Celebrating the sports triumphs of Dallas-Fort Worth during Thanksgiving Weekend, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing their annual holiday surge, the Dallas Mavericks are embracing colorblindness, and the Texas Rangers are experiencing surreal success, including conquering HYROX. This week’s DFW sports notebook encapsulates the region’s achievements.

Whether you’re winding down your coffee, your day, your week, or finding yourself at the end of your rope, welcome to Whitt’s End.

As we indulge in Thanksgiving leftovers on Black Friday, it’s a time for reflection amidst the food, family, and football. Rarely has being a sports fan in DFW been more rewarding. With a recent championship and closure, the last four years have delivered a World Series title, a Stanley Cup Finals appearance, an NBA Western Conference Finals trip, an NFL division championship, and a combined 101 playoff games among our four teams – the Texas Rangers (17), Dallas Stars (50), Mavericks (31), and Cowboys (3).

Since 2020, postseason wins are as follows: Stars 27, Mavericks 20, Rangers 13, Cowboys 1. While there’s only one trophy in this period, after enduring a challenging twelve years without one, beggars can’t be choosers. These years, except for 2011, are indeed the golden era.

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Since 2020, we’ve witnessed an NFL Rookie of the Year (Micah Parsons), an All-NBA first-teamer (Luka Doncic), a World Series MVP (Corey Seager), and an Executive of the Year (Jim Nill). Following the Rangers’ miraculous run, the Cowboys stand at 8-3 heading into December, and the Stars and Mavs both rank among the top five teams in their conferences in the 2023 season, suggesting all four teams could make the playoffs.

The sports landscape is adorned with in-their-prime stars like Doncic, Dak, Adolis Garcia, and Jason Robertson. Equally significant, we’ve reconciled with our past. A year ago, the Mavs revealed Dirk Nowitzki’s statue outside the American Airlines Center. In March, a statue honoring the Stars’ all-time greatest player, Mike Modano, will join it.

Being out there with Dirk obviously means a lot,” says Modano. “It’s kind of the icing on the whole thing.”

Even the once perceived icy relationship between Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson has thawed, with the owner finally succumbing to public pressure and inducting the coach into the Cowboys Ring of Honor. Adding more sweetness to the story, Jimmy’s quarterback – ESPN analyst Troy Aikman – will be at AT&T Stadium on Dec. 30 for the induction ceremony.