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Oklahoma City Thunder: Meet the 'Thunder Girl' of Tahlequah

SEASON PREVIEW — To understand how the Thunder has captivated Oklahomans, meet the Northeastern State student who is doing her part to turn green country blue.
by Jenni Carlson Published: October 27, 2013

Savannah Buck grew up in a basketball-loving family in Oklahoma City. She played as kid, then decided to become a manager for the high school team so she could stay around the game.

But when the Thunder came to town, she couldn't have cared less.

“I just never got into the NBA,” she said.

The first season that the team was in town, she didn't watch any games. Not one. She had seen the Hornets come and go. She figured the Thunder would do the same.

But during the second season, Buck decided to watch a game on TV.

She liked what she saw so much that she got tickets to the next home game.

She's been hooked ever since.

Her interest at first was mostly in Kevin Durant — “I have the hugest crush on him,” she admitted — but it didn't take her long to fall in love with the entire team.

“I just love how they play,” she said. “I love how much they love the city. That made me love them even more.”

Buck has taken her love to Northeastern State in Tahlequah where she is a sophomore. For starters, she observes “Thunder Shirt Thursdays.” She started it a couple years ago with a friend.

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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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