I am becoming a little dismayed at the amount of overt or implied love I am seeing around these parts for the Mavericks. Part of me wanted to chalk it up to perhaps new fans since the Yao era who don't harbor as much interstate animosity for the city of Dallas and therefore its sports teams. But then I thought about it and I realized that within the Yao period, I can find many reasons why my own hatred of the Mavs has intensified. Thus, I (re)present my top 5 reasons for hating the Mavs. [And I know that there was a similar thread from 2007 here (http://bbs.clutchfans.net/showthread.php?t=138184) so I am sure I'll get merged if needed. Thus, save the "merge this thread" or "lock" comments. The mods do their jobs. You don't have to.] My top 5 reasons Yao-era reasons for hating the Mavs: 5) Jason Terry airplane motion when he hits big time open threes: If you can watch that little self indulgent dance and not remember him absolutely killing us in 2005. We got beaten 116 to 76, people, in a game 7 where we had Yao and McGrady. I hate Terry for reminding me of that sickening feeling everytime he makes a big shot. 4) JET: By the way, Terry, you get a nickname by being awesome at something. Kenny was the "Jet" because he had them, not because his initials spelled J.E.T. So please pick a new nickname. You could actually claim some very cool ones, like perhaps "3-ball" because you are good at shooting them and it implies that you actually have, um, 3 balls. Or 6-shooter because you are a sixth man with a great shot and it reminds people of "Pistol" Pete's nickname. In stead of slapping your "jet" wings after a shot, you could hold three fingers in front of your man parts or fire your shooters in the air or something. 3) Dirk's hair: I remember last season, it must have been, the first home game I went to was Rockets V Mavs. I literally spit out my drink when I saw Dirk's highlights. I'm not talking about his basketball ones, I'm talking about his hair. Unless you are sporting a throwback Dr. J afro (see: Moochie Norris ca. early 2000's), no one should be talking about your hair. 2) Dirk's sneer: Remind me, when Dream blocked your shot into the upper decks, or juked you out of your shoes with show and go pivots and ball fakes, do you remember how he celebrated? By getting back in transition into position in the post or D-ing up, that's how. Sometimes he raised one finger in the air to point at a teammate who enabled his most recent basket, but that is about it. When he tipped in the rebound of a missed Drexler finger roll at the end of regulation in Game 1 of the 1995 finals to send the game to overtime, he hugged his teammates (or literally carried one of them on his back). 1) Being better than us during prime Yao and McGrady years: Perhaps this is a corollary to the first reason, but while the Rockets were exiting the first round, Dallas was going to the finals. While we were winning 50+ish games, they were winning more. For the better part of the most recent era where the Rockets were contenders, the Mav's were simply better than the Rockets. I will never forgive them for that. Did I miss anything?