Often, I wish I knew more about sports. I wasn't one of those kids who was ferried to a plethora of sports activities after school and on weekends. I went to dance, music and band classes, yeah, but basketball, soccer and softball? Not so much.
So, when I find myself at a major sporting event here in Tulsa, whether it's at ONEOK Field or the BOK Center, I often find myself also in cluelessville.
Thanks to the One2One Network, my husband and I were invited to last Friday's Tulsa Shock game vs. the Minnesota Linx at the BOK Center.
It was nice to beat the heat that has already descended upon northeastern Oklahoma for the summer and to work in some family-friendly fun, all in the same evening. It doesn't take a sports rocket scientist to realize that these Shock games are fun, which is good for me, the sports impaired captain of the universe. It's also easy on the pocketbook - tickets to Shock games start at a mere $10.
And while Friday night's crowd wasn't the biggest I've ever seen at the BOK Center, it was by far the most enthusiastic.
Look at all those Shock shirts. Wow.
The thing I couldn't help but notice? The women of the WNBA are hardcore. Watching them play made me want to punch my fellow Tulsa mommybloggers at the game that night in the face. And throw my husband over the railing. And stomp them all into the court.
It's nothing against them - not at all. It's just, watching pure athleticism makes me wanna fight.
Check this out:
Face smash! Totally hardcore.
See this player?
That's Scholanda Robinson, No. 5. I got to take her on a tour of Tulsa not too long ago, when she first moved here. Pretty much the most awesome Tulsa touring experience I've ever had.
It was also the shortest I've ever felt in my entire life. Scholanda? She's tall, y'all.
And then, there's Volt.
Volt is the (sexy?) Tulsa Shock mascot.
At least he has a pose strategy in place for the whole sexy plan.
Guess what. Volt can do backflips. Hey, Hornsby? Can you do a backflip?
Something tells me that, given the size of his head, Hornsby wouldn't fare so well trying to do a backward somersault in midair.
Anyone else hearing Cookie Monster right now? "One of these things is not like the other..."
I had fun watching the game and the crowd, of course, but I also had a pretty interesting time eyeing the security guards, who were posted at every corner of the court.
I felt really sorry for them. I mean, how weird would it be to have to stand on the edge of the court and not only not get to see the game, but also to have to face the crowd looking right through you?
I'd be scared to death the whole time that my fly was unzipped. And you know what? There'd be nothing I could do about it. There's really no stealthy way to check one's fly when facing a large crowd head-on.
At least, not one that I've discovered.
So cold. So alone. So tired of standing. At any rate, these guys did a great job. No players were attacked at this game - at least, not by the crowd, anyway.
Know what's fun to think about when watching a Tulsa Shock game? The fact that many of the women on the team are moms and that, after they're done putting the smackdown on the court, they return home to their kids and parental duties.
Kinda like me, you know? Except, I put the smackdown out here in bloggy blogger land, and those women are six feet tall and practice up and down a basketball court for hours and hours each day, with Coach Nolan Richardson, a notorious hard-ass, adding a little of his own smackdown to the party the entire time.
The worst I have to deal with is an accidental pooping on the floor, and that happened only once.
The promotions at the games were exciting, too - a lot more exciting that cleaning poop off the floor, let me tell you. Who doesn't love a little parachute chasing and giant t-shirt guns?
Several dozen of them floated down from the ceiling, but alas, we didn't catch one. I heard there was a big wad of cash in one of these suckers.
Next time, cute little prize-loaded parachutes. Next time.
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Have fun! We certainly did.