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    March 28, 2013

    Heavily Bearded Mavs Are Bringing a Barber to Tonight's Pacers Game

    Improbably, the Mavericks have managed to claw their way back into the playoff hunt after a season-long funk. With 11 games to go, they are a game-and-a-half out of the final Western Conference playoff slot, currently occupied by the Lakers, and have been gaining fast, winning nine of their last 12. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    The End of Delonte West in Dallas

    I did some hard time in Cleveland a few years back, and I covered quite a bit of basketball. My time there overlapped some with that of Delonte West, who revealed himself to be tough, funny, weird, one of the few seemingly authentic athletes you'll come across in the locker room. When he signed wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Rep. Ralph Hall of Rockwall Defeats Super PAC, Tea Party, Old Age and the Sky

    All you need to know about U.S. Representative Ralph Hall's decisive win in the 4th Congressional District Tuesday night is that he went skydiving on Memorial Day. He wore a jumpsuit printed with undulating American flags and fell from the plane, plummeting briefly in free-fall, his arms flapping sl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Larry Brown is SMU's New Basketball Coach

    Larry Brown has agreed to coach SMU's Mustangs, ESPN reports. The 71-year-old coach was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and has coached in college, the NBA and the Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the 2004 games. He's coached pretty much every NBA team, and even though his last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2011

    The Whore's Return: Before the Rematch, A LeBron Hater Rekindles His Love of Dallas

    ​My relationship with Dallas before June 12, 2011, was tenuous. I got tattooed there with Dennis Rodman during the summer of 1994 and stayed for a week, but I was shit-faced the whole time. I visited for a few days during baseball's winter meetings in 2000, when A-Rod signed with the Texas Ran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Delonte West: Now There's a New Maverick Who Deserves His Own Reality Show

    Delonte West did not schtup LeBron's mom. That other shit you heard? Yeah, that's probably true.​It won't get the buzz that landing Lamar Odom or Vince Carter will, but last night the Mavericks made what will easily be their most interesting move of this abridged off-season, signing guard Delo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Do You Miss Pro Basketball Enough to Want to Watch the Josh Howard All-Stars?

    ​Your World Champion Dallas Mavericks were supposed to take on the Indiana Pacers tonight at the American Airlines Center, the sixth of eight preseason games leading to November 1's regular-season opener against Chicago at the AAC. But with each passing day, it's looking more and more like the loc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Dallas Habitat for Humanity to Summon the 'Dozers Tomorrow in Effort to "Fight the Blight"

    Never did understand the Chicago Bulls logos painted on the side of this South Dallas bar.​Years ago, when writing about efforts to revitalize a neighborhood near Fair Park, I came across the building you see above: the former Pete's Sandwich Shop at 4702 Baldwin, sandwiched between Starplex and J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Defending Champion Mavericks are Now Must-See TV

    ​The champagne isn't quite dry and the NBA lockout is just getting started, but how good does it sound to be already talking about the defending champion Mavericks? Once a soft, underachieving team that nobody outside the Metroplex gave a dang about watching, the Mavs are now natio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft: Meh.

    Derrick Williams -- The best player available​Arizona forward Derrick Williams is a beast. He has 3-point shooting range, can score in the paint with either hand and has an NBA body that can bang and rebound on the low blocks. And that's it. The rest of the 2011 NBA Draft class: Weak t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Lebron James Can't Catch A Break: New Song Kicks The King While He's Down...

    Three days removed from Your Dallas Mavericks beating The Evil Miami Heat on their home court to clinch the NBA title, and it's still not a great time to be Lebron James, despite what he may go around telling people in press conferences.A new song written for The Chosen One by one Matt Smith (anyone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2011

    2011 NBA FINALS GAME 6 -- Mavericks 105, Heat 95: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. You knew it was going to be an intense game ... even before the game. During shootaround at American Airlines Arena this afternoon neither Dwyane Wade nor LeBron James would respond to Dirk Nowitzki calling their mocking video "childish" and "ignorant." Their response: "We have no comment." B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    2011 NBA FINALS -- South Beach: My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. Ate dinner last night at Prime Italian on South Beach. In the midst of ridiculous opulence in the form of $20 valet parking and $100,000 cars, it was relatively affordable. $125 for a steak and a couple drinks. Thumbs up. 9. They also offered prime Kobe steak for $30 an ounce. Ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Let's Go Bulls! But Let's Never Forget the Heat!!

    ​We're rooting for the Chicago Bulls in tonight's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Right? I know, in the regular season the Mavs were 2-0 against the Miami Heat and 0-2 against the Bulls. But the longer the series goes -- it's currently 3-1 Miami -- the more rest the Mavs will ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    2011 NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS -- Mavericks vs. Thunder: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. I'll have my position-by-position breakdown complete with, yes, the highly (smirk) coveted prediction tomorrow, but let's get this party started pronto. Back in 1994 I covered the Mavericks for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and a team that featured point guards Jason Ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    The Greatest Dunk in the History of the NBA. At Least To Those of Us Who Despise Dwyane Wade.

    By the way they reacted at their fog-machine introduction last summer and their tearful over-reaction last week, you'd think the Miami Heat already had won two championships this season. But no, after last night's drubbing in Chicago they trail the Eastern Conference Finals, 1-0. And for those of ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2011

    Those Same Old Mav-Wrecks

    Another humiliating collapse has even the most loyal Mavs fans bailing before the inevitable crash and burn.

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Over The Weekend: CSS and Sleigh Bells at the Granada Theater

    Sleigh Bells, CSSGranada TheaterApril 22, 2011Better than: sticking around for the headliner, apparently.All photos by Danny HurleyCansei de Ser Sexy's Lovefoxxx dives into the Granada crowd. See more pictures here.​ Perhaps it was to be expected given the circumstances at the Granada Theater on F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Crafty Mavericks Lose Again, on Verge of Avoiding Lakers in NBA Playoffs

    A playoff preview? ​Remember waaaay back when the Mavericks were salivating over somehow catching the Spurs for the best record in the NBA's Western Conference and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs? Don't look now, but after last night's home loss, the goal is to somehow hold onto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Craig James, Now a Hall-of-Famer (at SMU)

    ​I went over to The Hilltop's website this afternoon to look for something unrelated and espied this announcement: "SMU announces the newest inductees into its Athletics Hall of Fame." At the top of the pops: running back Craig James of the Pony ExcessExpress. No word whether his former agent, She ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    If Ron Kirk Were NBA Commissioner ...

    ​At this very moment, President Obama's chief of staff, William Daley, is looking for someone to replace Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who Obama tapped on March 9 to become the next ambassador to China. An afternoon Wall Street Journal item reminds: "Ron Kirk, the U.S. trade representative, is wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    At the NBA Trade Deadline, Mavs are All Good. No ... Thanks?

    ​I don't expect a Dallas Mavericks' deal before this afternoon's 2 o'clock NBA trade deadline. Couple of reasons. First and foremost, the Mavs are 41-16 after last night's thumping of the short-handed Utah Jazz and have won 14 of 15 since Dirk Nowitzki's sprained knee healed. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    The Best Trade in the History of Your Dallas Mavericks

    Yep, pretty much the easiest list I've ever put together. On June 24, 1998 the Dallas Mavericks drafted robust, rotund -- let's face it, fat -- Michigan forward Robert "Tractor" Traylor with the No. 6 pick in the draft. Three picks later the Milwaukee Bucks drafted a German teen named Dirk Nowitzk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Mavs Win 10th Consecutive Game, Fail to Impress the Masses

    ​It's not often I stay up late to watch a duel between J.J. Barea and Samuel Dalembert, but last night's 102-100 victory by the Dallas Mavericks over the Sacramento Kings was special. It kicked off the Bob Ortegel-less era with a win. And was the Mavs' 10th consecutive victory. To which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Whew! Mavs Escape Cavs. Barely.

    ​I covered the Dallas Mavericks in the early 1990s when they won 11 and 13 games in back-to-back seasons. It wasn't fun. For anyone. In '93 the Mav-wrecks lost 20 consecutive games, so I can imagine the despair these days with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the wake of losing LeBron James, they ... More >>

  • Music

    January 20, 2011

    The Cool Kids

    Saturday, January 22, at Trees

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    With an Unrealistic Shot at Reaching the Summit, the Mavs Have Stopped Climbing

    ​I'm fascinated by Mount Everest and absolutely bow down to those who have reached its peak. It remains at the, ahem, top of my bucket list. Watching the Dallas Mavericks lose again yesterday -- this time to the lowly 15-26 Detroit Pistons by 14 -- I'm left to equate their demise (that's six ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    In the Wake of Losing Caron Butler, the Dallas Mavericks Land ...

    ​Carmelo Anthony Sasha Pavlovic. The former first-round draft pick of the Utah Jazz is far from the answer for the reeling Dallas Mavericks. He'll likely just get a shot via a 10-day contract after the team last week cut role player Steve Novak. Word today is that if the New Jersey Nets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Whitt's End: 1.7.11

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *If Bill Parcells fit too snug and Wade Phillips was a size too loose, Jason Garrett fits juuuuust right. *Maybe I'm naive and gullible and biased in favor of Garrett, but until otherwise I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    And to Top It All Off, the Mavericks Lose ... To the Bucks

    ​Cowboys lose to Eagles? Check. Rangers lose Cliff Lee? Check. Mavericks lose to the medicore Milwaukee Bucks? No way in hell. Check?! I was hoping the Mavericks, who had their 12-game winning streak snapped in a head-scratching 103-99 loss, could push it to 15 entering Monday's game against ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Ready or Not, Here Comes Basketball Season

    ​With the Cowboys' hopes buried, the Rangers' pursuit of Cliff Lee still a week from climax and the leftover turkey all but scarfed, time for your Mavericks to snatch our attention. If they haven't already. In case you're one of those that refuses to pay attention to basketball before Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    DwYane Wade = Failure. Mission Accomplished?

    ​OK, admittedly this may be a tad premature. We've still got - what? - 4.5 months left of NBA regular season. But what happened last night in Miami was too delicious to bypass. Turkey comes Thursday. Monday night the appetizer was served. Last week I officially wished failure upon t ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010
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    November 17, 2010

    As of Right Now, I'm Wishing Failure Upon ...

    Miami Thrice, enjoy your demise.​Dwyane Wade in specific. And the Miami Heat in general. Take this lightly if you wish, but consider the career/personal plunges of my previous targets: *Terrell Owens (cut by the Cowboys, irrelevant as Buffalo Bill). *Tiger Woods (lost his wife, reputat ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010
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    September 30, 2010

    Texas Rangers Fans: Let's Go Yankees! Clap ... Clap ... ClapClapClap!!

    ​I've seen Mavericks' forward Popeye Jones inadvertently tip a jump ball into his own basket, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers two points. I've seen Cowboys' defensive lineman Leon Lett inexplicably attempt to recover a blocked field goal on an icy Thanksgiving field at Texas Stadium, handing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Lebron James Eats for Free: Five Food Bribes That Might Work

    Wanna bribe us? Keep the food. Try this instead.​A recent University of Texas at Dallas release that was ostensibly about T-shirts raises an interesting food issue: Explaining why he'd decided to display 300 commemorative T-shirts in a university building, Dean J. Michael Coleman said, "Free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    The Mavericks Need to Sign Dirk Nowitzki and ...

    Joe Johnson​The Dallas Mavericks will re-sign Dirk Nowitzki. General manager Donnie Nelson is flying to Germany as we speak to make sure of it, with a plan to be on Dirk's doorstep at 11:01 tonight when NBA free agency commences. But a couple of developments have me thinking that might be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Lakers > Celtics. Kobe = Jordan?

    ​Kobe Bryant tonight will do something Michael Jordan never did: Win a Game 7 of the NBA Finals. I know the simpleton argument is that Jordan was so good his Chicago Bulls were never pushed to the brink. Nonetheless, Kobe's feat in this series - Most Valuable Player, rallying his team from a ... More >>

  • News

    June 10, 2010
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    June 2, 2010

    LeBron James Gives Cleveland an Edge. Dallas, Your Move.

    ​In an interview -- strangely enough -- with CNN suspendered-geezer Larry King, the most coveted free agent in the history of sports is alluding to a hometown advantage. And while LeBron James says the Cleveland Cavaliers have an edge, Dirk Nowitzki's best friend in basketball ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    LeBron > Dirk. LeBron = Dirk? LeBron Dirk!

    ​Granted, he's a better player. Better defender. Better passer. Yeah, a better player. But after last week's second-round playoff flameout by the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James isn't a more accomplished player than our own Dirk Nowitzki. Consider: Both have MVPs. Both have led teams to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    C'mon, LeBron, Put A Mavericks Jersey On...

    LeBron holds the fate of the NBA in his hands this offseason...​Because we know you come to DC9 for all your sports-watching needs, let us chime in for a moment on the upcoming NBA offseason, which the Mavs are already fully entrenched in--and, hey, so too is LeBron James, courtesy of the Boston C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Whitt's End: 4.16.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Not only should Dirk Nowitzki be on the first-team All-NBA squad and a legit MVP candidate, he'll be unstoppable against the Spurs. San Antonio has its nucleus back - Tim Duncan, Manu Ginob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Whitt's End: 3.12.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I said upon hearing the Josh Howard-for-Caron Butler trade during the NBA All-Star break that the Dallas Mavericks were not only re-shaping their roster but re-booting their playoff prospects. I h ... More >>

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