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Oklahoma City superintendent makes good on Heat-Thunder bet

Superintendent Karl Springer made good on a bet he made with the Miami Superintendent during the NBA playoffs this summer. The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, so Springer taught a Florida history class while wearing a Miami Heat jersey.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: September 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm •  Published: September 27, 2012

/articleid/3713419/1/pictures/1843353">Photo - Superintendent Karl Springer talks with Nathaniel Hamilton Wednesday at North Highland Elementary School. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Superintendent Karl Springer talks with Nathaniel Hamilton Wednesday at North Highland Elementary School. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Springer and Carvalho tag-teamed the Florida lesson via Skype, an online video program.

They talked about palm trees, alligators and the beach.

The students listened and clapped for things they liked, like orange juice.

One boy peered over the top of the table holding the computer so he could see himself on the video.

Springer held up pictures of each of the topics.

“Now,” he said, “the thing our kids are probably most interested in —”

“Mickey Mouse!” they cheered.

After the lesson, Springer thanked Carvalho and then turned back to the students. He asked them who they thought would be the NBA champions next year.

The answer was clear. “Thunder!” they shouted.

Carvalho laughed: “But, boys and girls, who are the champions this year?”

“Thunder!” they yelled again.

Clearly, what happened between the Heat and the Thunder this summer was not part of the Florida history lesson.


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