1. Thou shalt have no other teams before the Thunder.
- I know that we’re a “new” team and chances are that before the Thunder existed, you cheered for another NBA team. In no way am I saying that you should stop being a fan of the other team or that you shouldn’t cheer them on if they happen to play at the Thunderdome. All I’m saying is that it is never, ever okay to call yourself a Thunder fan and cheer against the Thunder. Period. If you feel the need to cheer on another team, cheer the Thunder as well.
(Yes, this is directed at you, well-known Thunder/Warriors fan.)
2. Wear Thunder gear.
- (Rich ladies in the expensive seats) I get it.. You want to look cute. Here’s the deal though, you’re at a basketball game, not a club. Any man worth having would think you looked hotter in a Thunder shirt. If you insist on wearing something to show off your *ahem* assets, modify your shirt – Cut it, tie it, whatever you have to do – just make sure it’s a Thunder shirt.
3. Thou shalt not yell at the Thunder players.
- None of our players are perfect. During every game, each player will make at least one mistake. Do not yell at them! I know you may have been a basketball star in high school, but trust me, they know more about the game than you ever will. They do not need your criticism. If you insist on hurling insults to the floor (“Come on, KD! You gotta hit that shot!”, etc.) either prove that you’re a better player than them and have room to talk or stop calling yourself a fan.
If someone came into your job and told you that you did something wrong when a.) you already knew that and b.) they wouldn’t have done it right either, wouldn’t you want to punch that person in the face? Yeah, you would.
(On a side note: Breaking this commandment while in a relationship with me will result in relationship termination. It’s disrespectful. Be for the team or against them, you can’t do both.)
4. Thou shalt never let a season ticket go unused.
- There are 41 home games. That’s a lot. Due to circumstances beyond our control, I know not every season ticket holder can make it to every game. However, there is always someone who wants to go to the game. If you can’t make it, ask around. Put the word out on your Facebook or Twitter. List them on Craigslist. Hand them to a random person at the store. Do whatever you have to do to find someone who wants to go. Having Thunder tickets is a privilege. Not using them is wasteful. Plus, you could be missing out on the opportunity to bless someone’s day.
5. Honor your coach.
- I don’t know if fans have forgotten what a Godsend Scott Brooks was to us when he came over in 2008, but we were pretty lousy before he stepped in. I mean, he was named coach of the year last season – the least we can do is cheer for the guy when he’s mentioned at the end of player intros. Show some respect. No matter what you think about some of the decisions he’s made, the bottom line is that he’s had a huge role in getting us where we are and that deserves some applause.
6. Thou shalt not talk through games.
- If you’re going to a Thunder game because it’s a fun social event, don’t talk through the entire game about asinine things and ruin it for the Thunder fan you came with. If you wanna go with a friend who is equally as uninterested as you are in the game, then talk away. But as a fan, it sucks to constantly be distracted because someone is asking you if you saw a certain movie or where you bought your new lamp while you’re trying to focus on the court.
7. Thou shalt not get up more than twice during the game.
- There is no reason to get up more than twice during a game. Food and bathroom – that’s it. If you have to get up to do either of those things more than once, you have a problem and should see a doctor. Also, please try to schedule your food and bathroom breaks in between quarters.
8. Thou shalt respect your neighbor’s space.
- The seats in Loud City are not spacious. It gets a little better the further down your seats are, but this is an important commandment no matter where you’re sitting in the Thunderdome.
Refrain from – spreading your legs apart as far as you possible can, spilling you beer (or other beverage, but it’s almost always beer), releasing flatulence, incessantly clapping your Thunder sticks into the ear of the person in front of you because you like the way it sounds, hitting the person in front of you with rally towels, Thunder sticks or feet.. just respect other people’s space. You’re not at your house, don’t act like you own the place.
9. Thou shalt never leave a game early.
- I do not care how far ahead or behind we are, it is not okay to leave the game before the final buzzer sounds (with the exception of some sort of emergency).
First of all, you never know what is going to happen.. Isn’t that right, fans who left the game against the Wizards? If you care about getting out of your parking space more than the outcome of the game, why even come?
Secondly, how would you feel if someone came to see you perform but left before the end because they were more concerned about traffic than seeing you all the way through? That’d be pretty offensive to me. If I’m a Thunder player, it’s even more hurtful to see people leave during an apparent loss. Which leads to the 10th commandment..
10. Stand with the Thunder, no matter what.
- If you are a true Thunder fan, you back this team no matter what – win or lose, whether KD (or any other player) is on or off – you’re there for the team. Admittedly, as fans we’ve seen some frustrating games, but that’s gonna happen.
You should never speak ill of the Thunder or it’s players.
Never hurtfully criticize.
Always remain optimistic.
Believe in your team and the talent we have.
Encourage the players when you see them around town.. or leave them a message on Twitter or Facebook.
Treat them as you would want to be treated. After all, these guys aren’t just players, they’re human beings.