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    April 7, 2014

    Bruce Springsteen Put On a Killer Show Last Night

    Despite cold and rainy weather, fans came out to Reunion Park for Sunday's big March Madness Music Festival finale. The Wind and The Wave, Pat Green, fun., and the man of the hour, Bruce Springsteen, put on a rain or shine show that couldn't be stopped or even hampered by the elements. The usual a ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Your Guide to March Madness Festival

    March Madness Festival has been making headlines around the country since it was announced last month. To accompany the NCAA's Final Four tournament in Dallas this week, the college basketball league is throwing the city an enormous free weekend-long outdoor music festival at Reunion Park (by the ol ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    The 6 Best Concerts in Dallas this Week, March 31 - April 4

    How sweet it is to see the streets of Downtown, Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville, and Expo Park filled with nightlife patrons again after a cold winter. It's that perfect time of year where the weather is still pre-heating for the summer and everyone just wants to be out and about. This week, make the m ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    Five Reasons Why Bruce Springsteen Should Pull Me Onstage at March Madness Festival

    When I found out that Bruce Springsteen was going to be performing in Dallas for NCAA March Madness Festival, I knew that the time had come to fulfill my true destiny: to get pulled up onstage and dance with Bruce Springsteen during "Dancing in the Dark". I come to you today not as your Clubs Editor ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    The 26 Best Show Announcements of the Week

    Y'all, The Boss is coming! The biggest concert announcement of the week had the whole internet buzzing when it broke nationally that this year's March Madness Music Festival will bring Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, fun., Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, and The Killers to Dallas. Though we can b ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Larry Brown Is Turning SMU Into a Contender, Haters Be Damned

    ESPN Dallas' Jean-Jacques Taylor has a glowing profile of SMU men's basketball coach Larry Brown. Brown, Taylor explains, has built a recruiting pipeline that's already funneling top local talent (Kimball's Keith Frazier, Prime Prep's Emmanuel Mudiay) to the Mustangs. He's helped score a TV contrac ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Larry Brown Just Can't Stop

    The remaking of SMU basketball with the game's most persistent coach.

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    February 7, 2013

    Larry Brown Had to Beg SMU to Hire Him

    When SMU announced in April that it had hired Larry Brown, the only man to have coached teams to both the NCAA and NBA championships, to lead the Mustangs, a lot of head-scratching ensued. It was hard to fathom why SMU would put its basketball program in the hands of a 72-year-old known for changin ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Larry Brown Has SMU Basketball 7-1, Which is Good Enough for the Wall Street Journal

    For more than two decades now, SMU's men's basketball program has languished in mediocrity. It saw moderate regular-season success during the Mike Dement era of the late '90s and early '00s but made the postseason only once, and that was a berth in the lowly NIT. Its last trip to the NCAA tournament ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    College Football's Fleecing of American Universities

    How insiders use the bowl system to loot the colleges that support it.

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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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    April 1, 2011

    Shots with Your Texas Rangers Today, Wine Tastings Tonight

    Ginger ale doesn't sting the eyes quite like Champagne.​With the Dallas International Film Festival in full swing and the Deep Ellum Arts Festival beginning today, you already have two reasons why you shouldn't be glued to your couch this weekend unless you're doing really well on your March M ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    When Underdogs Rule We're Left With March ... Badness

    ​I picked exactly one team of March Madness' Elite Eight and I long ago lost all of my Final Four (Pittsburgh, Louisville, San Diego State and Washington). But after a weekend of shocking upsets don't tell me your bracket isn't likewise busted. CBS cherishes a Cinderella and Americans ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    SMU Advances in the CBI While the Final Four Comes to SMU. Wait, What?

    ​Last night the SMU Mustangs quietly tip-toed into the semifinals of something called the Tournament (CIT) with a seven-point win at Northern Iowa. It's not exactly March Madness - more like March Mediocrity - but considering the Mustangs and head coach Matt ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    March Badness

    ​I'll admit it, my NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket sucks. Got off to a horrid start with Louisville losing to Morehead State and got progressively worse as the weekend wore on. The Sour 16 carnage: I've lost three of my Final Four teams including my projected champion Pittsburg ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Psst, Over Here. It's the Perfectly - Painless? - Excuse to Watch Some March Madness Today

    ​If St. Patrick's Day wasn't a good enough excuse to let the boss man cut you loose early to go drinking, perhaps you should consider a vasectomy. That's right, you heard me. Dallas urologist Dr. Mitch Moskowitz is offering his version of March Madness, in the form of a vasectomy ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Whitt's End: 3.18.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Couple weeks ago I circled tonight's Mavs-Spurs game at American Airlines Center in anticipation. Now? No biggie. After dropping games it should've won to Memphis, New Orleans and Portland, ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    March Madness in Dallas: Has It Really Been 25 Years?

    Short shorts. Skinny players. No 3-point line. Jay Bilas at Duke instead of ESPN. A lot was different in college basketball the last - and only - time the Final Four descended upon Dallas. (College basketball's March Madness will climax in Cowboys Stadium in 2014). In 1986 the stage was an old rel ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Wait, SMU Will Be Included in March's Madness?

    ​Never again let me criticize college football for rewarding 70 teams with bowl games. Because college basketball is now doing the same thing. And then some. This year - this week - March has increased, unprecedented Madness. Ohio State, Duke, Pittsburgh and Kansas are the No. 1 seeds as ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 5, 2010

    SMU Hoops Losing its Point Guard, and its Hope?

    ​If this Spring is any indication of where things are headed, SMU basketball's March Madness drought is likely to hit 18 years next season. That's because star point guard Paul McCoy - once thought of as the Mustangs' light at the end of the tunnel - is transferring from SMU. In his plac ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Let's Put an End to the Madness, Shall We?

    ​Long after Tiger Woods stops talking and the Texas Rangers have finished beating the Toronto Blue Jays, March Madness will finally end tonight at 8 when Butler plays Duke for the National Championship. (Smells like a Duke blowout to me.) Show of hands: Whose bracket has Butler in the final g ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    Whitt's End: 4.2.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Major Near catastrophic computer meltdown this morning at 8:19 a.m. Outta nowhere, the dreaded blue screen. Bottom line: Whitt's Dead End. $%^&*$#!! Expect, fingers crossed, re-constructi ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Whitt's End: 3.26.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *While Donovan McNabb is dangled by the Philadelphia Eagles and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers conveniently avoids talking to the police about possible rape charges, isn't it nice th ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Sweet Sixteen: Meet Me at Hooters

    ​I'm not austistic. Neither am I 17. Nor an, um, liar? My March Madness bracket is far from perfect, but I'm still leading the contest at 105.3 The Fan and it's still worth tuning in to see if Kentucky can win it all for me. If you're still in the money or if you just want a chance at free st ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    March Sadness: How'd Your Bracket Get Busted?

    ​Cornell in the Sweet 16? Called it. St. Mary's upsetting Richmond and Villanova? So nailed it. Um, and then there's the rest of my NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket. I lost two of my Final Four over the weekend, but have nine of the Sweet 16 in play and my winner (Kentucky) is still alive. ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Nothing Like a Little Pub Grub to Get You Past Winter's Last Snowy Blast

    ​When winter's last crispy cold blast canceled plans to visit a time-honored Dallas destination, my wife and I were left with little choice but to stay close to home at The Colony. On such frigid occasions, comfort food is often the order of the day, and given the fact that many new Irish pubs h ... More >>

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    March 20, 2010

    What It Was Like: Add Another 17 Bands To The Growing Tally...

    Pete FreedmanAfter a day filled with old favorites like Superchunk and new ones like The xx, heading to see a new band like Band of Skulls seemed fitting. And it worked out...​What day is it today? Saturday? Let's see... got here on Wednesday... and that was Day One... so I guess yesterday was Day ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Whitt's End: 3.19.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Randy Galloway - who's forgotten more Rangers' baseball than I'll ever learn - says a disgruntled former employee blackmailed the organization and ultimately&nbs ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Commence the Madness ... at Hooters. Tonight: Frisco.

    ​My bracket's still perfect. Yours? By tonight I can almost guarantee a blemish or three. If you want to talk trash, compare notes or buy me a pitcher of beer and some wings, come out to Hooters in Frisco tonight for the first of my six-stop March Madness tour.

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    March 15, 2010

    NCAA Basketball Tournament: Let the Madness Commence!

    Substitute me for Dickie V, and you're looking at my next three weeks.​It was pitch dark this morning when I woke up. Must be Spring. Spent an hour this morning sweating over a bracket. Must be March. If you want to come have a beer and talk hoops and maybe punch me in the face, I'll b ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Spring Sanity?!

    What happened to the madness in March? Instead of dramatic buzzer-beaters and Cinderellas and Bryce Drew, the first weekend of the NCAA college basketball tournament brought us the Greg Gumbel Invitational - about as goose-bumpy as a piece of white bread laying on a chunk of cardboard. A year a ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Whitt's End: 3.20.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *It hit me this week: More than the Mavs being psychologically gutted from playoff failure or inherently soft or whatever, the thing that has stunted their growth is the regression of Josh Howard. He was o ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    iNeed March Appness

    Red Knight Learning SystemsI have an iPhone. I have an infatuation with March Madness. See, what I need/want/crave is a union of the two titillating entities. Like, perhaps, a 3D basketball shooting game App! Anyone? Okay you, Dallas Observer Jill Of All Trades Sarah Johnson, take it away ... ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    SMU Basketball = March Badness

    New Crum Center. Same crummy results. In Matt Doherty's first season as SMU basketball coach back in 2006-07, the Mustangs started 9-1. A victory at Oklahoma would've likely propelled the Ponies into the Top 25. Instead, SMU was humbled in Norman by 27 points, and it's been all drastically down ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009

    Stage Fright

    See some truly interesting theater in Addison

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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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    March 20, 2008
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    March 20, 2008

    Maverick Madness

    Better late than never, let's hear it for U-T-Yay!

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    August 9, 2007

    Romo Holiday

    Tony Romo makes a short, sweet journey from anonymous backup to A-list celebrity

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    March 15, 2007

    American Eagle

    March Madness ain't nothing compared to Ambush Alley

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    March 7, 2007

    Green Means Go

    Photo courtesy the University of North Texas The Mean Green of UNT are Sun Belt Conference champs and, go figure, headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. Like you, I didn't win $370 million last night. But I did get to witness something that happens about as rarely as winning a ... More >>

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    January 24, 2007

    Welcome Back, Earthlings

    While the Mavericks are becoming as automatic as blinking -- would you believe 21-1 since December 13? -- Dallas' amateur basketball team has kinda, sorta been issued an ugly reality check. Once upon a time, first-year coach Matt Doherty and his scrappy 'Stangs were off to a magical season. Turns ou ... More >>

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    December 22, 2006

    Mustang Mania?

    Matt Doherty's turning the Mustanks back into the Mustangs. Is it the holiday yet? Can we go home? First, a fancy library. Now, a legit basketball program? As Grandpa Bill Parcells says, it's not time to get out the anointing oil just yet. But first-year head coach Matt Doherty at least has the Must ... More >>

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    March 17, 2006

    Close Shave

    As the NCAA men's basketball tournament grips Dallas today at the American Airlines Center, its fun to ponder all of the money and cheating that will be following the bouncing ball. Cheating? According to economist Justin Wolfers assistant professor of business and public policy at the Wharton Schoo ... More >>

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    March 16, 2006

    Spring Senility

    Some call it March Madness; others, the Big Dance. Me, I joyfully refer to it as the one month a year when gambling on sports is not only legal but openly promoted. Pop the corks, and ransack your 401(k)--it's time to bet on basketball! If you work in an office or use this latest fad called the Inte ... More >>