Blame Howard's absence. Blame a schedule that had the Mavericks playing their fourth game in five nights. Dirk Nowitzki, who missed a ton of shots, said there are a ton of excuses the Mavericks could make.
"We don't make excuses," Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said. "We don't blame anybody. We look inward. We don't look outward when something goes wrong.
"There is a lot of fight in this team."
Fight wasn't the issue.
Nowitzki struggled from the field for the second consecutive night. He hit his second field goal with 48 seconds left in the first half. He didn't hit his third until 3:22 remained in the fourth quarter.
The forward was 5-of-22 from the field for 18 points.
"I was the Bucks' sixth man," Nowitzki said.
The Mavericks may have lost, but the biggest news out of the Kohl Center last night? That’s right. Doug Melvin has his mustache back!
Above, Melvin in early 2005.
Melvin in 2002.
Relax America, Doug Melvin’s lost mustache has found its home back over Doug’s upper lip. Dreams do come true.
Rangers consider Mesa, Looper, other bullpen help …
Dre Bly pounds Harrington in the media …
"If we'd had production on offense, in particular the quarterback position, Mooch wouldn't have been fired," Bly told the Detroit Free Press. "If Jeff Garcia hadn't gotten hurt, we wouldn't be in this position today. Mooch wouldn't have gotten fired."
Garcia missed the first five games after breaking his leg in the final preseason game. He started twice -- winning in Cleveland and losing to Chicago -- but then missed the Minnesota, Arizona and Dallas games with soreness in the leg.
"We're all at fault, but I just feel like Joey [Harrington]'s been here four years, and being the No. 3 pick in the draft, he hasn't given us anything," Bly told the paper. "He hasn't given us what the third pick in the draft should give us."
Phil Fulmer apologizes to fan with email …
Click Here for a “sounds dirty but probably wasn’t meant to be from Suzy Shuster…
Great Site for Heisman projections …
This game is confusing and maddening …
And now, an email:
Hey Bob. I was just wondering if you were ready to take back your statement about the Bears not winning their division yet? That Bears D is the real deal. The offense may suck but you dont need much O when the D only gives up 13 points a game. They remind me of the Ravens team that won the Superbowl. Just curious? Jason
What is he talking about? Let’s review the November 17th blog :
In a related and yet unrelated story, I have been meaning to get this Chicago Bears thought on the record, and since we so rarely bring them up, now is as good a time as any:
The Bears will not win the NFC North.
Here are the current standings:
Green Bay 2-7
Look, I realize I am going out on a limb, because everyone behind the Bears really suck. But, I really feel this choke happening. Check out the final 7 games for the Bears starting this week:
Nov 20 H Carolina
Nov 27 A Tampa Bay
Dec 4 H Green Bay
Dec 11 A Pittsburgh
Dec 18 H Atlanta
Dec 25 A Green Bay
Jan 1 A Minnesota
This is the Bears without a QB or a RB. I know their defense is good, but they might be 8-8. I hate to say this, but I think the Vikings catch them on the last week of the season. And trust me, the Packers will protect their house on Christmas Day. I will be there to make sure of that.
So, I am calling it. Bears miss the playoffs despite having a 2 game lead today.
So Jason wants to know if I want a do-over after they have beaten Carolina and Tampa Bay. It looks like I may need one, but I still contend we will see them exposed soon enough. You must have an offense, I swear. And they don’t. We shall see. I would just like to ask their great defense not to hurt Favre Sunday.
Mix Sports and Church? …maybe not a great idea…
You can imagine my surprise when I got these emails this morning:
Dan, last night at the Rolling Stone concert, Delbert McClinton was the opening act. He gave you guys some pub from the stage about midway through his show. "Hi, I'm Delbert McClinton and I never listen to Bob and Dan on BAD Radio on the Ticket...NEVER, EVER!!" Congratulations.
Went to the RS Concert tonight. Instead of Merle Haggard as the opener it was the GREAT Delbert McClinton. In between songs one time he actually said randomly (to me anyway) no BS, he said, “Hi! I’m Delbert McClinton and I never listen to BaD radio on the Ticket. Never!. There was a cheer from the crowd that was there then! Is there a story there or just shocking. If not, get him on the air, but I understand Gribble is your producer so…………….
I have always enjoyed ol’ Delbert. But who would have guessed?