Q&A: Derrick Seys, 'The Brick Man'

by Berry Tramel Published: April 19, 2014

Derrick Seys, the Thunder fan who goes by “Brick Man,” moved to the Quad Cities area in Illinois in 2010 but remains a die-hard Thunder fan. He’s made some crazy trips to watch the Thunder, but Saturday night might have been the craziest. He left Geneseo, Ill., at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and planned to drive home after the game.

Q: Did anyone drive with you?

A: Tanner, a friend of mine’s son. First NBA game. Easter festivities and family things kind of made it tough on us.

Is Tanner helping you drive?

No. He’s 11. He took a nap. I’ve done (such trips) before. Last month, I did it in 36 hours, round trip. Tonight, if it doesn’t work out, we’ll stop up past Wichita and decide if it makes sense.

Why do you keep doing this?

Committed. It’s a good passion. We’ve been here when the team was 3-29, those disappointing days. The move was tough; we decided we’d stick it out and make the best of it. So about 15 games a year, 18,000 miles, something like that. Three hours from the Bulls and 11 hours from the Thunder, and we came here to see the Bulls play.

What do you with your season tickets when you can’t make the game?

We have a good number of people that pick ’em up. We sell about a third of ’em to a lady who sits next to us. And we post ’em on nba.com. And/or friends or acquaintances. Give ’em away to people we know down here. Or eBay ’em. I’ll do 24 hour no-reserve eBay auctions, turns out real well. Sometimes just a Twitter follower. I’ll say ‘What’s the chant of the game?’ The other night it was “Beat LA.” Half a dozen people got it right. A gal got it for a bag of peanuts, literally.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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