Friday, June 24, 2011

The Mavs Passed The Flair Test

[Photo credit: AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON on Yahoo! Sports.]

Yes, I am blogging about the Dallas Mavericks nearly a fortnight after they won the NBA championship. That should be proof enough that I'm not a fan. However, it just wouldn't do for me not to list some of what Dirk Nowitzki and company did by beating the Miami Heat.

They ennobled "my" team's (losing) effort. The famed thinker Ric Flair once said, "To be the man, you gotta beat the man." The 2010–2011 Mavs did just that—they annihilated the now-former two-time defending champions Los Angeles Lakers, 4-0, in their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals. If they want to, the Lakers can take some comfort in the fact that the team that eliminated them went on to win all the marbles. There is no shame in not being able to beat the eventual NBA champions. After all, no one else was able to.

They gave me an excuse to trot out my favorite German word. I don't like LeBron James. That meant that for a limited time, I cheered for the Mavericks by necessity since our interests were temporarily aligned. When they became champions, I had an excuse to indulge in a bit—okay, a lot—of schadenfreude. (It's funny now how a 7-foot-tall German had a lot to do with it.) And although "at the end of the day [I] have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that [I] had before [I] woke up today", I am nevertheless glad that for the meantime, The Decision was wrong.

They proved the (fake) spirit of Jim Morrison correct. "If you book them, they will come." Jason Eugene Terry had the Larry O'Brien Trophy tattooed on his right biceps before the season started. Then in the Mavs' title-clinching Game 6 win, he tallied 27 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Now we have conclusive proof that JET is packing big, brass ones.

They're good for a laugh or two. After their big win the Mavs presented a Top Ten list on Late Show with David Letterman:

(Nowitzki would be a cool dude to hang out with, wouldn't he? In the clip above he looks like he loves to blast beers on his off-days.)

As the NBA season is over, I will now get my basketball fix from the UAAP. It's the turn of the other team that plays in blue and white to bring home a championship.

2011 FilOil Flying V Preseason Tournament: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. San Beda Red Lions, June 12
[Photo credit: Joseph Nebrida for Inboundpass.]

Oh wait, the Ateneo Blue Eagles did that recently. But while the Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Premier Cup title counts, it doesn't count count like the UAAP Men's basketball championship does. Season 74 can't come soon enough; the "Mary Four You" campaign starts in another fortnight.

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