Loyalty that's Thick as a Brick

Anyone with a cursory knowledge of bedtime stories, especially the one about three little pigs and an ill-tempered wolf, knows that houses made of brick are sturdy. Brick is in it for the long haul. Brick can withstand a sudden gust of wind – even if that wind happens to take you all the way to central Illinois.

That’s a roundabout way of saying that Brick Man might be leaving Oklahoma, but there’s no way this diehard fan is leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Also known as Derrick Seys, the aeronautical engineer and his family have lived in Edmond for the past several years, but this summer they are moving back to Derrick’s hometown of Moline, IL.

“In NBA terms, I’m going back to the farm,” he quipped. “But you don’t have to worry about Brick Man going to a Bulls game and cheering against the Thunder.”

Not a chance. Brick Man has been a fixture of Thunder games at the Ford Center, his red Styrofoam brick head and latex cloak a familiar sight to any opposing player who has shot from the charity stripe.

“My goal has always been to be a distraction to the free-throwers,” Derrick said. “I don’t know if people laughed with me or at me, but I didn’t worry about that. That wasn’t my mission. My mission was to see if I could distract the shooter and make a little bit of a difference on free-throw attempts.”

And he vows to be back. Derrick the Brick remains a Season Ticket Member for the 2010-11 season and said he hopes to attend about a dozen Thunder home games.

It’s worth noting that Brick Man’s superhuman power to distract opposing teams hasn’t seemed to really impact his kinfolk. His daughter, Amelia, said her dad isn’t what grabs her attention at Thunder games. Instead, the 9-year-old girl prefers Rumble.

“He’s funny. He’s fun,” she said. “And he’s kind of cute.”

Brick Man is among the denizens of Thunder loyalists you’ll find on the online, interactive community known as THUNDERALLY.

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