On Wednesday, there was a healthy discussion about whether or not the Thunder should recognize the Seattle SuperSonics’ 1979 title on its jersey for the 2014-15 season should the league’s proposed “gold mark” idea go through.
The response fell somewhere between “rabidly opposed” to a simple “no.” And that was on both sides of the fence — from lifelong Seattle SuperSonics fans to Oklahoma City Thunder fans.
@NewsOKSports No. Win one in OKC, then rep that. Same goes for other relocated franchises.
— Bob (@bobnipotent) July 16, 2014
— Levi Stuart (@levi_stuart) July 16, 2014
— Christy Lee (@christytx12) July 16, 2014
— Cory Armstrong (@coryarmstrong13) July 16, 2014
Of the nearly 4,300 votes on NewsOK as of 5 p.m. Thursday, 90.3 percent said the Thunder shouldn’t wear the gold mark on its jersey.
On Wednesday, designer Conrad Burry said via Twitter he could confirm that the Thunder would NOT use the gold tag on the back of its jersey. I hoped the franchise wouldn’t (if it has a soul or inkling of respect for the SuperSonics’ legacy, and the fan base’s well-know desire to get a team back in Seattle).
Tags for titles across the board is another argument altogether. The Atlanta Hawks will reportedly have their tag to represent their 1958 NBA title won as the St. Louis Hawks. The name and history of the Hawks transferred over with the team to Atlanta, so it makes sense that the championship would transfer over with it. Another example is the case of the recent revival of the Charlotte Hornets, which provides an interesting example as to how a franchise’s history should be handled.
The poll question was meant as a healthy discussion as to whether or not the title should be recognized, not an attempt at team stealing, and it slowly evolved into some surprisingly civil discussion between Thunder and Sonics fans on Twitter. From what I can gather, most Thunder fans think Seattle’s history should stay in Seattle.
The Oklahoman couldn’t get an answer from the Thunder on the gold tag Thursday, but we’ll have more on NewsOK.com tonight and in The Oklahoman Saturday.