Dallas Mavericks: What it Means to Be an MFFL

By Kohl Rast
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Merry Christmas to all the Dallas Mavericks fans out there. Although we may not have the biggest fan base in the league, we all know that MFFLs are as loyal as they come. In this trying season, it is important to be aware of just what it means to be a Mavs Fan For Life.

The Christmas season is here and the Mavs are, sadly, filled with neither joy nor cheer. No matter what Saint Nick has tried to bring to Dallas, it has ended with an L almost every time. And yet, Mavs fans continue to support the team. Although interest in the draft is high and trade talks seem to be ramping up, every MFFL still hurts a little inside when Dallas loses.

With all that in mind, it can sometimes be unclear on who may be considered a true MFFL. The requirements are unflinchingly rigid and if you do not follow them, you can never be a real Mavs Fan For Life. Even though I am writing this post, the requirements to become an MFFL were most likely handed down from generation to generation, starting way back in the days of Don Carter and Dick Motta.

So without further ado, here are the 5 things that every MFFL has to believe.

1. A Mavericks Win is Never a Bad Thing

There may be people who try to dispute the very first fundamental of being a Mavs fan, but this point is very important. You can be either team tank or team playoffs and still be an MFFL, but the important thing is that a Mavs win will never actually make you upset. Sure the top pick in the draft is going to be enticing and it may be the best thing for the team down the road, but when it all comes down to it, a W will always feel better than an L.

BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 6: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 6, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 6: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 6, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

2. Dirk Nowitzki is Our Hero

The 2nd point is that you have to love Dirk and what he stands for. And beyond that, you have to recognize his achievements both on and off the court. There are going to be a lot of Mavs who come and go but there will never be another Dirk. MFFLs will always have a spot in their hearts for Dirk Nowitzki.

3. The Mavs as a Whole Take Priority

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Dirk is the front man for Dallas and will be until he hangs it up, but a true MFFL is not just a fan of #41, but of all things Mavericks. There may be some who have grown too accustomed to Dirk Nowitzki as the man with the plan and head for a new player, but the MFFLs will stay strong no matter who is there.

4. Rick Carlisle is the Best Coach We Have Ever Had

There really isn’t much to dispute here, but anyone who tries to make an argument for Don Nelson or Avery Johnson is lying to you. Period.

5. You Don’t Have to Agree with Everything Mark Cuban Does, but He Knows How to Own This Team

Mark Cuban is a man of many words and actions and he likes to get many of those things televised. Although you don’t have to agree with all of his ideals, there is no denying that He has done amazing things with a franchise that was down in the dumps. To have a man as passionate about the Mavericks as Mark Cuban is, is a blessing in and of itself and MFFLs will never take that for granted.

Next: Twas the Night Before A Dallas Mavericks Game

You may dispute with me on some of these points, and that is okay, but these are the five things that mean you are a true MFFL in my eyes. Did you make the cut?

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