Dallas Stars to Begin First Playoffs of Young Fan’s Life

Since I took him to his first hockey game, my son Zachary has become the biggest Stars fan I know while simultaneously, given his stature, being the smallest Stars fan I know. He listens to all of their games on the radio (we don’t have cable), then watches the highlights online. After seeing an in-arena promo for Little Rookies, the Stars’ free hockey lessons for kids ages 4-8, he begged me to sign him up.

Tonight, the Stars will skate in the playoffs for the first time since Zachary was born. To preview the postseason, I bring you this exclusive interview he granted me when I got home from work last night.

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Series by Dallas’ Michael Lark Nominated For Eisner Award

Lazarus, an Image Comics series drawn by Dallas artist Michael Lark, has been nominated for an Eisner, which is the comic-book industry’s version of an Oscar.

Another Dallas connection: Although he doesn’t live here, the series’s writer — Greg Rucka — is repped by David Hale Smith.

The nomination was in the Best New Series category. Winners will be announced in July during Comic Con International in San Diego.

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Dallas Stars Extend Ralph and Razor’s Contracts

Dallas Stars fans will have a second reason to celebrate today if their team beats the St. Louis Blues and clinches a playoff berth. Here’s the first reason to celebrate: The Stars have extended the contracts of broadcasters Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh, who are in their 24th and 18th seasons, respectively, with the team. Through the franchise’s on-ice ups and downs, these two have been an on-air pleasure.

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Recalling a More Exciting NBA Trade Deadline

I woke up this morning to the news that the NBA trade deadline had passed without the Mavericks making a move. This immediately took my still-sleepy brain a dozen years into the past, to a more memorable trade deadline.

In February 2002 — during the Mavs’ first season in the American Airlines Center, and their first without their cowboy hat logo — the team acquired Nick Van Exel, Raef LaFrentz, Avery Johnson, and Tariq Abdul Wahad from the Nuggets. The first game featuring these new players was a home tilt on a Saturday afternoon against Chris Webber and the Kings. Both teams were at the top of their respective divisions, so the game was a pretty big deal — a war of leaders, if you will.

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Which Name Do You Want to See on Rangers Ballpark?

UPDATE, 11 a.m.: It’s Globe Life Park in Arlington, named for an insurance company. So, like Shakespeare before them, the Rangers will play at “the Globe.”

Original Post: The Texas Rangers have scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference to announce a naming rights deal for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. There’s a rumor that Samsung has ponied up the cash, but I’m hoping for something a bit more Texas-centric. “Blue Bell Ballpark” has a nice ring to it. But that’s just me. Which company are you rooting for?

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Booker T. Grad Stars in Beats by Dre Parody

Zach Eisenberg graduated from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 1992, the same year I did. (What a coincidence!) These days, he lives in Seattle with his wife and three kids. With the Seahawks playing in the Super Bowl this weekend, Zach and a few of his rain-soaked, coffee-fueled homies decided to create a parody of those Beats by Dre commercials featuring Kevin Garnett and Colin Kaepernick. Their version can be seen on Funny or Die — at least until Dr. Dre’s people send a cease-and-desist letter.

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One Man’s Appreciation of The Ticket

Early this morning, before the sun was up or the coffee was brewed, my 5-year-old son asked me if I knew what day it was. “Friday,” I said, not sure where he was going with this. “Noooo,” he replied, clearly disappointed that today’s significance was lost on his poor, dumb father. “It’s Ticketstock Day,” he […]

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