Injuries and Traumas

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2014

    The Phuss Drummer Trey Alfaro Seriously Injured in Hit and Run

    Dallas isn't exactly renowned for being a bike-friendly city, but over the weekend that point was driven home to the music community when one of its own, drummer Trey Alfaro from the band the Phuss, was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bicycle Friday night. While Alfaro' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Can the Rangers' Season Be Saved?

    Derek Holland. Matt Harrison. Martin Perez. Geovany Soto. Prince Fielder. Jurickson Profar. Engel Beltre. Three-fifths of the rotation, the starting catcher, the starting first baseman, the starting second baseman and the backup outfielder are currently not playing. This doesn't include players who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Dallas' Bike-Helmet Mandate Is Basically Toast

    When Dallas City Council members first entertained the idea of doing away with the city's 18-year-old bike helmet requirement two weeks ago, they left promising to give the proposal "strong consideration." At this morning's meeting of the Quality of Life committee, it became clear that they will do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Three Years After Ice Fell from Cowboys Stadium, the Legal Battles Wage On

    At least six people were injured by blocks of ice and snow sliding off the roof of Cowboys Stadium during Super Bowl Week in 2011. But in the aftermath, Arlington officials suggested that the guy who suffered the worst injuries had only himself to blame. In emails released by the City of Arlington ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Tony Romo Just Had Back Surgery, Will Miss Sunday's Game Against the Eagles

    All week, ever since he re-injured a herniated disk in his back against the Redskins, Cowboys fans have waited for final word on whether Tony Romo will play in Sunday's season-deciding matchup with Philadelphia. Now we know. Despite some brief glimmers of hope -- vague pronouncements from Jerry J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    The Terrifying Pre-Super Bowl Concussion That Scared the Hell Out of Troy Aikman

    Troy Aikman's concussion in the third quarter of the 1994 NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers is now just a footnote on the team's march to a second consecutive Super Bowl victory, which itself gets lost in telling of the mid-'90s golden age of America's Team. Aikman's injury gets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Several Local Police Departments Are Banning Tasers as Evidence Mounts They Kill People

    Evidence has been mounting for years that Tasers are more dangerous than their manufacturer and law enforcement officials, who tout the weapon as a nonlethal alternative to firearms, have claimed.Over the past dozen years, 540 people, most of them unarmed, have died after being tased by police, acco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Deion Sanders Is 86 Percent Impaired, Workers Comp Claim Says

    Deion Sanders, who has accused other NFL athletes of faking their head injuries for money, is cognitively impaired, four doctors have determined. Sanders has had no problem using his pedestal as a Hall of Famer and television analyst to talk shit about other former NFL players suffering brain dam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Sam Brown, a Wounded Army Vet Profiled by GQ, is Running for the Texas House

    Here's how The Dallas Morning News' Gromer Jeffers Jr. introduced the new candidate for North Texas' state House District 102 in a blog post this afternoon: Retired Army Capt. Samuel Brown announced Wednesday that he's seeking the GOP nomination to replace Stefani Carter in the Texas House. And he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Isabella, This Four-Month-Old Boxer Mix, Was Skinned Alive in Southwest Dallas

    Update at 4:59 p.m.: An initial investigation by Dallas Animal Services indicates the dog's injuries likely came from a "non-human predator," according to NBC 5. Original post:DFW Rescue Me is the organization that tried to save Justice, the four-month-old lab terrier found in Pleasant Grove, cover ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Dallas City Hall Wants $20,000 from Dog Owner Whose Pit Bull Attacked a Code Inspector

    A Dallas code inspector named Donna Garza was making her appointed rounds back in December 2010 when she came upon the home of Loyd Ferrell Ray, in a tree-lined neighborhood south of Preston Hollow. As she conducted her routine inspection of his home, Ray's pit bull got lose somehow, and drew a bea ... More >>

  • 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

    July 10, 2012

    Now, Watch DART Driver Stare Vacantly at Line of Cars Before Plowing Into Them on Tollway

    Not to belabor the point, and with all due respect to the people who were injured, but watching a DART paratransit van plow into a line of cars on the Tollway is awesome. Now, we can watch it from the van's perspective, plus bonus footage of the driver, who is staring straight ahead the whole time. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    SMU Legend Eric Dickerson Joins the Latest Concussion Lawsuit Against NFL

    Eric Dickerson, the Pro Football Hall of Fame running back and better half of SMU's Pony Express, has joined the growing list of former NFL players suing the league for failing to protect athletes from permanent neurological damage stemming from brain trauma. Dickerson, along with 14 other players ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    An Alleged Dallas PD Beatdown, 0.1 Grams of Cocaine, A Sawed-off Shotgun and Nunchucks

    Danny Cantu, a diesel mechanic, sued the city of Dallas and a small army of Dallas Police officers back in January, claiming he was making a sandwich in the kitchen when they tossed a flash-bang grenade through his window. As the deafening explosion rang in the kitchen, he alleged that the officers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Lawsuit Claims Atmos's Gas Leak Caused Oak Cliff Family's House to Blow Up Last Month

    A photo of the Mendez family's house after the explosion, provided by attorney Nick Wiseman​On the night of September 18, as heavy thunderstorms blew through Dallas, neighbors on West Woodin in Oak Cliff heard a "heavy, muffled boom," they told a CBS 11 crew. A small apartment behind a house - ... More >>

  • News

    August 18, 2011

    Concussing Our Kids, One Hit At a Time

    While pro sports finally fess up to the dangers of high-impact athletics, trainers, coaches, parents and lawmakers struggle to curb head injuries that are even more dangerous for kids.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    DPD Officer, Injured in Iraq, In Need of Help

    DPD Officer Andrew Litz​This morning, KDFW ran a piece on Dallas Police Officer Andrew Litz, a 30-year-old assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division who came this close recently to having his utilities cut off. The reason: Litz hasn't been able to work for weeks, and, according to the department, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Not-So-Quiet Riots: The Ten Worst Riots In Music Event History

    Dallas Mavericks fans were notably well-behaved during yeterday's NBA Championship victory parade through downtown. Despite the fact that 200,000 or so people packed themselves in like sardines along the sidewalks of the route -- and in the sweltering heat, no less -- there were only five arrests. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Aikman's Agent Recounts QB's Concussions to Illustrate "Undiagnosed Health Epidemic"

    ​USA Today directs our attention to agent Leigh Steinberg's kick-off column for the Los Angeles Times's small-paper spin-off The Daily Pilot, which ran last week. In it Steinberg tackles the subject of concussions, which, he writes, have become an "undiagnosed health epidemic ... sweeping athletic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Grizzlies-Thunder: Who Should Mavs Fans Be Rooting For?

    Ah, the bad ol' days. Hilarious.​While the Mavs were sleeping last night, they might have won another playoff game. How's that? Because over in Memphis the Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder played only the sixth triple-overtime game in NBA playoff history. On the heels of Saturday's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Riverboat Gamblers Guitarist Ian MacDougall Launches Broken Gold Side Project

    Ian MacDougall, strung up in the hospital following his 2009 accident.​2009 was rough year for Ian MacDougall, guitarist for the formerly Denton- and now Austin-based Riverboat Gamblers. Upon returning to Austin after finishing a tour, MacDougall was struck by a car while riding his bike, causing ... More >>

  • News

    January 20, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Tre Newton to Texas: I Quit

    ​Nate Newton has lost almost 200 pounds. His son, Tre, has lost his interest in playing football. Tre, a running back at Texas, decided this week to give up football in part because of numerous concussions. The sophomore missed last week's loss to Oklahoma State after sustaini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    The DARPA Initiative: SMU, DOD Partner Again, This Time on Prosthetics That Feel

    ​SMU and the Department of Defense are already partners on that paper-thin camera straight outta 1984 by way of Minority Report. Now the Hilltop sends word of its latest DOD partnership -- a $5.6-mil Neurophotonics Research Center that'll be run by Marc Christensen, electrical engineering chair in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    I Thought Dustin Nippert Was Dead

    I'm amazed that Texas Rangers' pitcher Dustin Nippert is alive, much less well. When I initially saw Austin Jackson's line drive hit Nippert in his right temple and carom over Michael Young's head into left field for a double, I thought the worst. Didn't you? The worst, as in, you can die from a s ... More >>

  • News

    April 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    SMU Cornerback Gets His Bell Rung

    ​Last Sept. 12, SMU cornerback Derrius Bell suffered a concussion in a game at Alabama-Birmingham. Sidelined for three weeks, he returned against TCU and, on the game's first play, violently hit a Frog receiver after a reception. The tackle forced a fumble, and gave Bell another concussi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Do You Trust Jerry Jones in the NFL Draft?

    ​A month from tonight - that's right, tonight - the NFL Draft will commence in prime for the first time. Currently with the 27th overall pick, what will your Dallas Cowboys do? A safety? Perhaps Southern Cal's Taylor Mays or Texas' Earl Thomas? An offensive lineman for when, not if, Flozell A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Schutze Puts on Leather Football Helmet

    Adam James​Speaking of Craig James, here goes a big mistake. I'm going to invade Richie's territory and offer an opinion on a sports story. I was actually prohibited from writing about sports once when I was a daily newspaper reporter because of my appalling lack of knowledge. Maybe I'm about to g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Foreign Accent Syndrome, Not Just a Great Band Name

    This morning's Wall Street Journal ticks off "plenty of unusual ailments that are quite real," with Foreign Accent Syndrome topping the list. And, as it turns out, there's a significantly local connection to this rare ailment, which involves folks with brain injuries (most of the time, anyway) rathe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2008

    Ranger Danger

    Shelved with bone spurs, maybe C.J. can contort himself into a career with Circque Du Soleil. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not coming in here to take up for C.J. Wilson. The dude has long been a clown who this year in spring training pissed off his teammates with his hot political views. And last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Summer = Bummer

    Tiger Woods: 3 minor knee surgeries, 14 major championships. With news today that he needs another knee surgery and time to heal a broken leg, Tiger Woods’ U.S. Open victory just became even more miraculous. In conjunction, Dallas golf guru Hank Haney just got jiggy with the "clear" button on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2008
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    February 14, 2008

    Dallas Attorney Not Popular in Savannah This Morning. Not At All.

    WTOC-TV Savannah A Dallas attorney's ad in a Savannah paper is an unpopular read following last week's sugar plant explosion. A week ago today was the explosion and fire at the Imperial Sugar Company refinery near Savannah, Georgia, which left eight dead, one missing and more than a dozen criticall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2007

    Two Media Releases For the Price of One Blog Entry

    It was either a cool kid or Wentworth Miller -- so we went with a little something for the ladies. Today at 11 a.m., medical researchers from the Perot Family Center for the Care of Brain and Nerve Injuries at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center will announce that Dallas i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2007

    Those DNA Lawsuits Just Keep on Coming

    As of today, Greg Wallis is suing everyone he believes responsible for his wrongful imprisonment. For the second time in two weeks, a Dallas County man exonerated with DNA evidence has filed a federal civil rights and malicious prosecution lawsuit. And this one has a couple of twists. Greg Wallis, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2007

    Dirk Sparks One Up

    With all proper credit to Uwe Blog and 100% Injury Rate, we now present the greatest Dirk Nowitzki video ever. We only wish we knew what it meant. Then again, we're not high. But it's still early yet. --Robert Wilonsky

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2007

    A Depressing Story About Mel Renfro

    On the front page of this morning's New York Times is a piece about how "clinical depression among retired National Football League players is strongly correlated with the number of concussions they sustained." The story's based on a study conducted by the University of North Carolina’s Center for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2007

    The Texas Rangers: By Disappointing, They Do Not Disappoint

    Diamond in the rough: Formerly a Rangers pitching-prospect great, Thomas Diamond will now miss the entire 2007 season. It wasn't so long ago that Thomas Diamond, Edinson Volquez and John Danks were going to be the one-two-three punch of the Texas Rangers' pitching rotation. They even had their own n ... More >>

  • News

    October 28, 2004

    Delayed Pain

    Plus: Viva la Alcaldesa!; Donkey Kong

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Mark Cuban Decision

    Establishing the Fallen Patriot Fund

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Texas Ranger

    Chan Ho Park

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Dallas Cowboy

    Darren Hambrick

  • Culture

    September 28, 2000

    Head Aik

    Hey, the mob's right: Troy is woozy and washed up--let's bring back Steve Pelluer!

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best playground

    Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

  • News

    June 22, 2000


    A jealous ex-lover tries to torh the Other Man. He would have gotten away with it, if not for our underwear-clad-hero.

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    December 14, 1995
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