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    September 23, 2013

    Ryan Kattner of Man Man: "I Keep Inching My Way to What I think is the Perfect Pop Song."

    Also known by his stage name, Honus Honus, Ryan Kattner has been leading the odd band Man Man for a decade. Speaking from his home in Philadelphia and in anticipation of tonight's show at Dada, Kattner was equal parts affable and quick-witted. On the heels of Man, Man's find new album, On Oni Pond, ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    The Six Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, February 25-28

    Tame Impala Wednesday, February 27, at Granada Theater, $22/$24 There is no edge to the earth, but if there were, Perth, Australia, would probably be in spitting distance of it. So it's unexpected for a band to overcome such geographic remoteness to find a place on the world stage. Tame Impala have ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012
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    May 31, 2012
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    March 7, 2012

    A Night of Linsanity in Dallas

    It was about four seconds after I arrived at the American Airlines Center last night that I saw my first Jeremy Lin jersey, on an Asian reporter in the media parking lot. A journalistic sin, sure, but one you've gotta let slide on Jeremy Lin Appreciation Night. Mavericks games on any other night ar ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    At Fred's Downtown Philly, an Italian Hoagie Even a Cowboys Fan Should Consider

    Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments and he'll check it out. Shop: Fred's Downtown Philly The Sandwich: Italian Hoagie ($7.25) Bread: Amoroso's Hoagie, shipped right in from the City of Bro Love Toppings: ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Defending Champion Mavericks are Now Must-See TV

    ​The champagne isn't quite dry and the NBA lockout is just getting started, but how good does it sound to be already talking about the defending champion Mavericks? Once a soft, underachieving team that nobody outside the Metroplex gave a dang about watching, the Mavs are now natio ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Why We Love Sports in America: 2011

    ​Since I'm out on vacation next week let me get to this Fourth of July tradition a little early: Happy Birthday, America. Our country turns the ripe old age of 235 on Monday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I'll make time this weekend remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to have a ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    New to Town? Some Tips to Avoiding a Bad Restaurant.

    Warning sign: A waiter at a good restaurant would have tucked this shirt in.​We've all been there, done that. Come to a new town on business, pleasure, or for a change of venue, and wondering where to go to get good food. Some people seem to equate "good food" with "pricey", which isn't always ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Whitt's End: 6.10.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *In 31 years of basketball, the Dallas Mavericks have won a combined (regular season and playoffs) 1,349 games. One more in Miami either Sunday or Tuesday and they are NBA Champions. *Histor ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Mavericks Getting a Teeny Tiny Bit of Help for Stretch Run with Corey Brewer

    Corey Brewer​Don't get too giddy if and when the Dallas Mavericks sign free-agent forward Corey Brewer today. Decent player at both ends of the court, but it's basically one more attempt to fill in the gaps left by the absence of Caron Butler. Maybe with the additions of Peja Stojakov ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    In Light of Bissinger vs. Cuban, I Present the NBA's All-White Team

    ​Buzz Bissinger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. His Friday Night Lights captured high-school football in Texas, spawned a network TV series and afforded him writing immortality. Buzz Bissinger is also an idiot. At least when it comes to the NBA. His "White Men Can't Root" column for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Mavs Rally Past Raptors. Again.

    Yesterday I flipped on the Mavericks and they trailed the lowly Toronto Raptors - playing without leading scorer Andrea Bargnani - and they trailed 22-3. 22-3! I couldn't believe it. I was worried. I was ... soothed when I realized it was the Raptors. By the third quarter the Mavs l ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    A Tale of Two Trades: How the Mavs and Stars are Affected by 'Melo and Neal

    ​The Dallas Mavericks got better today. The Dallas Stars? Hmm. With the trading of Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks, you can cross the Denver Nuggets off the list of NBA Western Conference powers in this spring's playoffs. Raymond Felton is a decent point guard and ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    In the Wake of Losing Caron Butler, the Dallas Mavericks Land ...

    ​Carmelo Anthony Sasha Pavlovic. The former first-round draft pick of the Utah Jazz is far from the answer for the reeling Dallas Mavericks. He'll likely just get a shot via a 10-day contract after the team last week cut role player Steve Novak. Word today is that if the New Jersey Nets ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Ten Items Worth a Look-See: Mavs, Stars, Cowboys, Rangers and Fox News Pundit Says Michael Vick "Should Have Been Executed"

    The fans gave him a break, and even President Obama applauded Vick's return to the NFL. Tucker Carlson of Fox News? Not so much.​10. Mark Teixeira says teammate Andy Pettitte's "probably leaning toward retirement," which is good news for the Texas Rangers and everyone else aiming to win the AL pen ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Think I'm Nuts For Calling Mavs the NBA's Best? I've Got Your Power Rankings Right Here.

    ​After the Dallas Mavericks disposed of the Miami Heat for the second time last week, I boldly said they were the NBA's best team at the time. My opinion stood firm as they overcame 26 points and 23 rebounds from Dwight Howard to beat the Orlando Magic before taking a five-day break. One of the c ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010
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    November 9, 2010

    Don't Look Now, But Your Dallas Mavericks Have a Decent Center

    Danny Bollinger​Can't remember the last time Erick Dampier had 12 points on perfect shooting and 13 rebounds in a win over an elite opponent. I'm sure it happened, but not nearly enough. That's why, in part, Dampier was traded in the off-season for Tyson Chandler. The positive effects for t ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    First, He Was Tron. Then, The Big Lebowski. Now, Dirk Nowitzki's Navin R. Johnson.

    Back in April we ran that Dirk Nowitzki film festival alluded to in the headline. Cute stuff, especially Dirk as The Dude. Tonight at the AAC, when Your Dallas Mavericks take on the Shaq-less Boston Celtics, debuts another addition to the filmography starring Dirk as Steve Martin as The Jerk. Sneak ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Keeping the Faith: Lakers in 7

    ​The Boston Celtics have the lead. But the Los Angeles Lakers have the advantage. Right? Boston needs just win one - tonight in Game 6 or in a Game 7 Thursday night - to clinch its record 18th NBA Championship. They won't get it. As I said before the series, Lakers in 7. How's that you a ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Whitt's End: 6.4.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Thing that jumped out at me about Thursday night's Game 1 of the NBA Finals was how physical it was. The scrapping for loose balls. The intensity of picks. Just running through the lane witho ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Lakers Over Celtics: My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. With a combined 32 championships, isn't this the all-time greatest rivalry in sports? Thought so.  9. Kobe Bryant may be one of the greatest players of all time, but don't be shocked if Boston point guard Rajon Rondo is the best player on the court. 8. The Dallas Mavericks ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Whitt's End: 3.12.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I said upon hearing the Josh Howard-for-Caron Butler trade during the NBA All-Star break that the Dallas Mavericks were not only re-shaping their roster but re-booting their playoff prospects. I h ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010
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    March 24, 2009

    10 Questions: Kenny Bowers

    He is synonymous with seafood in this market, having been associated with, oh, Daddy Jack's and Rockfish and Big Fish Little Fish before opening his own multi-purpose place, Kenny's Wood Fired Grill.Recently the Boston native added a new bar space (banking on the cougar image to attract the right cr ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Who Would You Trade Dirk For?

    A year ago tomorrow the Mavs pulled the trigger on their controversial blockbuster, sending Devin Harris and two first-round draft picks to the New Jersey Nets for Jason Kidd. Lookie who's in town tonight? It's those same Nets and a very different Harris, fresh off his All-Star appearance and a 41-p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Mavs Good, But Not Effin' Good Enough. Again.

    If you, like me, were at American Airlines Center last night for Celtics 99, Mavericks 92, you woke up this morning mad enough to spit. If you are head coach Rick Carlisle, you might still be cussing. After watching Boston's Paul Pierce hit consecutive impossibly tough jumpers over Devean Georg ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Whitt's End: 2.13.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I know the Mavs have the NBA's longest sellout streak at 301 games, but the fans at American Airlines Center just don't get it. Thursday night's tense game with the Celtics was tied at 91 until Boston's P ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    "The Greatest Regular Season Win in Mavericks History"? Let's Go to the Tape.

    Found this VHS remnant from the Dallas Mavericks' 1985-'86 season at Half Price Books over the weekend -- for the low, low price of $3.98. Fortuitous timing, to say the least, as tonight at 8:30, Your Dallas Mavericks play the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics at the American Airlines Center ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Cuban at the Crossroads: We Can Win the NBA Championship

    I tracked down Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban last night before his team's game against the Sacramento Kings at American Airlines Center. He was on the StairMaster. Insisting his team isn't on the treadmill. "Not right now we're not," Cuban told me. "Treadmill teams are those that don't hav ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Your 2009 Dallas Mavericks: Mediocre? Morose? Magical?

    In between the few highlights of an entirely underwhelming college football championship game between what looked like two very average quarterbacks, I sneaked some peeks last night at your Dallas Mavericks. What'd I see? Another win, pushing their record to an impressive 22-13. Another un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Florida 38, Oklahoma 30

    UPDATE: Our Village Voice sister paper in Palm Beach will be live blogging from the game tonight. Pop Quiz: A) I'm jazzed about tonight's BCS National Championship Game, pitting the two best teams in college football this season. B) I'm mildy interested, even though I think Southern Cal, Texas ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    What Do the Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons Have in Common?

    A good Friend of Unfair Park says I missed something while perusing this week's issue of Sports Illustrated: the magazine's poll of 190 NBA players. In it, the question was, "Which is the most overrated team in the NBA?" I think you can see where this is headed. Answers after the jump. --Robert Wilo ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    November 20, 2008

    Houston, We Have a ... Three-Game Winning Streak?

    5-7 is looking pretty good right about now, huh? When you get a break from resurrecting the Cowboys, take a minute to not bury the Mavericks either. On the brink of a 2-8 start Monday night, the Mavericks last night beat the Rockets in Houston for their third consecutive victory. Even better ... More >>

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    October 8, 2008

    A Ranking You’ll Find Hard to Believe

    Nein danke?! Dirk Nowitzki isn’t one of the 10 most popular NBA players in Europe. I know. What gives? Technically, I guess, it’s his uniform that isn’t so loved as Dirk’s No. 41 isn’t among the NBA’s just-released list of most popular jerseys across the pond. Kobe Bryant is ... More >>

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    July 21, 2008

    Chris Bosh Is Packed for China and the Olympics. Now, It's All Crackin'.

    After the jump, Chris Bosh's video adios to his hometown as he leaves for Las Vegas on his way to Beijing, where the Toronto Raptor forward will play for Team USA along with the likes of Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade. The video, shot outside durin ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008

    God Bless America. And Sports.

    Happy Birthday! Our country turns the ripe old age of 232 tomorrow. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, let us not forget how fortunate we are to have a variety of sports and the freedom to choose which ones we love and loathe. In honor of the Fourth of July I started jotting down reasons ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008

    $2 Draft

    Drink your Mavs sorrows away with The Ticket

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    June 18, 2008

    Boston Three Party

    In retrospect, last night's title was won last summer. Three things I guarantee after last night watching the Celtics, not surprisingly, beat the Lakers for the NBA Championship: 1. Kobe Bryant isn’t, in fact, Michael Jordan. In the clincher, he went 22 minutes between baskets. 2. Coa ... More >>

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    June 17, 2008

    Degenerate Bet of the Day

    Another season. Another empty spot on the Mavs' mantle. The basketball season officially ends tonight, when the Celtics beat the Lakers in Boston and win the NBA Championship. In a tense, low-scoring game, gimme the Celtics minus the five, under the 191. For entertainment only, of course. ... More >>

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    April 30, 2008

    To Hell with the Mavericks. How 'Bout them Chaparrals?

    If you're looking for the proper way to lament-ebrate today's firing of Dallas Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson -- who, yes, loses his gig whilst Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington keeps his, as so many of you have pointed out -- look no further than this eBay auction featuring an item from Dall ... More >>

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    March 6, 2008

    Jason Kidd Most Definitely Did Not Quit on New Jersey

    Jason Kidd yesterday spent a couple of hours chatting with the New York Daily News about coming back to Dallas and leaving New Jersey -- where Nets president Rod Thorn has said Kidd more or less quit on the team. Which is most definitely not the case, Kidd said while sitting "on a massive stone deck ... More >>

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    February 28, 2008

    Net Gain

    Kidd and Co. take it to the Nets

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    February 13, 2008

    A New Old Kidd in Town? Looks Like, Says ESPN.

    Mavs owner Mark Cuban has, in recent days, vehemently poo-poo'd the idea of bringing Jason Kidd back to Dallas from the New Jersey Nets. But former Dallas Morning News'er Marc Stein, now at ESPN, brings word that the deal's back on -- and damned near done. Wrote Stein moments ago: "Sources told ESPN ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008

    Another Reason For Dallas Sports Fans To Be Pissed Off

    You’d be mad. Pounding your fist into an open palm. Mumbling under your breath about a lack of respect, unfair popularity contests and skewed reputations. You’d do all that. That is, if you’d only been paying attention to the Mavericks’ suddenly successful season. But to most Dallas sports f ... 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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    March 21, 2007

    Popeye Jones Musta Taken His Spinach

    Last night, before the Mavs throttled the Knicks in NYC, somebody with a video cam was recording Erick Dampier taking a few warm-up shots. What they caught was something accidentally spectacular: this shot by former Mav-turned-Dallas assistant coach Popeye Jones, who's one of four on the player deve ... More >>

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    November 23, 2006
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