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    November 17, 2014

    RIP the Dream of Giancarlo Stanton Wearing a Rangers' Uniform

    Well this sucks. As first reported by CBS' John Heyman Giancarlo Stanton, the Miami Marlins slugger who has long been the dreamiest of all Texas Rangers dream acquisitions, has agreed to a 13-year $325 million contract with the Marlins that will make him the highest paid player in American professio ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    The Eight Best Classic Sandwiches in Dallas

    The greatest thing about sandwiches, beyond their hand-held portability and general deliciousness, is the infinite variety of sizes, shapes and flavors they come in. There are wraps, deli sandwiches, heros, paninis and more, and they come filled with just about anything you could otherwise consider ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Here Are the Best Team-Specific Bars in Dallas to Watch Football

    The NFL season officially kicks off tonight and because football is like a bowl of queso, it brings together huddled masses, we've pulled together a list of restaurants and bars around the Dallas area where fans of all shapes, sizes and colors conglomerate (or coagulate if you like the queso analogy ... More >>

  • 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

    July 10, 2012

    A Texas Rangers Midseason Report: It's Time to Go All In

    With the baseball season at the symbolic halfway point, we asked former Unfair Parker Sam Merten to root around in his beard and see if he could come up with anything to say. He obliged ... and obliged ... and ... Sports are unpredictable. That's why we watch. And there's no greater evidence than t ... 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

    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 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 11, 2011

    Kevin Devine Talks Nirvana, Politics and Your Texas Rangers: "You Guys Got a Good Club!"

    Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Kevin Devine is such an avid fan of the New York Mets that he named his first band Miracle of 86 in honor of that baseball club's surprising victory overthe Boston Red Sox in that year's World Series.But Devine is far more than a fan of The Great Game. He's an astute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Tony Romo's Top 5 Performances

    ​Jerry Jones said he was "outstanding" despite last week's loss to the Jets. Sunday afternoon in San Francisco the owner almost shed a tear in talking about the quarterback's gutsy performance in a 27-24 overtime victory over the 49ers. It's already been a controversial, mesmerizing, f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Going, Going ... Yawn. How to Fix Baseball's Broken All-Star Gala.

    ​Not appearing tonight at baseball's All-Star Game: Derek Jeter, Jose Reyes, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, C.C. Sabathia, David Price and Albert Pujols.Injuries can't be helped, but the mid-summer classic needs to be fixed. From last night's boring home run derby to tonight's exhibition, ... 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 >>

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    June 30, 2011
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    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 20, 2011

    And Then ... There Was Baseball. Rangers, Your Move.

    Yorvit Torrealba and the Rangers should get healthy against baseball's worst Astros ​When we last left our Rangers they and pitcher Derek Holland were clubbed around in New York by the Yankees. Not, no last Wednesday. Way back on April 16.It was hours after the Rangers' 5-2 loss in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    The Over/Under On Parade-Related Arrests Today Is 12. Place Your Bets, Please.

    Photo by Leslie MinoraStill an hour to go before the parade officially commences, and ... man, a Bud does sound good right about now.​As you might have heard, just a few folks have skipped work to hang out in downtown today to pay homage to a group of very tall men (and one of-average-height Puert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    My Top 5 Worries About the Texas Rangers at Spring Training

    ​I know that stats are usually meaningless during baseball's spring training. But trends and feels aren't. The San Francisco Giants won the Cactus League in 2010 with an 23-12 record, but their opponent in the World Series - your Texas Rangers - went a last-place 10-19. Pitchers are usua ... 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

    January 17, 2011

    On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I Have A ... List. Of the Best Black Athletes in the History of Ever

    ​While a lot of you are off work today, take time to remember and refresh the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The rest of us? Let's commemorate MLK Day with an impossible task: Selecting the world's all-time greatest black athletes. First step, choosing the criteria. Sheer athleticism? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Closing the Book on Cliff Lee, Who Would Have Loved Texas For the Right Price

    Sam MertenAdios, Cliff. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.​I know. I know. You're tired of hearing about Cliff Lee. He's a goner, and it's not like the Rangers didn't do their best to keep him here. Actually, I'd say Jon Daniels, Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg did too much in their attemp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    So It Was About the Money: Texas Rangers Execs Say Cliff Lee Would Have Stayed in Arlington For More Years and Dough

    Sam MertenJon Daniels and Chuck Greenberg celebrate the Rangers' first playoff berth in more than a decade.​The Rangers had a chance to re-sign Cliff Lee, but his demand for more money and years than Texas was willing to offer resulted in his decision to return instead to the Philadelphia Phil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Rangers and Yanks Both Lose Cliff Lee Sweepstakes as Southpaw Heads Back to Philly

    Sam MertenThanks for the memories, Cliff.​After much procrastination, former Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee has decided to return to the Philadelphia Phillies, according to's T.R. Sullivan, with Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeting that the deal is for five years and approximately $ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    You Like the Texas Rangers More than Las Vegas

    ​Witnessed lots of folks outside Rangers Ballpark last night who believe in their baseball team. The Rangers Rally was a warm hug on a chilly night and the theory goes like this: The present belongs to the San Francisco Giants, but the future belongs to the Texas Rangers. You buyin' it? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    2010 World Series GAME 4 - Giants 4, Rangers 0: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Okay, I'm convinced already. Tommy Hunter isn't a "big game" pitcher. In all three playoff starts he failed to get out of the 5th inning. At this time of year, starters should be able to get more than 12 outs. Not Hunter. 9. Haven't seen Vladimir Guerrero look that harmless very often. ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    2010 World Series GAME 5 - Giants 3, Rangers 1: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    To the victors ... the celebration.​10. Not sure what manager Ron Washington was doing going to closer Neftali Feliz in the 8th inning of a game the Rangers trailed 3-1. If the Rangers had forced extra innings it would've been an interesting mix-'n-match bullpen. Unfortunately, Texas' bats ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2010

    2010 World Series GAME 3 - Rangers 4, Giants 2: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Yes metroplex, for the first time ever there will be baseball ... in November. Regardless of Tommy Hunter in tonight's Game 4, Game 5 will be Monday night, Novembrer 1, at Rangers Ballpark at 6:57. And oh, by the way Giants fans, you know where you can stick those brooms. 9. During the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Whitt's End: 10.29.10

      ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I know this sounds crazy, but I honestly think there's something to it: The World Series has been a psychological letdown for your Texas Rangers. Winning the ALCS and beating the Ya ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    2010 World Series - Rangers vs. Giants: Game 2 Preview

    Given my druthers, I'd rather get blown out than lose a heart-breaker. We could digest and regurgitate and over-analyze the Texas Rangers' 11-7 World Series Game 1 loss to the San Francisco Giants here Wednesday night, or we could simply say that - for the first time in his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Mayor Tom to New York Times: Rangers in Six

    Patrick Michels​Tom Leppert Fact: He pitched a few innings of junior varsity at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California. So notes The New York Times this morning, in a pitching duel between the Dallas mayor and San Francisco's mayor Gavin Newsom, a former first baseman for Redwood High Sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Can the Texas Rangers Win National League-Style Baseball?

    Hey, maybe Nolan Ryan can give the Rangers' pitchers some hints. ​Baseball has its problems: A reluctance to use instant replay. Arrogant umpires and their customized strike zones. An All-Star exhibition game that actually affects the World Series champion. But of all our national past ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    June 22, 2010

    Texas Rangers: Stick To It? Or Go For It?

    ​After years and a decade of wandering aimlessly from youth movement to patch-it-together-retread program to losing season, the Texas Rangers in 2007 gave general manager Jon Daniels a contract extension and a mission: Rebuild the farm system. Build a major-league winner. Three summers later ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    On Eve of Judge's Decision Concerning Rangers' Sale, a Debate Over the Consequences

    Sam MertenChuck Greenberg, Tom Hicks and Nolan Ryan on the day the Rangers announced a prepackaged Chapter 11 plan​Tomorrow in a Fort Worth courtroom, should all go according to plan, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael Lynn will rule on whether Hicks Sports Group can move ahead with its sale of the fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2010

    Everything Old is New Again in Arlington, On the Brink of a New Rangers Season

    Patrick MichelsMichael Young takes a few cuts before Friday night's exhibition.​For the first time since fall, the smell of hot dogs on the grills overtook the Ballpark in Arlington Friday afternoon, as the stadium came rumbled back to life for an evening exhibition against the Royals -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Cowboys About to Get Farked Over

    This morning, I sort of casually mentioned that Your Dallas Cowboys had come up with one of the worst ideas in the history of goodbyes: allowing fans to choose the last song ever played over the Texas Stadium public address system following the Ravens game. That's the ballot pictured above -- and, y ... 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 3, 2008

    If Only Jerry Jones' Wrapping Paper Could Throw a Football

    At the rate this Super Bowl or Bust season's going for Your Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones has but four opportunities left to bring folks up to the owner's suite in Texas Stadium before the joint gets bye-byed. It is, alas, a most wonderful treat for the special someones tapped to join Jerry and Gene ( ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    The Texas Rangers Are in the World Series! Sort Of!

    Carlos Pena used to be ours. Now he's in the World Series without us. I know, shocking huh? Your Rangers are in the Fall Classic. Not the whole team, mind you, but a couple of Texas exes. Still can’t believe we’ll be watching the Tampa Bay Rays against the Philadelphia Phillies when the ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    July 30, 2007

    Taking the "Tex" Out of the Texas Rangers, Looks Like

    This isn't on yet, but Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that: The Braves are on the verge of acquiring Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira. The deal is done, pending a review of the medical records of the players involved, according to major-league sources. The Braves will rec ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

  • Culture

    July 8, 1999

    The Goal Line

    If Blackie Sherrod's just another writer, then Wilt Chamberlain was just another center

  • Dining

    November 12, 1998

    Big glossies and big platters

    Maggiano's is more photo finish than finished food

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