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Seattle Sonics fans are a 'bunch of babies'May 22, 2012 @ 5:22 pm (Updated: 5:45 am - 5/23/12 )
"Seattle 'fans' are a bunch of babies. They only cared once they started winning," says Toby Parkinson.
"If Seattle fans miss their team that much, why didn't they support them when they had the chance?" asks Matthew Gray.
The Twitter bitterness continues as the Oklahoma City Thunder moves on to the Western Conference Finals for the second straight season.
A not-so-sweet tweet featured a t-shirt created by an Oklahoma company that had an updated Sonics logo on the front and a "Thank you Seattle - Okc" on the back. After that, the company reportedly got death threats and stopped selling them. A Twitter pal reminds me, Seattle companies created less than courteous shirts too.
People who weren't here when the Sonics were snatched away from us are confused. Their comments on Twitter make a point.
"Seattle cry babies didn't even go to the games. That's why you lost your team morons," Sour Schultz writes on a blog comment. I don't think he's related to Howard Schultz.
We're talking about this on Facebook too, where most people believe those outside of Seattle don't understand why we're still angry about the way the team was torn from us.
"Clay Bennett made the team bad and then started to add talent went they moved to OKC. A bad team on the court leads to people not wanting to go to games," says Joe Nelms, explaining why others can't look at attendance alone to tell the story of the declining Seattle Sonics. "They were in the city of Seattle for 41 years. That's not something you can let go very easily."
Why haven't we let go?
Sickamore Seattle doesn't like the way Oklahoma is "arrogantly embracing a team that was kidnapped through greed, deception, lies, speculation and ignorance then posturing as if they're the somehow heralded underdogs. The fans didn't let the team down, our elected officials did; big difference."
"I think the 'get over it' mentality comes from not understanding what the team meant to some people," says Peter Sessum. "Teams mean a lot to some, not all, fans. Dogs aren't just pets, they are part of a the family. Cars aren't just a mode of transportation, people care about them. I didn't cry when the team left, but I feel for the fans that were hurt by the move and I think making fun of them isn't cool."
By LINDA THOMAS
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