- 05/18/2011, 12:29PM ET
The Day Is Mine, Trebek. said 05/18, 12:29 PM
First off, they're named after a sound---not even something that you can see.
"Thunder" is not something that is unique to Oklahoma---it happens anywhere in the world.
Not to mention it sounds like a t-ball team's nickname, or something from the Arena league.
Unis are arguably ugliest in league---how do you have a white uni, blue lettering with yellow, orange and black trim? The road uni looks awful also-boring and looks like they really had to cram "Oklahoma" on it. Even Thunder fans aren't keen on it. http://nbaokc.blogspot.com/2008/09/thunder-uniforms-unveiled.html
Then there is the logo. There are lots of teams that use a basketball in their logo...Lakers, Clippers, and Pistons for instance; but OKC is the only one to use a basketball shaped like a triangle in their logo. Looks like a fricking guitar pick. Has nothing to do with "Thunder"--or even lightning/thunderstorms for that matter. Terrible all around.
I guess that's karma getting them back for stealing a team with Stern's help.
If there is a worse nickname/colors/logo combo for any team in the NBA, or NHL/NFL/MLB/MLS, I'd like to see it.
J-Business said 05/18, 04:32 PM
The Utah Jazz.
One of the lamest uniforms in the league that was only semi-popular because of the run of John Stockton and Karl Malone.
Their colors are purple, yellow and white, blah.
Their jersey has a punctuation mark that they try to pass off as a music note. In fact, they don't even try to pass it off anymore. It's just the remnant of a long gone franchise.
Which leads me to the name: The Utah, Jazz.
I'll give you another team.
The Washington Wizards
The logo is some kind of walking lightning bolt.
Their colors were teal, white and poop brown
But then they changed it. To a disorganized mesh of the same "figure" and a starving artists mix of blue, red and white.
Then there's the name Wizards. But I don't know, maybe it's because they're in DC where money magically disappears.
And I'll add another team from the NFL
The Detroit Lions.
Has a lion ever been native to Detroit? Ever.
Even during the Paleolithic time.
The blinding blue and silver.
It doesn't matter what they do, their uniforms have always been ugly.
I'd take the OKC Thunder uniforms over these teams any day.
The Day Is Mine, Trebek. said 05/18, 06:28 PM
I'll give you that Utah and Jazz don't go together. At all. But I can't agree with comparing the classic, original look of Utah's updated throwbacks with yet another NBA blue road jersey where the letters barely fit and a home jersey that can't decide what trim color it wants to have.
As for logos...on one hand you have a logo that incorporates a music note, has a "jazz font", and has a *round* basketball--ditto for the jerseys. On the other hand you have a basketball shaped like a guitar pick with a couple of diagonal lines and a tapered "OKC". Looks like it was made by a high school kid with MS Paint. Hmmmm.
The Wizards ha(d) an ugly logo and uniforms, for sure. As bad as the Thunder. The reason I didn't put them is because Wizards is a legit team name and the logo incorporated a wizard with like a basketball crescent moon in the background. Not sure what you are talking about with the walking lightning bolt. And you're going to dis on the new unis....really?
As for the Lions, sure, theres no lions in Detroit. But by the same token, theres no Rams in St. Louis, Colts in Indy, Bengal tigers in Cincy, etc, etc. Those nicknames don't sound like little league team names.
J-Business said 05/19, 01:47 PM
But this is the thing, in Oklahoma, there's alot of thunder. It's one of the Plains states and there are frequent and very loud thunder storms and tornadoes.
Anyone having spent time in places like Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska know that thunder is a good description for a frequent weather pattern.
Just because the Jazz have a "throwback" doesn't mean it's actually a decent jersey.
Their jersey is lame, with a corny color scheme and their name has absolutely irrelevant.
The Wizards new uniform is basically the same as the old uniforms, except they just put Wizards instead of Bullets. They probably dusted off the old ones from the attic.
I simply don't like the Lions uniform. When they go with the black and blue, alternative jerseys it looks worse.
As far as having a team with a "sound", half of the teams in professional sports have abstract names "Flyers, Sixers, Magic, Jazz, Sonics (formerly), Canucks, Red Wings, Phillies, Browns, etc"
The Oklahoma City Thunder have a relevant name to their region, their color scheme is unique.
A closer look at the logo shows it's a piece of a basketball, pay attention to the curve on the right side.
The Day Is Mine, Trebek. said 05/19, 03:16 PM
I live in Kansas. I still think they could have come up with a better sounding name.
As for the point about abstract team names---all of the ones that you mentioned save Flyers and Jazz have something to do with their region.
Magic=Magic of Disneyland. (look it up, its true)
76ers=1776 Decl. of Indep.
Canucks=Slang for "Canadian".
I can't find a team name in pro sports that doesn't have anything to do with the region (i.e. Sac Kings, KC Royals, etc) that sounds as in the same league of lameness as "Thunder".
"Oklahoma City Thunder" could just have easily been "Sacramento Thunder" or "St. Louis Thunder".
Case in point:
Kind of fits right in with minor league nicknames, doesn't it?
I'm aware that the logo is a piece of a basketball---still looks like a chip though.
Uniforms are a matter of taste, you're right. For every person that likes the look of the Jazz' and Wizards unis, there's someone who doesn't. I guess that I'm mainly disappointed that with a completely blank slate, and a fan base that would have accepted anything, they couldn't do better.
J-Business said 05/19, 06:01 PM
But that's the point, Thunder is relevant to thunderstorms in Oklahoma.
Similar to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Also how many more animals are there to use as mascots and names? At some point, franchises have to become more creative and this is what Oklahoma City did.
The Thunder is one of the most unique names in the league.
As far as the uniforms, you also have to keep in mind that the Thunder have one of the longest team names in the league - Oklahoma City, which is difficult enough to fit on a uniform without it looking crowded.
On the other hand, the Jazz uniform is lame and the nickname makes no sense. I don't even know what they use for a mascot.
In my opinion, the Wizards uniform is just confusing. They were once the Bullets and their uniforms were basically the same as the Nets and Sixers. Then they changed the name and logo to something that has nothing to do with basketball.
I understand the reason for the initial name change but what they chose was just stupid.
The Detroit Lions. Just a personal preference. I don't like that shade of blue or silver.
But for me OKC is nice.
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