Last week, the Stars failed their key test, blowing a 3-1 lead to Calgary in a crucial game between playoff hopefuls. The Mavericks, on the other hand, passed theirs, overcoming a late start and a busted basket to defeat MVP favorite Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers two days before Luka and Co. took down Trae Young and the visiting Hawks in a Sunday evening barnburner (featuring an even-more-ridiculous-than-usual Doncic highlight). The Dallas Open is well underway, too, even featuring a surprise cameo from former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka.
So what’s on tap this week? Besides, you know, the most-watched annual sporting event in America? Here’s what I’m watching.
Wednesday, 2/9: Stars versus Predators—7:00 p.m., TNT
As our David Castillo will explain tomorrow, we still don’t know who or what the Stars are at the midway point of their season. We’ll have a much better idea by the end of the month, as Dallas’ first eight games after the All-Star break come against fellow Central Division foes. We’ll see if they can start off on the right foot by defeating the second-place Predators, who bested the Stars in their first meeting in November.
Thursday, 2/10: NBA Trade Deadline—2 p.m., The Internet
The Mavericks probably should make a move of consequence, but will they? That question will dominate sports discourse for the next 72 hours, which is why you should let Brian Dameris declutter your mind from trade-induced hysteria. Expect plenty of smoke until the deadline has passed. We’ll have to wait and see about any fire.
Sunday, 2/13: Super Bowl LVI—5:30 p.m., NBC
I mean, duh. You are, too. Two years ago, Tyler native Patrick Mahomes brought Super Bowl shine to East Texas by quarterbacking the Kansas City Chiefs to their first championship since 1970. Can Highland Park native Matthew Stafford do the same for North Texas on Sunday by leading the Rams to their first since 1999? DeSoto’s Von Miller will be chasing a second ring for Los Angeles, as well.