*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 had no idea. Since the trade the Mavs are 13-1 and can push their winning streak to 15 games with walkover wins over the Knicks and Bulls. They may still not win the NBA title, but this is indeed a trade of Pau Gasol proportions. This is as good as we felt about the Mavs since the end of the 67-win regular season in 2007 right?
*Didn't get to this before I left for vacation, but - ho hum - it was another dynastic month in January for The Ticket. The station was No. 1 in men 25-54 with a 10.1 rating, light years ahead of ESPN (No. 15, 2.7) and 105.3 The Fan (No. 18, 2.0). The Fan beat ESPN in only two hours - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
*Not a big boxing guy. Honestly, I prefer UFC. I've covered fights in this town like Evander Holyfield and Luis Yanez, but I'm not going Saturday night to Cowboys Stadium for Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey. To me when Mike Tyson went, so went boxing.
*Texas Rangers' pitcher Neftali Feliz may not be ready to make the jump to starter just yet, but it's jump-out-of-your-seat exciting to watch him at Spring Training hit 99 mph on the gun with a fastball, and back it up on the next delivery with a 74 mph breaking ball. Nasty.
*In case you were wondering, no, Ron Springs isn't dead. Neither, however, is he living.
*Haven't seen Oscar dominator The Hurt Locker, but I did recently see Shutter Island. Loved it. But, contrary to most people, I don't think Leonardo DiCaprio's character was crazy. I think it was an elaborate plan to convince him he was crazy. Otherwise, why did his partner call him by his real name - "Teddy!" - at the very end? And other stuff.
*Some days I just wanna move to Vegas and be a professional gambler. Sleep till noon, go out by the pool and crunch some numbers. Go to a plush sports book, watch my games, collect my money, go out partying. Rinse and repeat. But every time I go I bump into the professional bettor, and he's always dressed in wrinkled, crumpled clothes, usually wearing some random, ratty hat and constantly muttering to himself. Last week's example endured a big money-line bet on Kansas State somehow losing at home to horrible Iowa State. "I still picked the right side!" he said as he stormed out of the MGM. "Somebody should call the police!" On second thought, I'm keeping both my day jobs.
*Robert "Tractor" Traylor scored 2,000 points in the NBA and this week signed with a team in Puerto Rico. Dirk Nowitzki has scored 30,000 points in the NBA and this week won his second consecutive Player of the Week award and passed George Gervin for 30th place on the all-time scoring list. Best. Trade. Ever. Not in the Cowboys' Herschel Walker train robbery stratosphere. But still, a fleecing of the Milwaukee Bucks. Thank you again, Don Nelson, for the 1998 switcheroo.
*One last thing before I quit/ I never wanted any more than I could fit/ Into my head I still remember every single word/ You said and all the shit that somehow came along with it/ Still there's one thing that comforts me since I was/ Always caged and now I'm free. I've read the lyrics and it makes zero sense, but I effin' love this song.
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*Don't twist this too far, but if I'm reincarnated I hope I come back as a hot, beer-drinking, sports-watching lesbian. Saw a perfectly curvy girl from afar the other day and was amazed at how guys fell over each other trying to help her/get her attention. She got doors opened for her. Got to cut in line at the water fountain. Had a towel handed to her and five dudes appeared out of nowhere when she dropped an I.D. card. I'd like to try that I think. If nothing else, it'd be a lot of fun to just get naked and stare in the mirror. No?
*I don't doubt that Greg Ellis has something left in the tank, but no thanks, I've had my fill. Next season I want to watch Dallas Cowboys' linebackers like Victor Butler and Jason Williams and Brandon Williams on the upside, not Ellis on the downside. You?
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*If you're looking for me this weekend I'll be riding on the Dallas Observer float in the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Greenville Avenue Saturday morning, then hanging out at the official post-parade party at The Granada. Don't be a stranger. Toss me some beads.