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Thunder Bandwagon: Big crowd watches on Reno; Gerald McCoy, Mossis Madu spotted

The Peake was at its playoff best Saturday night — and it was only Game 1. Among the celebrities in the crowd: NFL players Gerald McCoy, Mossis Madu and Davin Joseph and former OSU/Thunder player Desmond Mason.
by Jenni Carlson Published: April 28, 2012

The Peake was at its playoff best Saturday night — and it was only Game 1.

Here are some of the sights and sounds:


* A crowd estimated at 2,500 gathered on Reno Avenue outside the arena and watched the game on the massive LED screen on the northwest corner of the building. That screen's a new feature this season, and it looks like a budding postseason watching spot.

* Former Oklahoma football players and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gerald McCoy and Mossis Madu sat courtside. Davin Joseph, their teammate at both OU and Tampa Bay, was spotted, too. All were in town for Tommie Harris's charity weekend.

* Sitting down the row from Madu was a guy who was an even better player at Norman High, former Sooner quarterback Jay Jimerson.

* Also in the house: former Oklahoma State standout and Thunder player Desmond Mason and Dallas owner Mark Cuban.

* Best sign of the night: “HEY, JAMES” on the left side. On the right side? A peace sign crossed out.

* Remember when Kevin Durant's mom, Wanda Pratt, danced during the playoffs last year? Well, she was back at it Saturday night, grooving this time to the “Hey!” song.


Highlights from the live game chat on

9:12 p.m.: Comment from TEN: Following a very similar script to what we've seen the last month ... unfortunately we haven't beaten a playoff team in a month.

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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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