Tuesday Donuts: The Best That Ever Was
DONUT 1: I'm gonna start your Mavs Day off right.
I am a big Dallas Mavericks fan and go on your site every day it. It is by far my favorite site. I was just wondering if you could please post one of my youtube videos on your site. I think anyone who veiws your site will really enjoy it. - BBL
BBL, you are right. Enjoy, all.
DONUT 2: In case you missed it: The Mavs' preseason schedule, otherwise known as "What You Know You Don't Have To Bother Doing On Oct. 11.''
DONUT 3: The Texas Legends are hosting the "Battle of the Badges" on August 27 at 7 p.m. at Dr Pepper Arena. This is a Police and Fire All-Star basketball game and all proceeds from this game go towards families of the fallen via the Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas. This event is a "mini Legends game" complete with Jumper Bee Entertainment games, live video board feeds, time for the kids on the court, celebrity appearances, and more!
For more info about this good cause and family-friendly event, check out the Legends website.
DONUT 4: Please peek into the Mavs DB.com Store! Which will it be? 'YES. WE. DID'? 'Take That Championship Wit Chew'? Or 'The UberMan'?
Or, if you really wish to treat yourself ... do you possess Mavs KIDD BBIQ?
DONUT 5: Coming up later today: Michael Dugat and Kevin Brolan lead us through a position-by-position look at the 2011-12 Mavs ... who needs to come back and who needs to come in. Stay tuned!
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DONUT 7: I started watching the NFL as a reporter -- with an in-theory semi-educated eye -- 27 years ago. Before that, I was a teenage fan. So it's, say, 35 years of paying attention to the game with a certain level of intensity.
And I will tell you that Cowboys guard Larry Allen is as good as there has been in those 35 years. As good at his position of guard ... and as good at that position as about anybody else was at their positions.
L.A. ranks with John Hannah as the best of four generations. And it's what separates him from Jerry Jones' new class of Ring of Honor inductees.
Drew Pearson? He has icon status ... but Drew is not the best receiver that ever was.
Charles Haley? He has all those rings ... but Haley is not the best defensive end that ever was.
L.A.? He was arguably the physically strongest man in NFL history. He could move his 300-pound-plus frame as gracefully and as rapidly as any big man ever, too. He was a no-nonsense dude who, we used to joke, didn't understand that his mouth could be used for having words come out of it in addition to having food go into it.
And Larry Allen ... with the rings and the stature and now the Ring of Honor ... is a candidate as The Best Guard That Ever Was.
DONUT 8: The evolution of NBA team logos since the beginning of time. This is really cool, with the Mavs, of course, being sooooo old school for sooooo long.
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DONUT 11: Three issues with the report from Australia that NBA stars might come there for an exhibition game:
*The story mentions Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol as candidates to play "on a tour of Australia.'' This is a far more logical option than making a commitment to, and getting a commitment from, a foreign team. It would allow fellas to stay in shape and stay in the limelight. Good on you.
*The story says something about "sponsors'' having "committed to back the tour and insurance issues - tipped to cost more than $1 million for the star-laden team.''
Purely speculative on my part, here, but yes, I would think that bringing 12 players like Durant and Paul and Rose and Gasol to Australia for a couple of weeks ... travel, hotel, salary ... and insurance ... would indeed "cost more than $1 million.'' In fact ... wouldn't it cost A LOT MORE than one mil?
*Final thought here, and this is tucked in between the lines: Click on that link in the Herald Sun. Notice that this isn't really even front-page news there, and barely merits a story 100 words long.
In other words, this is almost in the agate section of the paper. Pay attention, players: You aren't nearly as important as you think you are. Pay attention, David Stern. There's an entire continent of people who don't care much about your sport.
DONUT 12: A Mavs-centric take on the Kim Kardashian wedding (to former Mavs forward Kris Humphries): "Just think,'' says Mark Cuban, "if I hadnt made that trade in January of 2010 (of Kris to the Nets), there would be no big wedding ... and I didn't even get invited!''