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.