The Champion of Championships: Where Does the Mavs' Title Rank?

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Great. But is it the greatest?

When Dirk Nowitzki accessorized his lefty layup in the final minute with private tears of joy and accomplishment last Sunday night in Miami, the Dallas Mavericks symbolically threw Don Carter's 10-gallon hat in the ring.

After years of sheepishly having Brad Davis' No. 15, A.C. Green's Iron Man streak and a couple of old Midwest Division banners hanging from the rafters at American Airlines Center, suddenly they're included in the argument. And their point is a pretty strong one.

Of the seven major professional sports championships won in the Metroplex, where does the Mavericks' NBA Finals upset of the Heat rank?

The Cowboys have five to choose from, the Stars one and now the Mavs are boasting their fresh entry.

Follow me to fight about it...

7. Super Bowl XII, 1978 -- A dominating Doomsday Defense by the Cowboys forces eight turnovers by the overmatched Denver Broncos and prompts the MVP to shared by lineman Randy White and Harvey Martin in a sloppy 27-10 victory.

6. Super Bowl XXVIII, 1994 -- Even though the Cowboys trail the Bills at halftime their back-to-back championships are never seriously threatened as MVP Emmitt Smith rushes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-13 romp over a clearly inferior opponent.

5. Super Bowl XXX, 1996 -- The Cowboys' most recent trip to the title might have been their most meaningful. MVP cornerback Larry Brown picks off two passes in a 27-17 win that helps Dallas get revenge for two Super Bowl losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the '70s.

4. Super Bowl VI, 1972 -- Cowboys finally shake the label of "Next Year's Champions" as Roger Staubach is named MVP of a 24-3 win despite throwing for only 119 yards. Dallas' championship cherry is popped.

3. Stanley Cup, 1999 -- Though Dallas wins the NHL's President's Cup as the best regular-season team, there was certainly drama en route to a trophy. Joe Nieuwendyk nabs the Conn Smythe Award as playoff MVP, but it's Brett Hull's goal in triple-overtime of Game 6 in Buffalo that allows the Stars to finally subdue the Sabres for their first and only title.

2. NBA Finals, 2011 -- The most unexpected of all seven titles, the Mavericks and NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki start the playoffs as an afterthought No. 3 seed behind the Spurs and Lakers in the West but go 16-5 and ultimately avenge a 2006 Finals loss to the despised Miami Heat. Along the way to their virginal victory, the Mavs knock off Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

1. Super Bowl XXVII, 1993 -- Troy Aikman throws four touchdowns as the MVP in the Cowboys' colossal, 52-17, blowout of the Bills. It not only ends a 15-year title drought for America's Team, but is also the 'Boys-Are-Back catalyst for their '90s three-ring dynasty.


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Moron Alert
Moron Alert

stanley cup over the city's first super bowl. ......... right.  

Pearl Johnson
Pearl Johnson

Looks like Shawn Marion and MarkCuban are using alchemical water and ancient battle techniques in order to beatMiami on their home court. It apparently makes their body and mind operate atadrenalin enhanced speeds. Is this considered an illegal substance? Hereis a webpage describing what they might be using: http://merkaba.org/audio/aids.... Please look at thebottom of the webpage for more information.

 

Jaelindsay
Jaelindsay

II enjoyed the fact that Firm stayed in Dallas, while in the same year critics said he would never win a title in Dallas, Donnie and Co. pick up team reject players, only to go on and mess up the NBA thinking that a team has to have 2 or more superstar to win a championship. Now we will see how many free agents will try to jump on the mavs-wagons.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I'd change it from #1 and #2 to Tie for #1..but good effort.  You could of got some sleep if'n you hadn't been busting my balls on the ol twitter last night. Jackwagon.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

If the Rangers had won the World Series last year, that would have to be way up there, too.

Re-Dirk-culous
Re-Dirk-culous

I'll go with Mavs # 1 and SB 27 as # 2.  Mavs had to consistantly beat teams in series they were predicted to lose.  And to go back to the scene of the crime and beat the Heat in the same fashion they beat us in '06...poetic.  I'm a Cowboys fan, but the crescendo the Mavs gave us Sunday was by far the best I've ever seen from round 1 to the finals.

Omar Niamatali
Omar Niamatali

I'd say this year is the greatest for me.  It was a true David vs. Goliath story.  They were never supposed to win, they were never supposed to get out of the 1st round.  Dirk hurt his finger, he was sick, and he still beat their asses.  All of the other Dallas teams were supposed to win and it was a complete failure if they didn't.  This for me is one of the greatest redemption stories in sports...ever.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

I was all prepared to poo-poo the list, but I think I can more or less agree with it. Its always a bit too easy to over-rank that which is most recent, and if the Mavs championship was at the 1 spot, I would have accused you of that. But 2 feels about right. 

Redleather
Redleather

This is the monument. Germany pride win this year victory. My long prediction inches foster. Is they more to. THIS BE WILDERNESS! Dirk us bring more.

Storm_71
Storm_71

I'm cool with that list.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I'll go with the Mavs at #1. It's still shocking, I mean, the 93 Cowboys whipped some asses on the way there. Maybe it's my short term memory talking, but what the Mavs did was pretty mighty.

Rooster
Rooster

Meh. We get it. The Mavs won the championship. I'm over it.

Marvan
Marvan

If they used something illegal to beat the Heat, someone should definitely look into it, but judging from the website, there is nothing illegal about this water. I wish the LeBron and the Heat had used it - maybe next year.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Thank you Storm. Glad we finally sorta agree.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

I figured he just got the name wrong. Of course he didnt mean Kevin Bryant-- who's that? He obviously meant Stanley Bryant.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Kevin Bryant is a player I made up while in sleep deprivation from writing Observer cover story for this week until 2:47 this morning in Miami and hopping on a 6:20 plan to DFW. That's who Kevin "Some People Call Me Durant" Bryant is. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

REal Rooster fake rooster, who gives a shit, you both are chumps, shouldnt you be in summer school

PatJim
PatJim

Why bother commenting then?

Diera
Diera

I keep hearing this buzz about this power drink. If it works and is legal I wonder if other teams will start using it...

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

If you imagine Yoda saying that stuff, it somehow works.

Rooster
Rooster

I love how both you and Shoulder are so eat up with me.....

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

bc all rooster likes to do is bitch and complain like a crotchety old man.  The only thing that makes him happy is having his gay brother change his colostomy bag

Rooster
Rooster

I'm under the skin of a lot of you.  You litereally lose sleep over what I post in this blog.

It's greatness....

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I thought I was the one eat up with you? Dummy.

Real Rooster
Real Rooster

You bitches just got punked by the fake Rooster!  LOL!

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