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    February 6, 2014

    SMU Inexplicably Taps ESPN's Stephen A. Smith to Give Black History Month Lecture

    There's an argument to be made that Stephen A. Smith, one of ESPN's more voluble talking heads, is qualified to talk about sports. Reasonable people can (and do) disagree, but Smith has spent two decades as a professional sports journalist and his continued employment by the country's biggest sports ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Ben & Skin Are Out at ESPN Dallas

    Listeners tuning into ESPN Radio 103.3 this morning and expecting Ben Rogers and Jeff Wade's irreverent local sports commentary were instead greeted with the nationally syndicated blather of Colin Cowherd. Hosts of the morning-drive Ben and Skin Show, Rogers and Wade Tweeted over the weekend that th ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    A Three-Way With Chad Davenport, Simon McDonald and Gavin Mulloy of The Local Yokel Show: "We're Not Curing Cancer Here."

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes in Dallas/Fort Worth music. The Local Yokel Show podcast was meant to be a fun gathering of friends who play local music, but it ended up providing a perk to those artists: in-studio video. It's a great social medi ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Defending Champion Mavericks are Now Must-See TV

    ​The champagne isn't quite dry and the NBA lockout is just getting started, but how good does it sound to be already talking about the defending champion Mavericks? Once a soft, underachieving team that nobody outside the Metroplex gave a dang about watching, the Mavs are now natio ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Whitt's End: 4.8.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *So Nuggets coach George Karl wants some of the Mavs, huh? "If we had to pick and choose, we would probably say 55 percent Dallas and 45 percent Oklahoma City," he says of his preferred ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Sports Guy Bill Simmons on Why DFW Shouldn't (And Should) Host the Super Bowl

    Simmons takes this pic and writes: "Ladies and gentlemen, Super Bowl 45! I have to admit, it's kind of fun. I will always remember being here."​We know how Sports Illustratred's Peter King feels about the situation -- as opposed to, say, The Situation. Below, a Friend of Unfair Park directs us to ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    SMU and "Pony Excess": The Scars Remain

    No one from the 1980s pay-for-play scandals remains at SMU, but the stigma - and the residue from the NCAA's Death Penalty - remain on the Hilltop. Those wounds may not be re-opened, but they'll certainly be re-visited Saturday night when ESPN presents its latest 30 for 30 documentary: "Pony Exces ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    What Do the Mavs Have to Do to Get You Invested?

    ​I'm in. After watching the Dallas Mavericks win seven in a row and vault to the NBA's second-best record I've officially got my basketball Jonesing. ESPN believes, as they have the Mavs ranked No. 4. So does Sports Illustrated, who shoves Dallas all the way to No. 1. I know a win over the lo ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Whitt's End: 11.5.10

      Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Roy Williams can hyperbolize(?) about winning nine consecutive games all he wants, but the only drama left in the Dallas Cowboys' failed season is not if - but when - head coach Wade Phillips ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Today In Music News: Katy Perry's Boobs Get Her Booted, Lyfe Jennings Gets Time And Gene Simmons Didn't Hump

    Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, September 24, 2010...Katy Perry's cameo appearance on Sesame Street has been axed because of "boob complaints." It's really never too early to learn about anatomy though, right?Lyfe Jennings credits a prison stint for turning his life around. Howe ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Your Dallas Mavericks 2010-11 Schedule

    Vomit.​ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy -- who I like, by the way -- thinks the LeBron James/Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh-led Miami Heat will be the best team in NBA history. He says the Heat, a team he predicts will be "unguardable," will in 2010-11 never lose two games in a row, flirt with the NBA re ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    There's Greggo! Richie Too. And They're Talking to Mayor Tom Leppert, Who Likes His Gig.

    Mayor Tom Leppert on 105.3 The Fan with Richie and Greggo yesterday​Richie asked Schutze yesterday what he should ask Mayor Tom Leppert, who appeared Wednesday on the sports programme he hosts with one Greg Williams afternoons on 105.3 The Fan. Schutze's suggestion -- something to do with airport ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    ESPN's Senior Producer Talks About Why She Chose Fort Worth Over Dallas For Super Bowl

    Stephanie Druley​After all the fussin' and cussin' accompanying yesterday's item about ESPN's decision to home-base in Sundance Square during next year's Super Bowl, I thought it might be nice to talk to the very person who made that decision: Stephanie Druley. She's the Worldwide Leader's senior ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    After Last-Second Stay of Execution, the Big XII Lives to Play Another Day

    The man who saved a conference: Dan Beebe​Who's the commissioner/savior/magician of the Big XII Conference, David Blaine? In a death-defying, last-second escape that would make the famed illusionist proud, Big XII commissioner Dan Beebe has somehow kept his league alive and, I think, wel ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Today In Music News: Sir Elton's Stage Collapses, Hooky Plans Ian Curtis Celebration And Prison Walls Can't Keep You From Blogging

    Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, April 5, 2010...If you're constructing a stage in ancient Mayan ruins and it collapses... should you really keep the show scheduled?Peter Hook plans on performing the seminal Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures in it's entirety on the anniversary o ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    We're Six Months Away from Ponying Up, But, Still, SMU to ESPN ... Twice

    ​SMU just released the 2010 football schedule, and, clearly, the Christmas Miracle in Hawaii meant a little something-something when it came to the Worldwide Leader locking down dates. Because the season opens with a September 5 Sunday-afternoon showdown in Lubbock against Texas Tech -- the first ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Shame on You ESPNDallas. Shame, I Say.

    ​If you're one of those who doesn't believe in the theory of "credit where credit is due", and who thinks principles like "ownership" and "theft" are antiquated ideals better left behind in a kinder, gentler, softer era, please stop reading. Now. If you have a tendency to ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Texas-OU at Night? Doesn't Sound Like It.

    Danny Fulgencio​Maybe you saw Michael Lindenberger's story in The News this morning about the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board meeting yesterday, during which DART officials found that DART officials didn't do anything wrong during the Fair Park eff-up that resulted in folks missing a big hunk o' T ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    Whitt's End: 10.23.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Last night I got a foot massage. By a guy. And thoroughly enjoyed it. Now, now. Settle down. It's not what you think. Friend of mine tells me of a place where at 11 p.m. you can get an hour-l ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    What in the Wide World of Sports ...?

    ​There are probably a million more important things with which to begin the work week -- like, oh, a passel of Hicks Sports Group creditors asking the National Hockey League whether the beleaguered owner of the Texas Rangers has dough enough to keep the Dallas Stars -- but this breaking, um, news? ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Steve Dennis is Pissed at - Get This - Sports Announcers

    Hot inside there, Steve?To close out a month in which ESPN blowhard Chris Berman somehow received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, guess who's mad at sports announcers? Would you believe ... a sports announcer? I love me some Steve Dennis. I mean, other than the times he puts on hi ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Whitt's End: 5.29.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Trust me, you'll be elated if David McDavid buys the Texas Rangers. Biggest reason: His dream is not to make more money, but to own a championship sports franchise in the Metroplex. *One of the thing ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Whitt's End: 5.15.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Of the Texas Rangers' hot start - they are 20-14 compared to 14-20 last year - the most amazing feat is pitcher Matt Harrison's back-to-back complete games. If you're looking for Nolan Ryan's st ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    Dwayne Goodrich Goes Under ESPN E:60 Microscope

    I told the sad saga of former Dallas Cowboy Dwayne Goodrich in an Observer cover story back in December. Something tells me Jeremy Schaap is going to tell it even better tonight. To say I "consulted" ESPN E:60 is probably a little strong, but I did sit down with Schaap and his producer at the Bob's ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Today In Music News: Spike Jonze and Kanye Team Up, Andre Goes 3000 (almost) and Snow Patrol Is Kinda Like The Village People

    Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, April 1, 2009...Director Spike Jonze and Kanye West are reportedly filming a 10- to 15-minute mini-movie featuring Ye's song "See You In My Nightmares."Outkast's Andre 3000 was detained for speeding in suburban Atlanta. He was only going 109 mph ... More >>

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    March 31, 2009

    Re: FYI, Read This ASAP. OMG!

    The following is a prime example of my curse here on Earth. A fleeting thought sprouts into a mild observation, only to bloom into a thesis that eventually flourishes into a blog item with sports branches. My apologies ... Got a text the other day, the salutation of which was LOL. It ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Whitt's End: 3.20.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *It hit me this week: More than the Mavs being psychologically gutted from playoff failure or inherently soft or whatever, the thing that has stunted their growth is the regression of Josh Howard. He was o ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    Emmitt Smith the Broadcaster: Rest In Peas

    Look, nobody's perfect. Just last weekend on 105.3 The Fan my radio sidekick Mike Ogulnick referred to a huge crowd as a "thong of fans" and I invented a new word: "Necessarillarily"? But as of today we'll no longer be treated to the malaprops and misspeaks of Emmitt Smith, whose contract isn't bein ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 1, 2008

    For $15,000, You Too Can Move Your RV Into TMS' Burnout Alley

    Texas Motor Speedway announced today it's ditching some 21,022 seats on the backstretch, which'll put the track's total number of butts allowed at right around 138,000. ESPN says it's because of "the economic recession that has affected most tracks which play host to NASCAR events." But TMS presiden ... More >>

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    October 21, 2008

    The Hardline One Year Later: Yay or Nay?

    Better than the original? Last Sunday marked the 1-year anniversary of Greg Williams’ departure from The Ticket. On Oct. 12, 2007 – as most of you well know – Williams walked away from a Hardline remote and into a 9-month tailspin that I began chronicling with this and this and climaxed wi ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008

    Greg Williams Muzzled by ESPN Radio’s Hardball

    Ssh! Can you hear Greggo? Me neither. First off, congrats to ESPN Radio for being nominated for a 2008 Marconi Award. Last month in Austin it was honored by the National Association of Broadcasters as one of five finalists for Sports Station of the Year. (Curiously, The Ticket won the award last ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    Redskins 26, Cowboys 24: From the Couch

    Lotta this going on yesterday. And today. Likely the rest of the week. Everee-Day is like Sunn-daay! Random, irrational thoughts from my 8 hours of Sabbath on the couch. With a lap full of pizza. And a belly full of … Diet Dr Pepper? 10 a.m. – Saturday's leftover: ’Splain this to ... More >>

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    July 29, 2008
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    June 26, 2008

    Kidd and Nash, Like Caine and Stallone

    Flickr photo: themikelee The Intern notes of this photo: "He's gorgeous! Think he's seeing anybody?" Yes, Spencer, I do. The Steve Nash Foundation, always raising dough to keep the kids healthy, played a little footsie yesterday on the Nike Field at Sarah D. Roosevelt Park in Chinatown NYC. Among t ... More >>

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    October 23, 2007
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    August 31, 2007
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    April 3, 2007

    Wait, the Observer Has a Softball Team?

    For the first, and almost certainly the last, time in metroplex sports history, Your Dallas Observer softball team is the hottest sports squad in town. (This is usually where'd I insert a snappy, informative link, but, c'mon, we can't even get our allegedly powder-blue T-shirts -- a la the Texas Ran ... More >>

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    March 26, 2007

    Look, Who Doesn't Want Some of Mark Cuban's Money?

    This is Delta Keoninh's dream. And the rest of America's too. How is it someone hasn't come up with this before? It's not like folks aren't always asking Mark Cuban for spare change (like, ya know, a hundred thou) all the time. But far as we can tell, marks the first time someon ... More >>

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    February 19, 2007

    Honoring Our Heroes and Leaders

    The greatness of Mel Renfro will be at a McKinney Ave. lunch today highlighting the problems facing pro football's old-timers. Dead presidents? Hardly. On this most special of days, when we take time to remember and celebrate the men whose talents helped shaped our lives and whose posters help cover ... More >>

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    June 8, 2006

    Leader of the Pack

    Cycling hits the big screen at the Modern

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    May 31, 2006
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    October 6, 2005


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  • Dining

    February 3, 2005

    Liquid Linguistics

    How much alcohol language do we need to know?

  • News

    September 16, 2004

    Bass Fishing in America

    How Takahiro Omori defied his family, flew to Texas, slept in a van and made his crazy dream come true

  • News

    April 29, 2004

    Back to Basics

    Once again, we spotlight what's important: football and, mostly, Gonz

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    May 17, 2001

    X Marks the Spot

    Xtreme sports hit the mainstream

  • Music

    October 7, 1999

    AOJ is A-OK

    Even though they were still-Born on the Web

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