"Two years ago, I was not an NBA fan. But when the Thunder came to OKC, I was glad OKC was becoming a major-league city and wanted to support the effort. At that time, my wife was deployed with the Oklahoma National Guard to Iraq for a year. After talking to her, I submitted my name for possible season tickets.
"My wife came home shortly after the season started, and the games became a regular date night for us to get reacquainted. Many times, we would go out to eat in Bricktown before the game, but the most important part was being together and talking and enjoying one another after being apart for a year.
"Becoming a part of Thundermania was a wonderful by-product for both of us. We grew to love the Thunder because they were such humble young adults. We were so proud of their style of play and their character just like we are of our own children.
"I had surgery intentionally planned the day after the regular season and a week before the first home playoff game. I almost tore my stitches when we won the game.
"I was also able to get four extra playoff tickets for each game a few rows behind us for our two daughters, one's husband and the other's fiancÃ©. It was an unforgettable family affair."