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Where Does Yu-for-Willie Rank Among DFW Sports’ Worst Trades?

 WHITT’S END: 5.6.22

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

*Here we oh again? Next week our Dallas-Fort Worth sad sports drought without a championship will surpass 4,000 days. Four. Friggin’. Thousand. And unless the Dallas Mavericks stage an improbable rally from an 0-2 deficit against the Phoenix Suns or the Texas Rangers produce an about-face of their 10-14 start or the Dallas Stars are about to reel off 15 more wins in the Stanley Cup playoffs, there may be no end in sight. In 2020, the city of Los Angeles won two sports championships (Dodgers and Lakers) in a span of 16 days, turning Tinseltown into Title Town. Over a 10-month period spanning 2020-21 the NFL’s Buccaneers and NHL’s Lightning won three titles to re-brand Tampa Bay as Champa Bay. After celebrating a Braves’ World Series last Fall, Atlanta basked in the glow of a Georgia college football championship three months later. Meanwhile, down here in the land of have-nots, DFW remains without a championship since the Mavericks beat the Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 11, 2011. The last time we partied, Dirk Nowitzki was still a player, Jason Kidd wasn’t yet Dallas’ coach and Luka Doncic was 12. The Rangers got within one strike in 2011; the Stars within two games in 2000 and 2020. The Mavs have just one playoff series win since their parade, and the Cowboys’ last Super Bowl title was a whopping 27 years ago. Despite Michael Irvin’s admirable-if-irrational optimism, while other cities gleefully enjoy championship double-dipping we’re stuck with a severe case of blue balls. Are we due? Or merely doomed?

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