"That Knot in Your Gut"

Steve Higgins was certain that he’d never feel about a pro sports team the same way he did about his college favorites.

Then the Thunder rolled into Oklahoma City and forced a reassessment on Steve’s part.

“I feel the same way I do for them that I do for a team that I’ve been cheering for since I was 5 years old,” said the 29-year-old.

“I had no idea that I would be getting the same kind of feeling toward an NBA team so quickly. You get that knot in your gut. You really get into it (the games). You get upset when they lose and you’re happy when they win -- and I just had no idea it would happen that quick. I think it’s that way with a lot of people.”

It certainly is for Steve and his wife, Brandy. The Thunder’s arrival prompted the couple to become Season Ticket Members. They chipped in on a block of tickets with about 20 friends and acquaintances who then dole out games based on a lottery-type system.

Subsequently, the Higgins have witnessed their share of great Thunder games. The most memorable matchup, however, wasn’t even in Oklahoma City.

At a Thunderstruck Tour watch party last season, Steve and Brandy won a trip to Boston to see their hometown team play the Celtics.

The Thunder went on to win that hard-fought contest.

“It was a blast,” said Steve. “It’s really fun to watch those guys play. They give it their all every night.”

Another blast for Thunder fans is sure to be THUNDERALLY, an online, interactive community dedicated to all things Thunder.

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