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Doug Loudenback
12-08-2005, 11:14 AM
Despite our loss, we might take some comfort about pieces of reports of last night’s game in the media. Call it ... the Oklahoma City Fan Support Silver Lining ...

In the following, I've sometimes added emphasis to make my point ...

For example, here’s the introduction to an article at the Boston Globe,

Celtics better than OK
By Peter May, Globe Staff | December 8, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY -- This would not, on the surface, appear to be the easiest place to get well. The Ford Center is loud, with boisterous fans and the now obligatory cheerleader/public address announcer. The ''gym" is an unfamiliar one to most NBA regulars. And on this night, the place was so cold you half expected to see Bud Grant on the sidelines.

But the Celtics managed to deal with all those distractions. They quieted the prairie folk, found the chilly conditions to their liking, and made their sole stop in Oklahoma a rewarding one, taking a 101-87 decision from the relocated Hornets. The Celtics will again take their season-long quest for an actual winning streak into San Antonio tomorrow night.

From an AP article by Jeff Latzke, appearing at least in the Concord Monitor and probably elsewhere given the AP origin, in the “Notes” section at the bottom at

With snow falling for the first time in Oklahoma City this fall, attendance was 18,753 - 410 shy of a third straight sellout.

Attendance was even noted in the New Orleans Times-Picayune article at

Snow threat doesn't stop fans
Oklahoma City attendance again is near capacity
Thursday, December 08, 2005
By John Reid
Staff writer
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Hornets had their first attendance challenge at home Wednesday night, with two inches of snow expected for the area.

But there were only a few empty seats in the club section and almost none in the upper levels during the game against the Boston Celtics. The announced crowd was 18,753 in the 19,163-seat Ford Center.

"We only had 130 tickets that went unsold, and half of them were disability seats," Hornets team president Paul Mott said. "It's just remarkable."

Before the game, light snow already had covered streets around the Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The temperature at tip-off was 17 degrees, and the low for Thursday morning was predicted to be 8 degrees.

The Hornets have sold out four of the first six games played at the Ford Center and rank seventh in attendance, averaging 18,737. Before Wednesday, the smallest crowd to attend a game was 17,554 for the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 18.

Game notes in the Providence Journal (subscription required) at and also at (no subscription required) and (no subscription required)...

It was the third game this season the Hornets went without a 3-pointer. . . . With snow falling for the first time in Oklahoma City this fall, attendance was 18,753 -- 410 shy of a third straight sellout. . .

Glad to see that Oklahoma City and our Hornets fan support continues to build its already good reputation reputation ... Oklahoma City is clearing doing its part.