Skype's the Limit

If Maija and Rob Vogel don’t let a pesky thing like the Atlantic Ocean get in the way of their love for one another, you know they’re sure not going to let it deprive them of their Thunder fix.

The two met eight years ago. At the time, Rob, who is Dutch, was in Oklahoma City with a family he had known from his days as a foreign exchange student. Maija and Rob struck up a long-distance relationship, eventually tying the knot in 2006.

But Rob, who maintains a business in his native country, often has to travel back to Holland.

That can make Thunder games tricky for the few months when Rob is in the land of windmills.

“When it is game time, I call Maija on Skype,” said Rob, 37. “We chat for a bit and then she puts a chair up close in front of the TV and puts her Mac on it. I tell her which way to move the screen so I can see the whole picture, and we watch the game together.

“We only had one issue this year. On the last playoff game at the Ford Center, she set me up in front of the TV and left to go watch the game with her brother and friends.

“Unfortunately, I lost the Skype connection with three minutes left in the game! I had to go to the Thunder website to get real-time updates. I missed the crowd’s standing ovation and the emotional sendoff. I did watch it the next day on YouTube.”

The Vogels anticipate watching many more Thunder games, in person and otherwise. Maija said they love the team’s passion for the game.

“They truly play with heart and not for the paycheck,” she said. “They actually look like they like each other and have respect for each other and their coaches and fans.”

Friendship and respect are also on tap at THUNDERALLY, the online, interactive community dedicated to Thunder fans.

Phil Bacharach is the Director of Corporate Communications for the Thunder. He is looking for die-hard Thunder fans throughout the world. If you or somebody you know bleeds Thunder blue, contact Phil by clicking here