Heat/Thunder NBA finals a pro sports first?

Submitted by Clarence Beeks on June 9th, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Unless I'm missing something (which, in that case, I apologize and please delete this), is this NBA final the first final in any of the pro sports where neither team name ends in "s"?


Clarence Beeks

June 10th, 2012 at 12:13 AM ^

I was thinking of the four "major" sports, but that's fair enough. Note: not meant at all as a slight against MLS, but rather just that the other leagues have been established a lot longer and the use of names that don't end in "s" is a newer thing (aside from the sox teams), which is reflected in the MLS team names.


June 10th, 2012 at 12:10 AM ^

Current NHL teams:




Current NFL teams:


Current MLB teams:

Red Sox

White Sox

Current NBA teams:





Too tired to think of older teams...

Mr. Yost

June 10th, 2012 at 10:43 AM ^

I never paid attention...but that is stupid. What's "sox"? It's not accepted in any way, shape or form when you're writing. In fact, it's not even used as slang the way "shox" might be used in place of "shocks."

No one says, "I'll be there in a minute, putting my sox on now."

Not only is your team's nickname an article of clothing...it's not even spelled correctly.



June 10th, 2012 at 2:31 PM ^

my grandmother has a book where her father or grandfather logged all of his expenses. each line lists some expense like groceries or farm tools or clothing. i only read a few pages, but one of the entries was for "sox." (after i saw that, i felt like i'd learned the most important thing i was going to learn, so i stopped.)


June 10th, 2012 at 12:15 AM ^

Well there are only 9 teams that don't end in the letter s:

   NBA:Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, 

   MLB: Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox,

   NHL: Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild

So Baseball is impossible off the bat, as both teams are in the AL.  In hockey, the Avalanche is the only team in the western conference, and they have played neither the Lightning nor the Wild in the finals.

For basketball:  The Thunder is a 'new' team, and they have never played in the finals, so they're eliminated off the bat.  The Heat has only ever played the Mavericks in the finals (2006 and 2011) so they're eliminated.  The Jazz have only played the Bulls twice and finally the Magic has never played a finals against an s-less team.

So yes.  This is the first.

(as long as you're only considering current teams)


June 10th, 2012 at 1:56 AM ^

This douche that I'm facebook friends with posted this the other day after OKC won game 6:

"OKC doin it big! I love me team!"

Hey doucher, you were a cavs fan two years ago at this time. Also a bandwagon buckeye fan.


June 10th, 2012 at 10:25 AM ^

If the fans had ever bothered to show up to Seattle games, and if the city would have built a new arena, you probably wouldn't have lost the team. Getting tired of listening to all the Seattle fans still crying about this crap when it was their fault to begin with.

I honestly would have preferred that you kept the team, since the mere presence of an NBA team causes a rise in the local crime rates. You know about the shootings after Game 5 with the Lakers? Yeah, I'd rather you take them back.


June 10th, 2012 at 12:05 PM ^

Fans did show up and the arena had recently been renovated. Bennett had no intention of keeping the team in Seattle. He demanded a $500 million arena knowing there was no way he could get it. That was his plan. I hate the NBA but this whole this was bullshit and every Sonics fan should be allowed to kick Stern squarely in the junk for allowing it happen.


June 10th, 2012 at 12:49 PM ^

While I agree with you, it's time to move on. Nobody really cares anymore, OKC didn't do anything wrong, and Seattle wasn't the first (or only) team to have a team "stolen" from them by *insert cause here* (bad owner, sun-belt expansion, new arena demands, etc etc)

snarling wolverine

June 10th, 2012 at 10:52 PM ^

You can't fault Seattle fans.  First, their attendance wasn't bad.  Second, Key Area had been renovated just a decade earlier.  There are even YouTube clips of David Stern, circa 1996, saying how much he loves Key Arena.  Ten years later, he claimed it was obsolete. 

Seattle was simply a case of a guy buying the team with the intention of moving it.  The fans weren't the problem.  The previous owner should have done his homework before selling to a guy from Oklahoma City.


June 10th, 2012 at 7:50 AM ^

...as someone mentioned, but I believe that this is also the first time in an NBA final anyway (perhaps in the other major sports too) where one team's name has a causal relationship to the other team's name, at least under certain conditions.

Don Keypunch

June 10th, 2012 at 11:28 AM ^

The one thing you are missing in the O.P. is a nod to the Dan Patrick show as they discussed this on Friday's show during the Stat of the Day segment. Chris in Syracuse called in to give this information.


June 10th, 2012 at 12:56 PM ^

To be fair though it is going to be an interesting series.  Either James/Wade/Bosh or Durant & crew are going to win their first title.  That alone is going to be fun to watch.  I'm not an NBA fan but I'll probably make some effort to try catch the games.