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Zombie Sonics invade the NBA finalsJune 21, 2012 @ 3:11 pm (Updated: 10:39 am - 6/22/12 )
"Failabrations" were planned in Seattle, as the Miami Heat beat the team formerly known as the Sonics. Final score 121 to 106 in a game 5 loss last night for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Without their makeup, you might recognize the Zombies as Jason Reid and Colin Baxter - the director and executive producer of the documentary "SonicsGate." The "requiem for a team" aired nationally this year and examined the team's departure from Seattle.
The pair have been going to Thunder playoff games for the past few years wearing their green and gold, but they told each other that if the team made it to the finals they would step it up.
Reid and Baxter held signs and shouted their support for the Heat while sitting just a few feet from the Oklahoma City bench.
"We felt like we needed to make a stand against what happened in Seattle, prove that we have the best basketball fans in the world and help the Heat win a championship," Reid told ESPN.
They paid almost $4,000 each for the prime seats. The whole trip has cost them around 10 grand, and they're "not going to let this go until the NBA returns to Seattle."
The zombie costumes weren't born out of their idea alone. Reid told 710 ESPN's Kevin Calabro Show that they were inspired by ESPN's Bill Simmons. "Until this year he only referred to [the Thunder] as the Zombie Sonics."
They wanted to make a statement - and they did. Reid said that the cameras tried to avoid them, but it was difficult, given their front row seats, their zombie make- up, and who was sitting directly behind them.
Reid and Baxter were right in front of Kevin Durant's mom and brother during game 4 of the NBA Finals..
"Kevin's mom, the whole game, yells at Kevin, and gives him little instructions and little pieces of advice and actually, we were right in front, for him to talk to his mom, he had to talk to the Zombie Sonics," Reid said.
By the end of the game, Durant's mom had to move to talk to her son.
"This isn't out of spite or bitterness. We would have been here supporting our team if they still played in Seattle. However, things got a little weird. We don't really know the appropriate way to act. They don't have a fan playbook. There isn't a rule for what to do when your team gets stolen. And we do feel like it was stolen," said Baxter.
By LINDA THOMAS
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