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FINAL-ly Here June 16, 2011

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I promise this is my last Mavs post for the year.

Admission June 3, 2011

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I admit it.  I lost hope last night.  Watching the Mavs in the Finals, down by 10 midway through the 4th quarter, I assumed it was over and I turned off the TV.  It’s not so much that I didn’t want to finish the game as I just couldn’t stomach the LeBron lovefest by the announcers.  It was like listening to a broadcast written by LeBron’s mom and his agent.  Plus, I’m not sure I can stand another replay of one of the Heat players screaming after they make a shot.  That would be like me finishing a point in my sermon and screaming in triumph because I did what I’m supposed to do.  Makes no sense to me.  But then LeBron is the King of Hype and celebrating nothing.

Did you see what Dirk did last night after scoring the winning bucket?  He ran back down the court to play defense.  There was no primal screaming.  No pounding his chest.  You know why?  Because he did what he’s supposed to do and he realizes that he hasn’t won anything unless he’s holding the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Amazing comeback last night.  One of the greatest in NBA Finals history.  It breathed life back into my team.  I’ll be watching Game 3 on Sunday, but I wish they had a LeBron-free version.

Between Two Worlds May 18, 2011

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I have a lot of friends in OKC and DFW.  Reading the posts on Facebook last night during the game was amusing.  All of the DFW people were rejoicing for Dirk and JJ.  All of the OKC people were moaning over the officiating (side note for my OKC peeps – you can’t complain about the officiating when your team goes to the free throw line more often than Dallas, plus you have no room to complain until a ref takes away your NBA Chamipionship like happened to Dallas in 2006.)

As a Dallas fan, it was a beautiful game. Dirk took 39 shots – 36!!!! of them went in.  Re-DIRK-ulous!  And between Jason Terry and JJ, I almost enjoy watching our second unit as much as the starters.  I don’t want him to get lost in the shuffle, but Tyson Chandler is the cog that is making our defense stalwart.  He is the reason that Westbrook doesn’t want to come into the paint.

Looking forward to Game 2 on Thursday.

My Dilemma May 10, 2011

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A dilemma is on the horizon for me and I see no way to avoid it.

I have been a Dallas Maverick’s fan since I was 13.  I was a fan of Jason Kidd the first time he was in Dallas.  I love watching Dirk Nowitzki play the game. Yet when I moved to Oklahoma City 2 years ago, I made the choice to become a Thunder fan.  I live 12 blocks from the stadium and enjoy walking to games.  It seemed like the right thing to do to connect with fellow OKC-ans (because there isn’t a chance that I’d become a Sooner fan).

However, these playoffs have tested my devotion to the Thunder.  As I watched the Mavs upend Portland and then humiliate the Lakers, those old feelings started to return.  And now, if the Thunder can beat Memphis, they will meet Dallas in the Western Conference Finals.

What to do?  If that happens, my gut tells me that Dirk will win over my affection.  You can’t love a player for over a decade and then hope he fails.  Best case scenario – Dirk and the Mavs win the championship this year and then I can release them and root solely for KD and Westbrook.

Life is full of difficult choices.

A night of free April 19, 2010

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Emma won 2 tickets to go see the Oklahoma City Thunder play last week.  It was her first NBA game and my first in OKC.

Our seats were in the nosebleeds, second to last row, yet I was amazed at how well we could see the action.  I wouldn’t hesitate to sit in those seats again, although if we can get closer to the floor we’ll definitely take ’em. 🙂

Emma immediately transformed from sweet 8 year old girl to screaming Thunder fan.  She was energized by the atmosphere and got wrapped up in the game.  It was a playoff environment.  The crowd was really into the game which was a blast.

The other great thing about the night was that we kept getting stuff for free.  First the tickets, then thundersticks, a t-shirt, and finally the concession lady gave us free cotton-candy.  We had a blast together and can’t wait to go again!

On a side note, I’ve been trying to become a Thunder fan over the past year.  It’s hard to switch 20 years of allegiance to the Dallas Mavericks over night.  I’m glad that they won’t meet during the playoffs.  Not sure I’m ready to make that decision.

Oh my Cowboys December 28, 2008

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It was a disgusting display this afternoon.  No passion, no energy, no touchdowns in a 44-6 loss to Philadelphia.  It was so disheartening that I got up before half time and started vacuuming the house!  The Cowgirls were picked by many to play in the Super Bowl this year – all they had to do to make the playoffs was win today.  How can you show up to the most important game of the season lifeless?

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Wade needs to go – he’s lost the players.  If you can’t get them fired up with the playoffs on the line against an arch-rival, I’m not sure you need to be coaching professional football.  But then Jerry Jones isn’t the smartest guy in the world – he fired Jimmy Johnson after winning his second consecutive Super Bowl:(