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    February 3, 2014

    "Teen Mystifier" John Tucker "Correctly" "Predicted" Super Bowl Score and MVP

    Any creature can predict the winner of the Super Bowl. Those who have correctly done so include: an ape, a porcupine, a horde of puppies, a manatee, a seal, a panda, an octopus and a bunny. Add to that list the elusive "teen mystifier," a 17-year-old Dallas magician named John Tucker. Not only did ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    DMN: Jameis Winston May Have Raped a Girl, But At Least He Wasn't Lynched

    Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy this weekend, just over a week after the Florida state attorney announced that state would not be pressing charges against him in connection with an alleged rape. On Friday, The Dallas Morning News' Tim Cowlishaw penned a co ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Chris Arnold, Mavs Emcee and Radio Host, Completely Plagiarized a Tony Romo Article

    Mavs fans know Chris Arnold as the vaguely obnoxious guy who appears during timeouts and halftime to emcee some ridiculous half-court shooting contest so spectators' attention won't drift too far away from the court. Listeners to KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan know him as the host of GBag Nation, a midday sp ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Albert Pujols Better Than Joltin' Joe? Say It Ain't So!: Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Preview and Game 1 Open Thread

    Texas RangersGives you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside, doesn't it?​It's finally here. Pinch yourself. Your Texas Rangers are back in the World Series, and this time feels much different than last year's playoff run. There's a confidence flowing through my body that just wasn't there before, a ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Ed-die's Bet-ter ... Clap-Clap-CLAPCLAPCLAP!

    We've seen the Rangers in the World Series and the Mavs win the NBA Finals, and on Tuesday I was reminded just how great a Stanley Cup run can be when former Stars' goalie Ed Belfour and current GM Joe Nieuwendyk were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. They'll officially be in ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Dirk's Legacy: The All-Time Top 7 NBA Power Forwards

    ​10 All-Star Appearances. 1 NBA MVP. 1 Ring. 1 NBA Finals MVP. 4-time All-NBA First Team 3-Point Shootout Champion Soft. Clutch. With Sunday's victory over the Miami Heat Dirk Nowitzki filled in the final void of his Hall of Fame resume. Only things potentially left that would improve his leg ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    From Our Archives: "Crocodile Nowitzki"

    Not quite as good as the cover of the new Sports Illustrated, sure, but slightly better than this.​Last night I finally had the chance to read the new issue of Rolling Stone, which happens to feature a feature by former Observer-er Jesse Hyde, who decamped for his native Utah a couple of years bac ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    The Champion of Championships: Where Does the Mavs' Title Rank?

    ​Great. But is it the greatest? When Dirk Nowitzki accessorized his lefty layup in the final minute with private tears of joy and accomplishment last Sunday night in Miami, the Dallas Mavericks symbolically threw Don Carter's 10-gallon hat in the ring. After years of sheepishly having B ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Dirk Nowitzki a Top 10 NBA Player of All-Time? Yes, But Only Among Players Without a Ring

    ​You know me, the biggest Dirk Nowitzki homer in town. But Rick Carlisle even made me cringe earlier this week by tabbing the Mavs' star as a top 10 NBA player "of all time."Carlisle has been great in these NBA Playoffs. Keeping his Mavericks mentally together after the Game 4 Portland Pratfal ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    My Top 21 Texas Rangers in the History of Ever

    ​C.J. Wilson was superb in last night's much-needed win over Seattle. Pedro Strop is gone. Mark Lowe is back (uh-oh). Tommy Hunter and Nefali Feliz are getting close. And dazzling Cuban defector Leonys Martin is fast-tracking our way.In the middle of a very transitory Rangers season I was ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Don't Mess With Success: Rangers Should Resist Moving Neftali Feliz Into Rotation

    Mark GrahamNeftali Feliz in early 2009​In the comments of yesterday's blog, commenter "sporty" posed the question of whether Neftali Feliz should be moved into the rotation since we both agree the Texas Rangers rotation needs help desperately. He said the "transition makes a lot of sense." I d ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Super Bowl XLV Also Gave Us ... The Greatest Moment in Texas Football History?

    ​I was flattered when the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee approached me late in 2009 to help construct and singularly author its prodigious Century in the Making project. What started with 250 of the greatest moments in Texas football history -- high school, college and pro -- ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Finding Brett Favre's Place Among the NFL's Greatest QBs of All Time as I Rank the Top 10

    How high did I rank this guy? You'll be surprised.​OK, so yesterday I asked you to give me your thoughts on Brett Favre's legacy now that he appears to have played his last game. Unfortunately, only a few of you weighed in. In an attempt to spark some serious debate, here are my top 10 quarterback ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Who'll Buy His Memories? Larry Brown's Selling Very Rare Copy of Super Bowl Magnum Opus.

    ​Back in '08, Neiman Marcus offered in its annual Christmas Book something called the Super Bowl XL Opus MVP Edition, which, as you can see in the photo, is a mammoth keepsake -- "the heaviest sports-related book ever published," per Amazon's description of the limited edition, not to be confused ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    My (Fausto) Carmona: Plan B Now That Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke Are Headed Elsewhere

    Trading for Fausto Carmona would help ease the pain of losing out on Lee and Greinke.​Since we can all feel OK about losing out on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, it's fair to evaluate Jon Daniels' Plan B, especially with the trade of Zack Greinke -- easily the best pitcher to be had on the marke ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Reggie Bush Should Give Up His Heisman Trophy ... to Vince Young?

    Your 2005 Heisman Trophy winner?​Reggie Bush is a liar. Should Vince Young be a Heisman winner? That's the contention of Texas coach Mack Brown, who says - if - the Heisman Trophy Trust yanks back its 2005 award from the Southern Cal running back it should be handed over to former Longhorns ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Josh Hamilton: More than the MVP

    ​In advance of this week's Observer column on Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton I asked new owner Chuck Greenberg about signing his star to a new, long-term deal next winter. "With his bat and glove and legs and arm and heart, he's our MVP and I think the best player in the game today," ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010
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    January 13, 2010

    One More Thing ... About Yesterday's Woodrow Wilson Gridiron Greats Gathering

    Patrick MichelsDavid O'Brien, son of Davey, and Tim Brown hoist the Super Bowl committee's plaque commemorating Woodrow's place in high school football history.​As Brad Sham noted toward the end of yesterday's presentation of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee's "Century in the Making" ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Cowboys at the Halfway Point: Who's Your MVP?

    Since Deion isn't the MVP, then who?​The Dallas Cowboys are 6-2. Your glass of blue Kool-Aid is more half-full than half-empty. Wade Phillips is Coach of the Year, Tony Romo's in the Pro Bowl, Keith Brooking is Badass of the Decade and you've got the Cowboys penciled in for Super ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    The World's Top 10 Left-Handed Athletes

    Right is wrong and left is ... right? Seems to be. It's not exactly a bass-ackward revolution, but left-handers are doing okay for themselves in sports these days. Or are they? The idea struck me last week when I saw highlights of college quarterbacks Josh Heupel and Matt Leinart winning BCS Nationa ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Is Jose Juan Barea For Real?

    He just can't be. Can he? I was in the fifth row at American Airlines Center Saturday night and I still don't believe what I saw. Or heard. Either Criss Angel is playing some mind trick on me, or J.J. Barea may actually be an NBA player. Barea, all 5-foot-10ish, made slithery drive ... More >>

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    July 16, 2008

    The Texas Strangers

    Another in a long line of shining, yet ultimately hollow moments. Another American League All-Star Game victory. Another significant Rangers contribution to the win. But in the big photo, does it really matter? Texas shortstop Michael Young provided the game-winning sacrifice fly in the ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008

    Lost and Found

    After beating his drug addiction, Rangers inspirational sensation Josh Hamilton is bearing down on an MVP

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    June 2, 2008

    Just How Did Josh Hamilton Wind Up the Texas Rangers' Savior, Anyway?

    Among the group of baseball jerseys in my closet -- behind Pudge's and A-Rod's Rangers ones -- there's an old, unworn Tampa Bay Devil Rays jersey with no name or number on it. When Tampa took Josh Hamilton with the No. 1 overall pick in 1999, I bought the jersey and waited to have Hamilton's name an ... More >>

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    May 19, 2008
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    October 25, 2007

    NBA GMs Not High on Dirk

    The annual NBA.com general managers survey is out, and they're hit-and-miss when it comes to Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki. Of the seven ballers picked as MVP contenders, ain't one of 'em named Dirk; instead, the GMs' early-season picks are, in order, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nas ... More >>

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    June 12, 2007

    Jersey Whirl

    Apparently a few-years-old rape charge, a slew of 50-point games in a .500 season and a number change are worth more than an MVP title. But don’t take it from me. Just ask the millions of NBA fans worldwide who this season made Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey the league’s top seller. The Mavs’ D ... More >>

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    May 24, 2007

    Doctoring Dirk

    Why ransack the MVP's skill when we can simply reboot his psyche?

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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 >>

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    May 15, 2007

    Bitter. Sweet.

    Dallas Mavericks Tears. Regrets. Sorrow. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2006-'07 National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player: Dirk Nowitzki. “Honestly, this is a tough day for me,” Dirk today, just said minutes after accepting the highest individual honor in professional basketball. ... More >>

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    May 10, 2007

    Stinko de Mayo

    Thanks to the Mavericks, welcome to football season

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    April 25, 2007

    Dirk's the NBA MVP!

    Well...not really -- at least, not so far. But according to an "exclusive survey" of NBA general managers just posted at RealGM.com, Dirk Nowitzki did snatch the Most Valuable Player award, just edging out Phoenix Sun and former Mavs teammate and drinking buddy Steve Nash. Dirk got 17 first-place vo ... More >>

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    April 24, 2007

    Woe, Canada

    First those hosers take out our hockey team. Now comes word that Toronto’s basketball coach has beaten out ours for NBA Coach of the Year. What’s next -- a Canadian winning American Idol? It’s not like an official rule or anything, but can you win an honor if you live in a city where they spe ... More >>

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    February 22, 2007

    German Engineering

    From mechanics to modesty to manners, give us Dirk over D-Wade

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    February 15, 2007

    I Love Josh Howard

    ...And great basketball

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    October 31, 2006
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    July 20, 2006

    The Young and the Peerless

    Baseball's best-kept secret plays in your backyard

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    June 16, 2006

    Don't Worry, Be Happy (And Worried)

    Don't start switching the parade route into funeral procession. Not yet, anyway. Why? Never fear, D.J. Mbenga is here! He'll be back from his five-game suspension in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Sunday night in Miami. Actually, the muscled Mavs center probably won't play against the Miami Heat, but afte ... More >>

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    June 15, 2006
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    June 15, 2006

    Assist, Nellie

    Transformation started by Mavs' Godfather finally finished

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    May 19, 2006

    S-M-Who?

    Think SMU hasn't produced a decent NBA player since, oh, Jon Koncak? Don't sell that load of Peruna droppings to the league's two-time MVP. That's because Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash is getting his mane all tangled up in a former Mustang named Quinton Ross. In Thursday night's Game 6 of the Suns- ... More >>

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    May 12, 2006
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    April 21, 2006

    Sixty Down, 16 to Go

    The Dallas Mavericks started the season with a broken-down Doug Christie, flirted late with signing has-been Shawn Kemp and gave extended minutes all the way through to isn't-yet Rawle Marshall. Key guard Devin Harris only played seven games after the All-Star break. Keith Van Horn was injured mor ... More >>

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    April 4, 2006
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    September 15, 2005
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    March 31, 2005

    Alone No More

    Forgiving the past opened Sandora Irvin's future

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    February 20, 2003

    Mo's Def

    For Mike Modano, MVP talk is too early--even if he deserves the award

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