Some are good. Some are getting better. But only a select few are the best. When it comes to our annual Best of Dallas issue I've made it easy this year. For those of you too cheap to "buy" a paper that's absolutely free, just sit back in your boxers and click, click, click away. ... More >>
I dunno, last Sunday night's finale to HBO's Entourage was a little too tidy for me. Vince finally got the girl. Eric was back with Sloan. Ari was reconciling with Mrs. Ari. Drama's show was a go and even Turtle was a trim, fit millionaire. What the what?! I guess I prefer my bre ... More >>
Since I'm out on vacation next week let me get to this Fourth of July tradition a little early: Happy Birthday, America. Our country turns the ripe old age of 235 on Monday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I'll make time this weekend remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to have a ... More >>
Coulda been KobeDetermining 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 >>
The Mavericks have too many noble causes to not produce one last comeback
The Mavericks haven't lost an NBA Western Conference Finals series in five years. Of course we all know what happened Dallas advanced this far -- in the 2006 NBA Finals. The come-from-ahead loss to the Heat sent the franchise into a pyschological spiral from which it is just n ... More >>
His critics wouldn't call him soft, but his teammates would still lead the Mavs to another early exit.
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 >>
Happy Birthday, America. Like tonight's July 5th fireworks show in Dallas, it's better late than never. Right? Our country turned the ripe old age of 234 on Sunday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I tried to spend some time remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to ha ... More >>
Love him or not, gotta have him back. Right?So, the Mavs made a big deal yet? Well, GM Donnie Nelson promised a "very active summer," so let's hop to it. Actually, though NBA free agency is just hatching, Dallas may be already making progress. That is, if you consider re-signing Jason Kidd pr ... More >>
The following is a prime example of my curse here on Earth. A fleeting thought sprouts into a mild observation, only to bloom into a thesis that eventually flourishes into a blog item with sports branches. My apologies ... Got a text the other day, the salutation of which was LOL. It ... More >>
For the first time in a long time - at least away from American Airlines Center - the Dallas Mavericks played like a team that wanted in the NBA Playoffs. And wanted to avoid a first-round matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers. Their reward: With only 18 games remaining in the regular season, the ... More >>
Second in a very sporadic, yet nonetheless fascinating series by Dallas Observer staff writers Merritt Martin/Megan Feldman. Ladies, as always, mi casa es su casa ... You've been waiting haven't you? We knew you wanted it, but c'mon, we had to make you yearn. It was a tease, all in good fun ... and ... More >>
Sorry I'm a little late this morning. Been glued to one of the greatest, longest tennis matches ever. The Fernando Verdasco-Rafael Nadal Australian Open semifinal that started at 2:30 a.m. our time just ended. In other news ... Devin Harris is an NBA All-Star. Jason Kidd isn't. Ouch. For Dallas ... More >>
Rick Carlisle's in-game adjustments. And prayer. That's what this Mavs' season comes down to? As the Mavs head into tonight’s preseason finale, a bit more disrespect comes their way. A little more poison into which they can dip their arrows and place in their quivers for the season of retribut ... More >>
Happy Birthday! Our country turns the ripe old age of 232 tomorrow. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, let us not forget how fortunate we are to have a variety of sports and the freedom to choose which ones we love and loathe. In honor of the Fourth of July I started jotting down reasons ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Marsha Horne tames savage little beasts
Ray Johnston, left, is still good pals with Dallas Mavs general manager Donnie Nelson, center. There's no reason for you to know the name Ray Johnston; he was a former Dallas Maverick, yes, but only a summer-leaguer. He was, not so long ago, just a 25-year-old loan officer with season tickets, as th ... More >>
Why ransack the MVP's skill when we can simply reboot his psyche?
On the front page of this morning's Wall Street Journal, you will find a story detailing the relationship -- or, rather, rift -- between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and his former coach, Golden State's Don Nelson. Maybe their falling-out was over money -- the $6.6 mil Nellie claims Cuban owes ... More >>
The last time the Mavs won a division, the team looked a whole lot different. I know, the Mavericks played like April fools in Phoenix Sunday afternoon. But the day wasn't a total loss. In fact, it was a major win. How's that? After Dallas' ugly loss, the San Antonio Spurs went and lost to the crap ... More >>
The good, the bad and the crazy invade Austin
Never fear, we won't let the Academy Awards ignore sports
See, I toldja the Heat sucked. That and other revelations from the Mavs' Game 1 victory over Miami last night at American Airlines Center: Nothing says cool like glowing blue pom-poms. Made the American Airlines Center look more like a U2 concert instead of The NBA Finals. After forcing our jeers ... More >>
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 >>
For years, former Observer music editor Zac Crain and I took delight in poking at the Dixie Chicks for pretending the former Dallas street-corner performers didn't exist until singer Natalie Maines joined the band and for acting as though they hadn't released an album till 1998's Wide Open Spaces. ( ... More >>
A few people fell for our Dirk Nowitzki April Fool's prank, including Mike Rhyner and Greg Williams, hosts of "The Hardline" on KTCK-AM (1310, The Ticket), but most people didn't. The song did make its way around the Internet, though, which was good enough for us. One blogger called it the single of ... More >>
Turns out the best player on the NBA's best team is a normal guy
Can Dampier finally fill Mavs' middle?
Bikers saddle up with Christmas spirit
Plus: Won't Somebody Please Think of The Children?; Mavs, Man
For a team headed to the playoffs, Nellie's group is a schizo bunch
For whom does the bell toll? Nellie? 'Tawn? 'Toine?
And other tall tales of 2003
The Mavs gets Jazzed
Is Antawn Jamison too big a sweetheart to make the Mavs tough enough?
Plus: Dumb Muggles; Tom U.
The Mavs fell, but does that mean they're not playing with a full deck?
Letters from the issue of April 10, 2003
For Dirk, Don and the Mavs to compete with the Lakers, they'll have to look to an unlikely source for inspiration: the late-'80s teams of Mark Aguirre and Dick Motta
The News now co-owns the Mavericks, but at what price?
February 11 - 17, 1999