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My Dilemma May 10, 2011

Posted by clintcarter in Oklahoma City, Sports.

A dilemma is on the horizon for me and I see no way to avoid it.

I have been a Dallas Maverick’s fan since I was 13.  I was a fan of Jason Kidd the first time he was in Dallas.  I love watching Dirk Nowitzki play the game. Yet when I moved to Oklahoma City 2 years ago, I made the choice to become a Thunder fan.  I live 12 blocks from the stadium and enjoy walking to games.  It seemed like the right thing to do to connect with fellow OKC-ans (because there isn’t a chance that I’d become a Sooner fan).

However, these playoffs have tested my devotion to the Thunder.  As I watched the Mavs upend Portland and then humiliate the Lakers, those old feelings started to return.  And now, if the Thunder can beat Memphis, they will meet Dallas in the Western Conference Finals.

What to do?  If that happens, my gut tells me that Dirk will win over my affection.  You can’t love a player for over a decade and then hope he fails.  Best case scenario – Dirk and the Mavs win the championship this year and then I can release them and root solely for KD and Westbrook.

Life is full of difficult choices.



1. ralph kunkel - May 10, 2011

The official rules for who one can cheer for gives greater weighting to where one was raised rather than where one is currently living. Look the rules up!

clintcarter - May 10, 2011

Thanks for the clarity Ralph. I will sleep better now.

2. Aaron - May 10, 2011

Dirk > everyone else. End of discussion.

3. Ben Janssen - May 10, 2011

Don’t listen to this bad advice, Clint. Go Thunder!

4. singinginthedistance - May 11, 2011

As long as you don’t become a Sooner fan, I think you’ll be okay.

5. Ryan Goodrich - May 13, 2011

When you became a Christian, you turned your back on your old life. In the same way, my friend, you’re a resident of Oklahoma; turn your back on your old allegiances! Think of it as your way of “becoming all things to all people” in the context of where you are. 🙂

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