“This is surreal to me. Today is the best day in my life since the Rangers went to the World Series” – Facecurtainista
“I’m emotionally drained… its been hell being a Dallas sports fan.” – Realist23
“I can only think of when we were the league pin cushions… No more use of the Cowboys as leverage for our hoop failures. We won with a 38 year old pg.” – Fnasty
“I’ll probably get alot of things done not watching Sportscenter for a week.” – Justinfication (CHO aka Chief Hating Officer)
“I’m gonna puke” – MichaelYoungHistory (Hater, JD)
“Now every Texas team has brought home the championship.” – AThousandGrams
Truth is: It is hard being a Dallas sports fan. It has been even harder being a Dallas Mavericks fan because for so long we looked like one of those great teams that would never get to win it all. NBA history is full of those teams. Teams that were fun to watch, had stable superstars in mediocre markets, boasted players and coaches with various accolades, but won zero championships.
Teams like the mid 1980s Cleveland Cavaliers, early 90s Golden State Warriors, early 2000s Sacramento Kings and up until Sunday, June 12, 2011, the 2000-2010 Dallas Mavericks.
That was 10 years of suffering to watch great and exciting basketball all season only to face early defeat upon defeat each playoff year. Through all of this, no group of people had more pleasure in our agony than Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs fans. Both cities have nothing else going for their city in sports other than professional basketball. I can hear some Houstonians chime *We have WNBA and MLS Championships,* to which my response is….
Starting in 1994, and especially since 1999, Maverick fans have had to rely on the Dallas Cowboys rich legacy to combat unyielding taunts of our basketball shortcomings from Houstonians and New Mexicans, I mean San Antonio faithfuls. They got really good at telling us to stay on the topic of basketball, as to not focus on the sports prowess of the DFW metroplex. San Antonio tried to steal the New Orleans Saints after Hurricane Katrina! EPIC FAIL. The Oilers left Houston and made it to the Super Bowl within 5years (which is still funny to me btw); and I won’t take shots at the Houston Texans. They do enough of that to themselves every 4th quarter.
The big picture is this. Texas is the only state in America to have a NBA basketball champion in all of their competing cities. The bigger picture is that each of these teams were led by non-US born players.* In a state as conservative as Texas where border patrol is always a top issue in political banter, who would have ever imagined that a guy named Hakeem[Olajuwon], Tim [Duncan], and Dirk [Nowitzki] would bring so much joy to our hearts here in Texas.
For as long as Hakeem “The Dream” played for the Houston Rockets, I was a fan. I have never knocked on the Spurs because of the respect I have had for Duncan’s game since Wake Forest. But it has been so easy for non-Dallasites to knock on Dirk. All through the playoffs, I had a friend change his social media avatar to a pink colored Mavericks logo. Was he from Miami? No. Is his favorite player Lebron, Wade, or Bosh? No. Does he live in Ohio? Yes. Does he like Ohio? Hell no. Is he from Texas? Yes. Is he from Houston or San Antonio? Yes. Thing is, this friend was not the only one to go out of his way to hate on the Dallas Mavericks. Another friend’s only text during the finals was a “good game” jab after Dirk missed the buzzer beater for overtime in Game 3. Thing is I understand if this hateration occurs when our teams actually play each other. That is not only fair, but it is expected. Spurs and Rockets fans had absolutely zero invested in the last NBA finals. Only thing they would lose was the crutch of saying “see us when you win an NBA championship.”
*Puts on a fresh pair of stunna shades*
The ultimate American dream just happened right here in Texas. 3 TIMES OVER! And it was overshadowed by so much unnecessary hate. Hate from fellow Texans who enjoyed the same pleasure for their team years earlier. Hate from Cleveland and/or Ohio residents who gave us unwanted and default support. Lack of appreciation from the media who focused entirely too much on the big b*tch 3. Dirk’s evolution was televised, but more attention was given to Lebron who played like The Game looked on Change of Heart…
Keep your Dirk sandwiches and honorary Ohioan memorandums Cleveland. Keep your salty comments to yourself Houstonians and San Antonio faithfuls. Dallas, Texas = Titletown, Texas. The inevitable has happened and you can now go to your next crutch of saying “see me when you have multiple NBA championships.” To which we will raise you with a “Kiss the rings b*tch!” Pick any of our 5 Super Bowl rings, 1 Stanley Cup ring, or 1 NBA ring to pucker up to. Dallas, TX is one World Series away from being a part of the most prestigious cities (New York, Boston, Chicago) in America’s four biggest sports.
See you in the rafters!
*Tim Duncan is considered international even though he is a US citizen. He was born in US Virgin Islands, a US territory, and much like JJ Barea [Puerto Rico] they are natives first to their territories.