DONUT 1: Full coverage of Mavs-at-Miami coming up all day and all night on DB.com and on FS Southwest, including:
*A preview of tonight's game, featuring an exclusive visit with the emotional leader of a guy still haunted by the 2006 Finals, Jason Terry.
*Kammrath's statistical analysis of what could happen tonight.
*I'll join Ro Blackman in the FS Southwest studio to bring you "Mavs Live,'' the pregame show … we'll hand it to Mark Followill and Bob Ortegel for the 6:30 p.m. tipoff … and then Ro and I will be back to wrap it up on the TV postgame show on FS Southwest!
*During the game, I expect to be joined by hundreds (millions?) of DB.com readers and Mavs fans in the FOX Sports Game Lounge where we'll chat live about the game!
*And then it's right back to DallasBasketball.com and DB.com Boards, where The 75-Member Staff will cover every angle of Mavs-Heat.
Stick with us. We've got you – and your Mavs – covered!
DONUT 2: Michael Vick wants to own a dog. Which is fine.
I don't say that because after what he did Sunday in beating the Giants makes him as MVP-worthy as anyone in the NFL. Nor do I say it because he's done his time – though that is certainly true.
I say it's OK for Vick to own a dog because owning a dog wasn't the root of his old problem.
I believe the old problem sort of started when somebody let him own two dogs.
DONUT 3: I don't win too many money-related debates with Mark Cuban, as you can imagine.
So while I was intrigued to listen to his BCS thinking in our one-on-one visit HERE … I wonder about his belief that college football's present non-playoff system is some sort of "inefficient'' (his word) financial boondoggle (my word, because I'm in the mood to type "boondoggle.'')
Somebody is making a lot of money by leaving this backassward system just the way it is, right?
A Cuban-led renovation of the system that would include a college football playoff would be good for millions of people. … but it might be bad for the somebodies who keep the sport just as it is, for reasons of their own profit.
DONUT 4: So, fill me in, because I was channel-flipping on Sunday afternoon: After New York gave up four TDs in seven minutes to Vick, did a bunch of Giants go ask for his autograph?
Or is this just a Dallas Cowboys phenomenon, in which case I assume Tashard Choice skipped across the Cowboys Stadium turf after yesterday's game to get autographs from Donovan McNabb and Mike Shanahan?
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Intriguing. … and JJB (along with Carlos Arroyo)visited with the coach over the weekend in Miami to compare notes on the idea.
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DONUT 9: So far, the Texas Rangers' "big offseason signings'' are kinda "Hicksy.''
DONUT 10: Hey, congratulations to some of you outstanding Texas high-school football teams who seemed to have had successful recruiting seasons … er, I mean, successful seasons!
DONUT 11: For Redskins-Dallas, the Cowboys kept the roof open. So God could see.
I bet he covered his eyes.
DONUT 12: I was wondering, now that the Texas Rangers have agreed to have 103.3 ESPN as their flagship station, what happens if a baseball game conflicts with a game being played by the Mavs, who has an established flagship deal with the station?
Old friend Mark Friedman (ESPN's assistant program director) tells me that when there is a conflict – and due to the Mavs in the playoffs, he figures there might be a dozen of them – the baseball game will be shifted over to KSKY-AM 660.
It's unusual … KSKY is not otherwise affiliated with ESPN in any way … but it works for me.
Oh, speaking of ESPN and "working for me'': We're cooking up something. I'll keep you posted.