Mike Modano

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    January 11, 2013

    Eight Food Delivery Options for the Flu-Stricken

    Listen, I worry when you all get so sick. Let's try to contain this flu thing and all stay tucked in our beds this weekend (or longer if not feeling well). We all still have to eat, though. And if going to the grocery store then whipping up a batch of from-scratch chicken soup isn't possible, let so ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    My Final Top 10 Observer-ations

    Last week's cover. Irony is funny.​​10. As of this morning, the Dallas Observer is out of the sports business, at least on a full-time basis. Though I'm not technically being fired ("laid off" is supposedly less damning), the paper and its owner, Village Voice Media, have decided to el ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    The Seventh Annual 50 Most Powerful People in Metroplex Sports

    Sorry, Cubes, but that goofy German just leapfrogged you.

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    May 20, 2011

    Whitt's End: 5.20.11

    ​ Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Mavs got outplayed last night, plain and simple. The Rangers' loss to the Royals was more painful. Texas was one pitch from winning until .230-hitting Mike Aviles capped a gutsy 11-pitch at ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011
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    December 21, 2010

    Ten Sports Items From Yesterday That, In My Humble Opinion, Are Worth a Look-See

    What's Favre's legacy? You tell me.​10. Christmas came early for Mavs fans, as Dallas ended the Heat's 12-game winning streak with an entertaining 98-96 victory last night in Miami. My wrap-up is forthcoming, but until then, Wilonsky over at Unfair Park showed us the team's official Christmas gift ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Rangers Considering Trading Michael Young, Because No One - Almost - is Untouchable

    ​The Texas Rangers aren't pro-actively shopping Michael Young. They're simply listening when other teams call to talk about him. We can't have a problem with this, can we? As I noted occasionally in the playoffs, Young's limited mobility at third was on the verge of making him a defensive lia ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Now, About the Sale of those Dallas Stars

    ​After 15 months of delays, disputes and despair, the Texas Rangers emerged from bankruptcy. The goal now is to keep the Dallas Stars from going down the same pot-holed path. While he further dissolves his once-mighty sports empire by selling Liverpool Football Club in England, Tom Hicks is a ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Whitt's End: 8.6.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Since you guys salivate over local radio news, here's a zesty taste: Starting August 16 the new program director at 105.3 The Fan will be Bruce Gilbert. Yep, the same Bruce Gilbert who helped buil ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    News & Notes: Test Scores, Grocery Stores, Modano a Red Wing? and a Peek at the Plans for the Continental Building

    Carla Ranger​A few items of interest with which to belatedly kick off your work week (lucky):On Thursday we noted that Dallas Independent School Board trustee Carla Ranger has found a new obsession: banishing the minimum-grade policy that disallows teachers from handing out grades lower than 50. T ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    Whitt's End: 6.25.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Don't understand why some folks around here can't stand Mark Cuban. And that includes you, Ross Perot Jr. In Thursday night's NBA Draft the Dallas Mavericks owner wrote a check for $3 million to m ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    Texas Stadium: Rest in Pieces

      You know it's a weird week when Mike Modano's final home game as a Dallas Star is only the second-saddest story. Went out to Texas Stadium Sunday morning for a funeral and - hate to admit this - but I cried. For a building. I know, silly. Or is it? Just after dawn - 7:07 a.m. if yo ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Whitt's End: 4.9.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your rope, welcome to Whitt's End: *Don't care if you're a puckhead or merely a fan of storybook endings, you had to have been moved (to tears?) by Mike Modano's swan song at American Airlines Center Thursday night. In his final hom ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Was Tom Hicks in England "Trying to Push Through a Deal" to Exit Liverpool?

    ​Directly below you'll find an interview with Mike Modano, who, for now, plays for one of the teams Tom Hicks owns, for now. But what about the other two? Like, oh ... let's say Liverpool FC. There appears to some breaking news on that front courtesy the U.K. Telegraph, which is reporting that Hic ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    News & Notes: Don't Waste Water, But Do Build a Better Block. And, More Than You Needed 2 Know 'Bout Palin4Life.

    A few odds and sods on this Census Day:The fine folks at Bike Friendly Oak Cliff have posted a video follow-up to our post about plans to build The Better Block at the intersection of N. Tyler and W. 7th Streets on April 10 and 11. That's it up top, and it's rather self-explanatory ...So too is the ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009
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    August 21, 2009

    Picture Show: Old 97's Christen the New Hard Rock Cafe at Victory Park

    Patrick Michels​Check out more photos from the night in our slideshow.The weirdest moment at last night's Hard Rock Cafe grand opening party? Take your pick, but I'll say it was right at the end, when it turned out the winner of the night's big raffle was with the band.After a night full of ridicu ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Because, Sure, When You Think Dallas Observer Music Awards, the Names "Mike Modano and Willa Ford" Pop to Mind

    Patrick MichelsPatrick Michels is putting the finishing touches on what's sure to be a sprawling slide show from last night's Dallas Observer Music Awards at the Granada. (Hence, the reason for no DC9 postings today -- but, look, back in my day, we wrapped around 1 a.m., grabbed an early breakfast, ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    (Free!) Gig Alert: DOMAXXI Awards Show! (Now With Presenters! And, As Always, Free!)

    Ha! Like you didn't already know.Alas, I'll tell you anyway: Tonight, we make the Big Reveals and announce the winners to your 2009 Dallas Observer Music Awards, bringing yet another wildly success awards season to a close. Fun fact: More than 1,700 people stopped through the six venues we ran for ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    "Look at Dallas Through the Eyes of Children Who Morph into Local Celebrities."

    The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau just sent word that locally based Terry McCullough Productions, Inc. scooped up a few Tellys at the annual awards shindig honoring commercial-makers. Among TMP's first-place prize-winners was a four-minute "travel and tourism" entry commissioned by the DC& ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    The Dallas Stars: Rest In Pieces

    Give the Dallas Stars credit for being spunky and resilient and stubbornly fun to watch. But the season's over, right? To me it ended Saturday in San Jose. Not just with the 5-2 loss to the Sharks, but more so with another major injury. This one to Brad Richards, who broke his left hand while hurryi ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Has N9NE Steakhouse Closed? Nothing Official, But ...

    Early this morning, Christina Hughes Babb wrote on the Advocate's blog that N9NE Steakhouse in Victory Park sent its employees packing last night. Nothing official, just the word of staffers who found their way to Kenichi last night in search of a drink or a job. It's been a difficult story to confi ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Whitt's End 1.9.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *First things first. If you plan to see this movie, or even think it looks remotely entertaining, please, leave these premises immediately. *Nothing official yet (UPDATE: Now it's official), but I hear Eri ... More >>

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    September 2, 2008

    Star-Studded Tuesday

    The DASA awards make for the most, um, interesting pairings. Right, Scott? If you have $200 – or perhaps $5,000 – burning a hole in your jorts, make plans to be at the Fairmont Hotel tonight for the 43rd annual Dallas All-Sports Association Awards Banquet. It’s the one chance a year for Jo ... More >>

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    June 27, 2008

    Jesus, That Sure Looks Like Shaq

    Yesterday, we found the Jesus in a slab of granite stored out near Mesquite. (And, yes, The Jesus in a Slab of Granite is an excellent band name and/or flavor of ice cream.) But we end the week that was with this, courtesy a good Friend who dropped this off in the comments section. In the same stack ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008

    Home Run Derby

    Celebs swing away for charity

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    May 22, 2008
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    May 15, 2008

    Premature Evacuation

    One more time for all the old times. I was wrong. And, perhaps for one last night, the Dallas Stars were right on. Stars 3, Red Wings 1 needed its share of luck. Detroit hit a post early and had a goal disallowed via a horrible call. But give Dallas credit. The Stars played last night’s G ... More >>

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    May 15, 2008
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    February 21, 2008

    The Dallas Stars Are Ready to Win Us Back

    The hockey team is fueled by the good ol' days

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    October 3, 2007
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    February 1, 2007

    Frozen Assets

    Once the darlings of Dallas, the Stars and their sport are mired in obscurity

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    November 22, 2006

    Hey, Now, You're An All-Star

    Gee, wonder why the NBA's having its All-Star Game in Las Vegas this season. Nothing to do with the fantasy suites at the hotel run by the Kings' owners, surely. I will definitely be in attendance when the NHL All-Star Game rolls through town in January. Continuing that theme of blanket civic servi ... More >>

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    November 20, 2006

    Bob's is Medium Done, To Say the Least

    This is the scene outside Bob's Steak & Chop House, where the insides are on the outside after a fire yesterday. Just drove by Bob's Steak & Chop House on the way to work, and, yeah, the venerable joint looks a little charred--at least on the inside. There are two enormous fire-and-water-damage rec ... More >>

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    July 13, 2006
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    July 13, 2006

    The Fab Fifty

    Where would we be without these powerful peeps? In the fetal position, craving sports.

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    June 29, 2006

    Helping the Healing

    Nothing like a little hardball to help the Mavs forget

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    June 2, 2006

    Worst to First

    Dirk Nowitzki rebounded from his worst game of the season to the best playoff performance in Dallas Mavericks history. In case you were too anxious about UTA's chances of upsetting Texas in the NCAA baseball playoffs or about Terrell Owens' debut as a Dallas Cowboy in this weekend's mini-camp, the ... More >>

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    April 20, 2006
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    March 27, 2006

    Stars Gazing

    The Cowboys signed Terrell Owens and Mike Vanderjagt last week. The Mavericks have flirted with having the NBA's best record all season. The Rangers open their season a week from today. And the, didn't hockey die? While you were busy not caring even a little bit, the NHL skipped a year be ... More >>

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    March 9, 2006

    Oscar Overhaul

    The Academy--y-a-w-n--Awards desperately need a shot of sports

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    February 2, 2006

    Stars of Poker

    Hockey heroes make up for a bum deal

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    July 21, 2005
  • Dining

    January 1, 2004

    Deeds Redone

    The Burning Question crew's year in review

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002
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    September 26, 2002

    Best Dallas Star

    Marty Turco

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    September 5, 2002

    He's Baaack

    That lovable jackass from Philly returns. Oh, joy.

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    April 12, 2001

    Crunch Time

    Admit it. You were worried about the Stars. And now you're not.

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    October 26, 2000


    Our Stars, Frankenfoods, Mr. Know-It-All

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    December 31, 1998

    Anywhere but here

    1998 was a great year for sports...just not in Dallas

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