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    Default Gnome's Pacers Road trip 2011 (OKC, DAL & HOU) (Update: See Chris Denari's interview with the 'Road Warriors')

    Last year Duke Dynamite, My better half and myself went on a little road trip to Oklahoma City to catch our Pacers on a road trip to the NBA's newest destination. The trip was so much fun that we decided to do it again. Last year, we realized that Dallas was only a couple hours down the road from OKC (Brings into perspective Cuban being the only owner to frown on the Thunder's move into Cuban's back yard).

    Last Seasons road trip

    This season when we noticed the Pacers schedule works out that the "Texas 2 step" was included onto this year's trip to OKC... We just had to do it considering I'd like to make it to all the NBA venues. I already am ahead of the game considering that I have been to two that are not in play anymore, Seattle and Vancouver!

    Duke couldn't make it down this year, but Naptown_Seth and his better half are meeting us down in Dallas on Friday for the Mavs game and travelling with us to the Houston game on Saturday night. They couldn't get the time off work to share in the joy that is the coming to OKC and the long drive back to Indy from Houston (don't blame them, as I'm dreading the long road back to Indy after Houston).

    Anywho, I plan to use this thread to chronicle the trip, share photos and starting line-up videos from the different venues that we will be at on this trip.

    The trip down wasn't too bad at all this year considering I wasn't sick as a dog like last year. We made good time and got here to OKC in 10 hours. Best thing about this year, we only had to fill up twice. Once leaving Indy and halfway here around Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Last year, the SUV definitely used more gas then the car!

    The folks around here are crazy about their Thunder as we heard some "Go Thunder" as my wife and I were tooling around town last night in our Pacers gear looking for a bite to eat. Considering how folks in Indy are still shelving their Pacer Pride, it was refreshing to hear the locals embracing the team.... Eventhough, it is easy to get behind a winner!!!! But, our trip here last year told us that the team would be followed with enthusiasm regardless of the outcome in the standings. Almost like the Kings before their run of success.

    If you do make it down here and want some good Pizza, I suggest Pizza House off Pennsylvania and 23rd St. It is a hole in the wall dive/carry out with a couple tables, but the Pizza is very good. We ended up here off the recommendation of a gas station attendant and a couple of her customers in line.

    Later today, we plan on visiting the National Memorial from the tragedy in 1995 and getting some steak considering that Beef is one of OKC's claim to fame in the eating category. Then it will be close enough to game time to hopefully get to chit chat with Mike Wells and some other Pacer folks that we might run into before tip.
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    I wish I could be there, but knowing how much fun we had last year I know you guys will have a blast.

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    Later today, we plan on visiting the National Memorial from the tragedy in 1995 and getting some steak considering that Beef is one of OKC's claim to fame in the eating category. Then it will be close enough to game time to hopefully get to chit chat with Mike Wells and some other Pacer folks that we might run into before tip.


    I've been to the Memorial before. It's top-notch all around. Such a moving place.

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    Does your wife have a sister?

    lol, must be nice to have wifey love or respect your love for the Pacers
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    Good to know I won't be the only Pacers fan in the arena tonight! Looking foward to the game.

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    I had to read this twice as at first I thought you were calling Duke your better half.

    On your way back you should swing over to Alabama as Squeelers is competing this weekend in a BBQ cookoff.


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    Oh ya, get some Rudys BBQ in Texas, while you're down there. Place looks like a gas station, but its good stuff. Get the creamed corn, trust me!

    I hope you have a great time!!

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    The Bricktown Brewery was a place that I frequented often when I lived in Oklahoma City. Good eats and drinks at a reasonable price.

    Also, if you have time, check out the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Within the museum is the Cowboy Hall of Fame, not to mention an outstanding collection of Remington and Russel Scuptures and Trail of Tears artwork and artifacts. This is the jewel of OKC.

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    Here's an updated texas BBQ list for you.

    http://manuptexasbbq.blogspot.com/20...bbq-guide.html


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    BBQ in Dallas? Send the better halves off sightseeing and you and Seth try Bone Daddy's
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    Goode Company BBQ when you are in Houston. Amazing.

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    Forget the BBQ, go to Dallas and clear up was it Lee Harvey alone, LBJ, or the mob?
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    Here's an updated texas BBQ list for you.

    http://manuptexasbbq.blogspot.com/20...bbq-guide.html

    Ha!!! They have Rudys listed (with a creamed corn mention!)

    Rudy's "Country Store" & Bar-B-Q (Austin): With a diverse menu, a staff that takes it time serving samples to "rookies' to help them with their orders, and the option of ordering as much or as little of any meat you want, Rudy's is a great way to ease into Texas BBQ. Recommended order:extra-moist brisket, turkey, & creamed corn (unless you don't like creamed corn that is so rich & sweet that it's suitable for dessert)

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    Sounds like a blast, make sure to give us a full report upon your return.

    For the record, I made many a drives last year from Houston to Evansville and vice versa, and it is aggressively unfun. Adding the extra three hours to Indy would be enough to do me in. Godspeed.

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    I'm going to St. Louis this weekend. Their BBQ is tops.

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    Forget the BBQ, go to Dallas and clear up was it Lee Harvey alone, LBJ, or the mob?
    Know how many assassins it took to kill JFK? There were no gunmen at all. His head just did that. I call it the "No Bullet theory".

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    Great day thus far.. Started at the OKC Nat'l Memorial then to Lunch at Cattlemen's Steakhouse, bought me a new Western Hat that will be a fixture on my head the rest of the trip. Now we are about to walk to the arena that is practically connected to our hotel.

    OKC so good, so far. Tonight, we will be sitting about 6 to 8 rows above one of the baselines. Hopefully you'll see us on the broadcast tonight!
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    Hopefully you'll see us on the broadcast tonight!
    Not much will get me to watch the Pacers...this might.

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    I know Ford no longer owns the naming rights for the arena, but do they have a sign on the building?

    Don't they just call it OKC Arena now?

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    They just showed u guys and Chris is gonna talk about you guys and how u are gonna be there for the full road trip

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    I know Ford no longer owns the naming rights for the arena, but do they have a sign on the building?

    Don't they just call it OKC Arena now?
    It's officially called the Oklahoma City Arena.

    The scene of the crime. OMG that was brutal! Nothing like getting pounded like that when wearing the enemies colors!
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    It's officially called the Oklahoma City Arena.

    The scene of the crime. OMG that was brutal! Nothing like getting pounded like that when wearing the enemies colors!
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    They showed you on TV and Denari talked about you for few minutes, you are famous now
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    I'll need an autograph now. You got extended TV time and mentions plus a plug for PD.com while you were onscreen.
    O'Brien has been fired! Yay! What took so long?

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    Great job reppin' the Pacers AND PD Roaming Gnome. The TV cameras didn't even catch you holding a beer.

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