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Thunder-Spurs: Oklahoma City, San Antonio share many similarities

From freeways to Air Force bases to the downtown canals, the two cities have much in common. The pro sports scene is also similar: AHL hockey, minor league baseball and an NBA franchise.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 26, 2012

— This Texas tourist mecca rightfully is called one of America's most unique cities. A distinction that's never been afforded Oklahoma City.

But many are the similarities between the homes of the NBA's Western Conference finalists.

Let us count the ways.

* Downtown water. The Bricktown Canal is an absolute knockoff of San Antonio's Riverwalk.

But if you're going to steal an idea, steal a good one. And OKC did.

From the gondolas tours to the waterside restaurants, the Canal has been a great addition to the Oklahoma City landscape, just as the Riverwalk is a San Antone institution.

* Sacred memorials. The list is short of must-see American tributes to the fallen among us. Pearl Harbor. Ground Zero. Arlington National Cemetery. Gettysburg. The Vietnam Memorial.

San Antonio and Oklahoma City are on the list.

The Alamo remains a sobering experience for all who enter its doors, 176 years after becoming the rally cry in the Texas Revolution.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial is not quite as venerable; it's been 17 years since the bombing of the Murrah Building. But the Oklahoma City Memorial serenely captures the spirit of that dark day and the hope that sprang from it.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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