by Jenni Carlson Modified: February 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm •  Published: February 15, 2009
Just because the Thunder is unveiling its mascot this week doesn’t mean the Ford Center has been without characters.

Plenty of folks have helped fill the void.

They have crazy costumes. They have silly props. They have wild antics. Most of all, they have fun cheering on the Thunder.

They are super fans.

Two days before the Thunder reveals its bison-themed mascot — here’s a vote for the nickname "Rumble” — it is fitting to celebrate the fans who became capable stand-ins.

Some are recognized by name. Brick Man. Thunder Man.

Others are known by look. The guy with the headband. The gal with the blue hair.

Ironically, all of them were fans of the Hornets, the team that will be in town Tuesday when the Thunder debuts its mascot. But only Derrick Seys, a.k.a. Brick Man, carried his super fan routine from one team to the other.

"The fan base is shuffled,” Seys said, "so everybody’s finding their place.”

Some super fans from the Hornets’ era have gone, the Yodeler and the Bee Keeper among them.

Others, though, have taken their place.


by Jenni Carlson
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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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The Thunder is on a mission to determine its ultimate fan.

As part of the Love’s Ultimate Thunder Fan promotion, one person has been selected fan of the game at every Wednesday home game since the beginning of the season. The final fan of the game will be chosen March 4. Then the next day, voting for the eight semifinalists will begin at thunder.nba.com.

The four finalists will be revealed at the Chicago game on March 18, and the finalist who receives the biggest ovation from the crowd that night will win.

The grand prize: an all-expenses-paid trip to Boston to see the Thunder play the Celtics.

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