And what happens when they get it wrong.
The new restaurant and bar Nickel And Rye, at 2523 McKinney Ave., smartly opens today to accommodate the throngs of TX/OU revelers who will hit Uptown at any moment. This "libations and hashery" spot is located in the old Uptown Bar and Grill space and is owned by the group behind Woodfire Kirby's o ... More >>
Blues veteran Jim Suhler takes us on a tour of the city's musical past.
Texas RangersMike Napoli celebrates his game-winning double in the eighth inning of Game 5.The intellect of one of the best managers and greatest players in baseball history short-circuited at the worst possible times for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series, but Monday night ... More >>
St. Louis CardinalsTony La Russa on the field at Busch Stadium yesterday afternoon.For whatever reason, my relationship with baseball went from casual to deeply committed bordering on obsessive during the 1986 baseball season. Like most kids growing up in North Texas, my father taught me to l ... More >>
Courtesy Paula BosseByron Nelson signing copies of his 1993 book at the Preston Royal BordersA few weeks ago, my old friend Paula Bosse posted to her Facebook page a collection of random photos taken over the years at the Preston Royal Borders, which, of course, is on its way to becoming a Centra ... More >>
Willie Mays turns 80 years old today. I didn't need ESPN to tell me either. When I was a boy, Mays's birthday was a High Holy Day. He was, and still is, my dad's favorite ball player. He still wears his New York Giants cap; still pines for the Polo Grounds; probably still dreams about The Catch.W ... More >>
For months I've been saying that Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton is the best player in baseball. Today he'll at least be validated as the Most Valuable Player in his own American League. Around 1 p.m. Hamilton should win AL MVP, joining Jeff Burroughs (1974), Juan Gonzalez ('96, '98), Ivan ... More >>
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 >>
As expected, this thing is a blowout. Not even close. Think about it: The New Yankees entered the American League Championship Series with 41 AL pennants; the Texas Rangers 0. The Bronx Bombers play in Yankee Stadium; the Rangers in a ballpark once controlled by broke-ass bum Tom Hicks. The ... More >>
I was prepared to be in awe. To be mesmerized. To shrink in the midst of baseball's ghosts and glory. But, I gotta tell ya, new Yankee Stadium is just a ballpark. Can't believe this place cost more to build than Cowboys Stadium. And can't believe people actually pay for seats waaaay up wher ... More >>
Rangers lose. A's win. Rangers win. A's lose. Magic number this and first-round playoff match-up that. It's all about as meaningless as David Buehler's too-little-too-late 47-yard field goal if the Texas Rangers have to play October baseball without Josh Hamilton. Right? Hamilton is th ... More >>
In advance of this week's Observer column on Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton I asked new owner Chuck Greenberg about signing his star to a new, long-term deal next winter. "With his bat and glove and legs and arm and heart, he's our MVP and I think the best player in the game today," ... More >>
Apparently, somebody at Dallas City Hall is cleaning out the prize closet to make a few extra dollars during the budget crunch.Every so often, just for grins, I check out the auctions at Lone Star Online, which the city of Dallas, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Dallas Independent School District and ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *What's more obtuse: That Iowa is now a more progressively liberal state than California, or that the Texas Rangers woke up this morning as the only undefeated team in the American League? *Feels like the ... More >>
Jaxx Steakhouse14925 Midway, Addison972-458-7888The venerable steakhouse or cafe or Mickey Mantle hangout is showing its age. Splotches from once-incessant cigarette smoke lends 'character' to the pressed tin ceiling, the warped tiles supporting eight weathered fans. If you squint, the place resembl ... More >>
After beating his drug addiction, Rangers inspirational sensation Josh Hamilton is bearing down on an MVP
The state owes Roger Staubach $4.20--which is my favorite number, if you know what I mean. Be cooler if you did. On Sunday, the Texas Comptroller's office will once more publish its annual list of folks whose missing money the state has in its possession. Carole Keeton Strayhorn's peeps sent over an ... More >>
Take Me Out swings for the fences, then slowly runs out of game
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Bill Rossell had two dreams: owning a bar and running a baseball team. The first dream came true. The second is about to. Somebody wake him.
Creator of Wonder Boys and supermen, Michael Chabon is a literary hero
Why do restaurants decorate with junk?
Two reasons why it took Columbia Records two decades to figure out Ornette Coleman
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Ray Washburne's Texas Business is a case study in how not to run a business
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Odd sights--and musings--at Mickey Mantle's funeral
Billy Martin's son reminisces about drinking, dad--and dad's best buddy, Mickey Mantle