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    April 22, 2013

    Trophy Club's Proposed New Logo a Bit Too Marxist for Some

    The logo for the town of Trophy Club is consists of a star-studded, presidential-looking seal framing the town's signature clock tower. A pair of crossed flags, one for the U.S., one for Texas, jut in either direction. A black-and-gray ribbon unfurls underneath emblazoned at the center with a blue D ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2013

    Major League Baseball's Screwball Economics

    As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future -- and you’re picking up the tab.

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    August 23, 2012
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    June 21, 2012
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    October 19, 2011

    In the World Series Match-Up Between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, Don't Dismiss the Impact of Tony La Russa

    St. Louis CardinalsTony La Russa on the field at Busch Stadium yesterday afternoon.​For whatever reason, my relationship with baseball went from casual to deeply committed bordering on obsessive during the 1986 baseball season. Like most kids growing up in North Texas, my father taught me to l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Memo to Ron Washington: It's the, Um, Postseason, Just In Case You Forgot

    Photos by Sam MertenPerhaps more than any of his players, Ron Washington needs to break out of his postseason slump.​After the Texas Rangers fired Buck Showalter following the 2006 season, general manager Jon Daniels interviewed five candidates. Of course, there was Ron Washington, a longtime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Shark-Infested Waters: Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers ALCS Game 3 Preview and Open Thread

    via​Wow. What an amazing start to the American League Championship Series for Your Texas Rangers. Two close games. Two incredible wins. Now Detroit has to win four of the next five games to get back to the World Series for the first time since they fell to St. Louis in 2006. Ain't gonna hap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Fear the 'Stache: Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers ALCS Game 2 Preview and Open Thread

    Back in February 2009, I penned a cover story about the Texas Rangers' new philosophy of relying on kiddos from their farm system instead of throwing big money at the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Chan Ho Park and Kevin Millwood. The youth movement was in full swing that spring as Elvis Andrus took over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Heritage to Sell a Dallas Eagles Jersey. So Let's Talk to an Ex-Eagle Turned Revered AL Scout.

    ​Just got off the phone with a gentleman who's also keeping an eye on Texas-Detroit: Alex Cosmidis. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is pulling for the Tigers -- surprising, since Cosmidis once played baseball in Dallas and in Fort Worth, first as an Eagle in 1955 and '56, then as a Cat th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2011

    Verlander, Smerlander: ALCS Preview and Rangers-Tigers Game 1 Open Thread

    [Editor's note: At the request of a few regulars, we're going with a rare weekend-night open thread to celebrate the Rangers' second straight appearance in the American League Championship Series. Will we do this again tomorrow? Hard to say. Let's see how tonight goes. I'll be in and out, but tonigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Begin 2011's Post-Season Play By Reliving Texas Rangers' 2010 World Series Run in MLB Spot

    ​Thanks to my 8-year-old son's intense but not at all unpleasant love affair with baseball, I've spent way too many evenings in recent days glued to the MLB Network watching Tampa Bay and/or Boston slug it out to see which team lands the American League wild-card spot. Because if the Rangers beat ... More >>

  • News

    September 22, 2011

    Michael Young: Half Man, Half Hitting Machine

    Though slumps and stardom, all Michael Young does is hit.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Last Chance to Get in Line for Rangers Playoff Tickets, Fingers Crossed, and Other Game Notes

    It's Colby v. McCarthy tonight. Hang on.​Nice to see our sports columnist thinks the race for the AL West is "over." Still, though, coulda sworn the Rangers have 18 games left on the schedule, including three against the Angels at season's end; the magic number remains a far-from-over 17. Guess th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Mike Adams Flops in His Rangers Debut. Even Worse Than Cliff Lee Flopped.

    Welcome to Texas?​The Titanic. Waterworld. Joey Galloway as a Cowboy. The Dallas Wave. And now, finding his sheepish spot among the worst debuts in the history of ever: Mike Adams, Texas Ranger. Ugliest opening act on our baseball team since waaay back, well, actually, since Cliff Lee stunk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Schizophrenic Rangers

    The record. Still intact.​And you thought trying to figure out the post-lockout, new NFL was tricky. Try getting a handle on your Rangers. Good news: In their last five games they've out-scored opponents a whopping 37-16. Bad news: In those games they're only a mediocre 3-2. That's wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Meanwhile, Your Texas Rangers are Suddenly Back Where They Started

    ​Been a little concerned obsessed with the Mavs. But I did catch some Rangers' baseball Saturday afternoon. Saw enough of Derek Holland to say "Wow!" And apparently he isn't alone. After swooning without Josh Hamilton, the Rangers tumbled from their 9-1 start into mediocrity. Don't look now, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Well, That Didn't Take Long: Welcome Back, Josh and Nelson

    ​Yesterday I surmised that the Rangers' offense would suddenly improve with the returns of sluggers Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. But not me -- nor even Texas -- thought it would happen that fast. Or that far. Fresh off the disabled list, Hamilton homered in his first at-bat and Cruz ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Whitt's End: 5.20.11

    ​ Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Mavs got outplayed last night, plain and simple. The Rangers' loss to the Royals was more painful. Texas was one pitch from winning until .230-hitting Mike Aviles capped a gutsy 11-pitch at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Even Ron Washington is Making the Right Calls During Rangers' 9-1 Start

    ​The Rangers are 9-1, their best start in franchise history. They've outscored their opponents a ridiculous 60-26. They've beaten the aces of Boston (Jon Lester), Seattle (Felix Hernandez) and now Detroit (Justin Verlander). They're hitting homers, getting immaculate starting pitching and winn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    If the Rangers Can Beat Justin Verlander in Detroit, Watch Out

    ​Two more homers. Another win, this one 3-0 over the Baltimore Orioles. Three consecutive series victories. Everything, it seems, is going boffo for the Rangers. With 18 dingers, 58 runs, splendid starting pitching and an 8-1 record, they are both the talk of baseball and the best team in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Rangers 26, Red Sox 11: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. That, my friends, was about as thorough a three-game sweep as you can produce. The Rangers out-scored Boston by 15 runs and slugged 11 homers. And that wasn't the Royals, remember -- it came against the team most experts predict will represent the AL in the 2011 World Series. 9. Mos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    BREAKING NEWS: 105.3 The Fan to Talk Sports in the Morning Beginning April 11

    ​Yes, 105.3 The Fan is tweaking again. But this time it's not merely another shuffling of the deck, but more so a commitment to talk sports in the morning. Out at The Fan as of April 8 are long-time radio veterans Jagger and Gregg Henson, to be replaced Monday, April 11, by "New School ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Whitt's Merten's End 3.11.11

    Photo by Sam MertenChuck Greenberg and Texas Rangers co-chair Bob Simpson celebrate after outbidding Mark Cuban in an auction to own the club​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's Merten's End: *Well, that was quick. Chuck Greenberg formed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Let's Get Cliff Lee ... AND Zack Greinke

    ​Is that doable? Seems like it. Although the Kansas City Royals are reportedly getting impatient with the Texas Rangers' low-ball offers. I understand the odds are against the Rangers getting Lee, who is now also talking to the Boston Red Sox. But - dream with me here a little - how would a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Werth It? Doing the Rangers' Math as Fat Contracts Swirl Around MLB Winter Meetings.

    Photos by Sam MertenDamn. If Jayson Werth commands a seven-year, $126 million deal, how much is this guy worth?​Prior to the beginning of baseball's winter meetings yesterday at Walt Disney World Resort, a flurry of activity resulted in big-name players dealt and fat contracts inked. Predictab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Barack Obama and Our Most Athletic Presidents

    ​Wasn't exactly Cortland Finnegan vs. Andre Johnson, but The Prez got into a scuffle last Friday. On the basketball court. With an elbow. Barack Obama received 12 stitches to a cut on his lower lip after an errant elbow during a pick-up game by Rey Decerega, the Director of Programs for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Major League Baseball Players All Agree: Josh Hamilton Is the 2010 Player of the Year

    Sam Merten​This just in: Sporting News has named its 2010 Major League Player of the Year -- and it's a certain Anchorman-quoting center-fielder for Your Texas Rangers. And as SN is quick to point out, that's the consensus among 326 major leaguers -- this isn't no sportswriters' award, keep in min ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Today In Music News: Wilson/Crowe Call It Quits, The Hold Steady Support The Twins And Toby Keith Gets Social

    Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, September 27, 2010...Divorce news that sucks as bad as your parents calling it quits: Nancy Wilson and Cameron Crowe are getting divorced. Members of The Hold Steady lend their support for the Minnesota Twins with a new song.Toby Keith may play up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    How - and When - the West Was Won

    ​"It's Time", meet "It's Over." With an 11-4 thumping of the Detroit Tigers last night - combined with the Oakland A's loss in Kansas City - the Texas Rangers won their first American League West division championship since 1999. I know the magic number is 10 and there are still 18 games rema ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Who You Want: Yankees or Rays?

    ​I spoke too soon. Maybe you thought it too. It seemed like a foregone conclusion that if and/or when the Texas Rangers made the playoffs they'd face the New York Yankees. NY would win the American League East, the Tampa Bay Rays would win the Wild Card and the Minnesota Twins the Central. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    No-Hitter = No Biggy

    ​I always TiVo the Texas Rangers. But last night when I got home my roommate already had the game on and when I got home I heard TV voice Josh Lewin exclaim:    "Hit record on your DVRs, you're about to witness history!" Whoa, I exclaimed back, the possibilities running through my m ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 19, 2010
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    August 9, 2010

    Texas Rangers: Meandering Toward the AL West or Charging Toward AL Home-Field Advantage?

    ​How you looking at your Texas Rangers these days? A) Despite Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Oakland A's they're playing well enough to maintain a comfy cushion in the American League West, holding a 7.5 games lead with only 51 games remaining. B) They were held to two or fewer runs five times on a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Fat Lady May Be Warming Up, But Rangers Haven't Won The West ... Yet

    ​I'll say it, Texas Rangers' fever is at an all-time high. Sunday night's 6-4 win improved Tommy Hunter to 8-0, allowed the Rangers to win three of four from the Anaheim Angels and pushed their lead to seven games with 63 remaining. More than 160,000 fans went to Arlington Thursday-Sunday. Wi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 8, 2010
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    July 6, 2010

    News & Notes: Test Scores, Grocery Stores, Modano a Red Wing? and a Peek at the Plans for the Continental Building

    Carla Ranger​A few items of interest with which to belatedly kick off your work week (lucky):On Thursday we noted that Dallas Independent School Board trustee Carla Ranger has found a new obsession: banishing the minimum-grade policy that disallows teachers from handing out grades lower than 50. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    The Top 5 Uniforms in the History of Your Texas Rangers

    ​The Texas Rangers broke a four-game losing streak last night with a 9-6 walloping of the Chicago White Sox. But they didn't look good doing it. I know those white beanies atop their head were special Memorial Day caps, but in a word ... Godawful. The Colonial the other day had a pink out. Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    With a 22-Game Taste, Let's Circle the Bases: Last-Place Rangers Have First-Place Potential

    Ian Kinsler makes his season debut tonight against the Mariners and lefthander Cliff Lee, who's also making his first appearance of the year. ​While Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has cryptically blamed the refs yet again for his team's fourth first-round exit from the playoffs in the last seven y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2010

    Everything Old is New Again in Arlington, On the Brink of a New Rangers Season

    Patrick MichelsMichael Young takes a few cuts before Friday night's exhibition.​For the first time since fall, the smell of hot dogs on the grills overtook the Ballpark in Arlington Friday afternoon, as the stadium came rumbled back to life for an evening exhibition against the Royals -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Did Mike Jacobs Save Ron Washington's Job?

    Because the Kansas City Royals couldn't catch the ball, the Texas Rangers hung on to their manager. For now. After a 3-0 start that feels like months ago, the Rangers are 5-7. Not good, especially considering nine of those 12 have been at home and half against the lowly Orioles and Royals. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Who Ruined Your Easter?

    Aside from the Almighty He/She/It having the audacity to conjure up a downpour and wash out sunrise services across the Metroplex, which Texas culprit laid an egg Sunday and did the leaster for your Easter? 1. Dallas Mavericks 2. Texas Rangers 3. Chad Campbell The evidence:

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    March 19, 2009

    Rangers Spring Training Grades

    Only 19 days until the Texas Rangers open the 2009 regular season at home against the Cleveland Indians. In other words, time for some mid-spring training grades. So far, so good I'd have to say. No major injuries. Josh Hamilton is pounding the ball. Michael Young is flawlessly fielding grounde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Hey, Look Over Here. It's Next Year!

    While slumbering along toward the finish line of a disappointing 2008, your Texas Rangers today are providing a distraction: Their 2009 schedule, otherwise known as next year's map to failure. The Rangers open 2009 on Monday, April 6 at home against the Cleveland Indians. Here's betting they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2008

    The Texas Rangers' Milton Bradley, the Hot-Head with a Hot Bat, Has Gotta Go

    When the Texas Rangers signed Milton Bradley this offseason, I was elated; Richie Whitt, not so much. At the time, I said Bradley could be an interesting trade chip, much like Eric Gagne and Kenny Lofton were last year. And now that Bradley's having an all-star caliber season -- and another all-star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2008

    The Rangers are Sending a Pitcher to the Mound Tonight. Duck!

    Come for the offense. Stay for the fireworks. Leave when the pitching commences. The Texas Rangers’ offense is stunning. Josh Hamilton leads the planet in everything, will likely be an All-Star starter and is the American League’s first player to win consecutive Player of the Month awar ... More >>

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    June 21, 2007
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    May 21, 2007

    "A Night at the Improv," By Which Uncle Barky Means WFAA-Channel 8

    A couple weeks back, WFAA-Channel 8 weatherman Pete "The Big" Delkus appeared on KTCK-AM's "The Hardline"; turns out, the boys at The Ticket have a big ol' man crush on the heir to Troy Dungan's throne. And with good reason: He's as smart-ass former ball player whose career as a pitcher with the Min ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2007

    The Rangers are No Hit. Literally.

    "Going through a big-league lineup three times without anyone getting a hit -- that's pretty impossible." So said Chicago White Sox leftie Mark Buehrle moments after beautifully blanking Your Texas Rangers last night, throwing a no-hitter that was one fifth-inning walk away from being pitch-perfect. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2006

    Juan Long Island

    Juan Gonzalez ain't no Roy Tarpley, but it's gotta be a very close second. Looks like today is a sportsy day in Unfair Park. So, on that note... On Saturday, the New York Daily News ran a story about a mysterious bag found at Pearson International Airport in Toronto three weeks after September 11, 2 ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 5, 2002

    Creatures of Bad Habit

    Have we lost the art of drinking?

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