Watching OKC-Lakers Series With My Kid
My kids love the Oklahoma City Thunder. If you check out the video of their bedroom, you’ll see how much they love the Thunder.
There’s a big Kevin Durant “Fathead” on one wall and OKC and Thunder logos everywhere else.
I’m guessing that a Russell Westbrook “Fathead” will be the next addition to their room.
They love how fast and athletic these two players are, and I’m sure that I’d love them too if they were still in Seattle, but they’re not – I’m one of those bitter fans who hopes the former Sonics lose to the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.
I have a $5 bet with my 8-year-old son Michael on the series. I realize it’s pathetic to bet with your kids, especially when they’re 8, but what the hell, we’re having fun with it even if his mom isn’t.
My wife thinks I’m out of my mind to bet with my kid, and I think she’s right, I am out of my mind. I’m so far gone that I want to take him to Emerald Downs today so that Daddy can get a bet in on “I’ll Have Another” at Emerald Downs while maybe having another myself.
Anyway, Mikey was talking a lot of smack after Oklahoma City took a 2-0 lead in the series, particularly after they won Game 2 by scoring the last nine points to take a 77-75 victory.
But you should have seen him last night after the Lakers pulled out a 99-96 win in Game 3 at the Staples Center. My wife and I had gone to see a very talented group of Inglemoor High kids in the play, “Legally Blonde.”
Our niece, Emilie Foltz, was naturally the star of the show, but I also want to pass along that Husky Stadium and Hec Ed Pavilion announcer Eric Radovich’s kids were darn good too.
After the show, we went to pick up our kids at another niece’s house in Kirkland. I walked in to a scene of utter dejection. After watching Game 3, Mikey had the look of despair on his face.
Most parents would have consoled him, but I rubbed it in and talked smack, telling him that I knew the Lakers would win and that they’ll win Game 4 too.
He wasn’t in the mood for that, but I’m not in the mood for the Thunder to win an NBA championship, and the sooner we can get their sorry asses out of the NBA playoffs, the better.
Even if it means having to deal with an unhappy kid.
GOLF SHOW: Hope you’ll check it out on the podcast page at 710Sports.com. Co-host Shon Crewe and I are podcasting a weekly golf radio show, focusing on the local scene but also talking about everything in the world of golf.
We’re having fun with it and hoping to get it on the air at 710 ESPN Seattle this summer on Saturday mornings.
COMING TUESDAY: I’ll be participating in a “meet-up” with Art Thiel and Mike Sando at Jillian’s at 7 p.m. We’ll be talking about sportswriting – where it’s been and where it’s headed in the digital age.
Art is a former teammate of mine at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He currently runs Sports Press Northwest (sportspressnw.com). Sando covers the NFC West for ESPN.com.
Should be a fun night. Hope you can join us.