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Thunder bandwagon: Welcome to the bandwagon, Reba McEntire

Country Music Hall of Famer Reba McEntire and her husband Narvel Blackstock, who were in town last week, have been watching the Thunder games.
by Jenni Carlson Published: June 9, 2012

Count Reba McEntire among the Oklahoma celebrities who are Thunder fans.

The Country Music Hall of Famer and Chockie native visited Oklahoma City late last week. Along with husband/manager Narvel Blackstock, she was in town to receive the Annie Oakley Society Award during a luncheon at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

“Narvel and I flew in (Wednesday) night and watched the end of the game: very proud,” she said of the Thunder's Western Conference Finals series-clinching victory over the San Antonio Spurs. “When they beat the Lakers, I was thrilled to pieces. We live partially in L.A. But for Oklahoma to do that, it was huge.

“So (Wednesday) night, we were cheering for them and very excited.”

Although she primarily makes her home in Nashville, Tenn., she still considers Oklahoma home.

“Oklahoma's my home, absolutely,” she said.

“I spent all my years growing up in Oklahoma, working in Oklahoma, going to school in Oklahoma, rodeoing in Oklahoma, so it will always be a part of me.”


Kelli Dupuy sent out the all-call at 9:54 a.m.

The director of marketing and development for Sunbeam Family Services needed volunteers to help place shirts on the chairs at The Peake before Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals. The Thunder and Sunbeam partner on all sorts of projects, so when the franchise asked for Sunbeam's help, Dupuy sent out an email.

Nineteen minutes later, she sent out another.

“WOW!” she wrote. “That was FAST — we are all booked for both games!”

It's more evidence of just how rampant Thunder Mania has become. People are jumping at the chance to be part of it — even if that means putting T-shirts on seats.

And just so you know, everyone who does has to give up a couple hours of their day and follow eight guidelines that include signing a waiver and agreeing not to release any photos or information about the day through social media outlets.

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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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