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  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Benjamin Booker at Three Links, 10/03/14

    Benjamin Booker Three Links, Dallas Friday, October 3, 2014 There's a man scalping tickets outside of the venue. A sold-out show can bring out that type of "entrepreneurial spirit." Yes, of course, scalpers pacing about, hollering about tickets with their deep voice ain't anything special. Nor is i ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Announce September Dallas Visit

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers made their fans happy twice over this morning with the announcement of a new album and a slew of North American tour dates taking place in late summer. The album, Hypnotic Eye, due out on Reprise Records July 29, is Petty's 16th studio album and his first in four year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    The Black Keys Coming to American Airlines Center in November

    Ohio duo and multiple Grammy winners the Black Keys are preparing to drop a new album next week, titled Turn Blue. From the time it was announced, Blue, the band's eighth album together, has been the crux of a slightly bizarre promotional campaign: first, its release was announced via Mike Tyson's T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Six Badass Flute Bands That Aren't Jethro Tull

    I remember in the sixth grade when we were all arbitrarily assigned instruments to learn. It was hell for broke parents who were now forced to buy or rent instruments they knew were just going to collect dust in a broom closet. And it was hell for us kids, as when you are a young boy, everything aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Ji Kang of Samar on What He Learned After Restaurant Ownership and Eating Live Octopus

    The first thing you probably should know about chef Ji Kang is that once he ate squiggling octopus tentacles in Korea. That's hard-core dedication to local cuisine, even though he swears he'll never try it again. Kang, who is the executive chef at Samar, began his culinary career before he even kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Cowboys 38, Eagles 33: Dallas Tenderly Conquered the Terrible Eagles Last Night

    There are only so many times one can look at a football game and say "A win is a win." Early in the season, when a team is getting its bearings, scrappy victories can be a bit charming. In Week 12, against a team that dragged in a seven-game losing streak? Hideous. Jason Garrett and company are t ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2012
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    March 28, 2012

    Dear Internet: All The Snickering About Madonna's Age Is Getting Real Old

    This week Madonna's 12th studio album and dive into the deep end of the EDM pool, MDNA, came out. I didn't like it very much. But what I like even less is the sexism-tinged age-baiting that the record seems to be inspiring in so many critics. Forbes was likely the worst offender of the bunch, going ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Why Saturday's Cowboys Game Is the Most Important Game Ever (This Week, Anyway)

    Davynin, Via.​[Editor's note: For those who might have forgotten, Michael Corcoran is formerly of the Austin American-Statesman and Dallas Morning News, a one-time Observer contributor and one of my favorite writers in the history of ink. This morning, he dispatches this preview of Saturday night' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Cowboys' 2011 Schedule: 5 National TV Appearances; 10 Wins?

    ​It's like knowing what you're getting for Christmas. Being able to shake the gift-wrapped present for confirmation. But then having to wait for what feels like forever to actually open it. It's the NFL schedule, this year the ultimate tease. With the lockout mired in mediation and the NFL Dra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Pour Your Own Beer: A Gimmick That Works...At Least in Tampa

    ​Craft-beer bar chains are nothing new. As a matter of fact, they might be the most beloved chains of all. Relatively small in size, like local fave Flying Saucer, they offer a consistent quality par excellence. When I learned from my brother-in-law in Florida that a craft-beer restaurant-bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Rain Fears a Cliff Lee Delay and Other Assorted Facts Before Game One of the World Series

    If you do too, and you do, then go here and spend $12. Could come in handy two more times before the World Series is over.​This morning's headline is brought to you by C.J. Wilson's favorite website, Jorge Parrales and Jacob Herrera's Cliff Lee Facts. Here's another fact, courtesy Jeff Francoeur, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Hey, Tampa, You Lost. Now Pay Up.
    Arlington is Hungry.

    We think they're ordering crab claws.​With the Rangers on the brink of entering the World Series, the city of Arlington still hasn't wrapped up a food bet covering the previous round of play. According to the mayor's assistant, Tampa Bay hasn't anted up the seafood package it promised Mayor R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Frankie's Sports Bar And Grill Should Make Rangers Fans Happy

    It would be hard to find a seat where you don't have a good view of a screen. ​Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details on why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.Where: Frankie's Spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Without Hamilton the Texas Rangers are Just Joshin'

    ​Rangers lose. A's win. Rangers win. A's lose. Magic number this and first-round playoff match-up that. It's all about as meaningless as David Buehler's too-little-too-late 47-yard field goal if the Texas Rangers have to play October baseball without Josh Hamilton. Right? Hamilton is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Who Do You Want to See the Cowboys Play on Thanksgiving?

    ​When they're finished tinkering and tweaking with overtime today or tomorrow, NFL owners down in Florida will reveal next this season's marquee TV matchups. Included on that list will be the Dallas Cowboys' annual home Thanksgiving game. Been awhile since Dallas played a classic on Turkey Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    2009 Cowboys in Review: My 10 Fave Plays

    ​I'm generally considered a pissy guy with a half-glass-empty view of the world around attacking me. But there are times when I can be joyfully hopeful. The Cowboys' season ended with a resounding 34-3 thud, but there were plenty of warm-n-fuzzy moments to keep us both satisfied about '09 and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    The Ugliest Cowboys' Win in the History of Ever?

    ​Last year's 13-9 win over Tampa Bay was ugly. I seemed to remember a 10-6 yawner over Buffalo in 2003. And, of course, there was the 9-7 classic over the Redskins on Monday Night Football in 2001 when both teams entered 0-4. I'm sure there are others, but yesterday's Cowboys 26, C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    American Baseball, the European Way

    ​Even if European soccer owner Tom Hicks convinced Major League Baseball to inject the same screwy tables that govern soccer into America's pasttime your Texas Rangers wouldn't be a playoff team. But, alas, they wouldn't be relegated, either. If baseball were run according to European soccer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Texas Rangers: Soar, Then Stoop

    Some days the Rangers seem legit; others full of saline.​Got this "friend" named Newy Scruggs. He has his theory that the Texas Rangers "play well against the big boys." Hogwash I'd tell him, until the Rangers took two of three against the Angels last weekend. Then I watch Texas last night ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    The Dallas Cowboys' Final 53-Man Roster Will Look Like ...

    Let's not get greedy. For now we'd settle for a win in December.​This? Just hours before the first practice of training camp here at The Alamodome, I decided to doodle up what the Cowboys' final roster will look like come the Sept. 13th opener at Tampa Bay. It starts here. And ends up below ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Yeah, But What If Baseball Went To The European Football Table?

    I know the Texas Rangers swept the previously mighty Boston Red Sox and we're all atwitter about the American League West division race heading into August ... September ... maybe even October? But what if baseball were governed according to, say, European football standards? You know, the top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Your 2009 Dallas Cowboys: 10-6

    Granted only about 33 percent of the precincts are reporting, but The Sporatorium is projecting the 2009 Dallas Cowboys to win 10 games. Being that the Cowboys haven't used any of their 11 draft picks or convened for the first quarterback school/minicamp/OTA/gee-ain't-it-nice-not-to-have-T ... More >>

  • News

    March 26, 2009
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    January 29, 2009

    Discounting Super Sunday

    Are you ready for some football? You better be, because you're going to get some! Sunday is Superbowl XLIII, and the Pittsburgh Steelers square off against the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa Bay, Fla. Assuming you don't socialize with NFL sponsors and thus can't make it over to the Sunshine State yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Didn't Take Zach Thomas Long to Get His Fill of the Cowboys

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Zach Thomas. Unlike Brad Pitt in the movie, Zach didn't exactly grow younger as he got older. But boy did he grow sick and tired in a hurry. This is how it was supposed to work: After a successful, yet ultimately unfulfilling career in Miami, Zach Thomas retu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Whitt's End: 1.16.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *My summation of Thursday's dramatic plane crash/rescue in New York's Hudson River: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!! *Found it funny that, although the crash happened at 2:30, Larry Kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Peter King Doesn't Think Much of Your Dallas Cowboys in New SI

    This photo comes from the Web site I will fight you. In this week's Sports Illustrated Peter King dissects the Dallas Cowboys' woes, and far as he's concerned, last week's win over Tampa Bay was just postponing the "inevitable disappointment" that comes with realizing your Super Bow ... More >>

  • News

    October 9, 2008
  • News

    August 7, 2008

    Wading Through Doubt

    Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips is guaranteed nothing beyond a talented team in 2008

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2008

    Your Weekend Planner: Mystery, History and Get-Well Wishes

    Sorry TMS, two wheels are better than four. FRIDAY: Convicted steroids dealer-turned-NFL informant David Jacobs was shot to death along with his body-building girlfriend in Plano yesterday. Like it did me, did this send a cold-blooded shiver down your spine? With the way he imported raw powder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2008

    Rangers' Announcer Tom Grieve to Undergo Prostate Surgery

    The Texas Rangers just announced that colorful color analyst Tom Grieve will undergo prostate surgery and miss 2-3 weeks of the team's TV broadcasts. They say these things are pretty common these days -- Mavs head coach Don Nelson and Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo come to mind -- but it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    Bush, a Giant Among Comedians

    Shealah Craighead/White House Swore I wasn't gonna mention Jessica Simpson for at least one more day, but this one's too good not to mention -- because when the President of the U.S. and A. uses her name as a punch line, well, we are through the looking glass. The New York Giants took a trip to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    It’s Officially Football Season

    Today is a great day. Because this season’s Cowboys disappointment officially becomes last season’s memory. And next season? It’s now this season. As for 2008, the Cowboys are again heating up trade talks for Pacman Jones (but really, how could they get any hotter?). They are licking their ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2008

    Oscar Overhaul

    If nothing else, Jon Stewart certainly ranks as one of Oscar's ... um ... sportsiest hosts. Maybe? At the risk of offending our nationally acclaimed film connoisseur, I poked around a little on all my Internets today and realized I haven’t seen any of the flicks up for Best Picture in this year’ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2007

    Texas Rangers '08 Schedule Released -- We'll Be In Last By April 7!

    Because it totally makes sense to announce the schedule for the 2008 baseball season on November 13, the Texas Rangers today released next season's schedule and game times -- so, really, no pushing or shoving as you line up for season tix. For them's so interested, the first regular season game take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    Fergie Jenkins to Pitch at Ballpark Tonight. Jim Sundberg to Catch. Really.

    Jamey Newberg sends word this afternoon that should you be heading to the Rangers Ballpark tonight to see Texas take on Tampa Bay -- and, really, why would you be doing such a thing? -- there's actually something kinda neat taking place before the first pitch. Jamey suggests getting there early for ... More >>

  • News

    January 4, 2007

    C'mon Get Happy

    Even Buzz finds something to smile about in 2006

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2006

    Kicked to the Curb

    Somebody was trying to sell this Mike Vanderjagt-signed helmet on eBay. We're pretty sure they had to pay the winner to take it off their hands. Mike Vanderjagt just kept on being right. Which, ultimately, was wrong. In a move that displays how serious the Cowboys are about winning a Super Bowl th ... More >>

  • News

    June 3, 2004

    First-String Divas

    Girls in underwear playing football. Nice.

  • Calendar

    May 27, 2004

    Back in the Saddle

    Cowboy up for the Texas Black Invitational Rodeo

  • News

    October 16, 2003

    Cowboy Up

    A Philly fan admits the Boys are back

  • Dining

    August 14, 2003

    See Dean Run

    It's been a good year for Preferred's McSherry

  • News

    September 19, 2002

    He Knows the Score

    Herbert Perry plays only until the next big-contract kid comes along

  • Culture

    October 19, 2000

    Dazed and Confused

    Dallas' hockey junkies need to take a chill pill, 'cause it's only October

  • Culture

    October 5, 2000

    Push the Panic Button

    The Rangers have their worst season in years. The reaction? Ho hum, wait till next year.

  • 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

    October 21, 1999

    The product

    Former Dallas Cowboy Pat Toomay found it harder to write about the NFL than to play in it

  • Culture

    June 10, 1999

    Ain't that a kick?

    Tatu has been a Dallas Sidekick for 15 years -- in case you hadn't noticed

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