The Norman Transcript

Opinion

June 14, 2012

Positive force for Oklahoma

NORMAN — It’s hard not to get caught up in the Thunder fever sweeping the state. An Oklahoma City newspaper writer says it’s ending the bitter wedge between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Another says the Thunder’s success after only four years as a franchise here is the healing that finally happened after the 1995 bombing of the federal building.

No matter what they make of it, having the Thunder in the National Basketball Association Finals is a positive force in a state that often sees itself on the bottom of many national lists.

It’s being billed as a battle of good versus evil. We won’t go that far, but the win Tuesday night lifted our state.

Drivers were honking horns and television viewers in restaurants and bars throughout the state were celebrating before the final buzzer.

The national and international media is taking note of the state’s pride.

It reminds us of the last time the Sooners won a national championship in football and car flags were everywhere.

Norman merchants are getting in on the action, too. It’s contagious. The chamber of commerce painted its windows. Marquee signs cheer on team favorites.

It’s an exciting time for central Oklahoma. Thunder up.

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