Dirk Nowitzki Leading, Shooting and, Yes, Tugging the Mavs to Wins

By Richie Whitt
|  Thursday, Dec 5, 2013  |  Updated 12:19 PM CDT
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Dirk Leading, Tugging the Mavs to Victory

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Dirk tugging the shoudler in 2010.

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In Wednesday night’s heart-pounding victory over the New Orleans Pelicans – still not used to that mascot – Dirk Nowitzki was, well, Dirk Nowitzki.

He had 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists, four blocked shots, two steals and, of course, three free throws in the final minute, including two with eight seconds remaining that helped secure Dallas’ 100-97 win.

I could take the time to break down another vintage performance by the giant German, or I could spend a minute on one of the all-time tics in sports.

Wanna get drunk Saturday night? Watch the Mavs play in Portland and take a shot of your favorite libation each and every time Dirk tugs at his the left upper-chest/shoulder strap of his jersey. Trust me, you won’t see the second quarter. It’s mesmerizing stuff.

I'm guessing he does it 100 times a game.

I asked Dirk about it one time and he admitted to it, brushing it off as “just a habit.” But, you know what? He thought he always tugged at his right shoulder with his left arm. Nope. Other way around.

One thing we know about this Mavs’ season: Dirk Nowitzki will keep helping his team win, keep climbing the all-time scoring chart … and keep tug-tug-tugging away at his jersey.

I now dare you not to notice it.

You’re welcome? 

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 writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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