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‘Shark Tanking’: Are Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavs Savvy Enough to Win NBA Title?

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Whether you’re at the top of your coffee, your day, your week and even your rope, welcome to Whitt’s End …

*Mavs owner Mark Cuban turned a laptop right into a TV/radio, and with it became a multi-billionaire. But does that mean he’s a shrewd businessman with a savvy eye toward all things inventing and investing? 

In line with his track record on Shark Tank … nope. 

After investing nearly $20 million in 85 startups, the Dallas Mavs boss taken a net loss.

Ultimately, after all, all we care about is whether or not Cuban and his Mavs are savvy enough to win a title. Having done so once, that answer should be “yes.”

So … are they doubly-savvy so that they can do with Luka Doncic what they once did with Dirk Nowitzki?

*That is where we’re with the Texas Rangers: It’s okay to lose, but not to be okay with losing.

They’re still yay-deep in rebuilding, and no person expects them to win this season. There may be, nevertheless, danger in growing too comfortable with “un-success.”

Take this week in Seattle. The Rangers are 2-11 against the Mariners this season and 3-17 since 2020. Tuesday they rallied for 2 runs to take a 4-3 into the underside of the ninth. But 11 Brett Martin pitches later they lost one other heart-breaker, 5-4. Martin allowed a single and a run-scoring double before intentionally walking the bases loaded and surrendering the walk-off sacrifice fly. He dropped to 0-6 this season with two blown saves.

Manager Chris Woodward’s response: “Brett left a pair pitches over the plate, but you’ll be able to’t blame him for this one. He’s been so good for us all season.”

He … has? Oh and 6?!

A month ago the Rangers were flirting with .500. Now they’re nine under and buried. Again. However the manager shrugging off abject failure is something they shouldn’t accept with open arms.

*In delivering admiration, Jerry Jones wound up having to also distribute an apology. Welcome to the ’Boys of Summer, where – irrespective of the zip code – Dallas Cowboys training camp annually produces a zany sideshow as much as a football preview.

Camp No. 63 had barely kicked-off this week when the owner comically eulogized recently departed long-time buddy Larry Lacewell and uttered – who knew? – the “M-word.”

Sure enough, “midget” is now offensive, replaced by the kindler, gentler “little person.” (I’m all about not offending anyone, especially if it’s as easy as changing a sports mascot or tweaking one word of my vocabulary. So … “little person” it’s.)

Previously, Jerry referenced wanting some “glory hole” in pursuit of a Super Bowl. Surely him invoking the “m word” will find its place in infamy on the long list of Cowboys’ training camp “entertainment.”

From Clint Longley’s fists to Michael Irvin’s scissors to HBO’s cameras, the lead-up to the Cowboy’s season is generally riveting, must-see TV.

Through the years their preseason homes have included Forest Grove, Oregon; Delafield, Wisconsin; Northfield, Minnesota; Marquette, Michigan; Thousand Oaks, California; Austin; Wichita Falls, San Antonio and Oxnard.

Within the Sixties, head coach Tom Landry barked through a megaphone atop a tower and made his players run five miles up a mountain after two-a-days in pads. Within the Eighties, the drama was fueled by competition (Gary Hogeboom vs. Danny White, 1984) and acquisition (Herschel Walker, 1986). Within the Nineties, Irvin would intentionally start on-field fights at St. Edward’s University so the defending champs wouldn’t lose their edge. And thru the years training camp has seen its share of holdouts (Tony Dorsett, Emmitt Smith, Ezekiel Elliott), labor strife (1974, 1982 and 1987) and headlines from owner Jerry Jones (1989-2022).

The 20 most memorable moments from Cowboys’ training camps:

20. Hard Knocks, 2002 – Head coach Dave Campo made players punch time clocks and sang karaoke “My girl.” His team was even worse on the sector.

19. Asthma Field, 1989 – Okay, this was technically minicamp, nevertheless it previewed Jimmy Johnson’s pre-season iron fist on his team. When free-agent kicker Massimo Manca arrived at Valley Ranch out of form and blamed his “asthma” on failure to finish conditioning drills, the coach gave his legendary directive while pointing to the car parking zone, “the asthma field is over there!”

18. Toodles, Too Tall, 1979 – The Cowboys hit Thousand Oaks determined to avenge a heartbreaking loss in Super Bowl XIII, but were immediately blindsided by news of stalwart defensive end Ed “Too Tall” Jones’ retirement. “It’s my intention,” Jones said in a surprising statement, “to grow to be heavyweight boxing champion of the world.”

17. Switzer vs. Hansen, 1994 – Not too persistently has an NFL head coach “playfully” punched a member on the media on live TV, but so it was on a clownish August night with Barry Switzer and Channel 8’s Dale Hansen. Switzer accused Hansen of “fabricating stories”, to which Hansen stood by his account of a “power struggle” on the coach’s staff. To punctuate his points, Switzer aggressively slapped Hansen’s left arm thrice and outright punched it once. “You don’t know what you’re talking about!” Switzer screamed. Retorted a semi-serious Hansen, “That is beginning to hurt a little bit bit.”

16. Hard Knocks, 2021 – From coach Mike McCarthy’s impassioned “Charlie F*ck-around” speech to players and a breath-taking drone tour in, around and thru The Star in Frisco, the favored TV miniseries was as edgy as ever.

15. TMZ Photos, 2014 – After every week of ominous silence within the wake of photos being released of him canoodling with women not named Gene Jones, Jerry finally addressed the situation by saying he’d been aware of the photos for five years and calling their release an “extortion plot.”

14. Lilly’s Unretirement, 1973 – After grousing about being underpaid to play the grueling sport of football for six months per yr, Bob Lilly told the team he was retiring and a press conference was scheduled at 9 a.m. But at 4 a.m., “Mr. Cowboy” had a change of heart and returned to camp.

13. One other Bob Hayes, 1970 – Speedy receiver Bob Hayes held out of camp, telling the team to “pay me or trade me.” Hayes’ demands? $40,000 per yr. The Cowboys’ response: They signed Canadian Football League speedster Margene Adkins and branded him “one other Bob Hayes” before realizing the unique was, the truth is, not possible to duplicate.

12. Family Feud, 2012 – After an altercation through which he was arrested by Desoto police for assaulting his mother, Angela, receiver Dez Bryant showed as much as camp along with his lawyer. “Did a family disagreement occur? Yes,” the attorney said. “Did Dez Bryant commit family violence against his mother? No.”

11. Hard Knocks, 2008 – Head coach Wade Phillips was continually astonished by Pacman Jones’ uncanny ability to catch – and hold – six punted footballs.

10. M-Word, 2022 – During an emotional opening press conference through which lamented the recent deaths of 105.3 The Fan engineer Ted Nichols-Payne, assistant Marilyn Love and endlessly right-hand man Lacewell, Jerry joked that he’d prefer to have his diminutive sidekick around. “Lace used to carry court out here in Oxnard,” Jones said. “So I’m going to get me any individual – a (“m-word”) – to get up there with me and dress him up like Lace, and think Lace remains to be out here helping at practice with us.” Cue apology.

9. T.O. vs. Tuna, 2006 – Throughout his tenure, Bill Parcells wouldn’t discuss with receiver Terrell Owens by his name, as a substitute only calling him “the player.” He also rolled his eyes at camp when Owens’ sore hamstrings relegated him to riding a stationary bike. The receiver poked fun at himself by someday showing up in a Lance Armstrong-replica yellow Tour de France jersey. The coach, as predicted, was not amused.

8. Bad News ’Boys, 1997 – After a camp through which Nate Newton was accused of sexual assault, Erik Williams was served with a paternity suit and Leon Lett was suspended 13 games for failing a drug test, the Cowboys literally burned the home down on their way out of St. Edward’s University in Austin. They left dorm rooms with extensive damage water damage, a busted security camera, kicked-in air vents and a hallway that reportedly smelled of urine. Next summer, camp was moved to Wichita Falls.

7. Annulled Divorce, 1971 – Duane Thomas won Rookie of the Yr in 1970 and helped lead the Cowboys to Super Bowl VI. By training camp a yr later, nevertheless, he no-showed and demanded a recent contract. GM Tex Schramm responded by trading him to the Latest England Patriots, who promptly sent him back and voided the trade once they got a load of his attitude. Disgruntled and taking a vow of silence, Thomas nonetheless led the NFL with 11 rushing touchdowns.

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6. Defiant Dez, 2010 – Though a rookie, Bryant brought a hefty diva attitude to San Antonio and immediately refused to participate within the rookie ritual of carrying veterans’ pads. “I’m not doing it,” Bryant said. “I used to be drafted to play football, not carry one other player’s pads.” Said veteran Roy Williams, “He’ll learn the hard way.”

5. MVP MIA, 1993 – The Cowboys were preparing to defend their Super Bowl when Emmitt Smith decided to play hardball. The 2-time rushing champ missed all of coaching camp, threatening to retire, enrolling in classes on the University of Florida and even requesting a trade. His absence dominated camp, and after an 0-2 start without him the Cowboys made him the NFL’s highest-paid running back.

4. Dubious Double-Entendre, 2012 – Lamenting his team’s prolonged lack of success, Jerry kicked off his Oxnard state-of-the-union address by proclaiming “I need me some glory hole!” Cowboys’ PR man Wealthy Dalrymple attempted to elucidate to the snickering media that Jones was referring to a term utilized in the oil and gas business. To which Jones deadpanned, “that’s news to me.”

3. Player Cuts, 1998 – Offensive lineman Everett McIver had the audacity to leap in front of Irvin to get a camp haircut and it cost him getting his throat cut. The Cowboys initially described the injury a results of “horseplay.” But when McIver wouldn’t leave the barber’s chair in Wichita Falls, Irvin escalated the altercation and slashed his teammate with a pair of scissors, leaving an 18-stitch wound.

2. Punching His Ticket, 1976 – You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, spit into the wind or, above all else, sucker punch Captain America. But in Thousand Oaks, disillusioned backup quarterback Clint Longley thought he must be No. 1 over Staubach. During a practice, Longley cussed Drew Pearson for running the route. Staubach calmly told Longley that, no, it was the quarterback’s mistake for overthrowing the pass. Within the locker room that afternoon, Longley sucker punch Staubach within the face. He was an ex-Cowboy by sundown, traded to the San Diego Chargers.

1. Sayonara, Starter, 2004 – In 2003, quarterback Quincy Carter led the Cowboys to a 10-6 record a playoff berth. But before Parcells could further elevated his game, his profession – and his attendance – evaporated. Carter left Oxnard overnight, cut by the Cowboys due to a stubborn substance-abuse problem that led to a different failed drug test. He was immediately replaced by Vinny Testaverde, and played seven games for the Latest York Jets that season before ending his NFL profession. The Cowboys also cut their starting quarterback in mid-camp in 2001, but that was for Tony Banks’ inept performance.

*That collective groan you heard this week got here from Dallas Mavericks fans upon hearing that Cowboys COO Stephen Jones was protecting his team’s salary-cap space as “dry powder.” Because the Mavs have proven repeatedly, dry powder only produces empty results.

*Perfect. This week marks the anniversary of Rangers … perfection.

*Say you’re good at your job. Like really good at your job. Consistently successful. Respected by your bosses; revered by your peers. If someone asks should you’re apprehensive about your job security, the query wouldn’t move your needle much less irritate you.

But should you’re Mike McCarthy, yeah, it’s bothersome.

Because, truth is, you recognize you’re not secure and, further more, haven’t done enough to have earned job security. Go ask Sean McVay or Bill Belichick or Andy Reid about their job security and see in the event that they get irritated. Nope. If pressed, they’d offer something along the lines of “I feel great about it, actually. I’m rattling good at my job and I consistently make decisions on and off the sector that put my team in the most effective position to win football games. And the outcomes speak for themselves.”

Can McCarthy echo that? Or does he need his boss to supply a clumsy vote of confidence before the season starts?

By the best way, also offering a vote of confidence: Friday birthday QB Dak Prescott, who proclaimed “Mike’s my guy!” this week at camp.

*More Luka. There’s one other “Luka” on the market? Tremendous. Yes. That is enough. Sign him.

*Recession, my ass. Gas is up and morale is down and … Americans still have money to gamble. Big-time. As in, Friday night’s Mega Thousands and thousands jackpot is value, get this, $1.02 billion. After taxes, that’s a net money payout of $602.5 million. (I’ll never understand this about me: I don’t play the Lottery when the jackpot is around $9 million, but will make a special trip and whip out $10 when it jumps to a billion. As if I’m so well-to-do that $9 million wouldn’t alter my lifestyle.) Arlington folks are flocking to this supposedly lucky convenience store, while the CEO of Cane’s bought $50,000 value of tickets with a promise to separate with employees if he wins. If that is the last Whitt’s End you ever read, you’ll know I won. In other words, see you here next week.

*Hot.

*Not.

*I get Jerry’s “Availability > Ability” explanation for eliminating Amari Cooper. But he offered Randy Gregory $70 million to remain, so throwing him on the identical pile feels disingenuous.

*Turned on the news this week: Heat wave … wildfires … Love Field airport shooting … road rage incident … shooting inside Deep Ellum club … Monkey Pox … Thanks sports, life’s ultimate reality diversion.

*Props to the Rangers for taking a shot on former two-time Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel. At the most important league level there’s Martin Perez and Jon Gray. Within the minors there are plenty of promising arms a pair years away. In between, there’s Keuchel. Perhaps he finds his elite form; possibly not. In the midst of a lost season amidst an extended rebuilding climb, it’s the proper low-risk/high-reward gamble.

*Barry Bonds Banned. Again.

*NFL quarterback wins (and playoff wins) since 2016: 1. Tom Brady 71 (13); 2. Aaron Rodgers 59 (4); 3. Russell Wilson 58 (2); 4. Dak Prescott 53 (1); 5. Patrick Mahomes 50 (8).

*Annual average U.S. deaths attributed to weather-related events: Heat+Wildfire = 109. Tornado+Hurricane+Winter Storm = 104.

*I got your Cowboys conspiracy theory, right here. Troy Aikman is the brand new voice of Monday Night Football. Tony Romo is the lead analyst on CBS. Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders and Emmitt Smith and Jason Witten and, heck, even Don Meredith have all had their time in front of national TV cameras. So when Fox was replacing the Joe Buck-Aikman pairing as its recent No. 1 team, it went anti-Cowboys.

Hence, Daryl Johnston – who has been with the network since 2001 – was omitted despite the fact that his long-time partner on the No. 2 team (Kevin Burkhardt) was promoted to No. 1.

No way Greg Olsen is sweet enough to interrupt up a Johnston-Burkhardt team that Fox has cherished for that long. While Burkhardt was promoted, Johnston stays on the No. 2 team alongside recent partner Joe Davis.

*My Mom, who turns 81 next week, is a borderline diabetic. No medication prescribed by her physicians or anything, just “watch what you eat and don’t crazy with the sweets.” Sage advice for all of us. Seems, hers is outwardly a versatile strand of Diabetes. Because, at times, she demands sugar-free food as a consequence of her disease. Other times – often within the candy aisle of Kroger – it’s wheels off! God bless her.

*One other ball-handler? Yes. Rajon Rondo on any Mavs-related list? I’ll pass.

*Not a automobile guy. But plenty of people like driving them and likewise just them. Included in that group is my Big Brothers Big Sisters lil’ bro Ja.

*Jerry says the Cowboys are in “higher shape” to win a Super Bowl than a yr ago. Crazy because it sounds, oddsmakers agree. Entering camp in 2021 they were 25-1. Now? 16-1.

*Prescott turns 29 today. He calls it a “Golden birthday … So I plan for this to be a golden yr.” I used to be prepared to tear him as a teenager who didn’t know the actual “golden” age was 50, but … I’ll be damned. Back after I turned 8 I had no idea.

*Practice what you preach, and live to evangelise a little bit longer. Dr. Kenneth Cooper – founding father of the world-renown Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas – has devoted his life to fitness and healthy living. I do know naysayers (they’ve evolved into “haters”?) prefer to recite stories about “health nuts” that just “dropped dead” as a technique to embolden their very own unhealthy habits. But Cooper last week spoke on the Senior Wellness & Safety Event sponsored by the Dallas Police Department, where he implored the importance of each day exercise to stop illness and disease and promote an extended, healthy life.

He’s 91.

*This Weekend? Friday let’s play some tennis, and buy some lottery tickets. Saturday let’s run/bike across the lake. Sunday let’s rest, should you call making a listing of things to purchase with my lottery winnings “rest.” As at all times, don’t be a stranger.

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