Sports & Recreation

  • Best Local Sports Radio Show

    Dunham & Miller

    The older they grow, the better they age. While their few critics call it monotonous redundancy, their legion of P1 fans are convinced it's classic tradition. On the air together since 1994, 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 The Ticket. It's about… More >>
  • Best Gym

    Lifetime Fitness

    If you're an aspiring boxer hell-bent on blood, sweat and tears, get your ass down to old-school Doug's Gym on Commerce Street. For the rest of us — ahhhh — to the paradise with the palm trees. The Lifetime Fitness on Highway 121 in McKinney is like a five-star resort, complete with more than enough amenities to serve us peculiar,… More >>
  • Best Sports Chiropractor

    Dr. Mary Collings, Las Colinas Spine and Sports Medicine

    The impetus behind the raucous run by Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks last spring? Um, turns out there was a girl in the boys' room. But not that kind. This kind: Throughout the playoffs Dr. Mary Collings laid her healing hands upon Dirk's aching back in a crack-ya-bones sorta chiropractic way. But Collings, a '93 graduate of Dallas' Parker… More >>
  • Best Sports Card Store

    Nick's Sports Cards

    There's a museum in the back, behind glass — quite the collection of old cards, catcher's masks and Civil War-era bats. And then there are the rows and rows and rows of cards, sleeved and stacked for cardboard-box browsing and shopping. And shop you will: Here, history's affordable, sometimes as low as 50 cents per bubble-gum memory. We shop here… More >>
  • Best Dallas Maverick

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Any questions? Didn't think so. Because after a season in which the soft guy proved tough enough and the German who couldn't lead in fact led, the best player in franchise history kicked his critics in their skeptical crotches with a memorable season in which he won a championship, NBA Finals MVP, a couple of ESPYs and — oh yeah… More >>
  • Best Texas Ranger

    Josh Hamilton

    Despite an often maddening kamikaze style that keeps him hovering around the disabled list and his preposterous claim, er, excuse that he struggles in day games because of his blue eyes — Cal Ripken Jr., anyone? — there is no doubt that the reigning AL MVP is the most talented and mesmerizing baseball player in town. When Hamilton was gone… More >>
  • Best Dallas Cowboy

    Jason Witten

    Whether running routes for old friend Tony Romo or backup quarterback Jon Kitna, the best tight end in the history of the Cowboys does nothing except produce consistent results. He's the $28 million man with the 28-cent ego. With his team in turmoil via Romo's injury and the midseason firing of Wade Phillips, Witten kept on keeping on. With a… More >>
  • Best Sports Moment

    Mavericks Beat Heat in NBA Finals Game 5

    Tons of indelible memories from the Mavs' playoff run. The big comeback in Oklahoma City. The bigger comeback in Game 2 of the finals in Miami. The sweep of the hated Lakers. But never has American Airlines Center been rowdier, louder or prouder than Game 5 of the finals. With the series tied at 2-2 the Mavs clawed out of… More >>
  • Best Dallas Star

    Loui Eriksson

    In a lackluster, playoff-less season in which Mike Modano and Marty Turco left, it was the spunky left-winger who arrived. Despite playing in Brad Richards' shadow, Eriksson was Dallas' second-leading scorer with 73 points on 27 goals (including six game-winners) and 46 assists and produced a team-high plus/minus of plus-10. The losing season cost head coach Marc Crawford his job… 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 went overseas to play real fútbol. Like my grandma used to say, "Nothing wrong with leftovers." And so it is with Colombia-born midfielder David Ferreira. In just his second season playing up at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Ferreira earned Major League… More >>
  • Best Pro Coach

    Rick Carlisle, Mavericks

    In light of Ron Washington guiding the Rangers to their first World Series, this wasn't a no-brainer. But Rick Carlisle pushed all the right buttons in leading the Mavericks to their first NBA championship. After he shaved his head to honor his dad, Preston, and then it kinda didn't grow back, he looked like a scary Jim Carrey. But whether… More >>
  • Best Owner

    Mark Cuban, Mavericks

    Has any owner ever enjoyed a championship more? Considering the decade, cash and passion invested into his Mavericks, he deserved it. After Dallas' first pro basketball title, Mark Cuban took the Larry O'Brien trophy to the urinal, took a cheap shot at sorta partner/definitely enemy Ross Perot Jr. and got the last laugh on his critics. Whether it's keeping the… More >>
  • Best TV Sports Anchor

    Mike Doocy

    Channel 8's Dale Hansen may have pushed our policy on term limits had his banter with weatherman Pete Delkus not deteriorated from witty to warped. Mike Doocy has the advantage of batting first in the sports wrap-up show game each Sunday night, and more often than not he takes advantage with a solid, often spectacular Sports Sunday on Fox 4.… More >>
  • Best Cheap Seats

    Frisco RoughRiders

    Other than naked on a water bed with Kate Upton, the best place to watch a baseball game has to be Frisco. More specifically, at a RoughRiders game. For a whopping $9. In the swimming pool. Doubt you can watch quality baseball while sipping a beer in a floatie and you're probably still in denial over the fact we have… More >>
  • Best Alligator Gar-Watching

    The Trinity River from Corinth Bridge To Interstate 20

    Atractosteus spatula, the alligator gar (which actually has a head like a spatula), is the largest exclusively freshwater fish species in North America, and we have tons of these strange prehistoric-looking monsters of the shallows right here in the city. A slow float down the Trinity River through the Great Trinity Forest can turn up lots of these dinosaur-looking deals… More >>
  • Best Public Golf Course

    Cowboys Golf Club

    It pales in comparison to Jerry Jones' $1 billion stadium in Arlington, but for a mere $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 with a runway, you can almost convince yourself you've left the city. Dramatic elevation changes.… More >>
  • Best Play-by-Play Voice

    Brad Sham, Cowboys

    Seems a safe bet that this is one of the most competitive categories in this whole damn book. In this corner, you have Eric Nadel, iconic 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 middle,… More >>
  • Best Sports Acquisition

    Tyson Chandler, Mavericks

    Just as Jason Garrett changed the culture of the Cowboys in 2010, Tyson Chandler transformed the Mavericks' defense. After a decade in which the team tried to out-offense opponents as its only path to victory, the Mavericks suddenly won games 91-89 instead of 121-119. In the middle of the identity switch was the Mavericks' defensive anchor, a free-agent center who… More >>
  • Best Player We Hated To See Leave

    Cliff Lee, Texas Rangers

    We know he inexplicably wanted to pitch in Philadelphia, and we recognize that the Rangers' starting rotation has been dominant for most of the season. Still, he is Cliff Friggin' Lee. And when he drove in more runs as a hitter in June than he allowed as a pitcher, we can't help but be jealous. Lee wasn't perfect in Texas,… More >>
  • Best Bang For Your Sports 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. Over the last two years we've seen why it was a shrewd move. After a dismal one-win debut, Jones and his pass-happy offense restored some… More >>
  • Best Urban Mountain-Bike Trail

    Oak Cliff Nature Preserve

    It's a little tricky to find. If you're going south on Interstate 35E, take Illinois Avenue west about two miles to Pierce and hang a left (south) less than half a mile past the houses. Turn toward a parking lot at the back of an apartment complex and you'll see the trailhead and some parking to your right before you… More >>
  • Best Place to Laugh at Chicks Playing Sports

    Top Golf Dallas

    Call it the "clang of death" or "the shank from hell." At Top Golf, it's when one hears the evil sound of the ball's rock-solid plastic hitting the metal of the driving range roof. In that second, your life flashes before your eyes, as the culprit (usually a female) stands awkwardly with a club and giggles, "Sorry!" It's not that… More >>

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