Tip-Off for 6/7/12 (featuring Prince) Seattle, meet Baltimore and Cleveland

(John W. McDonough, Greg Nelson/SI)

Last night the team formerly known as the Seattle Supersonics advanced to the NBA Finals last night after defeating the San Antonio Spurs in six games. Superstar Kevin Durant was the #2 overall pick of the Sonics in the 2007 NBA Draft. Following Durant’s rookie campaign, he and the Sonics relocated to Oklahoma City. Not known as an NBA hotbed, the Oklahoma City fans have been very supportive of the Thunder since their arrival and are now four victories away from the city’s first professional sports championship.

While another great fan base in Seattle has only memories of its 1979 NBA Championship and thoughts of what should’ve been.

(Sports Illustrated/CNN)

Anyone remember the threat of the Philadelphia 76ers moving to Camden, NJ. before what is now known as the Wells Fargo was built? How about the Eagles moving to Arizona in 1984, the same year Baltimore Colts owner Robert Irsay captioned a fleet of Mayflower trucks from Baltimore, Md. to Indianapolis, In. in the middle of a snowy March night. Sure, the city was somewhat rewarded with a Super Bowl championship via the Baltimore Ravens. The scars left in Cleveland and its  Browns fans are still visible. The Browns have one of the great legacies in NFL history and were a fixture in Cleveland for half a century, until owner Art Modell gave the Dog Pound something to really bark about.

(Shoreshot Photography)

I have a friend from Baltimore who refuses to embrace the hometown Ravens or acknowledge the Indianapolis Colts, so he’s become a Dallas Cowboys fan.

Al Davis couldn’t decide if the grass was greener in Oakland or Los Angeles. LA eventually lost in a game of musical chairs as Arizona snatched the Cardinals from St. Louis who in turn wooed the Rams. In St. Louis, the 1999 Rams would win Super Bowl XXXIV in dramatic fashion behind one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history.

As a fan, I sympathize with cities like Seattle, Baltimore and Cleveland. But I can’t fault the fans of Indianapolis or Oklahoma City for wanting professional franchises. I just hope the game of musical franchises never makes its way back to Philly.

The Lineup:

Euro 2012 Preview (Zonal Marking).

JR Smith weighing his options on returning to NYC (Real GM).

NFL’s best tight ends – interesting list of who’s where (Sporting News).

Eagles Joe Banner out as President, in as advisor to Jeffrey Lurie (NFL.com).

My guess is that Drew Brees is pissed at some people in N’awlins (Pro Football Talk).

Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler: Talib Kweli interview (Hat tip to TSF reader Todd Cooper). Take a listen, it’s really good (Girl on Guy).

Actual proof: A look at Black Boy Radio (vimeo).

Meet the new weatherman in Vancouver, Canada (YouTube).

The future of the MLB Draft is getting chilly (The Sports Fan Journal).

Pete Rose has answered all the questions, will he ever get an answer (The Sports Fan Journal).

No applause for these CLAPS (Black America Web).

Arthur Davis on Blacks and the GOP (The Root).


Happy Birthday to the Artist Formerly Known as The Artist Formerly Known As…


5 Responses to “Tip-Off for 6/7/12 (featuring Prince) Seattle, meet Baltimore and Cleveland”

  1. Temple3 says:

    Check this out:

    The ownership, management, and political leadership in Seattle set the table for the Sonics to become the Thunder in the city. They failed to do proper due diligence and they effectively surrendered the team without a fight. Seattle was poised to win a legal battle to retain the team, and they simply decided not to fight for the team.

    It was interesting how no one mentioned the word “SEATTLE” last night — not the TNT group, not the players, management or ownership. Too much bad blood…too many lies…and it’s too soon.

  2. Ron Glover says:

    Going to check out that documentary for sure.

  3. Temple3 says:

    It’s a damning tale of incompetence, cowardice, and greed.

  4. Ron Glover says:

    Yeah, I’m watching this on the commute home.

  5. des says:

    I remember March 1984 well. Robert Irsay was a piece of shit, there were celebrations in Baltimore when he died (for real). The thing about the Browns move was that many of us felt bad about what went down, but the reality was Art Modell only took the deal Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Oakland, Cincinnati, and yes, Arizona all considered. Ironically, my wife is from Cleveland and needless to say, I can’t wear Raven gear in certain parts of that city.

    P.S. I got over the Colts when the Ravens won the Super Bowl. That’s why I didn’t feel anything when the Colts won theirs.