Oklahoma City will soon be home to an N.B.A. team, the former Seattle SuperSonics. The new team will probably be called the Thunder, but other name candidates include the Barons, Bison, Energy, Marshalls, and Wind. (Thank goodness the team is being renamed; I still laugh every time I hear the “Utah Jazz.”)
I had the good fortune to visit Oklahoma City not long ago. The city and surrounding area are doing very well — in part, to be sure, because of the oil-and-gas resurgence. But there were some other significant upsides. The city used a very successful bond issue to prudently raise and spend money for a lot of infrastructure and downtown development. And the housing market is still solid. I was told this was for two reasons:
1. Housing prices hadn’t gone up much when they were spiking in many other parts of the country.
2. The local banking and mortgage industries were more prudent and conservative than many others in keeping risky loans to a minimum.
So while the Thunder is a fine name for the old SuperSonics, if the city really wanted to give the team a name that means something — like the Steelers or Packers used to — maybe they should be the Oklahoma City Prudents?