That’s it. Done. Emotionally drained, as limp as a wet dish-rag, finito, kaput. It was one of the greatest performances I have ever personally witnessed. Rest assured, I will never forget the Final Act as Dirk, Chandler, Kidd, Barea and Terry combined their considerable talents to put one last insurmountable run on the scoreboard. 105, a double-digit lead over their opponents…or….in the vernacular of the opera house: “Take that!”
Agonizing. Exhilarating. Pulse-pounding. The sorts of adjectives those of us involved in opera know so very well. And when Dirk swiftly exited the court, holding back tears, with a second left on the clock, it was an operatic moment par excellence -- not because it was over-the-top but because it was honest, true, and indelible without saying a word.
Congratulations to Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks and everyone involved in this tremendous championship series. However, oddsmakers are already favoring the Heat, 5 to 2, to walk away with the NBA Championship in 2012. The Dallas team isn’t rated second; not even third! Try fifth, behind the Lakers, Bulls, i.e. the usual suspects.
Am I blue? You betcha. Mavericks blue, through and through. And I suspect Rick Carlisle and the Mavs are just fine with being underestimated…again…next season.
Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media and PR (and mother of former Dallas Mavericks employee Paul Calvin)