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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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    September 23, 2011

    Whitt's End: 9.23.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Doomsday scenario for Monday Night Football: Quarterback Jon Kitna. Running back DeMarco Murray. Receivers Kevin Ogletree, Jesse Holley and Dwayne Harris. Center Kevin Kowalski. Left guard ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    TV Ratings: Rangers Mavericks Stars < Cowboys

    ​I run a buffet here. Not every customer will like everything I put out, but hopefully most will find a little something to keep them coming back. I get this complaint frequently: "Why don't you write more about the Rangers? They're winning!" (Beat the Indians last night. AL West ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Last Night: Diplo at Rio Room

    DiploRio RoomSeptember 1, 2011Better than: watching the movie Rio, I assume.Diplo​It was a packed house at Rio Room last night -- a fact that, initially, maybe isn't all that impressive considering the room's 300-person capacity, but one that earns some serious points on other fronts. Like, say, t ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    The Globes' Kyle Musselwhite Saw Big Bird At His Very First Show. And He Was Intimidated.

    Welcome to My First Show, where we give bands a chance to talk about the first shows they ever attended -- no matter how uncool and embarrassing those tales may be. That's Kyle there on the far right.​The Globes return to Dallas this week, only a couple of months since they were last in town. Ba ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    NBA TV to Fill Time With '80s Mavs Roundtable

    What you see above is the second part of a Dallas Mavericks history-of posted on RetroMavs, the team's official throwback site, only yesterday. Hunh. Don't recall Reunion Arena ever being that empty ... but I also don't recall Ollie Mack possessing "NBA-class moves." Anyway. That reminds me: In abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Dallas Mavericks Already Putting Together Their 2012 Team. Sorta.

    ​The NBA is locked out. Dirk Nowitzki is preparing to play for his home Germany in Olympic qualifying. League stars are pondering playing overseas in Turkey and Italy and Spain and such in preparation of missed games next season. But, alas, the tireless work of a dance team never ceases. The ... More >>

  • News

    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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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.15.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Derek Holland looked unusually sharp from the first pitch last night. Seattle's woeful offensively. I had a feeling, so I Tweetcalled for a no-hitter in the bottom of the 1st. Holland took ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Dollars, Taxes: As City Manager Finishes Work on New Budget, the Comptroller's Good News

    Via.Click to embiggen​On Monday, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs will cut the city of Dallas a sales-tax revenue check for $16,658,081.23, as you can see above; City Manager Mary Suhm says that's 13 straight months the city has seen a "slight increase" in tax revenue, among the "slight, slow signs o ... More >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011
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    July 7, 2011

    Praying to JC for JWP: Attending the South Dallas Rally for John Wiley Price

    Photo by Brantley Hargrove​At Kirkwood Temple C.M.E. Church last night, 120 or so congregants petitioned an Ecclesiastical Court on behalf of a decidedly earthly cause: that of embattledDallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, the target of a sweeping FBI probe. Matrons fanned themselves ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • News

    June 30, 2011

    The 2011 Mavs Vs. the '88 Version, In a Battle of Smooth Vs. Smothering

    The Mavs are NBA champions, but are they the best team in franchise history?

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    June 28, 2011

    Dirk Nowitzki Goes on Drinking Binges? You Don't Say!

    ​Still amazed that the Mavericks won the NBA championship. Still surprised they did it without a playoff point from Roddy Beaubois (who should be ready for 2011-12 training camp in October after another foot surgery). And I continue to be miffed at how little the sports world really knew abo ... More >>

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    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 24, 2011

    Whitt's End: 6.24.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Love the Mavs' draft. Turning the 26th pick into Rudy Fernandez is a big win. Think of Fernandez, 26 and a three-year veteran with the Blazers, as a younger, better Peja Stojakovi ... More >>

  • News

    June 23, 2011

    Down by the Trinity, Searching for Dallas' Enchanted Forest

    Even better than a cheap plan for Trinity River green space? A free one.

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    The Top 5 Worst Draft Picks in the History of Your Dallas Mavericks

    Coulda been Kobe​Determining the best Mavs' pick of all-time is simple: Dirk Nowitzki. You know the story. In 1998 then-general manager Don Nelson took the giant German in a draft-day switcheroo with the Milwaukee Bucks for the late, not-so-great Robert "Tractor" Trayor. Just a week after t ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    How Much Will the Mavericks Victory Parade Through Downtown Cost Mark Cuban?

    Photo by Mike Mezeul​This just in from Dallas City Hall: One week after last week's Dallas Mavericks victory parade rolled from the Dallas Convention Center to the American Airlines Center, the city's done totaled up the receipts and is ready to submit an invoice to Mark Cuban, who said he's happy ... More >>

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    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 21, 2011

    Dwaine Caraway's Last, Lousy Act as Fake Mayor

    During last Thursday's NBA championship parade for the Mavericks, Fake Mayor Dwaine Caraway -- remember, he's only interim Mayor because Tom Leppert up and quit -- rode in a red convertible and waved to his unadoring crowd. Yep, the guy who gave the key to the city to Michael Vick now wanted to sm ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Download: Play-N-Skillz Release New Celebratory Mavericks Song Called "Victory"

    Speaking of both Play-N-Skillz and Dirk, we'd heard on Friday that the hip-hop production duo was working on a track about the Mavericks and their NBA Finals victory. This morning, the brother Salinas formally released the track, called "Victory," no doubt a reference to both the championship and th ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Whitt's End: 6.17.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Jason Terry's voice is still hoarse from all the partying and cigars, but yet we're already peeking at 2012. Problem: The Mavs aren't a team built for the future, but rather the here-'n-now ... More >>

  • News

    June 16, 2011

    The Mavericks Finally Fought Back, and They Have the Title to Prove It

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs shed labels and the Miami Heat on the way to their first NBA championship.

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    June 16, 2011

    Roddy Beaubois, Caron Butler Get Into Mavs Starting Lineup For Letterman's Top 10

    Some of the staff's already downtown for the parade -- along with the thousands already on hand both at Victory Park and behind the barricades stretching back to the Dallas Convention Center starting point. And, this just in from Dallas City Hall:Accommodations will be made for people who are handic ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    2011 Dallas Mavericks' NBA Playoffs: My Top 10 Observer-ational Moments

    ​10. It was a simple offensive rebound and putback layup off the glass, but when Shawn Marion produced it at the end of the third quarter on April 25 it gave the Mavericks a 14-point lead over the Blazers in crucial Game 5 of the first round, and it restored confidence in the Mavs two days af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    What About Bob? He's at the Mavs Parade Too. Along With Some Guy Named Jamie Foxx.

    Photo by Leslie Minora​Early this morning Mavs fans packed the intersection of Griffin and Young, setting up chairs and coolers and settling in behind the barricade along the first block of the parade's route. And there, amongst the growing throng, was none other than the ubiquitous Robert Crawfor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Speaking of Traffic: LBJ's Going To Get Worse Tomorrow Night as HOV Lanes Get Adiosed

    Via.​The tail end of the Mavs parade left the Dallas Convention Center moments ago; more to come from that traffic jam shortly. But till then, this just in from the folks overseeing the LBJ Freeway redo: The second -- and final -- wave of HOV lane closures is set to begin tomorrow night. Specifica ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Watch: The Mavericks End Celebratory Parade With "We Are The Champions" Singalong

    Patrick MichelsJason Kidd and Terrell's Own Jamie Foxx​ After going on Letterman last night to talk about their win, their potential new Kardashian boos and their very dirty habit of licking the Larry O'Brien Trophy, the Mavericks paraded around Dallas today like the champs they are and ended up a ... 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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    June 14, 2011

    The Champion of Championships: Where Does the Mavs' Title Rank?

    ​Great. But is it the greatest? When Dirk Nowitzki accessorized his lefty layup in the final minute with private tears of joy and accomplishment last Sunday night in Miami, the Dallas Mavericks symbolically threw Don Carter's 10-gallon hat in the ring. After years of sheepishly having B ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Dallas Mavericks' Parade: Tip-Off is Thursday, 10 a.m.

    Yep, that long ago​The Dallas Mavericks' championship parade -- paid for by owner Mark Cuban -- will start Thursday at 10 a.m. and travel from City Hall to American Airlines Center. Eff. That. Since Cuban is buds with Jerry Jones (see: 2010 NBA All-Star Game) and seeing that a Mavs' ti ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Why Mark Cuban Should Really Get Championship Rings for the Mavs

    It just wouldn't be the same if Jordan had five rings and a show pony.​Tough to tell how serious Mark Cuban is about forgoing championship rings and getting something else to commemorate the franchise's first title. But he seems pretty committed to changing it up. "Rings are old school," Cuba ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Everything You Need to Know About Thursday Morning's Mavericks Championship Parade

    Photo by Patrick MichelsMayor Dwaine Caraway points out the exact spot at City Hall Plaza where he and council members will enjoy his winning-bet stone crabs and cigars. Arthur and Archie are not invited.​In a moment we'll get to Patrick's account of what city officials had to say about Thursday m ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Kiddrae's Beautiful Video of Mavericks Fans Celebrating a Title. And: DART's Parade Plans.

    MAVS in 6. from Kiddrae on Vimeo.I've been sitting on two videos with which I'd planned to end the day. But Dallas Area Rapid Transit just sent its rather lengthy list o' travel plans for Thursday morning's Mavs title parade, so I thought I'd share one -- Kiddrae's gorgeous short "MAVS in 6.," set t ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Last Night: Archers of Loaf and The Globes at The Loft

    Archers of Loaf, The Globes The LoftJune 12, 2011Better than: seeing a Parade of Losers reunion.Archers of Loaf, a little younger.​It was a lot to ask of people to divert their eyes away from the television when the Mavericks were one victory away from winning the NBA finals. No matter who was pla ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry: Validation with a Vengeance

    ​As I watched Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki try to keep an eye and arm on their new NBA Finals and NBA Finals MVP trophies, all the while swigging from a bottle of bubbly as big as a small pony, it struck me just how perfect this night was. The Mavericks -- those soft lil' Mav-wrecks -- were he ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Don't Look Now, But Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Won a Championship the Right Way

    ​Mark Cuban was fuming. His team had just blown a 23-point lead in a Game 4 loss to Portland in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Mavericks were two losses from another early-round exit, the likely firing of head coach Rick Carlisle and yet another in a seemingly endless re-shuffling of ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    This Week In Dallas Music History: PPT Says "We're Rowdy, Proud and Loud"

    Rondo EstrelloYo, PPT -- which of you is the rowdy one, the loud one and the proud one?​This edition of This Week In Dallas Music History isn't exactly from this week in Dallas music history. It's a few months off, actually. But we hope you'll look the other way on that minor discrepancy. After al ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Ten Picks for The #heatlockerroomplaylist

    There's no crying in basketball. Unless we're talking about the Miami Heat.​ Those poor, poor Miami Heat players just can't catch a break. First, they lose the NBA Finals. Then they become the laughingstock of Twitter -- for the second time this week, actually. Back on Tuesday, you may recall, the ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Loud Noises: The Very Short List Of Things That Are Actually Louder Than Dallas Mavericks Fans

    ​We here at DC9 know a lot about sound. For instance: The average human voice registers at 25 to 35 decibels. By contrast, the Indonesian Krakatoa volcano, which erupted in 1883 and could be distinctly heard 1,930 miles away in Australia, registered at 180 decibels. Unconfirmed reports from the Ma ... More >>

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    June 12, 2011

    2011 NBA FINALS GAME 6 -- Mavericks 105, Heat 95: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. You knew it was going to be an intense game ... even before the game. During shootaround at American Airlines Arena this afternoon neither Dwyane Wade nor LeBron James would respond to Dirk Nowitzki calling their mocking video "childish" and "ignorant." Their response: "We have no comment." B ... 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 >>

  • News

    June 9, 2011

    Mavs Fans Deserve a Title, and Have the Scars to Prove It

    The Mavericks have too many noble causes to not produce one last comeback

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    June 9, 2011

    2011 NBA FINALS GAME 5 -- Mavericks 112, Heat 103: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. So did he or didn't he? Rashard Lewis I mean. Did he or didn't he sleep with LeBron James' girlfriend. Best guess: Maybe. 9. Remember when I said a faster pace would equal better looks for the Mavs on offense? With J.J. Barea joining the series and Jason Kidd pushing the ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Dirk's Fever > Miami's Heat

    ​Fittingly, sitting courtside at American Airlines Center last night: Emmitt Smith. What he witnessed was perhaps Dallas-Fort Worth's gutsiest individual performance since, well, his own masterpiece 17 years ago. Yep, on a night when he fought a 101-degree fever, Dirk Nowitzki will ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    The Top 10 Wins in the History of Your Dallas Mavericks

    ​With any luck we'll be re-writing this list in the coming week. But for now, last night's pulsating win at American Airlines Center certainly is among the best in Dallas Mavericks franchise history: 10.  6.2.88 -- Mavs 105, Lakers 103: Led by Sixth Man of the Year Roy Tarpley's 20-point ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    2011 NBA FINALS GAME 4 -- Mavericks 86, Heat 83: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Could tell something wasn't right with Dirk Nowitzki early in the second quarter. He didn't look good on the bench. Peaked even. Towel over head. Two warm-up jackets draped over him. Gulping liquid out of two water bottles. Not involved in coach Rick Carlisle's huddle. Then at half ... More >>

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