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Old 07-20-08, 12:23 PM   #1
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Sonics will be re-named Oklahoma City Thunder

What do you think? I like it, but it depends on how the uniforms look as well.


http://www.koco.com/sports/16925692/...okl&psp=sports

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A source close to the NBA ownership group tells SportsXtra's Mark Rodgers the city's franchise, formerly known as the Seattle Supersonics, will be called the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Calls to team officials were unreturned Friday afternoon and evening. However, KOCO.com confirmed that the registrar for all of the NBA's Internet domain names reserved okcthunderbasketball.com and okcthunderbasketball.net on July 10.

CSC Corporate Domains, an offshoot of Corporation Service Company, describes itself as a domain name management company for corporations, law firms and intellectual property professionals. It is the registrar of record for nba.com and all other domains managed by NBA Media Ventures, LLC.

Over the course of the past two weeks, KOCO.com and SportsXtra have worked together to research what's called whois information on more than 200 domain names, with the focus primarily on possible nicknames such as Barons, Outlaws and Thunder. Most domain names and variations of them had been registered well before the settlement between the city of Seattle and the former Seattle Supersonics of the NBA.

Most of these domain names had been registered by individuals, people who either register domain names in quantity for the purpose of selling them or those interested in owning a piece of Oklahoma sports history on the Web.
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Old 07-20-08, 01:20 PM   #2
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Sounds like the WNBA team, not the NBA team.

Seriously, is Outlaws too un-PC for the NBA?
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Old 07-20-08, 01:40 PM   #3
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Oklahoma City Bombers would have been much better.
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Old 07-20-08, 01:52 PM   #4
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Sounds like the WNBA team
My initial reaction too.

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Old 07-20-08, 02:04 PM   #5
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I would have named them the Tornadoes, or possibly the Bootleggers.
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Old 07-20-08, 04:27 PM   #6
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Old 07-20-08, 04:40 PM   #7
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lame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
just think about the sound affects that I'm sure they'll use

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Old 07-20-08, 06:17 PM   #8
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BBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Oklahoma City Kobe Bryants. Mess wth his head.
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Old 07-20-08, 08:54 PM   #9
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Oklahoma City Bombers would have been much better.
Classy.
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Old 07-20-08, 08:55 PM   #10
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BBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Oklahoma City Kobe Bryants. Mess wth his head.
How about Oklahoma City Chipper Jones'
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Old 07-20-08, 09:09 PM   #11
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How about Oklahoma City Chipper Jones'
If he played basketball on an opposing team, it would make sense. Kinda like if the Mets named their new stadium "The Place Specifically Designed So That Chipper Jones Hits a Homerun in Every At-Bat (sponsored by Citi)". Think about the pressure on him everytime he came to bat.

If I owned the Mets, there'd be a giant target in center that said something like "Larry, hit it here!" Every at bat there'd be huge pressure for him to hit it out there, and it would mess him up.

Then, just randomly during one game, I'd get all the fans to, instead of booing him when he came to bat, just start cheering "Chipper! Chipper!", and there'd be a centerfield jumbotron image of how good he is, and his walk up music would play. It would throw him off during that at bat, as he'd be trying to figure out what was going on.

Why don't more teams mess with the opposition like that?

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Old 07-20-08, 09:10 PM   #12
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When they have to name teams Thunder, Bobcats, and Raptors there are too many teams int he league.
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Old 07-20-08, 09:14 PM   #13
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When they have to name teams Thunder, Bobcats, and Raptors there are too many teams int he league.
Do you prefer they name teams after passive birds? How about the Blue Jays, Cardinals, or Orioles?
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Old 07-20-08, 09:23 PM   #14
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Do you prefer they name teams after passive birds? How about the Blue Jays, Cardinals, or Orioles?
blue jays aren't passive. they're the assholes of the avian world.
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Old 07-21-08, 04:22 PM   #15
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Oklahoma City Thunder... reminds me of the Orlando Thunder of the WLAF and their optic-nerve-searing-lime-jello green jerseys:

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Old 07-21-08, 08:36 PM   #16
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Old 07-21-08, 08:51 PM   #17
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I've got another good one. If I owned the Mets, for his first game in the new stadium, I'd hand out Chipper Jones masks. And right before his first at bat, I'd have the entire stadium put them on (including players) and get dead silent.

It'd be creepy as hell. I guarantee he wouldn't get on base.
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Old 07-22-08, 11:28 AM   #18
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Sounds like the WNBA team, not
I thought it sounded like a MLS team. I can just see their top draft pick next year. "Horray! I'm a Thunder!"
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Old 07-22-08, 12:44 PM   #19
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I think it sounds like a NLL team.
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Old 07-23-08, 05:01 PM   #20
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I thought it sounded like a MLS team. I can just see their top draft pick next year. "Horray! I'm a Thunder!"
Don't know about the MLS, but it is the name of the Minnesota "pro" soccer team, in the USL:

http://www.mnthunder.com/
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Old 07-23-08, 07:17 PM   #21
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I've got another good one. If I owned the Mets, for his first game in the new stadium, I'd hand out Chipper Jones masks. And right before his first at bat, I'd have the entire stadium put them on (including players) and get dead silent.

It'd be creepy as hell. I guarantee he wouldn't get on base.
What the hell are you talking about?
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Old 07-23-08, 07:23 PM   #22
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What the hell are you talking about?
If I owned a professional sports team, I'd be all about doing cheesy and classless things to psych out the opposition. For instance, I'd name my OKC team the OKC Kobe Bryant. That way, when the team loses, the stats would would "Kobe Bryant lost" and when he played against my team, his scoring for the lakers would hurt Kobe Bryant.

OOHHHHH... they're professionals you say (though they're technically not)? It won't bother them, you say? B.S. On some psychological level, it will completely mess with their minds, and will impact performance.
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Old 07-23-08, 08:58 PM   #23
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Sigh. OKC Roughnecks had such a good ring to it.
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Old 07-25-08, 07:51 PM   #24
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NBA trademarks six nicknames for Oklahoma City franchise
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slu...v=st&type=lgns

I don't know which name is worse.
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Old 07-26-08, 06:57 PM   #25
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If I owned a professional sports team, I'd be all about doing cheesy and classless things to psych out the opposition. For instance, I'd name my OKC team the OKC Kobe Bryant. That way, when the team loses, the stats would would "Kobe Bryant lost" and when he played against my team, his scoring for the lakers would hurt Kobe Bryant.

OOHHHHH... they're professionals you say (though they're technically not)? It won't bother them, you say? B.S. On some psychological level, it will completely mess with their minds, and will impact performance.
And then the other cities would do it to your team, so it would be a push.
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