*If the Mavericks lose in the first round to the Trail Blazers, Rick Carlisle should be fired. The window propped open by 33-year-old Dirk Nowitzki is closing, and 50-something wins without a hint of even the NBA Western Conference Finals is just not acceptable.
*I recognize that Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is a five-tool player. I just wish he'd develop a sixth tool: Durability.
*This scene will be played out countless times in the Mavs-Blazers series: Dirk with the ball, double-teamed, passes out of it and the ball lands in the hands of an open Jason Kidd at the 3-point line. What he does at that point will go a long way in determining if the Mavs lose in the first round or the second.
*You know what I think of Dirk, but Mark Cuban says he's a Top 10 player ... of all time? Can't go there with him. Not that far.
*I know I can be an arrogant a-hole, but even I shed a tear at this story. A Lewisville boy is rapidly losing his sight and will soon be totally blind. What would you want to see if you knew your sight was fading? He wanted to see three things -- SpongeBob SquarePants' Atlantis resort in The Bahamas, a redwood forest in California and the Statue of Liberty -- and last weekend one of his dream visions came true. Cool. Very cool. Again, just when we're about to give up there's hope for this cold, cruel world after all.
*With a handicap around 10, I'm not real good at golf. But I've never carded a 16 on a hole. Wow. Congratulations, Kevin Nawww?