Thunder Rumblings


Tulsa double-header

by Michael Baldwin Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm •  Published: August 27, 2009

      The Thunder has received some unfair backlash for scheduling a preseason game Oct. 14 at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

      The problem is the same night the Thunder makes its only Tulsa appearance all season TU plays Boise State, at home in Skelly Stadium, in a nationally televised game on ESPN2.

      No one is to blame. The Thunder locked in the BOK date way back around the holidays in December.

      TU’s football program switched its home game but you can’t blame them. Anytime a non-BCS Conference school is offered a chance to play on national TV you take that in a heart beat.

       TU announced in March it had four games on ESPN this season, including two Wednesday games. Tulsa also has games scheduled on Friday and Sunday nights. At the time, the public had no idea the Thunder already had that date locked in for a preseason NBA game at the BOK Center.

      Both opponents offer something of interest. Boise State has made a name for itself, especially after the Broncos defeated OU in the Fiesa Bowl. The Thunder’s opponent — Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat — also is a good draw.

       Oct. 14 will be a hot time in Tulsa. It’s a shame the two events aren’t on different nights. Having seen the track record for fans from the Sooner state, don’t be surprised if both events aren’t well attended. The only issue is some fans will have to make a tough choice.

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by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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