The Daily Update: Thursday, April 28

April 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Obama released his birth certificate after rising criticism from “birthers.” Coverage for the Royal Wedding starts at 3 a.m. CDT tomorrow, and Ke$ha performs at Moody Coliseum tonight. Find out all this and more on today’s Daily Update.

Fans Fill Cowboys Stadium For All-Star Game

February 16, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Caroline Wells
cwells@smu.edu

The traffic was backed up for miles and cars were driving on the shoulder of the highway to break loose of the gridlock. People traveled from all corners of the country to Dallas to attend a record breaking All-Star game.

“Does Dallas, Texas know how to throw a party or what!” Dallas Mavericks’ owner, Mark Cuban, yelled from center court.

Cowboys Stadium is the biggest dome in the world, capable of holding over 100,000 people. When Cuban announced the 108,713 person attendance, he was also announcing a Guinness World Record for the largest crowd ever to attend a basketball game.

“I’m so excited to be a part of Guinness World Records. Now when I see the book, I can say I was there, and that’s priceless,” Carey Patterson, 20, said.

However, a big crowd can cause big issues. Cowboys Stadium is designed for ticket holders to enter through specific gates, which caused a huge jam as the crowd tried to enter into the stadium.

Kate Colwill, 20, traveled from her college in South Carolina for the game. She was among the thousands trying to get to their seats on time.

“I stood in line for so long. It was ridiculous, cold, and unnecessary,” Colwill said. She said the line would not move for 20 minutes. Security guards finally helped speed up the process.

For the opening act, the stadium lights went dark and Usher emerged from under the stage singing his new single “More.” He gave way to the All-Stars rising from the floor onto the stage in a blur of fog and lights. Hometown host Dirk Nowitzki received one of the loudest cheers as he made his first appearance in the All-Star game as a starter.

Nowitzki thanked the fans for attending the game and, referring to the crowd, he said, “everything is bigger in Texas.”

From the game itself to Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders and music artists, there was always a performance on the floor. Even the inflatable mascots of the various teams came on the court with a choreographed routine to keep the crowd entertained.

Brooks Igo, a SMU sophomore, said her favorite part of the entire night was the mascot tricks. The mascots would jump off the trampoline towards the basketball hoop in an attempt to dunk the basketball.

The halftime show was filled with just as much excitement and special effects as the rest of the acts. Shakira rose up from the ground in a cage surrounded by smoke. The final act was Alicia Keys who sang “Empire State of Mind,” but changed the words New York to all-star.

The game itself came down to the wire. Western Conference was down by 2 points with 5 seconds left. Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony’s shot fell short, and the West lost by a score of 141-139.

Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat won the MVP. His 28 points and 5 steals were enough to cut the West short. It truly was one for the record books.

Dallas’ All-Star Weekend Wraps Up Sunday Night at Cowboys Stadium

February 14, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

DALLAS — The NBA spotlight has been on Dallas this weekend as the city hosted a long weekend full of NBA festivities, and Sunday’s All-Star game could draw one of the largest crowds to ever watch a basketball game.

The game will feature two players from the host city, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, but they won’t be playing on their home floor. The game will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington at 7 p.m. on TNT. More than 90,000 fans are expected.

Kidd, who will make his tenth All-Star appearance, replaced Kobe Bryant on the West All-Stars roster after Bryant pulled out due to an ankle injury.

Although injured, Kobe Bryant was still able to make an appearance during the NBA All-Star practices at the Dallas Convention Center Saturday morning. PHOTO BY ALAN H. ROSE/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG

Although injured, Kobe Bryant was still able to make an appearance during the NBA All-Star practices at the Dallas Convention Center Saturday morning. PHOTO BY ALAN H. ROSE/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG

Nowitzki got the word Saturday from West Head Coach George Karl (Denver Nuggets) that he’ll be guarding the Cavaliers’ star Lebron James.

James headlines the East All-Star starting line up, along with Miami’s Dwayne Wade, Boston’s Kevin Garnett, Orlando’s Dwight Howard, and Atlanta’s Joe Johnson.

For the West, this will be Nowitzki’s ninth All-Star game. He will take Bryant’s starting spot. Nowitzki will begin the game with former teammate, Phoenix’s Steve Nash, and Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, and Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire.

Nash flew to Dallas after the Canadian carried the Olympic torch through his home country Thursday prior to the start of Vancouver’s Olympic opening ceremonies.

During the East’s practice time, Dwight Howard added him name to the Guinness Book of World Records for connecting for the longest basket while sitting down on a court.

Dwight Howard watches the ball swoosh through the net as he sets the Guinness Book of World Records. PHOTO BY ALAN H. ROSE/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG

Dwight Howard watches the ball swoosh through the net as he sets the Guinness Book of World Records. PHOTO BY ALAN H. ROSE/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who played in Friday’s celebrity game at the Dallas Convention Center, teamed up with Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones to co-host Dallas’ All-Star weekend.

Cuban planned the All-Star Rookie vs. Sophomore game at the American Airlines Center, along with Saturday’s dunk competition. Meanwhile, Jones took the reigns on getting Cowboys Stadium set up for the main event Sunday night.

Dallas-native and Toronto Raptors’s forward Chris Bosh will be making his fourth All-Star appearance, coming off the bench for the East.

The West All-Stars have won the game two of the last five years, including a 146-119 victory last season. The East took home the title in 2008, with a 134-128 win.

New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson won the Slam Dunk contest Saturday at the American Airlines Center, for his third title in the competition.

Friday night, the Rookie All-Star team upset the Sophomore All-Stars 140-128.

Click here for more pictures from the NBA All-Star Game festivities at the Dallas Convention Center and Moody Coliseum.