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  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Craig James' Discrimination Case Isn't Nearly As Impressive As He'd Have You Think

    When Fox Sports Southwest canned him last September after a single appearance, Craig James came out with guns blazing. Fox Sports had canned him because of his sincerely held and constitutionally protected religious beliefs (i.e. that gays are "going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Craig James, Claiming Religious Discrimination, Preps for a Lawsuit Against Fox Sports

    Craig James' tenure as a college football analyst on Fox Sports Southwest was hilariously brief. It took all of one day for the station's corporate parent to learn of the hire, review James' comments on homosexuality from his failed U.S. Senate campaign, and show him the door. College football fans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Craig James, the "Latest Face of the War on Religious Liberty"

    Craig James, former SMU running back and failed U.S. Senate candidate, has managed to alienate an impressively broad swath of humanity, including but not limited to Texas Tech fans, sex workers, the entire LGBT community, Republican primary voters, and the executives of now two major sports networks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Fox Sports Fires Craig James, Failed Senate Candidate and Alleged Hooker Killer, After One Show

    Last we heard from Craig James, he was groveling for cash to pay off the debt racked up during his ill-conceived U.S. Senate campaign and denying that he killed five hookers. That was more than a year ago. Then, on Friday, Fox Sports Southwest reminded the world of James' existence by announcing th ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2013

    Major League Baseball's Screwball Economics

    As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future -- and you’re picking up the tab.

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Rangers Broadcaster Dave Barnett Went Off the Rails For About 45 Seconds Last Night

    If you didn't finish out the Rangers explosive (or not) 2-1 victory over San Diego last night, you missed what has to be among the strangest 45 seconds ever of a local sports broadcast. You can listen to the audio here, but to summarize, Dave Barnett's eighth inning play-by-play unravels into nonsen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    The Return of Bob Ortegel

    ​Ten months ago, Mark Cuban dismissed Bob Ortegel as the Dallas Mavericks' color commentator, insisting, "Sometimes you've just got to freshen things up and try some different things." Ortegel, who had more or less been the voice of the team for the past 23 years, handled his firing with great dig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Rangers Closer to Raising AL West Pennant, Funds for Shannon Stone

    ​Yep, the Angels somehow lost to this laughable outfit again last night -- Anaheim has given up the division by going 5-9 against the A's -- shoving the Rangers' lead in the AL West up to 3 with 15 remaining and trimming their magic number to 13. Nelson Cruz should be off the DL and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Dave Barnett to Replace John Rhadigan As Texas Rangers' TV Play-by-Play Man

    Dave Barnett​About half an hour ago, Richie posted an item on the Sportatorium: John Rhadigan, hired in January to replace Josh Lewin as the Texas Rangers' TV, play-by-play announcer, is already out. Moments ago, the team confirmed with an Official Statement that follows in full. But long story sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    The Time Is Now For Norm Macdonald To Pay Homage, Or Something, to Mavs-Made Video

    What you see above is the official "The Time Is Now" video made last week for the Mavs' postseason run, which continues in two hours, give or take, but you knew that. Oh, right: Go, Mavs. Cash Sirois, weekend talk-show host and Dallas Mavericks creative director, was in charge of the piece, which wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Super Week Super Preview By Someone Way Smarter and Better-Looking Than Me

    I spent some time this morning trying to come up with a comprehensive Super Bowl XLV planning post. All the parties, the events ... the works. Then I came across something much better. That kind of information, delivered by CBS 11 sports anchor Gina Miller.

  • Calendar

    January 27, 2011
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    January 19, 2011

    It's Official: John Rhadigan Is The New Play-by-Play Voice of Your Texas Rangers

    Flickr user: HooverStreetStudios​The rumor's been circulating for days that John Rhadigan would replace ousted-in-October Josh Lewin as the teevee play-by-play man for the Texas Rangers, pairing him with analyst Tom Grieve. The team just made it official in a release that follows in full. But long ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 30, 2010
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    October 6, 2010

    Dallas Stars Suggest Dish Subscribers Might Just Wanna Go Ahead and Switch Services Now

    If you don't want to miss The Razor, DISH-watchers, might wanna switch services now.​Speaking of FOX ...By now even non-Dish Network-ers are aware of the ongoing spat between FOX and Dish over carriage fees, which resulted in FOX's yanking off the Dish its 19 regional sports nets on October 1, inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Down to Knoxy = Knoxy Goes Down!

    Fox Sports Southwest reporter Jim Knox seems a fine fella. His job on Texas Rangers games -- interviewing Boy Scout Troop #137, talking to face-painting Sally and whatnot -- seems almost impossible to make interesting. But if you've ever wanted to see Knox get his, well you're day has arrived. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    It Would Appear Rangers, Stars Bound Together Even After Tom Hicks is Out of the Picture

    ​Well, well, well -- the Texas Rangers Baseball Partners have filed a "revised" Chapter 11 plan, and Maury Brown, so far, seems to be the one guy who thinks this might could maybe be the redo that gets this sale over the hump. Or not. Which may not be the most interesting development in a case I h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Fox Sports Southwest, DISH Network Face Off Over Added Dallas Stars Broadcasts

    ​It may take a while to get a response from DISH Network; a spokesperson tells Unfair Park most of its higher-ups are at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. Till we get a response, then, this is Fox Sports Southwest's side of the story.This year, the network upped the number of Dallas Stars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Who's the Most Trusted Man in Dallas/Fort Worth? On TV? When it Comes to Sports?

    Ah, the bad ol' days.​When Walter Cronkite punted the bucket recently, the title of "Most Trusted Man in America" fell to - believe it or not - Jon Stewart. While this news made me, a Daily Show devotee, click my heels, it also got me to thinking: Who's the Most Trusted Sportscaster in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    The Top 10 All-Time Dallas Cowboys

    At least we can all agree on No. 1. Right?From time to time I've been known  to construct a Top 10 list. But this one, I've got to tear apart. You're telling me there's a list of the Top 10 All-Time greatest Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones isn't on it? Altogether now: Bull. Shit. If NF ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    FANning the Flame

    I know. I know. Any station that will have me on - even sparingly, and tucked away on the weekends - has lots of room from improvement, right? Well, 105.3 The Fan just got better. In the coming weeks expect the announcement that The Fan is the new flagship radio home of the Dallas Cowboys. As for to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    The Top 10 Hottest TV Women in Dallas

    Somehow, Channel 8 let Erin Hawksworth move to Boston. Damn you, Hansen! Since former Channel 8 sports reporter Erin Hawksworth up and moved to Boston, long-time Mavs’ sideline reporter Laura Green packed her bags for Portland and ESPN’s Suzy Kolber flew the Cowboys' in-house production coop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Get Out Your Thesauresosesous

    *Emmitt Smith is getting his sweaty brow dabbed from some ESPN underling. Apparently he's about to provide some insight on the network's pre-game show. Brace yourself. You're about to endure one of the planet's most unique translations of the English language. *Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Be Seated

    Great for any media room. Or, for that matter, any room. Can’t help but be nostalgic as you walk around this ol’ joint before its final Monday Night Football game. My family had season tickets on the 8-yard line back when it opened in ’71. But, alas, we’re upon a changing of the guar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    The Inflatable Helmet Is Being Inflated

    *Which means, of course, player introductions are here. It's 76 degrees and gorgeous. The last season opener and the 28th and final Monday Night Football game in Texas Stadium history is upon us. And to think, I vividly remember when the pre-game entertainment consisted of nothing more than the stad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Craziness Continued ...

    I'll just say it, referee Terry McAulay and his crew suck. After a 60-yard punt by the Cowboys' Mat McBriar results in a touchback, McAulay announces a 10-yard penalty on Philly. First and 10 from the 10 when we come back, right? The TV timeout is called and ESPN viewers go to commercial. Du ... More >>

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    September 8, 2008
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    January 21, 2008

    Man, They Really Hate You in Liverpool, Tom Hicks

    Until Friday, Richie's June 27 item about a Fox Sports Network TV special on Tom Hicks hadn't received a single comment; now, there are eight nine 10 a bunch, and they keep rolling in. And most of them are written as open letters to the owner of the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers, from fans of the L ... More >>

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    November 28, 2007
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    November 14, 2007
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    October 8, 2007
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    July 11, 2007

    Double Your Pleasure with Richie and Tony Casillas

    Exerting minimal effort, you can come up with two reasons to patron Twin Peaks. No, not that one. Or those guys. I'm talking about this place. After a laughably hollow petition drive designed to cock-block the joint generated a whopping five signatures, the Plano sports bar/tease-atorium opened two ... More >>

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    February 14, 2007
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    January 29, 2007
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    January 15, 2007
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    September 14, 2006

    Gina Miller Changes Channels. Sort Of.

    Gina Miller's going to be the sole familiar face on Channel 21's new news show debuting next week. So, that's one reason to watch. But will it be the only one? We're reserve the right to reserve judgment. TXA 21--the former UPN affiliate stranded by the merger with WB that birthed the CW--has announ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2006
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    July 20, 2006
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    April 14, 2006

    America's (Broadcast) Team

    With the re-signing of legendary play-by-play voice Brad Sham and sideline reporter Kristi Scales, we all assumed the return of Dallas Cowboys' radio color commentator Babe Laufenberg was a slam dunk. We were wrong. Next season the Cowboys will have a new radio home on KTCK-AM (1310, The Ticket) and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2006

    Talent Scout

    I'm not just saying this because he gave me oral favors on last Thursday's WFAA-Channel 8 sportscast...OK, yeah, actually I am. But it doesn't change the fact that Dale Hansen has a keen eye for talent. Who else in this town, besides Mike Modano, could lose Gina Miller and immediately replace her wi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 2, 2006

    Show Off

    Rob Little comes on down to Fort Worth

  • News

    December 23, 2004

    The Newy Factor

    How does someone who calls himself "Newdawg" compete with Dale Hansen? By not being Dale Hansen.

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best TV Sports Anchor

    Dale Hansen, WFAA-TV Channel 8

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001
  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Beer Joint

    Ship's Lounge

  • Culture

    July 12, 2001

    Olden Throat

    Mavs play-by-play guy Jim Durham didn't have 'nuff pizzazz--so buh-bye

  • News

    May 25, 2000

    Large and in charge

    Dale Hansen, the 300-pound gorilla of local sports, wraps up 20 years of whip-smart TV

  • Culture

    September 2, 1999

    Changing channels

    When the Mavericks made a deal with the USA Network, Tom Hicks' regional sports channel became less regional

  • Culture

    February 5, 1998

    Stealing home

    Tom Hicks bought a baseball team, but he'll own an empire

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