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San Antonio Travelblog: Where’s the Alamo?

by Berry Tramel Modified: May 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm •  Published: May 20, 2014

photo - Kevin Durant knows the NBA isn't rigged. Berry Tramel ran into someone in San Antonio who thinks so. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kevin Durant knows the NBA isn't rigged. Berry Tramel ran into someone in San Antonio who thinks so. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

RFD asked one of our waitresses, a girl in her 20s, her thoughts on the Thunder-Spurs series.

She said she’d take the Spurs. But it will go seven games, she said, because it’s fixed. They want all the money they can get.

Is that how many people really think? Is that what people really believe?

I’m not naïve enough to think that a sporting event can’t be fixed. Some renegade ref, or some low-level player, could try to soil the outcome of a game. But it’s not coming from the top. Not coming from the league or a franchise or a prominent player. Like I’ve said a dozen times on this blog, the monetary rewards don’t match the risk. There already is big money in the NBA.


The Josephine Street Café is one of my favorite restaurants on the NBA circuit. An old saloon type place, with a huge tree trunk growing up from the ground and through the roof. Great desserts – cobbler or pie, with ice cream – and a great menu. I had the beef tenderloin salad, which is chunks of filet mignon with tomatoes and avocado and a great vinaigrette salad. Just superb. I wouldn’t mind going back.


The Spurs have a great game-night atmosphere at AT&T Center. Great game presentation. Great fans. The Grizzlies crowd was a little crude. The Clipper crowd was in la-la land. In San Antonio, none of that. Just a bunch of passionate fans who love their team. Very similar to Oklahoma City, other than the Spurs are mostly city-centered, while the Thunder has a state following.

But the Spurs have a great organization and a great product. If the Thunder can’t win the NBA title, I hope the Spurs do.

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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