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    American Idol Tryouts Aren't So Fun the Second Time Around

    As you no doubt are aware, Simon, Paula and Randy are in town today and tomorrow, putting second-round American Idol wannabes through the paces at the W Hotel. But re-auditions started yesterday, and this guy who made it past the first round found th...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 12:45 pm
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    You're a Rich Man, Harold Simmons

    Mazel tov, Harold Simmons! Looks like you're still the richest man in Dallas -- and the 43rd richest person in the entire country. Yet again, Forbes has posted its list of the 400 wealthiest folks in the U.S. and A. -- and this year, says the mag obs...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 12:21 pm
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    You Betcha: Week 3

    Need we remind you of what Tom Landry thought of gambling? Thought so. I know what you're thinking: Hey, douchebag, what happened to Week 2? To which I retort, "What happens in Vegas haunts you all the way back to Dallas." Find a comfy chair and c...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 11:16 am
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    Taking the Chantix Story National

    Thanks to the several Friends of Unfair Park, including Uncle Barky, who've pointed out that on Wednesday, WFAA-Channel 8 medical reporter Janet St. James's story about Carter Albrecht and the smoking-cessation drug Chantix, which features an intervi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 10:27 am
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    We Could Be Heroes. Or Not.

    Comic Book Resources offers two very odd green-screen preview pics from this week's Sunday Night Football intro, in which Terrell Owens and Heroes' Masi Oka vie for the title of -- here it comes -- most heroic. Guess it couldn't be any wo...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 9:44 am
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    Hunt-ing Season

    Yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Kucinich demanded to know precisely how Dallas-based Hunt Oil Company got that deal to drill for oil in Iraq, which it signed a couple of weeks ago with the Kurdistan Regional Govern...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 4:37 pm
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    And Now for a Whole Different Kind of American Gladiator Tryout

    Not only will you pocket $20,000, within days you'll be at basic, sweating off all that weight you've been bitching about all summer long. Think sculpted arms and washboard abs, the perfect body for the sexy swimsuit you've been hiding in the closet ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 4:13 pm
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    Are You More of a Malibu or a Nitro? A Blaze Maybe? Zap, Gotta Be.

    Local tryouts take place Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Arlington Courts, a "volleyball and sports facility" on E. Mayfield Road. You're advised to "come dressed in workout attire," which is unfortunate, as I was considering wearing this, a...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 3:51 pm
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    A Totally Pointless Poll

    Gawker's running a poll at the moment, as it wonders who its readers think will be the next Top Chef. And though there are four cheftestants left, Gawker's editors only give you two chefs from which to choose: Dallas' Casey Thompson ("Little Miss Cas...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 3:20 pm
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    Wherein I Pimp My Friends

    Mandy and Lauren also dig dick jokes, sports statistics and trashy photos of sports stars gone bad. Also, they have boobs, they're funnier than me, and, as of this month, they're more successful. Bitches. Check out the girls' print-byline debut in th...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 2:30 pm
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    Stop the Presses! They're Too Cheap!

    I've tried for an hour to summarize the story, which is more complicated and inscrutable than the plot of Syriana, so read it for yourself here. Long and short of it: In 1994, Dallas' Only Daily got itself some printing presses at a deep discount. Th...

    @ Unfair Park by Chelsea Mueller on September 20, 2007 @ 1:19 pm
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    Racin' to the Big Stage with Dale and Eddie

    For those so inclined, a full transcript of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s press conference yesterday at the Dallas Convention Center -- where, as predicted, he became a PepsiCo pitchman -- is available here. How long did this thing last, anyway? Because the t...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 12:33 pm
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    Re-Pete After Me

    You could trek to Arlington this weekend to pay your last respects to a suck-ass baseball outfit that last night lost its 82nd game of 2007 and clinched its seventh losing season in the last eight years. Or you could choose to watch the greatest tenn...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 11:49 am
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    Austin Fights Back, Sending Famous Furniture Store to LFT

    Says the story, the Merc isn't bringing with it its famous custom furniture. Instead, Dallas will get a shot at some of Steve Shuck's "eclectic assortment of vintage furniture and accessories," which is good enough -- dude knows his funky furnishings...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 11:00 am
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    Casey Thompson is Through the Bullshit

    Feels like this season of Top Chef has been running for years -- who are half the people in the opening credits, anyway? At least we're down to the Final Four: Hung, Dale, Brian and -- wouldya look at that? -- Dallas' Casey Thompson. They're bound fo...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 10:22 am
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    No One Wants Eddie LeBaron's Balls

    Someone call Norm Hitzges, pronto. A seller in Woodlake, California, is trying to unload a bunch of 1960 Dallas Cowboys artifacts -- including autographed footballs and programs, including one from a pre-season game against the Los Angel...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 19, 2007 @ 5:08 pm
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    How to Forget That Sooner Spanking on October 6, Just Saying

    Maybe this is just the shot in the arm -- or kick in the prog-metal balls -- Deep Ellum needs: On October 6, Fair to Midland's scheduled to perform at the Crowdus Street Music Festival, otherwise known as the Texas-OU after-party. Guess it's not new ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 19, 2007 @ 4:00 pm
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    An Empty Bottle of Whine

    Dear Pappas Bros. Steakhouse and Those Involved with the Promotion of Last Night's Wine Reception Which I Did Not Attend, Do. Not. Send. Me. An. Empty. Wine. Bottle. Promoting. Your. Wine. Tasting. Parties. Ever. Again. Functionally, Andrea Grimes ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 19, 2007 @ 3:00 pm
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    Former Observer Managing Editor Has A New Book Out. Again.

    In Former Dallas Observer Managing Editor News, Emily Benedek's new book -- her fourth, nice -- goes on sale this week. Titled Red Sea, it's partially based on research Emily accrued during her tailing a Fort Worth-based FBI special agent in countert...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 19, 2007 @ 2:04 pm
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    The Cowboys' Money in the Tank

    This all stems from Dallas' 1992 gamble to trade for petulant 49ers defensive end Charles Haley, who, among other transgressions, lost favor in San Fran for pissing on an assistant coach's car. That risk's reward turned out to be three Super Bowls, a...

    @ Unfair Park by Chelsea Mueller on September 19, 2007 @ 1:15 pm
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