The OKC Thunder Fans Are Adorable, Kinda Dumb

The Oklahoma City Thunder, still hopped-up on progress and the promise of a new non-Sonic era, have decided to give back to their fans in the nicest way possible.

How? By letting one lucky Thunderhead fly in a big ol' plane to see the fancy lights and perfume stores of New York City to watch the Thunder participate in the annual NBA Lottery ping-pong festival. The rules? Easy. Just follow the directions provided by this press release.

Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – Last month the Oklahoma City Thunder launched an NBA Draft Lottery Challenge to find out who was the most creative and enthusiastic fan when the balls fall at the Draft Lottery on Tuesday, May 19 in Secaucus, NJ. All fans 18 or older who were Oklahoma state residents were asked to submit a seven-word description explaining why they should be in attendance at the Lottery later this month.

2,174 entries came into thunder.nba.com, and the search has been narrowed to three. Fans are now asked to log onto thunder.nba.com to choose their favorite entry. Voting continues through 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. The winner will win round-trip airfare from Oklahoma City to New York City, hotel accommodations, per diem for the trip and will head to the Draft Lottery at the NBA Entertainment studios.

The three finalists are:

1. Thunder rocks Loud City; New York's next

2. I am Thunder loud and Oklahoma proud

3. Gonna wear my Thunderwear in Times Square

I'm surprised they didn't open this contest up to Sonics fans?

But, you know, we can't just let the Thunder fans show off their half-assed Haiku-ery intimidate us. Let's show these Thunder fans how to really make a statement about the Thunder in seven words. Work your magic in the comments please.

Thunder Draft Lottery Challenge [NBA.com]