The Fab 50

Half a hundred power brokers who sculpt our local sports landscape

15. Don Hooton: When Major League Baseball launched its war on steroids, it started with a $1 million grant to his Taylor Hooton Foundation.

14. Dale Hansen/Norm Hitzges/Randy Galloway: The metroplex's Mount Gushmore is most responsible for shaping local sports opinions.

13. Rick Carlisle: With basically the same players, Ivory Johnson promises better results than his Mavs predecessor.

Jerry Jones once again tops the Dallas Observer's list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Metroplex Sports. Surprised?
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Jerry Jones once again tops the Dallas Observer's list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Metroplex Sports. Surprised?

12. Wade Phillips: Coming off 13 wins and providing 13 Pro Bowlers, it's Super Bowl-or-bust for the Cowboys' head coach.

11. Eddie Gossage: The face of NASCAR in Texas has crafted year-round racin' in Fort Worth.

10. Nolan Ryan: Big Tex's presence as president has already upgraded Rangers from morose to mediocre.

9. Terrell Owens: Despite the drops and untimely injuries, the Cowboys' offense would be pedestrian without him.

8. Josh Hamilton: No Ranger this decade has brought the franchise more positive publicity than the recent Sports Illustrated cover boy.

7. Jon Heidtke: Wouldn't recognize him on the street, but the FOX Sports Net Southwest senior vice president makes the Mavs, Rangers and Stars decisions you recognize nightly on TV.

6. Mark Cuban: Still without a championship trophy, but he may soon own lovable losers in two major leagues with the Mavs and Chicago Cubs.

5. Hank Haney: Only Erykah Badu's voice consultant has a better job than Tiger Woods' swing coach.

4. Dirk Nowitzki: The Mavs could stay afloat for a while without Cuban. But sans this guy, they're instantly a lottery team.

3. Tom Hicks: Despite a surprising Stars playoff run, his ownership finagling pissed off franchises on both sides of the big pond.

2. Tony Romo: What other player without a single playoff victory could merit front-page headlines with a quick trip to Mexico?

1. Jerry Jones: From reclamation projects like Pacman to unprecedented coliseums like Jonestown, the Cowboys' owner does what he damn well pleases.

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