Sports Shorts: Dirk, Darvish and the Dutch Oven

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2012

by Kate Delaney


The Dallas Destroyer Rips Denver

Mr. Automatic, aka Dirk Nowitzki is a shooting machine; I know it’s not a big revelation here in DFW. However the rest of the basketball world was re-introduced to the inhuman skills of Dirk in the Mavericks huge road win over Denver earlier this week. He was 12 of 19 from the field; none of the Nuggets could defend him! I’d like to take a moment to relive some of the game highlights if you don’t mind. The three point shot at the beginning of the third that led to seven straight points for the Mavericks – a big swing in the game. Also in the fourth quarter Dirk’s 16-foot turnaround jumper, the “Yeah-baby” shot of the night pretty much icing the game and his time on the court. Denver was done with eight minutes to play and a lopsided score of 101 to 82 at that point.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle was even moved to say that it was one of the best games that he has seen played this year in the league. The 112-95 win over the Nuggets not only gives Dallas the series win for the season but it shows they don’t have to play erratic basketball to win. Not to sound too much like Phil Jackson but the flow was well almost Zen like.

The team got some good news on the road about Shawn Marion. There is no structural damage in that sore left knee – thank goodness. Marion has been dependable playing in 44 games before missing these last two; he’s key in a playoff run.

Ranger Musings

This week marked the third game that Yu Darvish pitched in this spring and he didn’t disappoint. Darvish held the Brewers to one hit and one run in his four innings of work. The box score doesn’t tell the tale; it wasn’t easy. His fastball was clocked 93-95 miles an hour but he missed the strike zone in key counts in the second inning issuing a leadoff walk. Mix in a wild pitch and a batter hit – Jonathan Lucroy in the second inning of the game but that was the toughest spot of the game.

The Darvish start wasn’t the buzz in the Cactus league on Monday nope instead a prank took over as the lead story. Former Ranger Pitcher turned Angel C.J. Wilson decided to tweet catcher Mike Napoli’s number to his 100,000 followers. This led to an avalanche of calls to Napoli’s number that had the catcher seeing red. What was Wilson thinking? He said he was pranking his former teammate because Nap said he wanted to hit a homer off of him. Luckily Napoli who said the move was unnecessary doesn’t use the number anymore. You can bet he’ll be dialed in when the Rangers met the Angels this Sunday in Tempe. Wilson is slated to get the start.

Derek Holland has been on the receiving end of loads of pranks over his cheesy mustache but this week he is laughing all the way to the bank. Holland agrees to a five year contract extension worth $28.5 million dollars. He was money down the stretch as you recall winning 12 of 13 decisions. At 25 years old he is worth every penny! He just needs to keep shaving.