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Move Over Triplets, There's a More Successful Trio of Winners Down in San Antonio

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Have the Spurs Usurped Jerry's Triplets?

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Manu Ginobili #20, Tony Parker #9, Patty Mills #8 and Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs celebrate on the bench in the closing minutes of Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the AT&T Center on June 15, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.

Sorry Cowboys fans, but the truth hurts.

Among the legendary trios in Texas lore are Davy Crockett-Sam Houston-Jim Bowie and Troy Aikman-Emmitt Smith-Michael Irvin. But as of Sunday night the most decorated, accomplished threesome resides in San Antonio in the form of Tim Duncan-Manu Ginobli-Tony Parker.

One group defended The Alamo. The other won three Super Bowls in four years. But the latter: How about five championships?

The Cowboys may still be America’s Team, but they are no longer Texas’ Team.

With their fifth championship there’s no denying that the most successful team in the state is now the NBA’s Spurs and not the NFL’s Cowboys.

Sorry, Jerry Jones, but San Antonio owner Peter Holt is the biggest hat (with plenty of cattle) in Texas, and Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich has now coached his team to as many championships as Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer – combined.

The Cowboys still own the popularity, but the Spurs now dominate the success.

Proof: The Spurs have won five titles since 1999; The Cowboys just two playoff games since 1996.

These days the state's best franchise plays not in AT&T Stadium, but rather 250 miles south in AT&T Center.

Ouch.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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