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Without Thunder

Life will go on. We promise.

Matt Carney October 5th, 2011

The forecast for this lockout is Cold War, in more ways than one.


But that doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself into your homemade bomb shelter until David Stern starts waving his little, white flag. Climb the stairs and click on the TV, at the very least. We promise there’s stuff to do this fall besides mourning the Thunder.

—Gotta get that fix? There’s a certain, extremely potent exhilaration in watching heated competition unfold. And while we’ve lately been spoiled by the boys in Thunder blue, another sports team with the same color just started their season up across the street from Chesapeake Energy Arena: the OKC Barons. Next home ice is Oct. 15, and the season lasts until April. Plenty of sports action to keep you occupied until the NBA higherups come to their senses.

—Running from zombies is the best exercise: OK, so maybe just watching the poor, post-apocalyptic characters run away from flesh-eaters on “The Walking Dead” doesn’t count as exercise, but we swear you’ll get so tensed up and nervous watching the incredible AMC show’s second season that you’ll at least sweat enough water weight to rival Nick Collison’s single-game output. Sure enough, season two premieres Oct. 16, the same night the Thunder were scheduled for their first (now canceled) preseason game against the defending champs in Dallas. It must be a sign.

—There’s still plenty of basketball around the metro, people: Pro basketball players gotta come from somewhere, right? Season tickets for this year’s Sooner campaign start at $99 (general admission seats for women’s basketball are $115 each), while Oklahoma State offers 300 Level seating for $275.

Oklahoma City University charges $7 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under. —Matt Carney

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