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Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: First ever all weather sports championship?


LeBron James and the Miami Heat hope to overpower the Oklahoma City Thunder. (Elise Amendola - AP)
A handful of college and professional sports team derive their names from weather. But when the Miami Heat clash with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA finals Tuesday, it would appear to be the first championship level weather confrontation.

(Update: I’ve been alerted by readers that in 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning played the Calgary Flames in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals - “Flames” though - is not unambiguously a weather name)

The contest is already spinning up the weather-motivated puns.

My favorite so far: The Bleacher Report’s Kelly Scaletta headlines a story: Heat Model vs. Thunder Model: Which Is Better?

Here’s another headline, this one from Mark Eckel of The Times of Trenton: “‘Winter’ playoffs sizzling”.

Eckel adds in his column: “The Heat and Thunder, which might be better suited for The Weather Channel, will go for it all starting tomorrow night in OKC.”

Ira Winderman of NBC Sports also alludes to weather in his latest column, projecting: “Heat and Thunder stand as a long-range forecast.”

Suffice to say, there will be plenty more weather references once the series starts.


It’s gotta be the shoes. Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant and his signature show the “Nike Weatherman KDIV” have charged their way into the NBA finals. Story: Nike Weatherman shoes by Kevin Durant: a hot, electrifying forecast for your feet (NIKE)
We’ll no doubt see variations of these kinds of headlines:

“Heat go cold against Thunder”, “Thunder cool the Heat”, “Heat suffocate the Thunder”, “Heat overwhelm Thunder”, “Heat stymie Thunder”, “Thunder blow out the Heat”, “Heat crush Thunder”, “Thunder rock the Heat”, “Heat overpower Thunder”, etc.

Got a good one? Leave a comment below...

Other sports teams with weather names

More than a year ago, I wrote about the unveiling of the new name for Omaha, Nebraska’s AAA baseball club: the Storm Chasers. At the time, I queried readers for other teams with sports names, and came up with the following:

College: Miami Hurricanes, Iowa State Cyclones, St. John’s Red Storm, Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, Arizona State Sun Devils, Alabama Crimson Tide, Tulane Green Wave

NBA: Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns

WNBA: Seattle Storm, Connecticut Sun

Minor League Baseball: Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA), Norfolk Tides (AAA), New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA), Trenton Thunder (AA), Lake Elsinore Storm(A), Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A)

Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche

Major League Soccer: San Jose Earthquakes

There are probably more out there...so help me complete the list...

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