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A Texas-Sized Rivalry

Sibling rivalry is real. Older siblings weave rich tales of wedgies and swirlies, while younger siblings have the scars to validate each battle story. For the Casey brothers, their sibling rivalry extends onto the basketball court.

Older brother Billy is Spurs fan, while younger brother Phillip is a Mavericks fan. For years, the Casey brothers have made it a tradition to watch every Mavs-Spurs game together. The siblings usually make their way to local sports bars or house parties to enjoy the games and engage in a little brotherly trash talk. Finally, on December 26, 2013, Billy and Phillip took their rivalry to the next level and went to a Mavs-Spurs game at the AAC.

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The first anniversary gift is paper

Everyone has a different story about their Dallas Mavericks fandom. Some are fans by proximity, others are fans because their parents took them to games as children, and yet others are fans because they follow certain players. For Taylor Sbordone and Peter Grieco, their fan story is a love story.

Taylor grew up in New York, a fan of the Knicks. When she relocated to Dallas a couple of years ago, with no friends or family in the area, she started following the Mavericks as a way to get involved in something in her new hometown. She was especially impressed with Dirk Nowitzki’s humility, regardless of his increasing fame.

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A Special Date Night

On an especially cold Tuesday in November, Brandon Herring, a veteran of the United States Air Force, rushed home from work to get ready for his date to the Mavericks game that night. He picked up two tickets at the last minute, in section 112, so they would be close to all the action on the court. When she was all dressed up and ready to go, Brandon and his date, his 5-year-old daughter Hannah, headed to the American Airlines Center.

They were treated to an exciting game, as the Mavs came back from an early deficit to defeat the Washington Wizards by a score of 105-95. Brandon and Hannah also witnessed history, as Dirk Nowitzki passed Jerry West on the NBA’s all-time scoring list during the third quarter. Brandon said that he takes Hannah to a few Mavs games each season, mostly because the environment is perfect for kids. From the free face painting to the interactive games throughout the arena, there are things for her to do from the moment they walk in the door. Hannah especially loves to watch the Mavs Dancers, and got a real kick out of the SpongeBob SquarePants parody video that aired on the big screen that night.

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