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  • Best Sports Columnist

    Gil LeBreton, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Randy Galloway has a prominent radio show and Tim Cowlishaw a gig on ESPN's Around the Horn, but nobody in this market spins an ink-stained tale like Gil. Case in point: Who else could piss off not just a fan base, but an entire country? LeBreton's February 28 column was 1,235 words, not a one of which was "Nazi" or… More >>
  • Best Dallas Maverick

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Can we retire this trophy already? The giant German is pushing our policy on term limits with his unprecedented streak of consistent greatness. Again last season he was good; his surrounding cast not quite good enough. His critics call him soft and a playoff choker, but we call him the best player in Mavs franchise history. And it ain't even… More >>
  • Best Sports Acquisition

    Cliff Lee, Texas Rangers

    The Mavericks traded for Caron Butler and the Cowboys drafted Dez Bryant, but no local athlete made an immediate and lasting impact like Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee. Acquired in a July trade with the Seattle Mariners for a handful of prospects, Lee's first four starts were the stuff of legend. He came within two outs of pitching four consecutive… More >>
  • Best Sports Anchor

    Dale Hansen

    Love him or loathe him, you watch him. Whether he's unplugged in the Channel 8 studios or underdressed in a funky Hawaiian shirt down at Dallas Cowboys training camp, what Hansen says matters. The other local sports talking heads deliver the highlights and insights, but Hansen shapes opinions by voicing his. He's got the ego to chastise Jerry Jones and… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST PLACE TO JOG

    Katy Trail

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  • READERS' PICK BEST TEXAS RANGER

    JOSH HAMILTON

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  • Best Head for the Hills

    Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

    There are plenty of good camping options to be found within three or four hours of the metroplex, but few of them offer the kind of scenery, wildlife and rock climbing opportunities you'll find in Western Oklahoma's Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. With a large herd of bison, the refuge is your best bet in the region for a true,… More >>
  • Best Unexpected Performance

    Bengie Molina, Texas Rangers

    The Mavericks' Rodrigue Beaubois seemingly had this one wrapped up after he set career highs in points, rebounds and blocks during a 40-point offensive outburst on March 27 against the Golden State Warriors. But as surprised as we were to see the rookie backup guard dominate like Dirk, watching Rangers catcher Bengie Molina hit for the cycle on July 16… More >>
  • Best Player We Hated To See Leave

    Texas Stadium - CLOSED

    Granted, it will be weird around here without Flozell Adams. And seeing Mike Modano in a Detroit Red Wings sweater will drive us crazier than bat shit. But on April 11 we lost a dear old friend that took hundreds of players' memories with it. A lot of us grew up with Texas Stadium, and were sad to see it… More >>
  • Best Hire

    Clint Hurdle, Texas Rangers

    When former hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo balked at a contract extension and bolted for the Chicago Cubs following the 2009 season, the Rangers faced the difficult task of replacing someone who had been here for 15 years and was thought of as the best in the business. GM Jon Daniels considered hiring unproven fan favorite Rusty Greer, but he ultimately… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST PLACE TO WORK OUT

    24 Hour Fitness - CLOSED

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  • READERS' PICK BEST DALLAS COWBOY

    Miles Austin

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  • Best Sports Talk Show

    Dunham & Miller, KTCK-AM (1310) The Ticket

    Hands down, the most consistently entertaining and highest-rated show on sports talk radio belongs to George Dunham, Craig Miller and Gordon Keith, weekdays 5:30-10 a.m. on KTCK-AM (1310) The Ticket. It's about sports. It's about life. It's about guys being guys. It's—most important—about domination. Dunham & Miller are at this point basically lapping the field in Arbitron ratings. Every hour… More >>
  • Best Career Resurrection

    Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers

    General Manager Jon Daniels tells us that when he imported Colby Lewis from Japan to join the rotation, he expected him to produce similar numbers to departed ace Kevin Millwood's 13 wins, 3.67 ERA and nearly 200 innings pitched in 2009. That projection appeared overly optimistic given Lewis' struggles to get big-league hitters out on a consistent basis while playing… More >>
  • Best Bang For Your Buck

    June Jones, SMU

    To convince June Jones to leave Hawaii for the Hilltop, SMU athletic director Steve Orsini persuaded prominent boosters to cough up $1 million each to pay for the new football coach's five-year, $10 million contract. Last year, we saw why it was a shrewd move. After a dismal one-win debut, Jones and his pass-happy offense restored some dignity to the… More >>
  • Best Dog Park

    White Rock Dog Park

    Since Unleashed Indoor Dog Park shuttered its doors in early summer, more and more folks have returned to the outdoors, heading for shaded park benches and hoping for a bit of breeze in Dallas' various dog parks. But a quality dog park was never about air-conditioning in 100-degree heat, it's about a friendly community of regulars (dogs and parents). And… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST BIKE SHOP

    Richardson Bike Mart

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  • READERS' PICK BEST DALLAS STAR

    Mike Modano

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  • Best Owner

    Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks

    What, you expected Tom Hicks? The Dallas Mavericks boss continues to do everything he can to put his basketball team in both the limelight and a position to win. Last season he helped host an NBA All-Star Game that drew a record crowd of 108,000 to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. He made the gutsy mid-season trade for Caron Butler and… More >>
  • Best Off-the-Field Drama

    Texas Rangers' Bankruptcy and Auction

    We proletarians out here in the cheap seats love us some baseball, but what we love even more is watching really rich guys fight over the size of their wallets. Petty jealousy you say? Oh, yeah, and it's deeeelicious. Num. So when an ownership group led by out-of-town rich guy Chuck Greenberg and local good ol' boy Nolan Ryan agreed… More >>
  • Best Sports Moment

    Cowboys Win First Playoff Game Since 1996

    In the waning seconds of the Dallas Cowboys' 34-14 playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on January 9 in Arlington, veteran linebacker Keith Brooking approached head coach Wade Phillips and playfully yanked the monkey off his back. You could say a lot of things about Phillips and quarterback Tony Romo, but after that win you could no longer refer to… More >>
  • Best Outing With The Kids

    Penn Farm at Cedar Hill State Park

    It's hard to imagine now, but much of Dallas County was once farmland. Walking amongst the quaint barns and farmhouses of Penn Farm Agricultural History Center, it's a little easier to envision, however, with the peaceful sounds of birdsong and the quiet creaking of an old windmill serving as reminders of what our city lost along the way. Founded by… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST SPORTING-GOODS STORE

    Dick's Sporting Goods

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  • READERS' PICK BEST SPORTS ANCHOR

    Dale Hansen, WFAA-TV

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  • Best Pro Coach

    Wade Phillips, Cowboys

    OK, we were wrong. With last season's 11-5 record, NFC East championship and playoff-game victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, the guy we labeled "Dead Man Coaching" not only made it through the season but also became a winning head coach. Phillips took over as defensive coordinator in 2009 and his unit allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL. His press… More >>
  • Best Sports Debut

    Jordan Spieth

    We followed around 16-year-old Jesuit junior Jordan Spieth, Dallas' next great golfer, at last spring's HP Byron Nelson Classic. Gotta admit, one of the coolest scenes we've experienced at a sporting event in a long time. The promise. The adrenaline. The talent. The hope. Spieth's gallery—concerned with popped-collar Polos more than etiquette—was refreshing. And it took Spieth, who flirted within… More >>
  • Best FC Dallas Player

    David Ferreira

    Just when we were wrapping our hearts and minds around Dallas-bred soccer idol Kenny Cooper, he up and goes overseas to play real futbol. Like my grandma used to say, "Nothing wrong with leftovers." And so it is with Colombian-born midfielder David Ferreira. In just his second season playing up at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Ferreira scored four goals… More >>
  • Best All Around In Sports

    Best All Around In Sports Texas Ranger C.J. Wilson’s high school days were forgettable, but his performance on the mound is anything but. By Richie Whitt • PHOTO BY MARK GRAHAM At Fountain Valley High School in Southern California, it wasn’t apparent that Christopher John Wilson was going to succeed. If anything, he’d have been voted Most Likely to Secede. “I was a total wallflower,” he says… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST GOLF COURSE

    Stevens Park Golf Course

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  • READERS' PICK BEST SPORTS TALK SHOW

    The Musers, KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket

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  • Best Dallas Star

    Brad Richards

    The veteran center gets the nod almost by default. He was the local hockey team's best player, but in one of its worst seasons. In a forgettable year that saw the Stars miss the playoffs with a 37-31-14 record (fourth-worst in the NHL's Western Conference), Richards was the team's most consistent scorer. In 80 games he produced 24 goals and… More >>
  • Best Reason That Less is Indeed More

    Dallas Desire

    Go to a Dallas Desire game ready to criticize the lack of tackling and the small crowds and the void of hard hits and, before you can say "Hey, this ain't real..." you'll get a shut-your-mouthful of, well, let's be  honest, tits 'n' ass. Past the skin there is also some decent, full-contact football as the Desire advanced to the… More >>
  • Best Decision-Maker

    Jon Daniels, Texas Rangers

    Vladimir Guerrero. Cliff Lee. Colby Lewis. Need we go on? It's been a long road for the Texas Rangers general manager to make it from 20-something punch line to savvy veteran brainiac. But, what do ya know, here he is. The same guy who traded Chris Young and Adrian Gonzalez to the San Diego Padres for Adam Eaton and who… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST SPORTS MOMENT

    Assassination City Roller Derby Season Opener

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  • READERS' PICK BEST SPORTS VENUE

    Cowboys Stadium

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  • READERS' PICK BEST SPORTS COLUMNIST

    Evan Grant, The Dallas Morning News

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  • Best Dallas Cowboy

    Miles Austin

    And to think, he only entered the starting lineup in Week 5 after an injury to Roy Williams. What a debut it was. Filling in for Williams, the undrafted free agent from tiny Monmouth College caught 10 passes for a franchise-record 250 yards including the game-winning touchdown in overtime in a season-altering victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. With soft… More >>
  • Best Sports Resuscitation

    Dan Beebe, Big 12 Conference commissioner

    With the boxed body of the Big 12 Conference seemingly sawed into pieces and displaced from coast to coast, the embattled commissioner of our state's prestigious football fraternity dramatically, magically reassembled the body parts into a living, breathing, working whole. The result is that the Big 12 lives, rebooted and repackaged as a leaner, stronger-than-ever conference eternally bonded by tradition,… More >>
  • Best Public Golf Course

    Cowboys Golf Club

    It pales in comparison to Jerry Jones' $1 billion stadium in Arlington, but for less than $190 you can hack it around one of Texas' premier tracks. If you don't mind the constant stream of thunderous airplanes that use Cowboys' 18th fairway to line up a runway, you can almost convince yourself you've left the metroplex. Dramatic elevation changes. Unique… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST BILLIARDS

    Billiard Bar

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  • READERS' PICK BEST PROFESSIONAL COACH

    Ron Washington, Texas Rangers

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  • Best Texas Ranger

    Josh Hamilton

    Ron Washington stayed and Vladimir Guerrero and Cliff Lee arrived, but nothing sparked the local baseball season more than the resurfacing of Hamilton. After a slow start, Hamilton lost a toe-tap timing mechanism in June and found his old swing. He again became one of baseball's best hitters, flirting with a home run/batting average/RBI Triple Crown that made us forget… More >>
  • Best Scandal Redemption

    Ron Washington, Texas Rangers

    Just when Ron Washington appeared on the fast track out of Arlington after disappointing seasons in his first two years as manager, Wash saved his job by leading the Rangers to a surprising 87 wins last year, but we learned in March that he tested positive for cocaine while doing so. Despite the implausible claim that it was his only… More >>
  • Best Play-by-Play Voice

    Brad Sham, Dallas Cowboys

    Seems a safe bet that this is one of the most competitive categories in this whole damn issue. In this corner, you have Eric Nadel, iconic radio voice of the Texas Rangers for more than 30 years. In this corner, you have Ralph Strangis and Darryl Reaugh, the only hockey announcers North Texas has ever known. Yet standing in the… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST BOWLING ALLEY

    AMF Richardson Lanes

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  • READERS' PICK BEST DALLAS MAVERICK

    Dirk Nowitzki

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