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Thunder ready, even if it is just a glorified practice tonight……



Tonight it begins anew for me, the tenth season of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the 2017/2018 NBA season. Sure, the contest with the New Orleans Pelicans is just the 2nd of four exhibitions before the actual season begins in a couple of weeks, but the routine started ten years ago on that “first night” will be played out again.  The anticipation is there, again, after the long months of late spring and summer, and I cannot wait to get in the car and take that thirteen mile trip  to downtown Oklahoma City.  For the four hundredth or more time in those ten years my night will be complete when the final buzzer goes off in the Chesapeake Energy Arena.


Win or lose, I will have viewed basketball at the highest level, even if tonight’s game is just a glorified practice.  Russell Westbrook might not play, but that makes little difference. The  excitement of live and in person sports which started for me at the age of three, watching my Uncle John Pratt’s Midwest City Bombers basketball team play in a tournament in Drumright, OK.  That was in 1956.  Today, after thousands of games, that excitement is going strong at mid-morning.


This should be one heck of a ride for the Thunder with the additions of Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.  With three cinch hall-of-famers on this Thunder roster, the possibility of playing and competing for a championship at the highest level, that is the Finals, is a fact.  Westbrook, George, and Anthony, supported by some familiar faces such as Roberson and Adams, Collison and Abrines, and spiced with other new faces that are named Patterson and Felton, bring the Thunder.

Sports fans, I am ready.




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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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