Hey intern Bryce here eating some stuffed crust pizza via the wonderful employees at The Oklahoman. Reward for 31 days in a row without an error on the front page. I didn’t want to eat the pizza since we haven’t been here long, but when your editors tell you to eat free pizza, you eat pizza. I wrote those last few sentences one-handed while I stuffed my face with the other. Greasy keyboard for the win.
So how did I end up at the free pizza place aka The Oklahoman? Took a nice drive down I-35 from my home of Omaha, NE. I’m a Husker living in the Sooner state. Due to the Nebraska-Oklahoma football rivalry that heated up over many decades, I thought I would take my fair share of ribbing from my OU colleagues. Truth is I have seen nothing but respect for Nebraska down here and in two short weeks I have developed a lot of respect for the state of Oklahoma and its people.
Oklahoma has a very similar make-up to Nebraska. The metro area of Oklahoma City is comparable to Omaha with it’s surrounding suburbs, a vibrant downtown area, and most noticeably fanatical sports fans. OU and OSU fans are diehards just like back home with NU. But there is one team that is solely OKC’s: the Thunder.
I jumped on the Thunder bandwagon when I got this internship and it has been a great ride. A spot in the NBA finals has seemed like a dream to fans here and it has been great to see a city unite behind a young, exciting team like the Thunder. I’m on the prowl for a Nick Collison T-shirt/jersey, because he is a Iowa farmboy who can dunk. Check out a young Collison at the McDonald’s All-American Dunk contest: Collison with a Cartwheel Dunk. Tried that dunk on a 5 foot rim once and totally nailed it. I’ll try it again if I get the jersey with a video of the results.
I’ve been Thundering Up with four intern girls that live in the same building as me. We are all out of staters and have enjoyed watching the games together. One is the really loud Westbrook lover girl, one is the Steve Kerrrr/O-K-C girl, one is the softball lover/my questions at work answer girl, and one is the too nice, but horrible with directions girl. They know who they are. I’m glad that we have formed an out-of-state Oklahoma family. They even invited me over for girls night once, an experience that answered the question guys have of what girl’s actually do on”girl’s night”. It was perhaps the most illuminating event of my life.
I’ll keep updating my journey as a Husker in Oklahoma and as the Jets Bart Scott so eloquently put I Can’t Wait to see what the rest of the summer brings.