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    April 15, 2013

    The Best of Coachella: Weekend One

    Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever bee ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2013

    Major League Baseball's Screwball Economics

    As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future -- and you’re picking up the tab.

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    December 7, 2012

    Eight Music-Themed Gifts You Never Knew You Needed

    Ah, the holidays, that time when you frantically try to figure out what exactly to give whoever you got stuck with in the secret Santa drawing. Maybe you got lucky and selected a music fan; maybe you think you want to give that music fan something that's not just the latest Pitchfork-blessed album, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    The Mavs Are Now the NBA's Fourth Most Valuable Team, But They're Still Losing Money

    In spite of all the off-season turmoil, in spite of the fact that Deron Williams went to Brooklyn rather than coming home, in spite of the what-might-have-been speculation about Chris Paul and Dwight Howard in green and blue, the Dallas Mavericks still came out ahead. See also: Mark Cuban Says if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    If Delonte West's Twitter Rant Doesn't Bring Deron Williams to the Mavs, Nothing Will

    So the Mavs have a very legitimate shot at landing the NBA's top free agent, current New Jersey Net Deron Williams. This is his hometown. His mother lives here. The entire city would go apeshit if he took his talents to Victory Park. That hasn't yet definitively tipped the scales in our favor, what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Video Explosion: Centro-matic, Selena Gomez, Virgin Wolves and Four Others Release Clips

    One small step for local music. One giant leap for local music videos.​Can't really pin down a specific reason for this, but there sure have been a lot of local music video releases in the past few weeks. Good ones, too, and featuring bands that run the entire local gamut. There's a new Centro-mat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    The Best Team in Mavericks' History: '88 vs. '11

    ​While contemplating defensive coordinator Dwane Casey's departure to be the Toronto Raptors' head coach and whom they should take with the 26th pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, a couple more Mavs-related items buzzed through my brain this week. 1. Who from the championship team s ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Dirk's Legacy: The All-Time Top 7 NBA Power Forwards

    ​10 All-Star Appearances. 1 NBA MVP. 1 Ring. 1 NBA Finals MVP. 4-time All-NBA First Team 3-Point Shootout Champion Soft. Clutch. With Sunday's victory over the Miami Heat Dirk Nowitzki filled in the final void of his Hall of Fame resume. Only things potentially left that would improve his leg ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Mavericks 89, Blazers 81: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. After all the experts made the Mavs the sexy pick to be upset in the first round, what happens over the weekend? Every road team -- except the Blazers, that is -- either holds a 10-point lead or wins outright. Dallas' win wasn't pretty, but it sure got more attractive Sunday afterno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Mavs Win 10th Consecutive Game, Fail to Impress the Masses

    ​It's not often I stay up late to watch a duel between J.J. Barea and Samuel Dalembert, but last night's 102-100 victory by the Dallas Mavericks over the Sacramento Kings was special. It kicked off the Bob Ortegel-less era with a win. And was the Mavs' 10th consecutive victory. To which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Dirk Nowitzki Interrupts Super Bowl Week to Remind Us That He's a Legit MVP Candidate

    ​I know it's all about Super Bowl XLV around here this week. I can tell by the way my eyes are drooping and feet are dragging. But while we were partying and footballing last night, the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki did it again. He reminded us how damn good he is. In Dallas' 113-97 win over the Knicks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Whitt's End: 1.21.11

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *So the Dallas Cowboys hire loquacious, bombastic, entertaining new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan not with a press conference but only a press release? That's like hiring Ricky Gervais to emcee th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Mavs Win; Jason Kidd Scores; Jason Terry Gets Carried Away

    ​Landmark win by your Dallas Mavericks last night at American Airlines Center, 109-100, over the Los Angeles Lakers? Maybe. But, eh, probably not. Most important, it broke a six-game losing streak. But it also lets them boast this achievement: Wins this season over the Spurs, Celtics, H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Whitt's Merten's End: 12.31.10

    One of Sports Pickle's best photos of 2010​It's been a fun two weeks, sports fans. Richie's back on Monday, but before I give him back his blog, here are some week-end thoughts before I go. *Sunday's Cowboys-Eagles game looks like it might be the first NFL start for Stephen McGee as Jon Kitna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    After Big Win in Miami, Mavs Look Like the Best Team Out There. Yup, I Just Said That.

    Sam Merten​The Mavericks are calling themselves streak busters after ending the Heat's 12-game winning streak in Miami, but they should be calling themselves the best team in the NBA at this point in the season. After all, it was Mark Cuban who dubbed the Heat as the league's best team a few ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    And to Top It All Off, the Mavericks Lose ... To the Bucks

    ​Cowboys lose to Eagles? Check. Rangers lose Cliff Lee? Check. Mavericks lose to the medicore Milwaukee Bucks? No way in hell. Check?! I was hoping the Mavericks, who had their 12-game winning streak snapped in a head-scratching 103-99 loss, could push it to 15 entering Monday's game against ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Hey, the Dallas Mavericks are Finally Winners!

    ​Where were you on October  11, 1980? I was inside Reunion Arena, watching the Dallas Mavericks and guys like Winford Boynes and Tom LaGarde somehow beat George Gervin and the San Antonio Spurs, 103-92, in their inaugural game as an NBA franchise. At 1-0 - at least for a night - th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Avery Johnson Returns: To Boo or Not to Boo?

    ​He led the Dallas Mavericks to their 30-year apex. He Instilled defense and discipline into a franchise that had forever languished with an offensive philosophy. He orchestrated the best regular-season in team history. He was the NBA's Coach of the Year. And he took  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Dallas Mavericks Off and Running Toward Another 50-Win Season

    ​Thankfully there isn't a team in the NBA called the Giants. While the Cowboys got walloped by New York Monday night and the Rangers were whipped by San Francisco last night here in the City by the Bay, your Dallas Mavericks are on pace to go 82-0 after opening the season Wednesday night  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Lebron James Eats for Free: Five Food Bribes That Might Work

    Wanna bribe us? Keep the food. Try this instead.​A recent University of Texas at Dallas release that was ostensibly about T-shirts raises an interesting food issue: Explaining why he'd decided to display 300 commemorative T-shirts in a university building, Dean J. Michael Coleman said, "Free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Why We Love Sports in America

    ​Happy Birthday, America.   Like tonight's July 5th fireworks show in Dallas, it's better late than never. Right?   Our country turned the ripe old age of 234 on Sunday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I tried to spend some time remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to ha ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2010
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    June 18, 2010

    Whitt's End: 6.18.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Watching Thursday night's NBA Finals Game 7, it struck me just how far your Dallas Mavericks are from a championship. Lakers 83, Celtics 79 was a rugged, violent scrum on every possession. I' ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    The Top 10 Best Character Names in Sports Movies That I Could Think of Off the Top of My Head

    Jesus saves. And shoots.​Why did the Los Angeles Lakers lose Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night? Because they turned their back on Jesus. Boston Celtics' guard Ray Allen - who played "Jesus Shuttlesworth" in Spike Lee's He Got Game - went off on L.A. He hit a Finals-record eight 3-pointe ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    The Top 5 Uniforms in the History of Your Texas Rangers

    ​The Texas Rangers broke a four-game losing streak last night with a 9-6 walloping of the Chicago White Sox. But they didn't look good doing it. I know those white beanies atop their head were special Memorial Day caps, but in a word ... Godawful. The Colonial the other day had a pink out. Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    The Dallas Mavericks and Girls Gone Wild Make a Creepy Couple?

    ​Surprised by the reaction to Tuesday's item about Girls Gone Wild: Search for the Hottest Girl in America. There was a computer hiccup in the afternoon, so comments were disabled for a while. But via text, in my email inbox and through calls to 105.3 The Fan most folks are somehow disgusted ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    C'mon, LeBron, Put A Mavericks Jersey On...

    LeBron holds the fate of the NBA in his hands this offseason...​Because we know you come to DC9 for all your sports-watching needs, let us chime in for a moment on the upcoming NBA offseason, which the Mavs are already fully entrenched in--and, hey, so too is LeBron James, courtesy of the Boston C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Loveable Losers or Successfully Consistent?

    ​Dirk did it. Again. As he's done for the last decade around here, Dirk Nowitzki snapped out of ugly shooting night just in time to lift the Dallas Mavericks to an improbable, pulsating victory. This time - mired in a 3-for-16 night - he hit two 3-pointers late in regulation and and then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Day "Off": My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. Decided to take a day off today. At least from 105.3 The Fan. I'm working on a cover story for next week's Dallas Observer, plus I've contracted some ornery strand of the common cold that has me so congested that diced jalapenos taste like nothing but texture.  Seeing that I spent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    This Just In: Don't Drink and Drive

    ​If your name is Newy Scruggs, Laura Dean-Mooney or Jesus H. Christ, you have permission to stop reading. The rest of you, I'd like you to think back to the last time you were driving while drunk, schnockered, intoxicated, tipsy, under the influence or, if you prefer, merely buzzed. Last week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Mars Blackmon's in Town. For AFI? Nope.

    A Friend of Unfair Park noticed this note at the end of ESPN.com's recap of last night's Mavs-Warriors recap:Movie director Spike Lee, a noted Knicks fan, sat courtside with Mavs owner Mark Cuban. Lee is in town for a film festival.Can only think of one, but so far no confirmation from AFI Dallas fo ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009
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    February 19, 2009

    Your Dallas Mavericks are the Second-Best Team in the NBA ... Sorta

    While twiddling my thumbs waiting for the Mavericks - or anyone - to make a significant, deadline-beating NBA trade, I wondered just how good Dallas has been this millenium. Calculator 10 minutes elbow grease = Yahtzee! Answer: Damn good. Second-best good. From the beginning of owner Mark Cuban' ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008
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    August 26, 2008

    Bummer Summer

    I guess we're supposed to feel better about the Mavs because of him. Somehow, we don't. So our Dallas Mavericks officially re-signed Devean George yesterday. That goes in the positive category. I think? Two years ago the Mavs were an elite team coming off an NBA Finals appearance with the le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    Beware The Ghost Of Avery

    Mark it down. Avery Johnson will get another NBA head-coaching gig (he says he’s already been contacted by a team, by the way) and bring his new team into the American Airlines Center and kick his old team’s ass. Nothing new, really. It’s the curse of the ex-Maverick. I mean, I think we c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008

    We're Still Better Than the Clippers!

    What if it turns out Malik Allen was the most important of Dallas' trade with the Nets? I went to Mavericks 103, Clippers 90 last night, and came away with some distinct impressions: Fresh off his three-hour appearance on The Michael Irvin Show, Adam “Pacman” Jones was on hand with a guy who wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2008

    The Beginning of the End?

    Just got the official word from the Mavericks: “Dirk Nowitzki has a moderate high left ankle sprain and a mild left knee sprain. He is currently walking in a protective boot without crutches. No timetable is set for his return.” OK, words like “moderate” and “mild” are a relief -- I mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008

    Damn, Jason Kidd Makes One Expensive Cheerleader

    Apparently, Avery Johnson saw the cover of this week's SI and decided to do the opposite. Mavs-Spurs was a classic last night. Avery Johnson coached it like a playoff game, using only an eight-man rotation. Dirk was good and Duncan was great and Bruce Bowen was sharpening his elbows for the post-sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2008

    Child’s Play

    Waytago, Stack. Waytago. The deeper we look into the Jason Kidd trade, the more obvious it is that the Mavericks screwed it up. Big time. First, Dallas apparently didn’t take time to make sure Devean George would be cool with being dealt to New Jersey -- or anywhere else, for that matter. And now, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008

    Chris Bosh's All-Star Smash Hit Video

    Brian Harkin Bosh, back at Lincoln High School in 2006 Dunno if you've seen Lincoln High School grad Chris Bosh's YouTube sensation, in which the Toronto Raptor begs you to send him to the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on February 17. Turns out, some 447,300 have peeked at the video since its po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007

    The Mavs Are Bad Right Now. But Remember, They Used to Be Worse.

    Yeah, the Dallas Mavericks aren’t playing so well right now (lost last night to the Raptors, didn't even show). But it could be worse. As Henry Abbott points out on the excellent basketball blog True Hoop, at one point the Mavs were so bad they didn’t know which hoop was theirs. Perhaps you reca ... More >>

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    June 12, 2007

    Jersey Whirl

    Apparently a few-years-old rape charge, a slew of 50-point games in a .500 season and a number change are worth more than an MVP title. But don’t take it from me. Just ask the millions of NBA fans worldwide who this season made Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey the league’s top seller. The Mavs’ D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2007

    Dirk's the NBA MVP!

    Well...not really -- at least, not so far. But according to an "exclusive survey" of NBA general managers just posted at RealGM.com, Dirk Nowitzki did snatch the Most Valuable Player award, just edging out Phoenix Sun and former Mavs teammate and drinking buddy Steve Nash. Dirk got 17 first-place vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Woe, Canada

    First those hosers take out our hockey team. Now comes word that Toronto’s basketball coach has beaten out ours for NBA Coach of the Year. What’s next -- a Canadian winning American Idol? It’s not like an official rule or anything, but can you win an honor if you live in a city where they spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2006

    German Engineering

    Dirk Nowitzki, like the rest of us, can't believe basketball season's already here. He just wishes he were in Germany, not Denton. Let's hope Dirk Nowitzki's first official act as a member of the 2006-'07 Dallas Mavericks isn't an omen. During Monday's media day at the American Airlines Center, the ... More >>

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    July 20, 2006

    Erin Go Sing

    Celtic Woman enjoys some Southern hospitality

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    June 29, 2006

    Buh-Bye, Basketball

    Ladies and gentleman, meet your newest Mavericks, Maurice Ager. Dude looks tough, which is nice. You know those old eight-panel leather basketballs you grew up with? Gone. The old, American-dominated game you used to love? Gone too. First the NBA announced it was making a radical change to the sport ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 11, 2002

    Reality Bites

    Authentic cuisine requires trust, vigilance...and a trip overseas

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