Winning Spirit

Hall of Fame salutes athletes


From Kenya to Mississippi, black athletes have had a tremendous impact on the wide world of sports--for better or for worse. Remember the Ben Johnson 1988 Olympics scandal? How about NFL player Rae Carruth offing his woman? And of course you can't have a sports Hall of Shame without mentioning O.J. But these guys don't represent the masses and certainly don't sum up the character of all the men and women who have worked hard, disciplined their bodies, competed at the highest levels and won. You know, Hall of Famers (or should-be Hall of Famers) like Arthur Ashe, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Michael Jordan, Dr. J, Emmitt Smith, Mike Singletary, Reggie White--I could go on and on. In Texas, we've got our own homegrown star athletes, and on December 3 at 7 p.m., 10 of them, representing football, basketball and everything in between, will be inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame. The banquet will be held at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway; tickets are $50. For more information contact the African American Museum at 214-565-9026 ext. 309. --Stephanie Morris

Stop, Diop And Roll


DeSagana Diop, we trusted you. We saw your breakout game against the Denver Nuggets two weeks ago, where you posted 16 rebounds and 6 blocks as the Dallas Mavericks' center, and we figured you'd become a great asset to our team. But ever since that night, your stats have dwindled and we feel let down. To clarify, this "we" isn't all of Dallas--rather, "we" refers to our fantasy basketball team, which Diop joined because other Mavs players (Dirk, JT, the Marquis-tador) are putting up big numbers in Dallas' many wins and helping rival teams whup our statistical asses on Yahoo! Sports. But that's OK. We'll take a Mavs win over a fantasy b-ball win any day, but during Thursday and Friday's back-to-back home game stretch at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Road, we hope newcomer Diop gives us--Dallas and our fantasy team--a reason to get excited. For tickets to the San Antonio and New Orleans games, call 214-747-MAVS. --Sam Machkovech

Field of Dreams


During the off-season, what good is a baseball stadium? Unless it's a multipurpose field like Candlestick Park, the space and asymmetrical layout aren't well-suited for most other sports, and it's not like any cricket leagues are sprouting up like weeds, which leaves state-of-the-art stadiums untouched for much of the year. Luckily, the Texas Rangers know better than to leave Ameriquest Field in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, dormant through the fall and winter, but that doesn't mean cricket players are finally getting their shot. No, that means kids can enjoy events like Friday's Ballpark After Dark Sleepover. Children ages 6-11 will practice in official Rangers batting cages, watch baseball-related movies and learn about the major leagues as part of an overnight stay at the Field. Register your child at 817-273-5087. --Sam Machkovech

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