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The Day Sports Stood Still-Movie Review



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I sit in Section 315, row D, seat 17, in the Chesapeake Energy Arena, the home site of the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. I have been a season ticket holder for the franchise in OKC since the first season, game one to the current present.  This night the Utah Jazz would be the visiting team to the host Thunder.  A late 8:35 tip had been announced as of TV back to Salt Lake City.



At 8:26 PM on the night of March 11, 2020, I viewed the court down below my Loud City seat. Coaches, officials, “suits” were talking and the teams stood around visiting.  Something had happened and it was anyone’s guess up in the highest deck of the arena.  We were anxious to get the game started. Within minutes, the public address announcer informed everyone that the game was postponed and for us, the fans, to make our way to the exits.



As a fan, I was there “when sport stood still.” I was not happy. In fact, we were not informed what was going on, and myself and the other 18,202 ticket holders that night, picked ourselves up and headed out of the arena.



The reason of why I was not going to watch two teams of the Association play a game would not be known until later that night on our drive back to Edmond. It would be the first time in ten plus seasons as a season that I would attend the pre-game show of the evening and not get to enjoy the main attraction, game. As I removed myself from the “Peak” that early evening I did not understand the historic consequences of the night.




This documentary starts on that evening through the words and emotions of various players, NBA higher ups and fans that were involved with the game. It is a well made film and it explores that day, the months leading up to the virus in America, and the consequences and lifestyle changes that athletes had to make as had to put aside the game for the pandemic. Viewed on Netflix.

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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