Welcome to Seattle, where it doesn't rain nearly as much as you think and the traffic reports are callous and cutthroat.
You read that correctly.
It was a loss that ended the Thunder's season and any hope they had of capturing an NBA title. Oh, and it also provoked a snarky response from the Seattle area.
WSDOT Traffic @wsdot_traffic
If you need to catch a game in Oklahoma City the roads to Sea-Tac are clear...Wait, no more games in OKC this season! Too bad!5/16/2013, 4:13:34 PM
Ouch. It's so true. But ouch. Talk about bitter.
To be honest, there's no way this was solely about the Thunder. They're five full seasons removed from their time in Seattle, and while the wounds haven't completely healed, they're not still hemorrhaging, either.
Well, that's not entirely true. They're now extremely fresh.
Clad with the knowledge that it was once again deprived of housing an NBA team, Seattle is projecting its anger onto Oklahoma City. Or rather, its local traffic provider is.
The traces of frustration not-so-subtly hidden within these 140 characters (126, to be exact) aren't difficult to understand. Of course Seattle is angry. How could it not be?
For quite some time, it appeared as if the Sonics were on the cusp of a revival. Now, that dream is dead. And visions of an expansion team won't have the opportunity to be actualized until 2016. So we get it. Seattle is angry.
To displace the blame onto the Thunder, even sarcastically, isn't fair. Oklahoma City is one of the most devout fanbases in the NBA. It wasn't the fans who personally stripped Seattle of the Sonics (damn you, Clay Bennett).
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Kevin Durant rocking the throwback http://t.co/LxTCk8D0pJ5/13/2013, 5:06:37 PM
If Seattle needs to berate someone, Clay Bennett is still out there.
Better yet, take shots at the Maloof brothers. They're
heartless soul-suckers who destroy everything they come into contact with the ones who helped create a false sense of hope.
But leave Oklahoma City alone. Your time will come (again), Seattle.
And when it does, I would hope Oklahoma City's traffic report doesn't opt to troll your inevitable playoff exit.
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