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2001 Stories by John Gonzalez

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  • Crossover Dreams

    published August 30, 2001

    The lights from the back of the room shine brightly as they bounce off his handsome face and expensive jewelry. Decked out in a pimp... More >>

  • Center of Attention

    published August 16, 2001

    Gather 'round, children. Pull close now, and pay attention. Allow me to tell you a story from my youth, from a time when I was less cynical... More >>

  • Falling Stars

    published August 9, 2001

    Midwestern State University's practice field is lined with the usual media types who chuckle and babble about nothing in particular. It's hot.... More >>

  • Re-boot

    published August 9, 2001

    Today is an off-day. More or less. The morning practice was scrapped in favor of extra sleep and position meetings. The afternoon session?... More >>

  • Jitterbug

    published August 2, 2001

    He opens his arms wide, accepts the ball, then skitters through the line of scrimmage past two would-be bodyguards into open field. Pausing... More >>

  • Ball Boys

    published July 26, 2001

    Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Giants' outfielder/malcontent/ball basher, is here today. He leads the free world in home runs this season with... More >>

  • Olden Throat

    published July 12, 2001

    It took awhile to register--and not because of my holiday hangover. There, on the Dallas Mavericks site, the team announced the members of its... More >>

  • Trivial Pursuit

    published July 5, 2001

    Before we go any further, there's something you should know: There are circus chimps milling about with more real-world skills than... More >>

  • I Got Skillz

    published June 28, 2001

    The game is finished. His team won. Cameras swarm. Mark Cuban eats it up, grinning a grin somewhere between sinister and goofy, like he's... More >>

  • Fantasy League

    published June 21, 2001

    Mike Carter Field sits off Front Street, just past the convention center and the rose garden. Across the way is the football field where Earl... More >>

  • Club Med

    published June 14, 2001

    When he was younger, Keith Foster regarded it as "not very cool," which, at least in my estimation, was a kind analysis. There's something... More >>

  • Frank's Place

    published June 7, 2001

    He shuffles over, looking equal parts frustrated and defeated, but Frank Catalanotto is oblivious to his pain. At first. Cat sits hunched in a... More >>

  • Fools Rush In

    published May 24, 2001

    It's just another day. Another long day. Already, that's the way it feels. Nearly everyone trudges through the motions--a battalion of... More >>

  • Was He High?

    published May 3, 2001

    It could have been so different, so much easier or, at the least, smoother. Wouldn't have been all these rats with pens and tape recorders and... More >>

  • Welcome Back

    published April 26, 2001

    Gabe Kapler calls from Tulsa. His voice is friendly but a little garbled. It's not the phone line, though. Sounds like he's munching on... More >>

  • Showtime

    published April 19, 2001

    The game is still fresh. Plastic beer cups and wax popcorn bags litter the floor while 18,000-or-so fans strut their way to the nearest... More >>

  • Bad Breakup

    published April 12, 2001

    He looks as confident as ever striding into the room, and for a moment you think he might peel back his suit jacket and patterned, blue... More >>

  • Crunch Time

    published April 12, 2001

    Come clean. You were freaked. It was scrawled across your face, plain as a girl from Tarrant County. Easier to read than simple cousin Merl... More >>

  • Round and Round

    published April 5, 2001

    The auditorium fills for the mandatory meeting just after 10 a.m., brimming with crew chiefs and drivers and hangers-on. There's Jeff Gordon... More >>

  • Lamb's Chops

    published March 29, 2001

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida--It felt different. Almost radically so. Same game, sure, but that's where the similarities ended for him and surely... More >>

  • A Sure Bet

    published March 22, 2001

    It's not yet noon on a sleepy Saturday. The skies are ash-colored and dreary, and the wind has some chill in it. The kind of day that's good... More >>

  • The A-Team

    published March 15, 2001

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida--It's early morning in Charlotte County. A brilliant Florida sun peaks from atop the stadium's right-field grandstand,... More >>

  • Bull Rush

    published March 1, 2001

    This? This wasn't the norm. This was easy. No big deal, even though he had trained like a sadist for this bout, sparring and running and... More >>

  • Wang Time

    published February 22, 2001

    Preview of an upcoming Mavericks game in mid-April as multiple teams, including Dallas, scrap for playoff position: Reunion Arena is... More >>

  • A League of His Own

    published February 15, 2001

    Looking back, it really wasn't that good. A little sophomoric, a bit hokey. But that wasn't the point, and what do I know about it anyway? My... More >>

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