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Posted by33 TALBOT3 years ago

Thank You Oklahoma City Barons

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and had very little exposure to hockey. Yeah it was there and my mother even took me to two Mighty Ducks of Anaheim games their inaugural year but I never caught the bug and was basically raised an American Football kid.

In April of last year I moved into Oklahoma City from western Oklahoma. I was excited and I knew I wanted to go to some Barons hockey games as something different to do in the city. October 17th I was there for the drop of the puck of what would be the Barons final season. As I sat there watching the game and asking and bothering those around me with questions to better understand what was happening, something happened. I realized I had found the greatest sport out there. No other sport gives that constant edge of your seat action and so many near misses for a score. I truly believe there is not greater excitement in sports then when that horn goes off telling everyone that your team just scored. The release of excitement if fucking amazing.

I feel in love with hockey and continued to go to games more and more. I bought the gear and my first jersey since the Ducks jersey my mom got me when I was a kid. I bought a ticket pack and started going to as many games as possible and never walked out of the Cox Convention Center without the feeling that I just watched something amazing (even when we lost). I knew I would be a fan for life

Then came the announcement came at the end of December that this was the last season for the Barons and I was crushed. I put so much heart into this team and just discovered something I had discovered years ago and it was being taken away from me. I dealt with it knowing what was coming and actually started planning my weeks around Barons hockey determined to watch them as much as possible.

I was there for the amazing January and February when the Barons sat on top of the AHL all without any support from the local media. I was there for the crushing March we had because of all the call ups to Edmonton. I was there in April for our last push to the playoffs as Brossiot carried us on his back into a 6th place finish. I remember seeing that we drew San Antonio and, knowing they are a much bigger and much more physical team. thinking I don't think we can get past them as they had dominated us in the regular season. But damn if the boys didn't play their hearts out coming back twice in OKC and then completing the sweep in San Antonio.

Then came the Utica Comets and I actually liked this match up but knew it would be a tough defensive series and boy was it ever. Splitting the opening games in Utica and bringing it home only to go back to Utica down 3 games to 2 knowing we needed a miracle. And we played good in the first game up there and forced the game seven and I believed. We went 2 scoreless periods in game seven until Utica scored the only goal of the game midway through the 3rd. We didn't recover.

And now I must say goodbye to a team I feel in love with and put my heart into. A team that opened my eyes to the greatest sport in the world. A team that had me hooking up my cable box, that had been disconnected, on a Sunday because, damnit, hockey is on. So to the Barons thank you! You will be missed! LET'S GO BARONS!

Thank you Barons

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77 KLEFBOM13 points · 3 years ago

If your lucky, OKC may be able to snag an ECHL team again some day. They used to have one in the Blazers, and everything I read said they had huge local support (which is why they were picked to get an AHL team, although that didn't pan out well).

Best of luck to you. You can always move to Bakersfield ;)

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33 TALBOTOriginal Poster7 points · 3 years ago

You would have to pay me a ton of money to move to Bakersfield! I grew up in LA I know about Bakersfield! Although they do have the first In'n'Out in CA when traveling on I-40W and heading to I-10W to go to LA when you have to get on the 15

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29 RAUMDEUTER3 points · 3 years ago

I went out with a girl from Bakersfield. She was... nice... Otherwise, my friend had his car stolen there while on a road trip.

That's all I got.

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3 points · 3 years ago

Bakersfield has got the hockey support, but not the hockey weather! Haha! I thought they should have moved the condors ECHL team to Oklahoma City and moved the Barons here to keep hockey in both cities. Sadly that didn't happen :(

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33 TALBOTOriginal Poster2 points · 3 years ago

That would have been nice. I suspect it might have been offered to Funk Jr. but he didn't want to downgrade. And besides Prodigal was terrible at marketing the Barons and getting local news support and anything else they needed to do.

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8 REINHART2 points · 3 years ago

Its sad to lose a good team and affordable entertainment people in OKC could have bought season tickets for only $285 bucks and my cheapest condors ticket plan will run me $400.

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23 HENDRICKS2 points · 3 years ago

That was beautiful

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