Zeb Benbrook has become known for his hair and his headbands. Thing is, it’s not a costume for Thunder games. It’s his every-day look.
"I like long hair,” he said, "but I don’t want to have a ponytail and I don’t like to have my hair over my ears.” Even though Benbrook is just as likely to go to school as to a game wearing a headband with his long, curly locks, it has become his calling card. Well, that and the foam fingers and the wild dancing. A senior at Classen School who’s long had the nickname "Zorgon,” Benbrook has been an NBA fan since first playing NBA Live ’98. His family didn’t have cable then, but he loved the video game. His favorite team: Golden State. "Horrible team,” he said, "but the game was really easy to me, so I thought, ‘I’ve got to have a challenge. I’ll pick a bad team.’ ” Benbrook remains a Warriors fan, even wearing his Golden State gear when the team comes to town. But that seems forgivable considering how he pulls for the Thunder the rest of the time. Sitting in the north end, he waves his blue foam fingers madly during opponents’ free throws, then throws his entire 6-foot-6 frame into dancing during timeouts. Benbrook even has a blog, BlueBlitz.net, dedicated to the Thunder. "It’s kind of a battle right now,” he said of the Thunder and Warriors. "They’re both battling for my heart.” By Jenni Carlson