• Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    As Promised, Prince Fielder Is in ESPN Magazine's Body Issue. He Looks Magnificent.

    Late last month, local media buzzed with the news that our very own Prince Fielder, the hulking, injured, $168 million albatross currently not playing first base for the Rangers, would be making an appearance in ESPN the Magazine. Naked. Because why the hell not? See also: Prince Fielder to Appear ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Prince Fielder to Appear Nude in ESPN the Magazine, for Some Reason

    North Texas will be heavily represented in ESPN the Magazine's upcoming Body Issue, according to the Associated Press. In addition to some athletes you might expect -- the Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka and the U.S. Women's National Team's Megan Rapinoe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Why the NFL Shouldn't Throw Penalty Flags on Players Who Use Say "Nigger"

    This story originally appeared on Deadspin. Last week, we got word that the Fritz Pollard Alliance, chaired by ex-NFL player John Wooten, was pushing a rule change in the league that would penalize players for the use of the word "nigger" on the football field. The proposal involves a 15-yard penal ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 16, 2012
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    August 18, 2011

    As It Tries to Bolt the Big 12, The Joke's On Texas A&M (Again)

    Jealous and impotent until the bitter end, the Aggies try to flee for the SEC.

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.22.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Dear NFL owners, you're a slimy lot. Signed, Everyone. Basically on Thursday the owners ratified a proposal, not an agreement. They made a deal with themselves. Then -- with darting eyes th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Going, Going ... Yawn. How to Fix Baseball's Broken All-Star Gala.

    ​Not appearing tonight at baseball's All-Star Game: Derek Jeter, Jose Reyes, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, C.C. Sabathia, David Price and Albert Pujols.Injuries can't be helped, but the mid-summer classic needs to be fixed. From last night's boring home run derby to tonight's exhibition, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Whitt's End: 6.17.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Jason Terry's voice is still hoarse from all the partying and cigars, but yet we're already peeking at 2012. Problem: The Mavs aren't a team built for the future, but rather the here-'n-now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The Top 10 Shows on the New ESPN/UT Network

    ​Yesterday ESPN and Texas agree to a 20-year, $300 million deal to launch a 24-hour Longhorn network in September. Planned programming includes sports, original series, studio shows, historical programming and academic and cultural events. More precisely ESPN/UT hopes to televise at least one exc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    "Against the Grain": Jim Moroney on the Decision to Erect a Paywall at The Dallas News

    ​Shortly before The Dallas Morning News announced the erection of its paywall, which goes into place February 15, publisher and CEO Jim Moroney sent to the staff a memo in which he wrote: Brace yourself. Said Moroney in a phone conversation with Unfair Park at 6:30 this morning, as he was driving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Weird Science: Eating Brains, McDonald's Madness and Brilliant Bacon

    Lunch!​For most eaters, scrutinizing food means checking to make sure the lettuce in their salad's clean and their steak's not overly fatty. Scientists, of course, take a more rigorous approach, using microscopes, MRI scans and sophisticated chemical testing to determine exactly what people ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    At the Lakewood Last Night, A Home-Field Look at SMU Football Doc Pony Excess

    Patrick MichelsDirector Thaddeus Matula introduces his film.​Mustangs young and old turned out at the Lakewood Theater last night, for a very special screening of Pony Excess -- or "Exce$$," if you prefer -- Southern Methodist film-school grad Thaddeus Matula's ESPN-bound documentary about SMU foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Today in Tom Hicks: Would-Be Stars Buyer Backs Out, Liverpool Board Poo-Poohs Refi

    Kit Nelson​I just left a message on Bill Gallacher's voice mail at his Calgary HQ to see if ESPN's correct in saying he's no longer interested in buying Your Dallas Stars. No reason to doubt Big Richard Durrett and ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, or other reports outta Canada. Just curious, that's all. Beca ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010
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    April 23, 2010

    Whitt's End: 4.23.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Cowboys fans rejoice. First of all you have Dez Bryant. Secondly, you're not the Denver Broncos. The same team that traded for Brady Quinn has now traded up to draft Tim Tebow. To - get this -&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Whitt's End: 1.22.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Been meaning to get to this, but The Ticket is so dominant in Metroplex sports talk radio that at this point it's like digging up Barbaro for another kick to the ribs. In December 1310 AM The Tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line Free Reign Preps Debut EP For January 26 Release

    Dallas Cowboys offensive linemen Leonard Davis, Marc Columbo and Marc Proctor's band, Free Reign (which pairs the trio with guitarist Justin Chapman), has announced the released date for its debut EP. The five-song disc from the nu-metal footballers, called (fittingly?) Tragedy, will be released on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Whitt's End: 12.11.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *You heard it here first back in October as a sorta be-on-the-lookout rumor. Now it's more solid, as in, Michael Irvin's days on 103.3 FM ESPN are numbered. Radio industry sources keep telling me h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Whitt's End: 12.4.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Ho hum, another month of Arbitron PPM ratings and another month of dominance by 1310 AM The Ticket. In the November ratings for the precious Men 25-54 demographic, The Ticket is No. 2 in the Metro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Whitt's End: 9.11.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *As for August's PPM radio ratings - surprise! - 1310 AM The Ticket continues to dominate. Among men 25-54, The Ticket remains No. 1 in the market leading every hour from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Whitt's End: 8.7.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Sunday is the NFL's annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. More importantly, it's the induction of my first Dallas Cowboys hero - Bob Hayes. I'll be watching. For one thing, to see if Luci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    A.H. Belo Revenue Drops, But Stock Price Still Rising; Local TV Talks ESPN Comin' to Town

    ​Two media matters this morning, beginning with A.H. Belo releasing its second-quarter numbers: "Advertising revenue, including print and Internet revenue, was down 30.2 percent, due to declines in retail, general and classified revenues in all AHC markets." The press release has all the stats con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Whitt's End: 6.5.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Might Michael Irvin's days at ESPN Radio be numbered? This isn't sourced "breaking news", but more so a simple putting two-and-two together and arriving at a common sense conclusion. And, no, it has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Whitt's End: 5.22.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *You'll have to savor this offering like a cow with its cud, because this morning I'm headed out to the Byron Nelson to chug margaritas and chase girls in The Pavilion watch golf and conduct research ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    BREAKING NEWS: Greg Williams Soon to Be Ex-ESPN Radio Host

    Don't have this 100-percent confirmed, but all signs are pointing to Greg Williams being out at 103.3 FM ESPN Radio. Last week I alerted you that Williams sounded incoherent on last Tuesday night's Choppy & Greggo show. He blamed it on a change in anti-depressant medication. But over the we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Whitt's End: 4.24.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Barring a trade, the Cowboys won't make their first pick (51st overall) in tomorrow's NFL Draft until around 9:30 p.m., a good six hours after the thing kicks off. But it's worth it to tune in early.  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    At Least The Ticket Can Win a Ratings Book

    Richie has the recap of last night's Ticket-Lake Highlands High all-girls squad basketball game, and no doubt he'll post the sports-talk radio ratings for February sooner than later. (Spoiler alert: KTCK's No. 1 overall in the market with men 25-54 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, postin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    BREAKING NEWS: Mark "Friedo" Friedman Leaves The Ticket

    Long-time Norm Hitzges sidekick and 1310 AM The Ticket assistant program director Mark Friedman confirms this afternoon that he has left the station to take a similar role with rival sports-talk station 103.3 FM ESPN Radio. Friedman will next week begin his new role as ESPN's APD and producer f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Sean Avery on Playing with Dolls, Being Hated and Making Gay Friends in Dallas

    A co-working Friend of Unfair Park (thanks, Michelle!) forwards along this ESPN video of Sean Avery, who makes his regular-season debut tonight as the most fashionable Dallas Star in the history of hockey. Co-starring several of his new teammates, as well as bossman Brett Hull, the video serves as q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    Good Lord, This Josh Howard Thing Has Gotten Crazy, Man, Crazy

    To the point where Mark Cuban's posting the racist e-mails he's received concerning Josh Howard's awwwkward "Star-Spangled Banner" comments -- and the e-mail addresses, oh my. I'm partial to the Deadspin comments, among them: "Dear Mark, I didn't celebrate it either, and I'm now in Gitmo. Sincerely, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    ESPN: Now Also Jess-Obsessed

    Look, at this point we're just killing time till the 4 p.m. emergency press conference at DISD HQ on Ross Ave., from which Intern Courtney will likely report back with the bad news that the district's suddenly "$64 million and change" in the hole, says one source with whom we've spoken. (DISD's spok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Weekend Planner: Get Our Yer Rotten Fruit

    This photo just slays 'em. Slays 'em I tell ya. Couple of, um, interesting(?) goings-on this weekend involving names near and somewhat dear to our lil’ corner of the blogosphere: FRIDAY: Does the name Greg Williams clang a wind chime? I hear that ol’ Hammer – whose new show debuts Mond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    Ben & Skin to do their new Radio Show in Spanish (Sólo bromeaba)

    Skin has cash and, apparently, safety goggles. Ben's the other guy. I’ve always loved, er, at least really liked Ben & Skin. The dudes are fast, funny, fresh, friendly, finicky and, best of all, freaky fans of friggin’ alliteration. But in the ramp-up to them taking over middays 11 a.m.- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008

    Post-Greggo, The Ticket Keeps Ticking

    Better than ever? In this story, The Ticket didn’t seem to really miss their old colleague, Greg Williams. And in the radio ratings for Spring ’08, the station likewise seems as healthy as ever. The Ticket finished No. 1 in Dallas-Fort Worth for their target demographic – men 25-54 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    Your Last Greg Williams Item For At Least a Week

    Appearing live next Tuesday at an awards show near you! Since you’ll have to go cold turkey while I’m on vacation next week, thought I’d empty out my Hammer notebook before I skedaddle. Talked to Greggo last night – he was in Decatur serving as executor of his dad’s will, which me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2008

    Here’s To You, SM-Who?

    David Stanley When you think Penn State football, it’s Joe Paterno. Texas? Gotta go with Earl Campbell. Boise State? Blue astroturf. Boston College? Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary in the Orange Bowl. SMU? Hmmm. Can I phone a friend? In a confusing-yet-intriguing promo, CBS College Sports ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2008

    Greggo or No, The Hard Line = Rock Solid

    Mike and Corby, remaining rigid. Just got my grubby little hands on the Arbitron radio ratings Winter ’08 book and, you know what, I can’t make heads or tails of it. The details, that is. Numbers schnumbers. But this much I can tell you: *KTCK 1310 AM The Ticket is still the Metroplex ... More >>

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    April 30, 2008
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    April 7, 2008
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    January 10, 2008
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    December 20, 2007
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    September 11, 2007

    Kid Rock's Gonna Screw Up My Cowboys-Bills Game

    This is why I will be watching the October 8 Dallas Cowboys-Buffalo Bills game with the TV sound turned down and the radio broadcast cranked up. ESPN and some record labels are hopping into bed together to pimp their product -- specifically, Monday Night Football and such acts as the Foo Fighters, K ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 21, 2007
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    December 21, 2006

    Desmond, um, Tutu?

    This is Desmond Howard before his brain fell out of his head. Where's the helmet when you need it? I take it back. Female sideline reporters are not the biggest wastes of time on TV. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Desmond Howard. Yes, that one. Won the Heisman Trophy at Michigan in 1991. I ... More >>

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Billiards

    City Tavern

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Rumor That Got Us All Worked Up Over Nothing

    Shaq to come to the Dallas Mavericks

  • News

    April 3, 2003

    War Torn

    Or, how CNN has made this column more irrelevant than usual

  • Culture

    July 5, 2001

    Trivial Pursuit

    This just in: Me am not very smart, ESPN has learned

  • News

    December 21, 2000

    Spring Cleaning

    Kamb, Stern, ESPN--the new year braces for big battles in talk radio

  • Dining

    January 27, 2000

    Hash Over

    In the corner pocket

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