Mavs Miracle: Red River Rally vs. Moody Madness

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As the Mavs prepare for tonight's Game 5 clincher at American Airlines Center, a cardiac comparison:

Down 15 with 5:06 to play. On the road. Game 4 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals.

Or down 6, 1:47 to play. At home (sorta). Game 5 in the first round of the 1984 NBA Playoffs.

The Red River Rally vs. Moody Madness. Which is the most improbable playoff victory in Mavericks' history?

The sheer stats and situation suggest it was Monday night's triumph in OKC.

The Mavs became the first team since 1986 to win a playoff game with a minus-22 rebounding disadvantage. And, more amazing, the Mavericks became the first -- that's right, the only -- team in 4,970 attempts to rally from 15 down in the last five minutes of an NBA regular-season or playoff game.

Chokelahoma was impressive.

But some of us remember Moody Madness as the craziest night in franchise history.

In '84 the Mavs had coach Dick Motta, a star named Mark Aguirre and their first winning season. The franchise's virginal playoff series (first rounds were best-of-5 back then) was knotted at 2-2 when logistics threw the NBA a historical curveball.

The old World Championship Tennis tournament had long been booked at 4-year-old Reunion Arena because surely the Mavs wouldn't need it in late April. So the game was shoved into SMU's Moody Coliseum and shown only on pay-per-view on Home Sports Entertainment.

A crowd of 9,007 was treated to madness at Moody.

The Sonics led 93-86 with just two minutes left, but Pat Cummings hit two free throws and Rolando Blackman had a steal-and-dunk and a last-second, 15-foot jumper to force overtime. In the extra period the Mavs led 105-104 with one second remaining when Motta instructed Jay Vincent to simply throw the ball off of inbound defender Tom Chambers. Mission accomplished, the Mavs and fans stormed the court and players ran off to SMU's cramped locker room with their first playoff series win.

Hold that thought.

Officials were confused about the clock starting or not and -- after a 14-minute delay -- called players back on to the court to replay the final second. With one exception. Somehow Seattle was givien possession of the ball. Chambers actually caught Vincent's attempt and fired a desperation heave at the basket, and the refs determined that Seattle called timeout during the frenzy.

Can you imagine Mark Cuban injected into that scenario?

Some fans had left. Players were summoned from the shower. Seattle tried a lob attempt that Aguirre broke up at the second last buzzer, and Moody Madness was re-hatched.

That '84 team lost to the Lakers in the second round. If these '11 Mavs win an NBA title, certainly the Red River Rally will grow in legend.


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Jb33
Jb33

Go to HELL richie, I'll be glad when your parents die so I can take out a Billboard for dead and gone and laugh and make fun of their deaths, only fair......

J's non bs
J's non bs

What is up Richie Shitt? Mavs in 5! Book it. (Gimmie Mavs in 6 for the championship, Book it!)

Redleather
Redleather

C was a good time. Where they could turn two days ago. It could be as the special happening of Frank Wycheck. I give a recall which after similar fusion against the license of Portland that Dallas won the remainder of the series. The prometteusement to arrive not this mark after Dallas. That would make sad though we.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Fellow twitterers, didya know Greggo is on it now..he hit me back last night..after I blasted RW and him about not sucking as bad on twitter cause we couldn't hear them..He replied :You'd be surprised..we're really goood at sucking.  I laughed at it.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I would hazard a guess that 75% of your readers/listners dont even remember anything about moody madness.  Most probably were too young or didnt live here.  In a town of transplants that game is barely a footnote in our minds.  Maybe olds and natives like you n rhynes like it, but most in your target demo wouldnt even know who played on that team.  Im glad it has a small place in your heart, but I bet 20 yrs from now more people will know "sweep" and  "chokelahoma" (yes, I know thats not original) over moody madness

Randall
Randall

You are really pushing for this game to be called the Red River Rally aren't you? I haven't heard anyone else call it that except for you. I think you coined it that and now you want it to catch on like Moody Madness did, so you can gloat to everyone that you came up with it. Well, I hope your attempt fails! I will call that game anything else other than that.

Douche.

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

The reason OKC couldn't come back in game three and the reason Dallas was able to come back in game four was Russell Westbrook on both accounts.  Can he be traded or moved to point guard next year?  I can't imagine he is too welcome as the starting point guard in OKC next year.

Edit: I said "the reason". A better wording would have been "one of the main reasons". It's not like Dallas didn't have a hand in it.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

If we can get this thing over tonight (and we will cause I called Mavs in 5, book it), and can do what needs to be done after that..it's going to go down as a huge part of Dirk/Kidd/et al legend.  It was a legendary moment,that the Nation watched..in the Conference final's..Moody is a neat little footnote to Mavs history sure, but it didn't have shitola on Monday night.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Interesting both games were against essentially the same franchise.

Seeing how I was 5 for Moody Madness, I vote for 2011. Plus 10 in 2 minutes beats 7 in 2 minutes.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Mavs in 5?  Are you trying to say Mavs in 5?  I judge from your promettssemence giving to your Wycheck scenario, that your saying Mavs in 5.  Well, that's my bit sir/madam, Mavs in 5!  Book it!

Richie's high chair
Richie's high chair

Thats funny. At least he can take a joke and is pretty good at accepting criticism. Its seems to be Richie that hates anyone saying anything negative about him or the show. In Richie's defense he does seem to take the nutkicking pretty good at this blog.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

And 20 years from now you will write:

I would hazard a guess that 75% of your readers/listners dont even remember anything about "sweep" and  "chokelahoma".  Most probably were too young or didnt live here.  In a town of transplants that game is barely a footnote in our minds.  Maybe olds and natives like you n rhynes like it, but most in your target demo wouldnt even know who played on that team.  Im glad it has a small place in your heart, but I bet 20 yrs from now more people will know "??" and  "??" (yes, I know thats not original) over "sweep" and  "chokelahoma"

Just sayin'.  :-)

Mishon
Mishon

Great Observation! That's exactly the type of thing RW would do.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I heard him when he first said it on the radio. It fell flat and got zero response.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Gagree on both of your points sir, somebody made reference to RW constantly re-setting with "Greggo"  ...I too have noticed it in the limited time I afford the Tardline, in five minutes yesterday..I guarantee RW said Greggo 8 times.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

u may be correct, but as someone said earlier, moody madness is a good lil mavs story but not an NBA story.  This comeback is a national sports story

Em
Em

Maybe he's hoping that "Red River Rally" and his other phrase "Flamingo Fadeaway" will create a t-shirt craze that will allow him to quit his day jobs... they're both really spreading through the metroplex like wildfire...

Keep throwing them up like Antoine Walker ...

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

and short, gay and has bad hair...not that there's anything wrong with that.

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