For most of my life I have lived in a city that was "too little", was "country"...if I traveled outside of the state, most people didn't know the
difference between OKC and the State of OK. "there's an actual city there" I was once asked.
In 1995 we suffered a bombing, and we were finally on the map, but for a tragedy. In 1999, 2003, and 2011 we were on the map again for F4/F5
Up until 2005 we never had a national professional sports team. We had minor league baseball and hockey. We of course have University of Oklahoma
Football, one of the best all time college teams in the country, just south in Norman, but nothing uniquely OKC. Most people picked a favorite
professional team in Dallas, Denver, or KS. The closest "big" cities that had nationally competing teams.
After Hurrican Katrina hit the New Orleans Hornets made us their temporary home, and the NBA took notice of our city's response to it's adopted
So when local owners bought the Sonics, and Seattle refused to play ball, the NBA approved the move. And yet still many said, "OKC, their too little,
their too hick, why would someone go there?"
Now, well after 4 years, we stand on the cusp of basketball greatness.
And I feel finally we are known for something other then the tragedy of bombings and tornados. So cool it's kind of weird.
Come check us out, OKC, home of the Thunder.
And also home to one of the most recession proof living areas in the country,.Low unemployment, affordable housing, etc.
edit on 7-6-2012 by SrWingCommander because: clarification