Indianapolis mobilizes for an epic battle with an urban legend.
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 >>
The Mavs can play better than they did in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference Finals. For the first time in the playoffs they allowed 100 points, 112 to be exact. The Thunder grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and, according to Mavs' coach Rick Carlisle, corralled 13 of the game's 20 loose bal ... More >>
I was flattered when the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee approached me late in 2009 to help construct and singularly author its prodigious Century in the Making project. What started with 250 of the greatest moments in Texas football history -- high school, college and pro -- ... More >>
He's more excited about the grilled "Cheese Head" sandwich than the actual game.Visitors here for the Super Bowl are probably feeling right at home this week because of the weather, but you'll feel even more welcomed this weekend when every bar and restaurant in North Texas will cater to Stee ... More >>
This whole "Super Bowl" thing has been pretty unavoidable this year -- and, for obvious reasons, infinitely more so in these parts than in years past. Then again, with media all over the place, thousands of out-of-town-guests, and an alleged 100,000 hookers (or not) converging in the metroplex ... More >>
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers won't arrive until next week. But, make no mistake, Super Bowl XLV kicks off today. Precisely at 5 p.m., with the opening of the NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center. Drew Pearson will be on hand. So will Mayor Tom Leppert. And, if all ... More >>
We heart you, free pizza.If your team's one of the 30 NFL teams down-and-out come February, you probably won't care who wins in the Super Bowl, so maybe you should start cheering for pizza instead. If Super Bowl XLV reaches overtime, you'll be a winner. Of course, the odds are stacked against ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenI just saved you $25. You're welcome.I'm not exactly sure what I expected when I chose to join other media folks this afternoon at the Dallas Convention Center for a tour of the NFL Experience, but let's just say I felt cheated even though I hadn't spent a dime. Promoted a ... More >>
The Ritz-Carlton and Fearing's restaurant are going all out for the Super Bowl. They're gonna have "football concierges" who are currently "undergoing extensive football information and statistics training." They're gonna have "special gridiron-themed cocktails." There will even be a "super-s ... More >>
The Cowboys have a history with both Super Bowl teams, the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. Even after all these years some of the memories sting. But which one more than the other? Is it Jerry Kramer's block in The Ice Bowl? (Grab a hanky and go to the 8:45 mark.)
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Jerry Jones is desperate to break the Super Bowl attendance record, set at the Rose Bowl back in 1980. To do so, he needs to pack 104,000 into Cowboys Stadium. Or around it? He wants to sell ticke ... More >>
This morning Sports Illustrated launched a site allowing folks to vote on the Most Decisive Super Bowl Moments, which coincides with a list that appears in the issue hitting stands today. One moment -- a "game-changing play, player's leadership or coach's decision" -- from each Super Bowl is pull ... More >>
Surprised to see Bryant on the list? You shouldn't be.Is it time for Jerry Jones to step aside as general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, or do the three Super Bowl wins under his tenure validate his decision to remain in that role? The debate will continue until Jones either hands over the keys t ... More >>
How high did I rank this guy? You'll be surprised.OK, so yesterday I asked you to give me your thoughts on Brett Favre's legacy now that he appears to have played his last game. Unfortunately, only a few of you weighed in. In an attempt to spark some serious debate, here are my top 10 quarterback ... More >>
Back in '08, Neiman Marcus offered in its annual Christmas Book something called the Super Bowl XL Opus MVP Edition, which, as you can see in the photo, is a mammoth keepsake -- "the heaviest sports-related book ever published," per Amazon's description of the limited edition, not to be confused ... More >>
Super Bowl XLV preview?Good news: Your Dallas Cowboys will play in Super Bowl XLV right here in our back yard, Feb. 6, 2011 in Arlington. Bad news: They'll lose to the New York Jets and - giggle - quarterback Mark Sanchez. So sayeth The Sporting News in its 2010 Pro Football Yearbook, whic ... More >>
Sam MertenRoger Staubach, who says he'll hand over his gig as committee chair to Troy Aikman for future Super Bowl bids.This morning at the offices of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, president and CEO Bill Lively and chairman Roger Staubach announced the state's decision to reimbur ... More >>
I just returned from an out-of-the-office interview to find in the in-box the logo for next year's Super Bowl in Arlington. I asked Super Bowl XLV communications director Tony Fay who designed this. He responded: the National Football League. Coulda sworn Jerry did it.
Wade Phillips is back. Miles Austin will be (fingers crossed) back. The Dallas Cowboys will enter the 2010 season with momentum, eight Pro Bowl players and high expectations. But how high? This year they won a division title and their first playoff game in 13 years. Next year ...
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *This year's Super Bowl halftime entertainment is The Who. What the what? Springsteen. The Who. Next year at SB XLV in Arlington: Lawrence Welk? Maybe I'm just bothered that 1) The Who sucks. 2)The ... More >>
Back atcha, punk.10. Fine, I'll say it: Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is too quick to abandon the pass. I'll say it, of course, with tongue firmly planted in cheek. After only 11 handoffs to running backs in Green Bay, Dallas was committed to the running game today. The good: 33 ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Haven't received a return call all week from Greg Williams, which is weird if not troubling. Something's up. Maybe he's merely at his vacation condo in Colorado and temporarily out of pocket. Or m ... More >>
Steelers 27, Cardinals 23: Best Super Bowl ever? Santonio Holmes' tip-toe TD: Best Super Bowl catch ever? The Boss: Best Super Bowl halftime show ever? Better late than never, I've got XLIII thoughts about Super Bowl 43: 43. Gotta make it snappy. My free Grand Slam at Denny's is calling. 4 ... More >>
Actually, this question came to us as your basic "who will win the Super Bowl" sort of thing, presumably hoping for some insight from our crew's most recent has-been athlete. (See photo).But we're charged with covering the food scene. And since an incident last week--of which we have no recollection ... More >>
Can Jerry's boys turn around the December jinx?
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 >>
Flat out, who deserves the most credit? Jimmy Johnson transformed the Dallas Cowboys from 1-15 laughingstock into back-to-back Super Bowl champs. Jerry Jones hired Johnson. So which one is more deserving of immortality in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Both are on the HOF’s preliminary ... More >>
The Cowboys are counting on NFL outlaw Pacman Jones to pop the top on their sixth Super Bowl.
Or bust? Everyone – from NFL Films prez Steve Sabol to gambling websites to this dork -- is picking the Cowboys to go to the Super Bowl. But out at training camp in Oxnard, Calif., players, coaches and even owner Jerry Jones are being very careful to avoid hyping the hype. Smart, consideri ... More >>
Relax, both coaches could be talking to Tony Romo again next season. I’ll serve up a smorgasbord of training camp insights later this morning, but wanted to get to the news of the day first. Contrary to the asinine sentiments of some columnists, this isn't guaranteed to be Wade Phillips' ... More >>
We all know how Tony Romo’s tried to downplay his adoration of Brett Favre. And how watching tonight’s clash between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers will be difficult today and expensive tomorrow. And how, considering NFL Network is available in only one-third of the country, the nation ... More >>
America's Team wants your dirty, sexy money. Lots of it.
Damn that Super Bowl scent is intoxicating. A 2-0 start, a void in the defensive line and, voila, the Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance on a guy known to stockpile more munitions than David Koresh. Dallas’ signing of gun-toting, run-stuffing Tank Johnson is, of course, vintage Jerry Jones. This ... More >>
Jason Terry won't be there, but the rest of Dallas should be. When the Dallas Mavericks host the San Antonio Spurs tonight at 8:30 in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals at the American Airlines Center, it will be this town's most important sporting event since the Dallas Cowboys hosted ... More >>
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