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  • The high cost of winning

    published December 18, 1997

    It has been almost a decade since Randy White got paid by the Dallas Cowboys to hit someone. It has been almost 15 years since Billy Joe DuPree... More >>

  • Out There

    published December 11, 1997

    Fall from Graceland Songs from The Capeman Paul Simon Warner Bros. Records It's easy to understand why Paul Simon would be... More >>

  • Fire at will

    published December 11, 1997

    Downstairs, the beat writers were scrambling for quotes. Just moments earlier in the bowels of Reunion Arena, Ross Perot Jr.--the man who owns the... More >>

  • Deck the malls

    published December 4, 1997

    It's been looking a lot like Christmas here in the office since about July, when the first "seasonal" albums began arriving, presaging a time when... More >>

  • Foul trouble

    published December 4, 1997

    Dick Motta enters Reunion Arena quietly, with no introduction or applause. The crowd doesn't even know he's on the floor; they pay him no mind as... More >>

  • Pucking great

    published November 27, 1997

    Not long ago, Mike Modano would have been frustrated by nights like this. He would have been dissatisfied by his inability to shoot the puck to... More >>

  • Schleppin' out

    published November 20, 1997

    He throws it out there, like a pitch that doesn't quite make it to home plate, then he walks away from it. Only later, when the interviewer brings... More >>

  • Wrestling With Tragedy

    published November 20, 1997

    His hands are those of his father--enormous, fleshy, strong. They are calloused, almost faded, worn from years of wrapping them around men's faces... More >>

  • Pssst...

    published November 13, 1997

    They awaited his arrival as though he were a visiting king from a faraway land. The reporters set up their microphones, checked their tape... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published November 6, 1997

    Baby, it's him In person, Burt Bacharach seems a little smaller than he does when you see him on television or in old photos standing next... More >>

  • Here's the pitch

    published November 6, 1997

    On September 20, Texas Rangers president and general partner Tom Schieffer sat behind the home team's first-base dugout at the Ballpark in... More >>

  • Out There

    published October 30, 1997

    Door mats All For Nothing, Nothing For All The Replacements Reprise Records Sometimes I listen to old Replacements records... More >>

  • The wizard of odd

    published October 30, 1997

    During a recent VH1 documentary on the making of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Lindsey Buckingham sat behind the console, fiddling with knobs and dials... More >>

  • Passed up

    published October 30, 1997

    It's about 6 p.m. on the Thursday before the Dallas Cowboys are to fly to Philadelphia to be humiliated by the despised Eagles. Most of Jason... More >>

  • One-on-one

    published October 23, 1997

    Jim Cleamons, head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, is quick to answer. His voice is soft and reflective; his phrasing, slow and measured. ... More >>

  • Losing it

    published October 16, 1997

    Editor's note: The Dallas Observer's regular sports column debuts this week. Barry Switzer speaks in a soft, twangy growl. At first, you can... More >>

  • Out There

    published October 9, 1997

    Bringin' It All Back Home Time Out of Mind Bob Dylan Columbia Records The Bob Dylan whose silences were once the stuff of... More >>

  • Net Loss

    published October 9, 1997

    C'mon, this is bullshit!" goalkeeper Hank Henry is screaming, his voice resounding through the empty arena. "There need to be two guys against the... More >>

  • Negative Seven

    published October 2, 1997

    By its very definition, a thriller should, you know, thrill. It should not only scare its audience with a quick jolt, that sudden noise in the... More >>

  • Roadshows

    published October 2, 1997

    Authentically fake Madeleine Peyroux--a 24-year-old woman born in New Orleans and raised in both Brooklyn and Paris (but of course)--raises... More >>

  • Road to nowhere

    published September 25, 1997

    Kevin Corrigan doesn't act as much as he seems to stumble from scene to scene, like a guy who doesn't follow a script as much as his own internal... More >>

  • Closet case

    published September 18, 1997

    Howard and Emily's marriage is the talk of Greenleaf, Indiana, a small town idyllic enough to repel Norman Rockwell. The town has waited three... More >>

  • A wake

    published September 11, 1997

    Tomas Gutierrez Alea's final film, Guantanamera, shares a tone of wistful romanticism with the late Cuban director's Letters From the Park (a... More >>

  • Time to kill

    published August 28, 1997

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation--a goofy remake of the 1974 scare, uh, classic--is a film so worthless that the admission ought to... More >>

  • Power lines

    published August 28, 1997

    Jimmy Webb, the man who wrote one of the greatest songs of all time, does not know when he will be able to write again. He wants to--"with a... More >>

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