It’s official: the Ford Center will get its upgrade and the city’s all but assured of getting its first NBA team.
The mood here at the Big League City watch party was ecstatic in the hour following the announcement. One man jumped in the air mimicking a fadeaway jump shot when Mayor Mick Cornett announced that the sales tax would pass.
But now, things are winding down. Nonna’s owner Avis Scaramucci is enjoying a glass of red wine and a few dozen others are quietly conversing while the restaurant’s staff picks up from the watch party. The mood now is that of proud relief.
A few parting shots from the Big League City watch party here at Nonna’s in Bricktown:
-Mayor Mick Cornett’s 8-month-old granddaughter, Lily, has a Big League City bumper sticker stuck on the back of her shirt.
-There’s more talk at the bar about basketball than politics, even as presidential primary results scroll across the bottom of television screens.
-At the table where the evening’s food was served, the trays are mostly empty but the decorations remain. There’s a toy basketball hoop, Big League City buttons and a pennant that reads: “Slam Dunk.” I think that pennant sums up how most folks here felt about the night.
That’s it for me. I’m going to duck out so I’m not in the way of these television reporters’ live shots. Thanks for reading.
John Estus, staff writer