Jenni Carlson


Big day in OKC only gets bigger

by Jenni Carlson Published: April 22, 2010

My column today about this being a day unlike any other in Oklahoma City’s sports history prompted an email from reader Dean Schirf.

I’ll let him explain why:

Jenni, I certainly enjoyed your article regarding today as the best sports day in OKC’s history in this morning’s paper. I know of only one other April 22nd in our city’s history that could even compare with the excitement of today, and that happened 121 year’s ago in 1889 when our city was founded. On that day, 10,000 people rushed in to what was to become downtown Oklahoma City to celebrate a new life and start a new city. What a great birthday present. HAPPY BIRTHDAY OKLAHOMA CITY AND GO THUNDER!!

What a cool coincidence, huh?

Having a couple local guys at the top of the NFL Draft and an NBA team making its home playoff debut is a pretty good way to celebrate Oklahoma City’s birthday. This is a day like no other with a party the likes of which Oklahoma City has never seen.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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