How does it feel to be a Champion?
Over the years, I have been labeled the “sports geek” of my class. No prom, no homecoming, no Saturday night parties, instead I was taking in NBA action up until spring and then spending summer nights soaking in the beautiful phenomenon of Major League Baseball.
This has not gotten me far in the social world. Girls? Forget about it. Popularity? Long gone. But that’s not what life is about. It’s about doing what you enjoy and people will criticize you, but I could not be happier right now with the person I am – a sports geek – than if I was faking to be something else.
So, when the buzzer sounded last Sunday night after 48 minutes of intense basketball, my heart momentarily stopped. Something went off inside me like nothing ever before. For the first time in my life, I was a champion.
I’ve been to Philadelphia, visited Miami, and even toured the bays of San Fran Cisco, but never had I had the sensation that I was on top of the world. Granted, I did little to contribute to the Mavericks winning the Finals, I didn’t score 27 points in the deciding Game 6 like the JET, and I averaged 26 points less per game than Finals MVP (AND HERO) Dirk Nowitzki.
But all my life, I feel like I have been in the elite group of Dallas Mavericks fans. Without expanding too much into detail, I have a mental disorder I deal with daily. I’ve been hospitalized twice – both times the Mavs have been in the Finals. If they get close again, I may have to return to the current institute I am at. But you can read more about that in my book… (excuse the self-promoting, Morgan Spurlock)
Through the ups and downs of my time on earth, the Mavericks have epitomized what life has meant to me and to see Dirk hold up the trophy and yell through my TV screen and right into my heart was something that will never, ever, ever be replaced. But like Mark Cuban said, “We Ain’t Done Yet.”
At the risk of ruining that awesome ending to this article, I would like to point out that this 2011 Mavericks team was unanimously labeled as the “One and done Boys” of the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Yet, we managed to knocks off Portland in six, SWEEP the 2-time defending champions, and then demolish the best young team in the league in 5 games. That was 15 games. We needed 19. 19 wins – and we got it.
With that said, the Mavericks and illustrious owner Mark Cuban stuck to their word – given in front of their faithful at Game 5 after defeating Oklahoma City in Dallas – and brought home the first championship in the franchise’s history, and also the first local title since the Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup trophy in 1999 – over the Buffalo Sabres – in 6 games.
I will have following articles on this series coming out over time, but I have so many thoughts that cannot be expressed into a series of articles. Feel free to call the attached number on the bottom of the page if you want to talk more Mavs, Rangers, Cowboys, or Rough Riders!
Also, I want to extend a congratulations to the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League for overcoming big odds and winning the Stanley Cup Finals over the Vancouver Canucks in 7 games. (Although fellow DTD Sports colleague Colby Conner does not like to admit that hockey is indeed the fourth major sport!)