2014 Winter Olympics

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    It's Not Us. Republicans Just Didn't Like What's All Around Us.

    First thing, Dallas shouldn't take its rebuff by the Republican Party so personally, because ... because Dallas shouldn't take everything so personally. Sometimes I feel like we're sitting at one end of the bus, a woman gets on and sits at the other end, and we shout at her, "What? You're too good t ... More >>

  • Music

    July 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    World Cup Parties at Dan's Silverleaf Wed Live Music and a Slice of Denton-Style Patriotism

    "Do you wanna hear some Slayer?" a very disappointed Craig Welch says, queuing up the next track at his turntable set-up. Pumping his fists, palm up (indicative of frustration), Welch is engrossed deep into a combination of disappointment of the U.S.-Portugal game result and general agreement with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Before Really Getting Started, Dallas' Olympic Dream Is Over

    The Associated Press is reporting the end of Dallas' nascent and somewhat quixotic bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. According to someone briefed on the U.S. Olympic Committee's decision making process, the committee has selected Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington to further compet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Like Olympic Champs, Trinity Road Backers Will Never, Ever Quit Chasing the Gold

    The U.S. Olympic Committee met yesterday, and one of the things reportedly on the agenda was which American city, maybe Dallas, will get to bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. It's a long, obscure, secretive convoluted competition -- sort of a modern bribery pentathlon -- and we're just excited as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Mark Lamster Thinks Dallas Should Host the Olympics Because Parties Are Fun

    Judging from an altogether odd post to The Dallas Morning News's Center Stage blog, the newspaper's architecture critic, Mark Lamster, has apparently decided that those "progressive types" who might be a little wary of the city's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics are just Debbie Downers who don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    For DFW's State Board of Education Seat, It's "Pretty Damn Conservative" vs. the Tea Party

    It was a sad day -- for reporters at least -- when North Richland Hills' Lady Theresa Thombs lost her bid for a seat on the State Board of Education. Between her outrageously padded resume (she claims to be an "international ambassador" and carrier of "diplomatic papers"), her seeming inability to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    The Dearly Departed Restaurants of Dallas

    Two years. Two years, one month and 23 days, to be specific. That's how long it's been since my favorite neighborhood restaurant closed. Oh, sure; others have stepped in to capably fill the void. But nothing will ever quite measure up to the restaurant that's dearly departed.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    A Ranking You’ll Find Hard to Believe

    Nein danke?! Dirk Nowitzki isn’t one of the 10 most popular NBA players in Europe. I know. What gives? Technically, I guess, it’s his uniform that isn’t so loved as Dirk’s No. 41 isn’t among the NBA’s just-released list of most popular jerseys across the pond. Kobe Bryant is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Q&A With Gymnast-Turned-Would-Be-Pop-Star Carly Patterson

    (John Cheng) Dallas' own Carly Patterson, best remembered as a 2004 Olympic medalist gymnast, is attempting to reinvent herself as a musician, as Richie Whitt explained in 2006. So how has her career come along in the two years since she last talked to the Observer about her ambitions? Her first s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    Bummer Summer

    I guess we're supposed to feel better about the Mavs because of him. Somehow, we don't. So our Dallas Mavericks officially re-signed Devean George yesterday. That goes in the positive category. I think? Two years ago the Mavs were an elite team coming off an NBA Finals appearance with the le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    Maybe Nastia Will Get Another Gold After All. Doubt It, But, Still.

    At this very moment, Nastia Liukin's on her way to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport for a 4:15 p.m. press conference -- where, no doubt, the Parker-living, Plano-training Olympian will be asked about stories circulating today concerning the age of Chinese gymnast He Kexin, who controversially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    Jason Kidd On Pace for an Honorary Gold Medal

    Which one of these doesn't belong? You guessed it. The Maverick. The Redeem Team has been staggering so far in The Olympics. Thanks in no part to Dallas Maverick Jason Kidd. While Dallas native Chris Bosh has at times been the best U.S. player on the court, Kidd at times looks sad, slow and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Fight Club: Who's to Blame for Luis Yanez Getting Knocked Out of Beijing?

    Brian Harkin Luis Yanez On Saturday night in Beijing, the dreams of Olympic gold fizzled for Duncanville boxer Luis Yanez. Today there was an interesting piece on Yanez in The New York Times that suggests the tension between Yanez and his Olympic coaches is emblematic of the problems on Team USA as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Collin County Confirmed as the Women’s Gymnastics Hub of the World

    Who knew the Olympics' Golden Girls live just north of here? As usual, I didn’t make time to watch the Olympics last night. But I heard we have another “home-grown” golden girl. What Carly Patterson did for Allen, Nastia Liukin will apparently do for Parker. Which prompts two respo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2008

    The Olympics: Patriotism vs. Commercialism

    Cool. Just wish he'd carve a Mavs' logo in his scalp once in a while. Got into a teensy tiny debate last night/this morning over the Olympics. My friend – like NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol – says there’s nothing like wrapping yourself in the flag and rooting for try-hard athletes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    Dousing the Olympic Flame

    Could you take this dude? Do you even care? At the risk of getting my ass kicked by a 106-pound 19-year-old, Luis Yanez should shut his pie-hole and follow the rules. That is, if like he says, his dream is to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing. Duncanville’s Yanez, one of the planet’s t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2008

    Mark Cuban, Jason Kidd and the Olympics' Gold Double-Standard

    Mark Cuban has weighed in today with his thoughts on "The NBA and the Olympics," which is more or less his original April 2004 post with an additional 322 unedited words added to the beginning. Among them: Are we sure the Olympics is about patriotism and pride? Or is it about commercialism? Im certa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Your Last Chance to Spar With Dallas' Boxing Olympic Hopeful

    Luis Yanez Last time we saw Dallas boxer Luis Yanez it was a week before Christmas, and Yanez was hardly in the mood for peace on earth. Instead he was dreaming of wreaking havoc on the Chinese, the Cubans -- the entire world. Since then, Yanez has been in Colorado Springs training for the upcoming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2007

    Cotton Goes to Arlington

    On KTCK-AM (1310, The Ticket) this morning, "Dunham & Miller" co-host George Dunham was blaming Mayor Laura Miller for the Cotton Bowl's leaving the Cotton Bowl. Sure, why not. Only problem is, George is wrong -- at least, partially wrong. See, everyone's to blame here, if blame is what you're after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2006

    U.S., Say What?

    Tiger Woods is not only a great golfer, but also a foot rest. Looking for some good ol' American athletic domination. Hmm, where to start. Soccer? Nope, didn't win a single game in last summer's World Cup. Baseball? Failed to even qualify for the last Olympics. How 'bout basketball, a sport we frigg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2006

    Romancing the Stone

    This is Noah Bailey, and he is "throwing the stone." We have other pictures of him "passing a stone." We kept those to ourselves. Sunday afternoon my compatriots and I found ourselves driving toward Duncanville in the middle of a raging thunderstorm. Why, you ask? Olympic dreams, that's why. You se ... More >>

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    May 22, 2006

    Ode to a Cotton-Pickin' Good Idea

    Darrell Jordan once wanted to dome the Cotton Bowl. Doesn't seem so crazy anymore, really. Eight years ago, which is an eternity in a town where yesterday's landmarks are tomorrow's parking lots, attorney and one-time mayoral candidate Darrell Jordan had an idea. He wanted to dome the Cotton Bowl. P ... More >>