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Sonic is sponsoring Memphis Grizzlies Playoff T-Shirts…

7:46 AM EDT on May 6, 2011

Sonic is an Oklahoma company.  The drive-in was founded in Oklahoma, its corporate headquarters is located in Bricktown and you can find a location on just about every Oklahoma City street corner and every small town in the state.  Hell, I think Sonic ice was even named the official "Frozen Water Product of Oklahoma" by the legislature back in 2008.

Those are all reasons why this news is disappointing:

The Memphis Grizzlies are encouraging all fans to help them Whiteout FedExForum for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Saturday, May 7 at 4 p.m. All fans in attendance for Saturday’s game will receive a white ‘Believe Memphis’ t-shirt presented by Sonic Drive-Ins and Mid-South Chevy Dealers, while fans wishing to wear their own white shirt or jersey may do so as well. All fans attending any Second Round Playoff games at FedExForum will also receive a Round Two Gold Grizzlies Growl Towel presented by First Tennessee Bank and Toyota.

Wow, not only is Sonic cheating, but they are blatantly cheating.  What's next?  Free roller skates for all Grizzlies fans if Memphis wins???  A partnership with the University of Texas???  Connie Chung as a spokeswoman??? Nothing would surprise me now.

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