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An award-winning freelance writer who has worked with the Dallas Morning News, the Austin American Statesman and Talking Points Memo, Jonathan Tjarks wanted to be an NBA player growing up. But he stopped growing at 6'5, so he became a writer instead. In addition to managing SB Nation Dallas, he is a basketball analyst for RealGM and writes the NBA Draft Toolbox for SB Nation.

2012 Hawaii Bowl: Getting to know Fresno State

SMU's opponent on Christmas Eve is a formidable team with a few familiar names.

NBA power rankings 2012: Mavs slip to No. 22

A three-game losing streak has many wondering whether Dallas will be able to stay afloat without Dirk Nowitzki.

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Cowboys vs. Saints: Playoffs on the line

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints come to Cowboys Stadium in Week 16, as the Dallas Cowboys look to move closer to a playoff berth.

A marathon loss

You would think a 2OT game on national TV would be a compelling and well-played thriller. You would be wrong.

Rashard Mendenhall suspended

Pittsburgh suspended their veteran RB for their game against Dallas due to "conduct detrimental to the team".

Big Ben says Steelers are 'World's Team'

Does Roethslisberger know that the rest of the world doesn't care about the NFL?

Big East Catholic schools thinking of leaving

As SMU's new conference continues to lose members, its seven basketball-only schools, including Georgetown, Villanova and St. John's, are starting to eye the exits too.

Sterling Moore has already made NFL history

The Cowboys signed the former SMU DB off the Patriots practice squad two weeks ago, a year after he made one of the biggest players of the 2012 postseason.

The Jet more efficient in smaller role in Boston

After eight seasons in Dallas, the former Sixth Man of the Year has responded well to a smaller role on a talented but inconsistent Boston team.

Spartans lost five game by a total of 13 points

Michigan State was expected to make a run at a Rose Bowl, but a series of narrow defeats sent them tumbling down the Big Ten bowl hierarchy in 2012.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.