Leaving the Patio on Saturday night, The 1 turned and said, "I am GOING OUT THIS WEEK. What night? You tell me, and I'm there."
I said, "Let's go check out EricDove.com on Wednesday night at Park Street Tavern." He said something along the lines of "book it." I don't really remember. I still found myself reeling from a punch in the back of the head earlier in the night.
Wednesday rolls around and The 1 "is in." I give him props. We're excited throughout the day, perhaps Three Clicks (formerly Toe) is going to join us. Well then, something from work comes up (it happens) and he's got dinner plans. No beef there from me. (In a social way, not an eating way. NOT a vegan.) This is where things get funny with The 1. I met the guy in football season 2006, so I've known him for about two years. In those two years, whenever the answer is not a 100 percent "yes, I'm going out" ... well, you know.
As soon as I heard we might be seeing The 1 out last night, I knew I wouldn't be going out. Three Clicks and I thought about it again about 10:30 p.m. but decided overwhelming against it. Tonight's a new day. Later on has never been a bad time.
This is rather significant. I don't believe Oklahoma has ever had a professional team in the big three (four if you count hockey and/or MLS) sports leagues. It's cool to note however, that all five states bordering Ohio and Ohio have professional sports teams:
Ohio: (Browns, Cavs, Ohio State Buckeyes football)
Pennsylvania: (Pirates, Phillies, Eagles, Steelers, Flyers, Penguins, Sixers)
Kentucky: (Reds, Bengals)
Canada: (Buffalo Bills, Raptors, NHL teams)
Indiana: (Pacers, Baltimore Colts)
Michigan: (Pistons, Tigers, Red Wings)
I went through the Browns move in 1995 and it was pretty shitty going three years without a team. It blew. Looking back on it, I wish it was the Indians who moved.
- Compiled by Art McGregor