Dirk may not think Dallas vs Golden State is a big rivalry, but you would think otherwise if you were just browsing the internet today.
Golden State of Mind got ready for tonight's game in a very GSoM fashion -- bragging about last years first round victory and taking shots at those who laughed off the possibility before the series began. Most of those shots are directed at the Dallas Morning News Tim MacMahon.
And you can be damn sure I'm not going to let them forget it- especially Tim MacMahon who writes a Dallas Mavericks blog for The Dallas Morning News (do people in Dallas even have time to read the morning paper when they're too busy stuffing their faces and getting even fatter?) and the silly commenters on that site who both foolishly tried to disrespect Warriors Nation and GSoMers.
I will say this. At some point, Warriors fans are going to have to come down off of the high they are on from advancing to the second round of the playoffs. In the big picture of the NBA, it meant nothing. You don't get a trophy for winning the first round and in ten years when people talk about the 07 playoffs they'll talk about the Spurs winning (again) and LeBron James single handedly beating Detroit to win the EAstern Conference. And Warriors fans who just take the "historic upset" angle are doing a disservice to how good their team really is/was. In my opinion, you can't get extra credit for advancing as the 8th seed when you were only the 8th seed because you under achieved for most of the regular season.
On the other hand, I can always appreciate rabid fandom...