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  • News

    January 23, 2014

    Mike Bacsik's Radio Rebirth

    After Tweeting his way into infamy, former pitcher and sports-talker Mike Bacsik is getting a second chance. Does he deserve one?

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    A Texas Rangers Midseason Report: It's Time to Go All In

    With the baseball season at the symbolic halfway point, we asked former Unfair Parker Sam Merten to root around in his beard and see if he could come up with anything to say. He obliged ... and obliged ... and ... Sports are unpredictable. That's why we watch. And there's no greater evidence than t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Now It's ESPN's Turn to Sack the Cowboys For Having Merch Made in Cambodian Sweatshops

    In October we noted a report from Pittsburgh-based Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights that said the Dallas Cowboys are having team-branded clothing made in "gross sweatshop conditions at the Style Avenue factory in El Salvador" -- which Cowboys Merchandise Ltd. chief operating officer Bill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Backbackbackbackback ... to the 1995 All-Star Game Right Here in Texas

     Lyle Lovett sang the National Anthem. Nolan Ryan threw out the first pitch. Joe DiMaggio was on hand. Barry Bonds and Cal Ripken Jr. opposed each other. And, in the NL's 3-2 win at the brand new Ballpark in Arlington, the Marlins' Jeff Conine was the MVP for his pinch-hit homer. Someho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Whitt's End: 3.25.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Like me, do you think the Texas Rangers are kinda getting caught with their pants on the ground with their pitching staff exposed? The time to go get a reliable closer is not next year, it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Comedian Daniel Tosh Persuades Me That Barry Bonds and Other Roiders Are HOF'ers

    Courtesy danieltosh.comDaniel Tosh​As a big fan of Tosh.0 -- a 30-minute show on Comedy Central featuring YouTube clips and jokes from comedian Daniel Tosh -- I set my TiVo for Sunday's premiere of Tosh's stand-up special Happy Thoughts. Finally got around to watching it last night. It sucked. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Ten Items Worth a Look-See: Mavs, Stars, Cowboys, Rangers and Fox News Pundit Says Michael Vick "Should Have Been Executed"

    The fans gave him a break, and even President Obama applauded Vick's return to the NFL. Tucker Carlson of Fox News? Not so much.​10. Mark Teixeira says teammate Andy Pettitte's "probably leaning toward retirement," which is good news for the Texas Rangers and everyone else aiming to win the AL pen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Josh Hamilton, the Return of the Comet?

    ​So writes George Vecsey this morning in The New York Times -- referring, of course, to The Commerce Comet himself, Mickey Mantle. Insists the sports scribe, of the myriad comparisons made in recent days -- Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Jr. chief among them, per vanquished Yankees manager Joe Girard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    2010 World Series - Rangers v. Giants: Texas is the Favorite. And Deservedly So.

    ​It's 1972 vs. 1958. It's also, unless I'm seeing something terribly wrong and homerish, a clear advantage for your Texas Rangers over the San Francisco Giants. Right? The Rangers, born in '72, have never been to the World Series. The Giants have been here three times since moving from N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Baseball Saying Yes to No

    Ah, the good ol' days. Are they here again?​Tampa Bay Rays' pitcher Matt Garza tossed a no-hitter last night. It was the fifth this season in Major League Baseball, most since 1991. Funny thing is, now the San Diego Padres and New York Mets are the only current teams wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    'Roid Rage: Mark McGwire - Yawn - Apologizes to Baseball

    ​I guess the question at this point is, do you give a crap? About baseball players and their steroid use? During the 1998 Major League Baseball season I went to Houston a couple times as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to cover the magical home-run chase between the St. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Snow Balls: Not Surprised Dennis Gilbert Leads Pack of Potential Rangers Owners

    Dennis Gilbert​Dennis Gilbert's emergence as the "surprise favorite" to shag Your Texas Rangers, as Sports Illustrated puts it this morning, is no surprise to the Friends of Unfair Park who took a break from Thanksgiving break and stopped by Friday. Former New York Times baseball writer Murray Cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Sure, Tom Hicks Wants to Keep the Rangers, But Will MLB Let That Happen? Doubtful.

    ​There's at least one person reading Unfair Park this morning: the Friend who sends along this piece by longtime New York Times baseball columnist Murray Chass, who wrote on Wednesday that now way in hell should Tom Hicks be able to sell Your Texas Rangers to Tom Hicks. Writes Chass, Hicks is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Rangers, Hicks Continue to Speed Date Would-Be Buyers. This Week: Dennis Gilbert.

    Dennis Gilbert​Last month, the Startlegram outed former Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco agent Dennis Gilbert as a would-be buyer of Your Texas Rangers, which the Beverly Hills-based Gilbert wouldn't confirm at the time. That made sense: He's still in pro ball (he reviews contracts for the Chicago Whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Mark Cuban on 'Roids: Rational or Ridiculous?

    ​Not sure they're exactly akin to LASIK eye surgery or Tommy John arm reconstruction, but I agree with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban that - at some point in our athletic evolution - there will be a legal, legitimate place for steroids in sports. "I'll get killed for saying this," Cuban sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Mavs-Spurs Game 5 Preview: Uh-Oh

    *Unless Mark Cuban smears Swine Flu on Tony Parker, I'm afraid the desperate and prideful San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks tonight, forcing a Game 6 Friday night at American Airlines Center. Why? Because home teams down 3-1 always win Game 5. Because Greg Popovich has won 75 percent of hi ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 26, 2009

    DiTerra’s Urban Italian

    It's always wise to eat where waiters eat

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    The 10 Worst Sports Celebrations in the History of Sports

    Dear LeBron James, Just ask, and I'm sure Dancing With The Stars will have you on their ridiculously cheesy show next season. I'm sure millions of potato-chip snackin' housewives would be fixated on your every silly, pre-fabricated step. But as a basketball fan, I demand you immediately ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    The Top 10 Best Current Rivalries in Sports

    To be a true sports rivalry - more than just a plethora of games between teams in close proximity (see Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals) - the meetings between opponents must: *Take place at an advanced level, with championships on the line. *Feature sustained excellence by both teams ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Whitt's End: 2.13.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I know the Mavs have the NBA's longest sellout streak at 301 games, but the fans at American Airlines Center just don't get it. Thursday night's tense game with the Celtics was tied at 91 until Boston's P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009


      In light of this weekend's (shocking?) revelation that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids during his 2003 MVP season with your Texas Rangers, I hereby invite a public stoning. And, yes thanks, I'll be happy to chunk the first rocks: *A-Fraud is one of the most disingenuous athl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2008

    Ex-BaD Radio Intern Mike Bacsik Finds New Way to Kill Time in the Minors

    Back in May, ESPN noted that Duncanville High School grad and former Ticket intern Mike Bacsik is toiling away in the minors, after having become a footnote in history following his serving up home run No. 756 to Barry Bonds exactly one year ago. Today, Sports Illustrated plays catch-up with the lef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2008

    A Footnote in History, Duncanville's Bacsik Wants Back in the Bigs

    Here's Bacsik's trading card, stamped with the wrong signature. It can be yours for the historically low, low price of $2.95. Some nine months after Mike Bacsik pitched his way into the history books by dealing Barry Bonds home run No. 756, ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski profiles the former KTCK-AM inter ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 8, 2008
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    March 3, 2008

    Why Can't the Texas Rangers Always Play the Kansas City Royals?

    SURPRISE, Arizona -- After a week in Arizona I can honestly say the Texas Rangers have a chance to win the World Series. That is, if the league suddenly dissolves to just them and the Kansas City Royals. The Rangers beat K.C. 8-7 yesterday, improving to 3-0 against their Spring Training bunk mates. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    New Dallas Cowboys Book To Be Full of "Dynamic Characters" and "Lots of Misbehavior"

    Two weeks ago I linked to the heartbreaking Clayton Holmes profile, penned for's Page 2 by Jeff Pearlman, who's the author of two sports books (about the '86 New York Mets and Barry Bonds). As Pearlman noted in the article, he uncovered Holmes' story while working on a book about the Dallas ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2007
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    October 4, 2007

    Rangers: The Texas Treadmills

    Your Rangers yet again perfect the art of going nowhere fast

  • Music

    September 20, 2007

    Kanye West

    Graduation (Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella Records)

  • News

    August 30, 2007
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    August 16, 2007

    'Roid Rage

    Baseball's new k*ng swats one close to home

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2007

    The Good Sport

    Nice story about Mike Bacsik in Dallas' Only Daily today. But there's an even better one about him in The New York Times, where Lee Jenkins paints the pitcher as "baseball’s unofficial ambassador" to the record-setting home run Bacsik served up to Barry Bonds Tuesday night. See, Bacsik was everywh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2007

    Serving up History on Plate

    Like father, like son: Anyone remember former Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Bacsik? Not that one, this one. Too bad The Dallas Morning News didn't pen its own Mike Bacsik piece for this morning's paper -- Bacsik being, like, the Washington Nationals pitcher who served up Barry Bonds' 756th homer last n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    Sosa What

    Quite the Father’s Day. Tiger Woods, all mondo buffed (how long till the steroid whispers arise?), gets bested by Angel (ahn-HELL) Cabrera, a pudgy, chain-smoking Argentine known as “The Duck." The Texas Rangers actually win a series, when supposed ace Kevin Millwood wins his first start in two ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2007

    Cheaters Never Win?

    Don't whisper a word to the children, but hell yeah, of course they do

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2007

    If Only One of Barry Bonds' Balls is Worth $1 Million...

    My dad, and most anyone who loves baseball, figures Barry Bonds' 756th home-run ball oughta be worth the few buck it runs retail -- or slightly less, since it'll be a used baseball. But the folks across the street from Unfair Park HQ, over at Heritage Auction Galleries, have already put a price on B ... More >>

  • News

    March 29, 2007

    Play It Again, Sammy

    Can the Rangers' oldest rookie leave his diva days behind and deliver?

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2007

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

    Is it us, or does Eric Gagne look like Seth Rogen from The 40-Year-Old Virgin? SURPRISE, ARIZONA -- No, this guy didn't show up and go dumb yesterday afternoon here at Texas Rangers spring training. But this guy went deep. Twice. Which, for a team in desperate need of some thump from its outfield, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2007
  • Dining

    November 2, 2006

    Seriously Speaking

    Yutaka: less hip, less edgy, more embracing

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2006

    In Terrell We (Don't, No Way, Uh-Unh) Trust

    You know who people don't like very much? You'll never guess. Go ahead. Try. C'mon. Give up? Jerry Jones is more appealing than Terrell Owens. Hey, that's not me talking. It's the famed DBI or, for those of you not familiar with Dallas-based The Marketing Arm over on Bryan Street, the Davie Brown In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2006

    The Texas Strangers

    Don't look now--no, really, don't look, you might miss the Mavs in the NBA Finals--but your baseball team is somehow in first place into June. I say somehow because, considering the moves that have backfired, what the Texas Rangers are accomplishing would make David Blaine do a double-take. Consider ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 1, 2006


    Take Me Out swings for the fences, then slowly runs out of game

  • Dining

    May 18, 2006

    Wallop Pack

    Size matters--and so does steak--at Ranch

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2006
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    March 15, 2006

    America's Past Prime

    Ssssh. Hear that? Is it butterflies peein' in a cotton field? Vince Young's gears turnin'? Bode Miller's Olympic medals clanging together? Nope, just the hollow clamor surrounding the World Baseball Classic. Chalk up another one for Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig. First, despite a moun ... More >>

  • News

    March 9, 2006

    Oscar Overhaul

    The Academy--y-a-w-n--Awards desperately need a shot of sports

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Sports Columnist

    Gerry Fraley, The Dallas Morning News

  • Dining

    August 21, 2003

    The AA List

    Who are the best bartenders in Dallas?

  • Culture

    July 26, 2001

    Ball Boys

    The return on this Bonds: a lot of interest, very little payoff

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