Don't look now, but retro is current.
As a kid I remember Dad taking me to Fair Park Coliseum to watch an ABA team called the Dallas Chaparrals. They had the red-white-blue basketball. Wooden bleachers. A hand-operated scoreboard. They had my favorite player - Laverne Tart - and his red high-top canvas Chuck Taylor Converse.
I'll never forget my excitement at going to see the Chaps play the Virginia Squires and a youngster named Julius Erving. Expecting the big afro and the outlandish dunks, you can imagine my slump-shouldered disappointment when I checked out the names on the back of the warm-ups, found my idol and - what the hell? - discovered a dumpy, balding, white dude practicing perfect-fundamental bank-shots in the layup line.
Sensing my tears, Dad politely informed me that I was looking at Squires reserve George "Irvine."
"That," he said, pointing to the superhero doing the windmill slam, "is Dr. J."
Basketball's been my first love ever since.
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So you can imagine my excitement at yesterday's official unveiling of the Dallas Generals, the city's reincarnation of an ABA team that will use a red-white-blue ball, charge as little for $5 a ticket and, sure enough, play in the old Fair Park Coliseum.
During a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel - ironically, same place that the Chaparrals were officially sold and transferred down south to become the San Antonio Spurs - the Generals announced head coach Chris Terrell, key players like former NBA-er Anthony "Pig" Miller and Mr. 720 and, best of all, ridiculously cheap tickets.
The Generals first game is Dec. 5. Tickets go on sale Monday.
I'll go to a game or two. You?