Cornett’s belief that the Thunder has transformed the city’s image is the kind of superficial observation one would expect from a talking head. Let me test his hypothesis: Oklahoma City is now nationally regarded as a place where one can attend a very popular sporting event. Footage of Thunder games on national television shows that Oklahomans love professional basketball. Are we improving our image by being seen as a state where professional basketball is just as popular as college football?
How about mentioning the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, where researchers hold more than 500 U.S. and international patents and have spun off 11 biotech companies? What about The Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, rapidly becoming one of the premier pediatric medical facilities in the nation? Perhaps a mention of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of Chihuly glass?
Oh, never mind. Why would I expect a sportscaster to care about anything but sports?
—Jim Henry, Oklahoma City
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