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I thought the Supersonics—uh, the Thunder was going to win Last Night’s Game Six Western Conference Championship Game but the Warriors pulled it out of the Fire and stole a Game on us—snake bit!

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The Warriors snatched victory from the jaws of defeat—wow, does it ever end?
Mukilteo, WA, 05-29-2016 Sunday: Watching Game Six between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder last night was one of those amazing sporting events to see.  I cannot help but hold love for the Thunder as once they belonged to MY city, Seattle, being the Seattle Supersonics.  Ah, well, times change, teams move, fans weep, hoping against hope that we will get a new NBA team at some point—anyone in the commissioner’s office listening to a fan-huh?
I have to say it sure appeared as though the Warriors were going to lose this game as the Thunder continued to strike and to lead deep into the contest.  In fact, one could tell looking at their eyes that they KNEW they were going to win the game.  The Thunder maintained that look until the final couple of minutes when the Warriors took control of the game and taught the former Supersonics a lesson or two about being a tad bit too cocky. 
Klay Thompson (41-4-0) and Step Curry (29-10-9) played amazing games, the former more so than the latter but the latter has some physical woes.  Still, when the game was on the line, the Warriors kept it close until the time arrived when 3-pointers and ball control wiped the smiles off the faces of ones we thought we would be victorious.  Once again, no matter how well Kevin Durant (29-7-3) and Russell Westbrook (28-9-11) played, the Warriors rose to the occasion and stole the game out of their hands. 
Sadly, I have to say I put my money on the Thunder because old loyalties have a hell of a time dying, even though the Sonics have been gone for about eight years now, I still root for and bet on the Thunder.  The Sonics did win the NBA Championship in 1979 as well as three Western Conference titles in 1978, 1979, and 1996.  The Thunder made it to the NBA Finals in 2012 but lost to the Miami Heat in five after winning the first game of the series. 
Some people say the Thunder could be snake bit, something I would care to dismiss but after watching them BLOW Game Six to a champion team struggling to keep up with our team and then snatching it out of our hands in the final dwindling seconds made me bust out in tears.  I cannot stress enough that the Thunder blew it while the Warriors STOLE it.  Needless for me to say, I hope the Thunder can somehow pull off a win on Monday night at the Oracle Arena but I think once you taste defeat when so close to victory, it puts a dark cloud above your mind. 

On the other side of the coin, we see that LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers made it past the Toronto Raptors and await the winner of Monday night’s game on Thursday night.  The Cavaliers deserve to win a championship but if the Thunder somehow moves past Oakland, I hope we win our first championship as the Thunder. 

What’s more, I know that Cleveland is not going to be a pushover, as when they went up against the Warriors in last year’s Finals, they had a crappy showing.  This time around, I think the Cavs will prepare themselves much better and with five days of rest, they should be chomping at the bit to go. 
I guess time is going to tell, tomorrow night is going to be a powerful game as it will be a classic duel to the death.  I am sure the Warriors at home are going to rise to the occasion and will feed off the energy of their fans as we fed off ours until the last couple of minutes last night. 
Moreover, I sure hope the coaching staff will find a way to stimulate and to propel the Thunder past the Warriors into the 2015-2016 NBA Finals and perhaps onward to a long-awaited title.  Whatever happens, no one can predict what will be the outcome for either team should either one make it to the finals.  First things first, people, first things first—know what I mean?
Thanks for joining me this day-before-Memorial Day post as tomorrow we will have a short day.  Let us hope for a win tomorrow night in Oakland, California, the Warriors won last year, the Thunder needs to win this year.    
Thank you,
V. Gdansk
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05-29-2016 Su Miscellaneous Articles Index, Part XXXIX: “I thought the Supersonics—uh, the Thunder was going to win Last Night’s Game Six Western Conference Championship Game but the Warriors pulled it out of the Fire and stole a Game on us—snake bit!” by Chef Vladimir Gdansk  
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TODAY IN HISTORY—MAY 29, 2016:

Procol Harum featuring Gary Brooker (upper left) and Quicksilver Messenger Service featuring John Cipollina:


  1. 526: A major earthquake strikes Antioch, Syria, resulting in about 250,000 deaths.
  2. 1167: At the Battle of Legano, Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa falls to the army of the Lombard League.
  3. 1453: With the fall of Constantinople to Sultan Muhammad II of the Turks, the Byzantine Empire ends.
  4. 1765: Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia’s House of Burgesses.  At shouts of “Treason!” from his fellows, he announced, “If this be treason, then make the most of it!
  5. 1790: Rhode Island became the 13th original colony to ratify the United States Constitution.
  6. 1848: Wisconsin became the 30th State of the Union.
  7. 1849: Abraham Lincoln says, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”
  8. 1864: Emperor Maximillian I arrives at Vera Cruz, Mexico.
  9. 1905: At Brisk, Lithuania, the citizens launch a pogrom against its Jewish citizens.
  10. 1912: For dancing the “Turkey Trot” during their lunch break, Curtis Publishing fires 15 young women.
  11. 1914: The Canadian ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the St. Lawrence River in eastern Quebec after colliding with the Norwegian cargo ship SS Storstad; of the 1,477 people on board the Empress of Ireland, 1,012 died.
  12. 1916: The official flag of the president of the United States is adopted.
  13. 1917: The 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts.
  14. 1922: The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rules that baseball is a sport and not a business; therefore, it is not subject to anti-trust laws.
  15. 1932: World War I veterans began arriving in Washington, D.C. to demand cash bonuses they were not scheduled to receive until 1945.
  16. 1940: During World War II, German forces overrun and capture Ostend and Ypres in Belgium and Lille in France.
  17. 1942: Bing Cosby records “White Christmas,” the greatest-selling record to date.
  18. 1943: Norman Rockwell’s portrait of “Rosie the Riveter” appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
  19. 1945: Gary Brooker, future keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter with the British rock band, Procol Harum, was born on this date in East London.
  20. 1953: Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.
  21. 1954: English runner Diane Leather became the first woman to run a sub-five-minute mile, finishing in 4:59.6 during the Midland Championships in Birmingham.
  22. 1957: During the Algerian War, Algerian rebels murder 336 people suspected of being French collaborators.
  23. 1961: A couple in Paynesville, West Virginia became the first recipients of food stamps under a pilot program created by President John F. Kennedy.
  24. 1968: The Truth in Lending Act is signed into law.
  25. 1973: Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, California, defeating incumbent Sam Yorty.
  26. 1980: An attempted assassination of the National Urban League president, Vernon Jordan, Jr
  27. 1985: 39 people were killed at the European Cup Final in Brussels, Belgium, when rioting broke out and a wall separating British and Italian soccer fans collapsed.
  28. 1989: John Cipollina, founding guitarist of the psychedelic San Franciscan band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and who later played with Terry and the Pirates, Copperhead, and the Dinosaurs, among others, died from emphysema at age 46. 
  29. 1990: The Dow Jones Industrial Average hits a record 2,870.49 points.
  30. 1993: Nazis murder five Turkish women in Solingen, Germany.
  31. 1999: Discovery became the first space shuttle to dock with the International Space Station.
  32. 2011: Malta becomes the LAST European Union nation to legalize divorce.
  33. 2012: After thousands protest Brett Murray’s painting, “the Spear,” the gallery that agreed to exhibit the controversial artwork agreed to take it down.  The painting depicts South African President Jacob Zuma in a pose reminiscent of Vladimir Lenin with his junk hanging out of his pants.
  34. 2013: Shuanghui, a Chinese meat processing company, buys Smithfield Foods for $4.72 billion; Smithfield was the world's largest meat processing company.  (Boy, the United States is truly fucked, is it not?)
  35. 2014: Early election tallies show that Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be the next president of Egypt; el-Sisi, the military commander who removed former president Mohamed Morsi from office due to mass protests, resigned his military position to run for president.
  36. 2015: Heavy flooding in Texas has left at least 27 dead and led to 200 rescues or more; sadly, several people are still missing.






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“I thought the Supersonics—uh, the Thunder was going to win Last Night’s Game Six Western Conference Championship Game but the Warriors pulled it out of the Fire and stole a Game on us—snake bit!” by Chef Vladimir Gdansk