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    March 7, 2014

    Craig James' Discrimination Case Isn't Nearly As Impressive As He'd Have You Think

    When Fox Sports Southwest canned him last September after a single appearance, Craig James came out with guns blazing. Fox Sports had canned him because of his sincerely held and constitutionally protected religious beliefs (i.e. that gays are "going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions." ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    Far North Dallas Rabbi Cries Discrimination as Neighbors Try to Close His Living-Room Synagogue

    Welcome to Congregation Toras Chaim. Sure, it may look like your typical Far North Dallas house -- 3,500 square feet, $330,000 on the tax rolls, a swimming pool in the back -- but it doubles as one of the area's newer and smaller synagogues. This isn't exactly a secret. The congregation's website l ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Craig James, Claiming Religious Discrimination, Preps for a Lawsuit Against Fox Sports

    Craig James' tenure as a college football analyst on Fox Sports Southwest was hilariously brief. It took all of one day for the station's corporate parent to learn of the hire, review James' comments on homosexuality from his failed U.S. Senate campaign, and show him the door. College football fans ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Craig James, the "Latest Face of the War on Religious Liberty"

    Craig James, former SMU running back and failed U.S. Senate candidate, has managed to alienate an impressively broad swath of humanity, including but not limited to Texas Tech fans, sex workers, the entire LGBT community, Republican primary voters, and the executives of now two major sports networks ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Fox Sports Fires Craig James, Failed Senate Candidate and Alleged Hooker Killer, After One Show

    Last we heard from Craig James, he was groveling for cash to pay off the debt racked up during his ill-conceived U.S. Senate campaign and denying that he killed five hookers. That was more than a year ago. Then, on Friday, Fox Sports Southwest reminded the world of James' existence by announcing th ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    The Mavs Whiffed on Dwight Howard, Which Mark Cuban Now Says is a Good Thing

    When center Dwight Howard spurned the Mavericks and decided to take his talents to the Bayou City, it marked the second straight year the team had epically flamed out in free agency. And, for the second straight year, Mark Cuban is trying to rewrite history. "I think we've put ourselves in a spot w ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Rangers Broadcaster Dave Barnett Went Off the Rails For About 45 Seconds Last Night

    If you didn't finish out the Rangers explosive (or not) 2-1 victory over San Diego last night, you missed what has to be among the strangest 45 seconds ever of a local sports broadcast. You can listen to the audio here, but to summarize, Dave Barnett's eighth inning play-by-play unravels into nonsen ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    The Return of Bob Ortegel

    ​Ten months ago, Mark Cuban dismissed Bob Ortegel as the Dallas Mavericks' color commentator, insisting, "Sometimes you've just got to freshen things up and try some different things." Ortegel, who had more or less been the voice of the team for the past 23 years, handled his firing with great dig ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Apparently June Jones Is (Update: Not?) Leaving SMU for ASU, Which Is Apparently Great (Update: Awkward!) for SMU

    "They wear Hawaiian shirts in Arizona, don't they?"​Update, 3:42 p.m.: This could get awkward. Yahoo! is now reporting that several sources are saying June Jones will not be ASU's next coach, because -- well, basically because of all those Tweets below, or whatever the big-money-booster equiva ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Whitt's End: 9.16.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Every once in a while I take Michael Young for granted. I think of him as a step-slow, reaction-reduced fielder. Then I go to Rangers Ballpark, watch him rip a bases-loaded double down ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    TV Ratings: Rangers Mavericks Stars < Cowboys

    ​I run a buffet here. Not every customer will like everything I put out, but hopefully most will find a little something to keep them coming back. I get this complaint frequently: "Why don't you write more about the Rangers? They're winning!" (Beat the Indians last night. AL West ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Rangers Closer to Raising AL West Pennant, Funds for Shannon Stone

    ​Yep, the Angels somehow lost to this laughable outfit again last night -- Anaheim has given up the division by going 5-9 against the A's -- shoving the Rangers' lead in the AL West up to 3 with 15 remaining and trimming their magic number to 13. Nelson Cruz should be off the DL and ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    The 50 Most Powerful Peeps in DFW Sports: Take 7

    ​Power is subjective. But when you see it -- when you sense it's immense influence -- you just know it. Each summer, as I construct my list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Metroplex Sports, the criteria gets a triple-digit tweaking. This year I deemed the allure of power  ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Dave Barnett to Replace John Rhadigan As Texas Rangers' TV Play-by-Play Man

    Dave Barnett​About half an hour ago, Richie posted an item on the Sportatorium: John Rhadigan, hired in January to replace Josh Lewin as the Texas Rangers' TV, play-by-play announcer, is already out. Moments ago, the team confirmed with an Official Statement that follows in full. But long story sh ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    It's Official: John Rhadigan Is The New Play-by-Play Voice of Your Texas Rangers

    Flickr user: HooverStreetStudios​The rumor's been circulating for days that John Rhadigan would replace ousted-in-October Josh Lewin as the teevee play-by-play man for the Texas Rangers, pairing him with analyst Tom Grieve. The team just made it official in a release that follows in full. But long ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    October 29, 2010

    In Case You Switched Providers in Recent Weeks, Dish Network, FOX Kiss and Make Up

    Dish'ers, you're now free to watch FX's The League again. And if you're not, you should.​That's the word from the Dish Network, which just sent word that, nope, it's not gonna drop regular ol' FOX from its line-up after all. And, matter of fact, those 19 regional sports nets axed on October 1, inc ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Before Game Two of the World Series, a Look at How the Ballpark's Preparing for Game Three

    Photos by Sam Merten​Although I've long considered Matt Cain one of baseball's most underrated hurlers, there's no reason why C.J. Wilson can't rebound from getting knocked around by the Yankees in Game Five of the American League Championship Series and tie up the World Series tonight. But ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Dallas Stars Suggest Dish Subscribers Might Just Wanna Go Ahead and Switch Services Now

    If you don't want to miss The Razor, DISH-watchers, might wanna switch services now.​Speaking of FOX ...By now even non-Dish Network-ers are aware of the ongoing spat between FOX and Dish over carriage fees, which resulted in FOX's yanking off the Dish its 19 regional sports nets on October 1, inc ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Down to Knoxy = Knoxy Goes Down!

    Fox Sports Southwest reporter Jim Knox seems a fine fella. His job on Texas Rangers games -- interviewing Boy Scout Troop #137, talking to face-painting Sally and whatnot -- seems almost impossible to make interesting. But if you've ever wanted to see Knox get his, well you're day has arrived. ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    News & Notes With Tom Hicks, Mark Cuban, Luke Wilson and The Wyly Bros' Broker

    Kit NelsonOne of Liverpool FC supporters' myriad posters advertising their disgust with Tom Hicks's asking price for the club​Some start-o-the-week news and notes while I roll a few fat blunts in preparation for this afternoon's Public Safety Committee meeting ...Remember when Tom Hicks said, why, ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    July 29, 2010

    One Week Before Texas Rangers' Auction, a Parade of Objections From A-Rod, MLB, FOX Sports, MLBPA, U.S. Trustee, Arlington and ...

    ​On the other side, some light morning reading you won't find on the Texas Rangers Baseball Partners Information Site -- eight of the myriad objections to the sale of Your Texas Rangers, which is set to go to the highest bidder on Wednesday. They were all filed yesterday in Fort Worth bankruptcy c ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Channel 21, Now Truly "The Preeminent Sports Carrier" in Town, Adds Dallas Stars to Roster

    ​After the jump you'll find the announcement that just landed in the Unfair Park in-box, but short story shorter: KTXA will broadcast 15 Dallas Stars regular-season games each season for the next four beginning, well, this season. Most, incidentally, will be Saturday-night games -- and all will b ... 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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    May 20, 2010

    MMA - But Not UFC - Comes Back to Metroplex

    ​No way it will be bigger than last summer when UFC took over American Airlines Center, but Mixed Martial Arts - in the form of Bellator - invades the metroplex again tonight. The BFC XIX will hold seven fights at the Nokia Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, headlined by lightweight champ Joe ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    The Top 10 Hottest TV Women in Dallas/Fort Worth: 5.11.10

    Iola Johnson - The Original.​Tony Romo, you've been warned. In the spirit of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, the first two winners of The Sportatorium's Hottest TV Women in the Metroplex are, um, gone. Yep, Erin Hawksworth (to Boston) and Megan Henderson (to L.A.) packed up and left ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Fox Sports Southwest, DISH Network Face Off Over Added Dallas Stars Broadcasts

    ​It may take a while to get a response from DISH Network; a spokesperson tells Unfair Park most of its higher-ups are at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. Till we get a response, then, this is Fox Sports Southwest's side of the story.This year, the network upped the number of Dallas Stars ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Dirk Nowitzki: In His Own Words

    Danny Bollinger​I wish Fox Sports Southwest did more of these because they're usually pretty damn good. If his 33 points and 8 rebounds in last night's victory over the Phoenix Suns merely left you wanting more of Dirk Nowitzki, tune in to FSSW Friday at 10 p.m. for In My Own Words. Du ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Angels 5, Faders 2

    Time to switch sagas?The good news: The Texas Rangers got seven more hits and two more runs last night than they did on Sunday. The bad news: They suck. With a 5-2 loss to the Angels, the Rangers - who held a 5 1/2-game lead to start the month - are now 2 1/2 games in arrears as we stumble in ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    The Top 10 People I'd Like To See Disappear From My Sports TV

    True story: Back in 2004 I was preparing to go to the Summer Olympics in Greece as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In preparation for what was potentially a hostile, dangerous, terroristy, post-9/11 environment, all Knight-Ridder newspaper chain employees headed overseas were requi ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    The Top 10 Hottest TV Women in Dallas

    Somehow, Channel 8 let Erin Hawksworth move to Boston. Damn you, Hansen! Since former Channel 8 sports reporter Erin Hawksworth up and moved to Boston, long-time Mavs’ sideline reporter Laura Green packed her bags for Portland and ESPN’s Suzy Kolber flew the Cowboys' in-house production coop ... More >>

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    June 9, 2008
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    March 31, 2008

    Now That Basketball Season's Almost Over, Guess It's Time For Baseball. Joy.

    Kevin Millwood, the Rangers' ... um ... ace? Sure, we'll go with "ace." One season commencing and another, um, crashing? Tonight on Fox Sports Net Southwest you can watch Your Texas Rangers begin another march toward mediocrity in their season opener against the Seattle Mariners at 5:40, followed b ... More >>

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    March 26, 2008

    Why It's Worth Tuning Into Regular-Season Mavs Games After All

    Well, besides seeing if they'll make the playoffs, course. But courtesy Odenized (and, like, um, Fox Sports Net) comes this video from last night's Mavs-Clippers game, during which a very tall benchwarmer with a bum ankle is sorta, kinda interviewed by Mark Followill during the latter half of the th ... More >>

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    December 6, 2007

    Bringing the Kidd Back to Dallas?

    From The New York Post today, via Fox Sports: Jason Kidd was "on strike" last night, faking illness and riding the pine in order to expedite a trade that would get him outta New Jersey. And to where, you ask? Well ... Another source said the Nets were planning on -- if not already -- talking to Dall ... More >>

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    July 30, 2007

    Taking the "Tex" Out of the Texas Rangers, Looks Like

    This isn't on yet, but Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that: The Braves are on the verge of acquiring Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira. The deal is done, pending a review of the medical records of the players involved, according to major-league sources. The Braves will rec ... More >>

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    July 11, 2007

    Double Your Pleasure with Richie and Tony Casillas

    Exerting minimal effort, you can come up with two reasons to patron Twin Peaks. No, not that one. Or those guys. I'm talking about this place. After a laughably hollow petition drive designed to cock-block the joint generated a whopping five signatures, the Plano sports bar/tease-atorium opened two ... More >>

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    March 23, 2007

    Check That, Everything Isn't Bigger In Texas

    I dunno, maybe it's because I'm all baseball-fevering out here at Rangers spring training. Or maybe I'm saving my basketball jones for the Mavs' playoff run. Whatever, I just don't have the March Madness this year. Watched some games last night at a crummy little sports bar in Peoria (where's the Fo ... More >>

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    January 22, 2007

    Ssssh, All-Star Game Sleeping

    With Bill Parcells in limbo, the Bears and Colts in the Super Bowl and the Dallas Mavericks in first place, does anyone care that the NHL All-Star Game is in town? Under the cover of wintry mix, the showpiece of America's No. 4 sport sneaked into Dallas and will this week try to re-boot old fans and ... More >>

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    January 15, 2007
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    October 17, 2006

    Trick or Treat?

    There are some captains we love more than others--like, oh, Captain Kirk. Love him. And Brenden Morrow. Nice captain too. Your Dallas Stars are either setting us up for another punch to the gut come April or laying the foundation for the first 82-0 season in NHL history. In the wake of three consecu ... More >>

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    September 20, 2006

    Sit 'Em, Cowboy!

    There's at least one guy in our regular poker game who could probably play Cowboy Poker, and not because he drinks a lot. No, not all. Yep, another cowboys column. But in this week's paper version of Unfair Park I write not about Cowboys who catch pigskins, but rather cowboys who dodge bull horns. A ... More >>

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    September 14, 2006
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    August 18, 2006
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    July 20, 2006
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    June 14, 2006

    The South Beach Diet

    That wasn't Thundershower Alberto chugging through south Florida last night; that was the Karma Train. And, after the city of Dallas inexplicably unveiled its plans for a victory parade a week prematurely, it ran right over the Dallas Mavericks. Well, that and a combination of pathetic Mavs' play an ... More >>

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    June 7, 2006

    Sports News You Can Use or Peruse or, Even, Abuse

    In our ramp-up to the Mavs-Heat NBA Finals, which tips off tomorrow night, we continue our wrap-up of the national media coverage of the series. Let's begin all the way up in Washington state, where Seattle Times writer Percy Allen brands this a most watchable series--and not only that, but the "daw ... More >>

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    May 27, 2004

    Back in the Saddle

    Cowboy up for the Texas Black Invitational Rodeo

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    February 5, 1998

    Stealing home

    Tom Hicks bought a baseball team, but he'll own an empire

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