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    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 >>

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    May 23, 2012

    At the New Dallas' Red Carpet Premier, Patrick Duffy Will Sign My Step By Step Box Set

    I was 6 when Dallas went off the air, so I have been spared thus far, mercifully from everything I hear, from ever having to watch an episode. I haven't been able to maintain the level of ignorance that I would have liked, since on occasion when I've mention my hometown in places that aren't Texas, ... More >>

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    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

    January 14, 2012

    Yeah, Well, Randy Galloway, Lamar Odom Thinks You're a Bad Writer. So There.

    In case you missed it -- which would have taken some doing, since it somehow merited its own Deadspin item yesterday -- Randy Galloway's ready to bench one of the Dallas Mavericks' high-profile, under-performing acquisitions, Lamar Odom, who had all of six points in 23-plus minutes in last night's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    The Top 5 Worst Draft Picks in the History of Your Dallas Mavericks

    Coulda been Kobe​Determining the best Mavs' pick of all-time is simple: Dirk Nowitzki. You know the story. In 1998 then-general manager Don Nelson took the giant German in a draft-day switcheroo with the Milwaukee Bucks for the late, not-so-great Robert "Tractor" Trayor. Just a week after t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Converting Central's HOV Lanes to Managed Toll Lanes a "Possibility" Down the Road

    ​The Dallas Area Rapid Transit board's meeting today, and top o' the agenda is the FY 2012 Budget and Twenty-Year Financial Plan, which factors into this news brief concerning Fitch's decision to downgrade DART's sales tax revenue bonds. Says the rating agency, the small dip from AA to AA- "reflec ... 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 >>

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    May 19, 2011

    The Greatest Individual Playoff Performance in the History of Dallas-Fort Worth Sports. Is Dirk's Dominant?

    ​The Mavs can play better than they did in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference Finals. For the first time in the playoffs they allowed 100 points, 112 to be exact. The Thunder grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and, according to Mavs' coach Rick Carlisle, corralled 13 of the game's 20 loose bal ... 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 >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Dallas Mavericks' Playoff Position in Major Limbo After the Sorry-Ass Spurs Punk 'Em

    ​Dear San Antonio Spurs,Eff you.Sincerely,Dallas Mavericks With a chance to beat the reeling Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night and go a long way toward securing the No. 2 seed in the NBA's Western Conference Playoffs for the Mavericks, the Spurs decided to rest stars Tony Parker, Manu Gino ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Whitt's End: 4.8.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *So Nuggets coach George Karl wants some of the Mavs, huh? "If we had to pick and choose, we would probably say 55 percent Dallas and 45 percent Oklahoma City," he says of his preferred ... 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 3, 2011

    Mavericks Getting a Teeny Tiny Bit of Help for Stretch Run with Corey Brewer

    Corey Brewer​Don't get too giddy if and when the Dallas Mavericks sign free-agent forward Corey Brewer today. Decent player at both ends of the court, but it's basically one more attempt to fill in the gaps left by the absence of Caron Butler. Maybe with the additions of Peja Stojakov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    In Light of Bissinger vs. Cuban, I Present the NBA's All-White Team

    ​Buzz Bissinger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. His Friday Night Lights captured high-school football in Texas, spawned a network TV series and afforded him writing immortality. Buzz Bissinger is also an idiot. At least when it comes to the NBA. His "White Men Can't Root" column for ... 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

    January 20, 2011

    Mavs Win; Jason Kidd Scores; Jason Terry Gets Carried Away

    ​Landmark win by your Dallas Mavericks last night at American Airlines Center, 109-100, over the Los Angeles Lakers? Maybe. But, eh, probably not. Most important, it broke a six-game losing streak. But it also lets them boast this achievement: Wins this season over the Spurs, Celtics, H ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 7, 2010

    Mavs Courting O'Neal? Oh Boy?!

    ​Your Dallas Mavericks are pondering an O'Neal, but not that one. Team source told me last night that the Mavs acquiring former Superman center Shaquille O'Neal is "a long longshot," but that Miami Heat center Jermaine O'Neal is a real possibility. Honestly, neither name gets me too ... 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 >>

  • News

    June 10, 2010
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    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 >>

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    NBA Fines Mark Cuban $25,000. Why Bother?

    The NBA is a bunch of nit-twitts. Over the weekend the league fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $25,000 for his "criticism" of officials via Twitter, the real-time social network that allows schmucks like you and me to be flies on the walls of the rich, famous and exhibitionistic. Or to simply ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    The 10 Worst Sports Celebrations in the History of Sports

    Dear LeBron James, Just ask, and I'm sure Dancing With The Stars will have you on their ridiculously cheesy show next season. I'm sure millions of potato-chip snackin' housewives would be fixated on your every silly, pre-fabricated step. But as a basketball fan, I demand you immediately ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Will Dirk Nowitzki Finish his Career as a Maverick?

    It's not exactly Calvin Watkins' expose in Dallas' Only Daily featuring five sources detailing the Cowboys' anarchy at Valley Ranch, but NBA.com's Art Garcia - formerly of your Fort Worth Star-Telegram - stirs your Mavericks' pot a bit this morning. Garcia writes that Dirk Nowitzki hasn't exactly "c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    The Top 10 Sports Zingers I Can Think of Off the Top of My Head

    Not saying Sean Avery isn't an asshole. Or a horrible teammate. Or, for that matter, a room-wrecker the Dallas Stars should consider dumping.I'm just saying he shouldn't have been suspended - or worse, pending this afternoon's meeting with NHL poobah Gary Bettman in New York - merely for his "sloppy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Your ’08-09 Dallas Mavericks: Still Good. Still Not Good Enough.

    Make-or-break year for him. And his team. Don’t believe it. The Mavericks, overnight, did not grow old and tired and shitty. Everywhere you surf entering tonight’s opener against the Houston Rockets – especially here – you hear how Dallas will be lucky to win 45ish games and lucky to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    A Ranking You’ll Find Hard to Believe

    Nein danke?! Dirk Nowitzki isn’t one of the 10 most popular NBA players in Europe. I know. What gives? Technically, I guess, it’s his uniform that isn’t so loved as Dirk’s No. 41 isn’t among the NBA’s just-released list of most popular jerseys across the pond. Kobe Bryant is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008

    Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss?

    Rick Carlisle can be the same. Long as he's different. Us media dorks get our first chance to meet ‘n greet new Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle this afternoon down at American Airlines Center. Honestly, I’d have rather landed the entertaining and up-tempo Mike D’Antoni or persuaded general ... More >>

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    May 3, 2008

    Coach Carlisle?!

    Is it just me, or does the next coach of the Dallas Mavericks look like Jim Carrey? In news that'll jazz you about as much as finding an old penny in your jeans pocket, it looks more and more like the Mavericks are going to hire former Pacers and Pistons coach Rick Carlisle. The ol' Virgini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    Beware The Ghost Of Avery

    Mark it down. Avery Johnson will get another NBA head-coaching gig (he says he’s already been contacted by a team, by the way) and bring his new team into the American Airlines Center and kick his old team’s ass. Nothing new, really. It’s the curse of the ex-Maverick. I mean, I think we c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2008

    The Return of the Kidd

    Excuse me if I don’t appropriately memorialize the 19th anniversary of Jerry Jones firing Tom Landry. Today is all about Jason Kidd’s homecoming. After getting traded by the Mavericks in 1996, Kidd was viciously booed in each of his returns to Reunion Arena. But when he takes the American Airlin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Mavs Add Another All-Star. Sorta.

    Nick Fazekas, during one of his five minutes of playing time with Your Dallas Mavericks Consider this your biannual Nick Fazekas update. Mere moments ago, the Mavericks’ second-round draft pick was named an All-Star -- a D-League All-Star, sure, but still. The 6-11 Fazekas, drafted 34th overall by ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008

    Another Reason For Dallas Sports Fans To Be Pissed Off

    You’d be mad. Pounding your fist into an open palm. Mumbling under your breath about a lack of respect, unfair popularity contests and skewed reputations. You’d do all that. That is, if you’d only been paying attention to the Mavericks’ suddenly successful season. But to most Dallas sports f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2007

    Merry Christmas!

    What, you were expecting "Happy Halloween"? In the timeless words of Stuart Scott: Boo. Yah. It’s basketball season, damn it! The NBA actually tipped off last night, but Your Dallas Mavericks begin their 2007-'08 season tonight against the Cleveland LeBrons. I know, I know. Hard to get your basket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2007

    Mavs Allegedly Deciding Webber or Not to Sign Him

    Dunno where Bill Ingram gets his info -- aside, course, from "various reports cited by a Los Angeles radio station," which is? -- but the month-old rumor that has Chris Webber joining Your Dallas Mavericks is alive and well this morning. Writes KRLD-AM (1080) contributor Ingram, who's tuned into his ... More >>

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    July 10, 2007

    Webber to Grill in Dallas?

    He's no Kevin Garnett, but Chris Webber would be a fascinating off-season move for the Mavs, to say the very least. ESPN.com's Marc Stein sends word today that Chris Webber may not be on the verge of retiring after all. Webber, who's already playedworn out his welcome with the Golden State Warriors, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2007

    Jersey Whirl

    Apparently a few-years-old rape charge, a slew of 50-point games in a .500 season and a number change are worth more than an MVP title. But don’t take it from me. Just ask the millions of NBA fans worldwide who this season made Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey the league’s top seller. The Mavs’ D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2007

    Fin-tastic!

    Given that the Mavs are paying Michael Finley $35 mil over the next two years, we're gonna have to root for him come Finals time. If not Dirk, then who? As in, what player with strong Mavericks ties most deserves an NBA championship? Michael Finley, that’s who. You remember him, right? Played eig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2007

    Once Upon A Time...

    We always felt bad for then-Mavs coach Gar Heard, who deserved better than to coach an 11-win team--and get replaced by Quinn Buckner. In you case you were too distraught over Drew Bledsoe's departure or the current bad karma of Mercury to notice, your Dallas Mavericks won their 14th consecutive ga ... More >>

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    January 4, 2007

    How You Like Me Now?

    We're so over Tony Romo. Yup. We're all about Josh Howard now. We're Jomosexual! At least, that's what I would say to the Miami Heat these days if I were Avery Johnson or Dirk Nowitzki or anyone remotely associated with the Dallas Mavericks. Proof that the basketball gods feel horrible about gift-wr ... More >>

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    July 6, 2006

    The Missing Link: KeithVan Croshere?

    Marquis Daniels is no longer a Maverick. Wait, he was still a Maverick? Since when? Obviously Marquis Daniels was on the way out. But didn't we think something better was on its way in? Because of his fat contract, a lackadaisical style that often irked coach Avery Johnson and the Dallas Mavericks' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2006

    Sports News You Can Use or Peruse or, Even, Abuse

    In our ramp-up to the Mavs-Heat NBA Finals, which tips off tomorrow night, we continue our wrap-up of the national media coverage of the series. Let's begin all the way up in Washington state, where Seattle Times writer Percy Allen brands this a most watchable series--and not only that, but the "daw ... More >>

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    June 2, 2006

    Worst to First

    Dirk Nowitzki rebounded from his worst game of the season to the best playoff performance in Dallas Mavericks history. In case you were too anxious about UTA's chances of upsetting Texas in the NCAA baseball playoffs or about Terrell Owens' debut as a Dallas Cowboy in this weekend's mini-camp, the ... More >>

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    June 1, 2006

    The Son and the Suns

    Tractor traded: Do you remember Robert Traylor? He's the backbone of the Dallas Mavericks. No, seriously. Before holding onto our chairs and grabbing our throats during tonight's Apocalyptic Game 5 of the Mavs-Suns NBA Western Conference Finals at the American Airlines Center, let's take a second to ... More >>

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