Southeastern Conference

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    The World Needs More Old White Guys like WFAA's Dale Hansen

    OK, I guess I need to come out on this. I have kind of a crush on WFAA Channel 8 sports-casting dean Dale Hansen. No, not that kind. I don't really do those anymore anyway. No, I'm stuck on Hansen because I think he's a role-model for us old white guys, and we need a role-model right now other than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    The State Legislature Will Consider Requiring UT and A&M to Play Each Other in Football

    This year, for the first time in about a century, the University of Texas and Texas A&M did not meet on the gridiron. With the Aggies now in the SEC, the annual football matchup that fueled the long-standing rivalry is effectively over. Millions of Texans were sad. Some were outraged. None could do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    A Look at a New Food Truck: Cajun Tailgaters

    There has been an steady stream of new food trucks in the DFW area recently. And it seems the scene is, for the most part, taking shape. Last weekend both Dallas and Fort Worth hosted food truck parks or parties and customers kept the meals on wheels busy. A few of the newbies include Potato Potah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Big 12 Conference Alive, if Not Well

    ​Call it the Pat 12. As in, no thanks to expansion, we'll stand. As in, the Big 12 -- all but buried by a lot of us dorks -- remains alive, like the muddy, bony, cob-webbed hand reaching up from the grave to snatch onto life. Again. Because it couldn't get assurances from Texas about a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    It's About Time We Pay College Athletes and Get Them Off the NCAA's Plantation

    ​Texas schools earn a couple of mentions in Taylor Branch's explosive article "The Shame of College Sports" in the current Atlantic Monthly. Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-wining civil rights movement historian, piles shame upon shame in calling for an end to the ludicrous fraud of amateur athle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Thanks to Baylor's Cock-Block, Texas A&M May Wait Until 2013 to Join SEC

    ​The Southern Baptist Convention has over 16 million members. It also boasts a mission statement: As a convention of churches, our missional vision is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in the world and to make disciples of all the nations. Perusing their web site this mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Whitt's End: 8.19.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:Talked to the family of Shannon Stone for next week's Observer column. Wait until you hear their other sad story involving a souvenir ball from a Rangers' game. Sorry, you have to wait.Not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    A&M to the SEC: Didn't We Just Have this Conversation?

    ​The grand ol' Southwest Conference lived to be 80. The Big 12 Conference may die a teenager.Only 17 and just a year removed from turmoil that left it with just 10 teams but supposedly unity and cohesion, the conference is again this morning reeling with the news that Texas A&M -- irked b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    SMU Men's Basketball Program Slapped With Two Years Probation For Text Messages

    SMU​Sure, it's not the death penalty, but the NCAA just released a statement saying it has accepted self-imposed sanctions by Southern Methodist University on its basketball program. SMU's recommendations included two years probation (March 10, 2011, through March 9, 2013), a reduction of 15 recru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Fragels Rock: A Bagel-Doughnut That Tastes Like Home

    ​Rooting for Ohio State isn't an easy thing for a native Michigander to do. But we Midwesterners believe conference loyalty trumps internecine rivalries (I'm told SEC fans take a different approach), so last night I cheered for the Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl -- a task made exponentially easier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Whitt's End: 9.24.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Times like these make me regret that I stopped referring to Wade Phillips as "Stumbledoofus." After missing two crucial field goals in two weeks, David Buehler should be on a short leash and a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    The Top 10 Hottest Cheerleading Teams in the History of Hot Cheerleaders

    A judge in Connecticut recently ruled that - surprise - cheerleading isn't a sport. He said nothing, however, about cheerleader-watching. Game. On. ​10. Oregon Ducks.   ​9. Texas Longhorns.  

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Whitt's End: 6.11.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *The Southwest Conference lived to be 80. The Big 12 won't see its 17th birthday. Favorite part of the squabble is Texas A&M threatening to go to the Southeastern Conference without Texas. Yeah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Whitt's End: 6.4.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Thing that jumped out at me about Thursday night's Game 1 of the NBA Finals was how physical it was. The scrapping for loose balls. The intensity of picks. Just running through the lane witho ... More >>

  • News

    November 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Whitt's End: 10.09.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Ho hum, The Ticket's dynasty rolls on as one of the most dominant entities in sports. In September's Arbitron PPM ratings - I hear, by the way, that only 1,400 meters are used to garner these numb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Your 2009 Dallas Mavericks: Mediocre? Morose? Magical?

    In between the few highlights of an entirely underwhelming college football championship game between what looked like two very average quarterbacks, I sneaked some peeks last night at your Dallas Mavericks. What'd I see? Another win, pushing their record to an impressive 22-13. Another un ... More >>

  • News

    December 18, 2008

    Cornerback Dwayne Goodrich: "The Cowboy Who Killed Those Kids"

    Former cornerback Dwayne Goodrich comes to grips with his hit-and-run of three Good Samaritans as he plans for life after prison

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    BREAKING NEWS: Live 105.3 Fires Russ Martin, Changes Name, Plays College Fight Songs

    If you're a fan of Ben & Skin and you, like me, are wondering WTF?, I've got some clues about Live 105.3 FM going all college fight song this afternoon. Apparently it's called "stunting", a traditional radio ploy used by stations in advance of a major programming change. In other words, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    So, I Miss Anything?

    Back to the grindstone. Ok, so where were we? First, a review of my week-long sabbatical: Dad’s house: Painted. Guadalupe River: Cold. Hootie & The Blowfish: Eh. As for sports, I'm playing catch-up today. The thing that has first struck me is that the Mavs nabbed a nice pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2008

    Clayton Holmes' Long, Hard Fall

    No doubt Cowboys fans will recall the name Clayton Holmes; he was, after all, on those Dallas teams that won three Super Bowl rings in the 1990s -- a defensive back and special-teams whiz, a third-round draft pick who played like a first-rounder. "As far as the guys I played with in my 13-year caree ... More >>

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    January 9, 2007
  • Film

    January 12, 2006

    Bet on Black

    Glory Road relives the season college hoops smashed the color barrier

  • News

    March 31, 2005

    Alone No More

    Forgiving the past opened Sandora Irvin's future

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2004

    Kidding Around

    Mavs avoid the Nets gain

  • News

    August 22, 1996

    Damned Rangers

    The Texas Rangers better win the pennant this year, if only to atone for subjecting fans to two decades of baseball hell. Mike Shropshire chronicles the team's cursed early years in an exclusive Observer excerpt.

  • Culture

    September 7, 1995

    Jackie Sherrill's 'example'

    Coach cites duty to Mississippi State players in dodging Houston court date