them twice, where is the board tranny fake kergo 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I can't wrap my brain completely around it SM..and much better flow pusture chin to you..sir. 

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