He had a bartender search. She found the version sung by the 1979 revival cast.
When the Spurs game ended, the new music played and patrons joined in. Lustily, Ireland said. Just as they have after the last two Thunder games, win or lose.
A new bar tradition was born.
“The mood in here was just right for it,” Ireland said. “You get the right atmosphere, you get the right song, people are going to chime in.”
The song? “Oklahoma,” of course.
On Sunday, after a 91-85 Thunder loss put them down 2-1 in the series, the song's stirring notes played to an appreciably less enthusiastic crowd.
“It would have been so much better if the Thunder had won,” said bartender Cody Wilson, 22.
Blake Little, 27, of northwest Oklahoma City, said he likes that the bar now plays the song.
“Whether we win or lose it shows our camaraderie. It's something to bring people together, regardless.”
However the NBA Finals turn out, Ireland sees a long future for “Oklahoma” in his bar. He's searching to add the song to the jukebox.
“I'll have the entire sound track on there before I'm done,” he said.
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