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    September 24, 2014

    Tanking Update: Time Is Running Out For the Rangers to Start Losing Again

    The last time Unfair Park mentioned that the Rangers were looking a little too competitive, the team proceeded to lose 14 of 20, so we decided we should speak up again. Under the temporary -- for now at least -- leadership of Tim Bogar, the Rangers have won 9 of their last 10 games. They've risen o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Eli Young Band Announce Second-Annual House Party at Globe Life Park

    Last year Denton's Eli Young Band packed country into Globe Life Park in Arlington for the first installment of its cheekily named House Party concert. Last night Young and company revealed their plans for the follow-up at the home of the Texas Ranger, which will be held Novemeber 8. This year, thou ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2013

    Not So Minor League

    Cheap beer, affordable tickets, swanky surroundings — what’s not to like about minor and independent league baseball parks?

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    The Texas Rangers Will Host the Entire City of West, Texas in July

    Free baseball tickets aren't going to rebuild the town of West, Texas or bring back the 15 people who were killed when a fertilizer plant exploded there on April 17. But it's certainly a nice gesture on the part of the Texas Rangers, who announced today that they've invited basically the entire city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Jay Farrar Has the Driest Sense of Humor on the Planet

    Whether solo or in Uncle Tupelo or Son Volt, singer/songwriter Jay Farrar has created a canon of alt-country and Americana music that may be unrivaled. Brooding and intense, Farrar's songs chronicle the darker side of human emotions and like his songs, Farrar isn't the most upbeat guy on the block. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Dispatch From Chicago: Hunting For A Real Deal Gyro

    My liver is limping. A five-day-long trip to Chicago threw so much meat at me I'm still in recovery, eating a strict diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Trust me I'm not complaining. While my body may be upset with me, my heart (at least the spiritual one) is filled to the brim with an over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    All-Star Ballpark Food From Around the Country

    Searching for photos of amazing ballpark food is like a self-inflicted wound. At the end of it all, I'm overwhelmed with the pain I've caused myself. Thanks to everyone's inclination to take pictures of food they eat, here's an ode to great ballpark food. (With one caveat: no hotdogs. That's a whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Gloria's is Expanding to Houston. MILF Alert?

    The first bit of news here is that Gloria's is expanding its Salvadorian food empire yet again. The restaurant's website confirms they are scheduled to open their first place in Houston this spring, which would make 14 altogether, including one in Austin. The second bit of news is that, according ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Now It's ESPN's Turn to Sack the Cowboys For Having Merch Made in Cambodian Sweatshops

    In October we noted a report from Pittsburgh-based Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights that said the Dallas Cowboys are having team-branded clothing made in "gross sweatshop conditions at the Style Avenue factory in El Salvador" -- which Cowboys Merchandise Ltd. chief operating officer Bill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Final Gut Check: Rangers-Cardinals World Series Game 7 Preview and Open Thread

    St. Louis CardinalsTrying to forget this happened won't be easy for Texas, but they have to find a way if they want to salvage the championship.​As I've written before, I fell in love with the game of baseball in 1986 -- the first year I watched every inning of the World Series. Although I ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Guts, Not Gaffes Give Texas an Opportunity for the Kill Shot: Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Game 6 Preview and Open Thread

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2011

    Forgetting About Last Night and Entering Must-Win Mode: Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Game 4 Preview and Open Thread

    St. Louis CardinalsAlbert Pujols joined Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players to hit three home runs in a World Series game. He also became the third player to have six RBI and the second player to have five hits in a World Series game. Oh, and he set a record for total bases as well with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2011

    Stealing the Mojo: Rangers-Cardinals World Series Game 3 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas RangersIan Kinsler completes the best defensive play I've seen in my 25 years watching the Fall Classic -- a diving stop by Elvis Andrus and flip to Kinsler with his glove to end the fifth inning of Game 2. Just spectacular athleticism displayed by Andrus.​If you've read my piece about S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    And Now a Word with Brett Hull: Stars VP, St. Louis Lover, and Total Foodie

    ​With the Cards and Rams in town this weekend, we asked ourselves: "Who in our fabulous city is from St. Louis and could shed a little light on the food scene up there?" Perhaps, we thought, our most esteemed transplant from that so-called Gateway to the West, Hall of Famer Brett Hull, who p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    In the World Series Match-Up Between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, Don't Dismiss the Impact of Tony La Russa

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Rick Perry, Jay Nixon Bet Some Dr Pepper, Bud and Various Meats Over World Series Outcome

    Via.​Sam's World Series Game 1 preview-open thread's upcoming any minute now; start polishing your bats. Till then, this: The governor's office sends word that Rick Perry has, but of course, made a wager with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon concerning the outcome of Rangers-Cardinals. And it's not a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Albert Pujols Better Than Joltin' Joe? Say It Ain't So!: Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Preview and Game 1 Open Thread

    Texas RangersGives you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside, doesn't it?​It's finally here. Pinch yourself. Your Texas Rangers are back in the World Series, and this time feels much different than last year's playoff run. There's a confidence flowing through my body that just wasn't there before, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Cruz-ing to Another World Series: Rangers-Tigers ALCS Game 5 Preview and Open Thread

    Photos by Sam MertenNelson Cruz giving me a free ticket to the gun show last year.As the trade deadline approached in July 2006, it seemed inevitable that Jon Daniels would make a bold move to bolster a mediocre offense in his first season as general manager. He targeted the best hitter on the mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Turns Out, Jim Crane May Own an AL West Team After All ... the Houston Astros. Wha?

    ​The Houston Astros are this close to being sold, as Drayton McLane is set to sell the franchise to Jim Crane for $660 million, pending league approval. (And, yes, that's the same Jim Crane who tried to buy the Texas Rangers out of bankruptcy last year.) The deal's expected to be done in a matter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.1.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Rangers return from Houston today to start a series in Arlington against the lowly Florida Marlins. Did anyone go to the airport to see the Silver Boot as Nolan Ryan triumphantly raised it? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Just When You Think He's Alright, Neftali Feliz Blows One to the ... Lastros

    'Twasn't as good last night​Was gonna construct a list of the Rangers' worst losses this season, then I realized after last night's 5-3 self-Heimlich to the Houston Astros ... there is no No. 2.Two-run lead in the 9th. All-Star closer Neftali Feliz on the mound. At home. Against the wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    The Top 10 Lamest "Rivalries" in Sports

    ​As I watched Mitch Moreland's gargantuan, 472-foot homer sail into the soon-to-be stormy June night, I was reminded that the Rangers-Astros' fight should be stopped on account of inhumane bludgeonry. Moreland's blast -- tied for third-longest in baseball this season -- capped an 8-3 Texas c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Oh Say You Can See Christina Aguilera Singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl

    ​The National Football League and FOX just made it official: The star of Burlesque will perform the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl XLV pregame festivities at Cowboys Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. Says Christina Aguilera in the press release that just popped up in the in-box: "I have been pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    My (Fausto) Carmona: Plan B Now That Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke Are Headed Elsewhere

    Trading for Fausto Carmona would help ease the pain of losing out on Lee and Greinke.​Since we can all feel OK about losing out on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, it's fair to evaluate Jon Daniels' Plan B, especially with the trade of Zack Greinke -- easily the best pitcher to be had on the marke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Greenberg Asks Rangers Fans to "Believe"

    Sam Merten​Win or lose, tonight's the final home game of the 2010 Texas Rangers season. And, yes, even the die-hards must admit at this late date (November 1, itself a remarkable achievement) that the Rangers' chances of winning the World Series look slim. But Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg, postin ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010
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    April 1, 2010
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    April 21, 2009

    10 Questions: Ryan Carbery

    The sous chef for David Gilbert's new venture, Lazare, has a cooking history extending back four generations.How's that? Well, Carbery's family owns nine restaurants in the St. Louis area, his uncle is a chef in Beverly Hills--he essentially grew up in professional kitchens, hauling boxes at his fat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Video of the Week: Super Bowl XLIII Edition

    You like me, having trouble taking Super Bowl XLIII seriously? I mean, the Cardinals? The Arizona/Phoenix/St. Louis Cardinals?! I know, both teams beat the Cowboys, but neither feel "super." Just seems like another spare NFL game. This, sports fans, is what it would be like if the Clippers made the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    A Christmas List for Jon Daniels

    Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, who spent most of last week his colleagues in Las Vegas for baseball's Winter Meetings, has been relatively quiet as the offseason reaches the halfway point. Thus far, he has dealt Gerald Laird to the Detroit Tigers and Wes Littleton to the Boston Red Sox f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Dallas Mavericks' Owner Mark Cuban Charged With Insider Trading

    Uh-oh. Breaking news this morning that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Mavs' owner Mark Cuban with insider trading, stemming from a 2004 sale of stock in an Internet company. Me? I dunno the diff between "insider trading" and a "hot stock tip", but I do this ain't goo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Apparently, You Will Have to Spell Mark Cuban Without the "C-U-B"

    We called it: Mark Cuban will not be getting the Chicago Cubs. Well, to be accurate, we didn't call it -- our psychic friend Valentina Burton did, when she told editor Mark Donald that "someone tries to find a way to keep things in the family, he is blocked from doing this, there is a backroom meeti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Major League Baseball to Mark Cuban: Yer Out!

    Take me out OF the ball game. If the report in this morning’s Chicago Sun-Times is true, Mark Cuban won’t be buying the Chicago Cubs. Won’t be allowed to, in fact. Says the story: “'There's no way Bud (Selig) and the owners are going to let that happen,”' a Major League Baseba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    Actual Cubbies Love Cubes

    Over the weekend, Jan Hubbard found plenty of Chicago Cubs praying Mark Cuban will become the team's next owner -- unless I misunderstood first baseman Derrek Lee's pronouncement, "I hope he gets the team." John Cusack was a little more skeptical: "I think what he has to do is convince Chicago that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008

    Jane McGarry and Mike Snyder Just Got a Brand-New Boss

    Jane McGarry Looks like KXAS-Channel 5 is making news this a.m. -- at least in Chicago, where both the Sun-Times and Tribune make mention of the Dallas NBC affiliate's new president and general manager, Tom Ehlmann. Why's it a big deal up there? Because Ehlmann's VP and GM at WGN-Channel 9, longtime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2008

    Cuban and the Cubs: One Step Closer

    At the bottom of this bad-news story concerning cutbacks, on staff and actual news, at Tribune Company-owned newspapers, among them The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune , it also mentions the Trib's impending sale of the Chicago Cubs. It notes that the books will be sent to prospective owne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008

    Just How Did Josh Hamilton Wind Up the Texas Rangers' Savior, Anyway?

    Among the group of baseball jerseys in my closet -- behind Pudge's and A-Rod's Rangers ones -- there's an old, unworn Tampa Bay Devil Rays jersey with no name or number on it. When Tampa took Josh Hamilton with the No. 1 overall pick in 1999, I bought the jersey and waited to have Hamilton's name an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2008

    The Chicago Cubans? Say It Ain’t So

    Enough with the flirting. Dear Mr. Cuban, Please don’t do it. I know you love baseball and the spotlight and you have more money than Sri Lanka, but don’t buy the Chicago Cubs. I know you’re more than thinking about it. You want it. And I don’t blame you. It’s one of the coole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    They're Just Chanting "Tooooony"

    Eastern Illinois grad Tony Romo, what in the hell were you thinking? Because going to the Chicago Cubs game yesterday was so not a good idea. Unless you liked singing in the key of M and getting booed whilst tossing out the first pitch. In which case, great success. --Robert Wilonsky

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Not Juan Gone After All

    Nuh-unh. Say it ain't so, Juan. Really, a comeback? That's what it says here: The most storied and sorry slugger in Texas Rangers history is aiming to make it back to the bigs, this time with the St. Louis Cardinals, who are apparently out of live bodies. Reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today, G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007

    Cuban Still in Running to Play Ball insists today that Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban has indeed been given the OK to check out the Chicago Cubs' financials. That means he's still a bidder in bidness to buy (for $1 billion-plus, most likely) the storied franchise -- no matter what New York magazine said in September. Also, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2007

    Chicago Loves Mark Cuban

    So, I'm up here in Chicago -- yeah, yeah, doing this again, despite the cries of protest. And, funny thing, whenever anyone finds out I'm from Dallas, the very first thing they say is something along the lines of, "Man, we'd love it if Mark Cuban got the Cubs." It's happened, oh, 10 times in the las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    Last Places or Famous Faces?

    You could head out to Arlington this weekend to watch the dreadful Rangers take on the equally horrible Houston Astros in a laughable battle for something called the Silver Boot. Ya know, cheer our “hero” Sammy Sosa, who smacked all except 587 of his 600 homers in uniforms other than Texas'. (If ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    Sosa What

    Quite the Father’s Day. Tiger Woods, all mondo buffed (how long till the steroid whispers arise?), gets bested by Angel (ahn-HELL) Cabrera, a pudgy, chain-smoking Argentine known as “The Duck." The Texas Rangers actually win a series, when supposed ace Kevin Millwood wins his first start in two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2007

    How Many Times Does a Guy Have to Say "No," Anyway?

    At this moment, 836 people want Mark Cuban to own the Chicago Cubs; it's science, you can look it up. Now you can add to that list Alan Schwarz of The New York Times, who this morning goes where Radar Online's has gone before: to the Cuban's buying the Chicago Cubs well. See, yesterday the Tribune C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2007

    So-So Sosa

    MESA, ARIZONA -- I come to you today live from HoHoKam Park, better known as Wrigley West. It's the little ballpark here where the Chicago Cubs hibernate in the winter. The quaint joint is littered with retirees with bald heads, beer bellies and baseball scorebooks. There are as many walkers in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2007

    So, Mark Cuban's About To Buy...The Chicago Cubs? What Happened to the Pirates? So Confused.

    That's what Radar Online is reporting, so we're taking it with a pillar of salt. Nonetheless, says here that "the tech entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner is set to offer $625 million to buy the Chicago Cubs from Tribune Co., according to a source familiar with the matter. 'Mark is desperate to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2006

    Rocket Landing

    Sports Illustrated They don't call him The Rocket for nothing. Those hoping the Texas Rangers' World Series push would be led by Roger Clemens, get a clue. Baseball's worst-kept secret became official this morning when the seven-time Cy Young Award-winner signed a one-year, $22 million contract wit ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 12, 1998

    Big glossies and big platters

    Maggiano's is more photo finish than finished food

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