Maybe it was the Tim MacMahon bump, but the sixth most-popular online petition in the entire world -- at least at Petition Online -- is the one containing the words "Dirk Nowitzki." As of moments ago, some 2,037 folks are demanding that the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (or German Olympic Team, I think -- that, or some kind of a soup made with noodles, sausage and warm beer) make Dirk the "Fahnenträger für die Olympischen Spiele 2008 in Peking." Or, ya know, Germany's flag-bearer at the 2008 Olympics, where Your Favorite Dallas Maverick will lead his country's team into battle. For grins, further Web-assisted translation:
Dirk Nowitzki is one of the few superstars of the German sport, if not even the only one. Dirk Nowitzki was with his sporty and particularly charakterlichen achievement in the last years always a model and stands like no other sportsman for the Olympic dream. Dirk Nowitzki employed and should regularly personal interests in the German basketball national team and the German sport in the past years generally in the back now for his attitude and his outstanding sporty achievements be rewarded.
As I recall, he is also very tall for his age. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.