Thunder Bandwagon: OKC businessman Jay Thomas drives his own bandwagon to Miami

Oklahoma City businessman Jay Thomas and friends drove 25 hours to Miami to attend Games 3, 4 and 5.
By Mike Sherman Published: June 17, 2012
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For comparison, at Chesapeake Energy Arena, chicken tenders are $7.50, imported beer (20-ounce draft) is $6.75 and hot dogs are $4.

FAMILY AFFAIR

Dan Le Batard's father, Gonzalo, from ESPN's “Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable” show, is a Heat season-ticket holder and was in his aisle seat in the lower bowl long before tipoff. But the lower bowl wasn't full when the game started. ... Cool sight at the end of halftime: Durant's grandmother sitting in the stands holding up a “Team Is One” poster/noisemaker she brought from OKC, hoping to catch Kevin's eye.

WATCH PARTY

A Thunder fan on the NewsOK.com live chat reported that approximately 500 people watched Game 3 on the video board at David Allen Ballpark in Enid. The city provided concessions, and the Thunder mobile merchandise truck was in town.

BATTLING BISHOPS

Governors have done it.

Mayors have done it.

Now two Roman Catholic clergy leaders have made a friendly wager about their respective hometown NBA teams.

In Atlanta for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' spring general assembly, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdicoese of Oklahoma City, said he has accepted a friendly wager from Archdiocese of Miami's Archbishop Thomas Wenski.

Archbishop Wenski has thrown the ecclesiastic gauntlet by offering Miami stone crabs if the Heat loses in The Finals. Archbishop Coakley has accepted the challenge and is offering Oklahoma beef, courtesy of the Oklahoma Beef Council, if the Thunder loses. The losing bishop will receive a T-shirt from the opposing team, in which he agrees to be photographed.

“The Thunder have proved time and time again that they have what it takes to become the NBA champions. It is a great time to be an Oklahoman,” Coakley said.

Wenski countered, saying: “The Miami Heat is resilient if anything. We relish being the underdog, but the Thunder will not stand up to the Heat.”

Both archbishops took a brief break from Thursday's meetings to “seal the deal” with a friendly handshake.

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