Texas Tech Red Raiders (Football)

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    March 28, 2012

    Craig James "Interviewed" by His Daughter About Texas Tech, And It's Everything We Hoped

    Wait. This is awesome. We just stumbled across Craig James' new U.S. Senate campaign ad. His campaign manager, who also moonlights as his daughter, is interviewing him, asking if people in West Texas will hate him for his role in the Texas Tech football fiasco that led to head coach Mike Leach's fi ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Park and Rec Is Looking For Firm to Handle $27 Million Worth of Cotton Bowl Improvements

    ​Shortly before the 2011 kick-off of Texas-OU's annual clash at the Cotton Bowl we spoke with Willis Winters, Park and Rec's second-in-command, about the need to once again renovate the Fair Park stadium in order to keep the Red River Shootout in Dallas past the 2015 contract. Said Winters, it was ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    Mayor Mike Rawlings Gives Dallas ISD Board, Central Staffers a Lesson In Marketing 101

    Rmember when DISD considered replacing its logo? It might come up again.​Edwin Flores said it a couple of weeks back: The Dallas Independent School District has a communications problem. Which is one way of putting it -- the nice way of putting it. And so, following months' worth of dust-ups and s ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012
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    December 22, 2011

    TicketCity Bowl Execs Acknowledge: Sure, They Won't Sell Out Cotton Bowl. But They'll Do OK.

    ​Saw a piece in the Penn State paper this morning about how sales for the TicketCity Bowl in the Cotton Bowl are "struggling," at least when it comes to dispensing with Penn State's allotment of 6,000 ducats for the January 2 face-off against Houston. So I called over to the game's Las Colinas Bou ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Balancing Food and Mood at RedFork, the Subject of This Week's Review

    Sara Kerens​Would you hang out in a terrible space if the food proves worthy of a sonnet? I do it all the time for good tacos and barbecue. Would you put up with an over-cooked steak because your server dotes on your table through the evening? These are the thoughts that flooded my brain as ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    A&M to the SEC! Texas as an Independent?! The Big 12 and Texas-OU is Kaput?

    ​As we speak I'm told University of Texas president Bill Powers and athletic director DeLoss Dodds are planning an informal lunch with state power brokers at Barton Creek Country Club in Austin to discuss the feasibility of the Longhorns becoming a football independent. Hell ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    As It Tries to Bolt the Big 12, The Joke's On Texas A&M (Again)

    Jealous and impotent until the bitter end, the Aggies try to flee for the SEC.

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    July 29, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.29.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I know one practice doesn't make a career and, as Bill Parcells says, let's hold off on shipping that bust to Canton, but Cowboys' first-round draft pick Tyron Smith looks like a beast ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    And We're Off ... Cowboys Signing Rookie Free Agents

    Lyle Leong, the newest Cowboy​With their first practice in San Antonio's Alamodome in about 48 hours, the Cowboys are scrambling to piece together a roster. The first step in that process is signing undrafted free agents, which can begin today per the post-lockout NFL rules. Who ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    For SMU Football, Adrian Klemm's L.A. Story is Paying Off (But Not Like That)

    And a little movie about the Mustangs' downfall isn't hurting either.

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    April 4, 2011

    City to Spend Some Fair Park Marketing Money to Keep TicketCity Bowl Through 2018 Game

    ​The Cotton Bowl Classic, of course, is no longer played at the Cotton Bowl -- hasn't been for two years, when the bowl game decamped for Arlington, thus making it a very unhappy New Year 'round Fair Park at kickoff time. Then came along the TicketCity Bowl -- Texas Tech vs. Northwestern to start ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Whitt's End: 1.14.11

    ​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 >>

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    January 3, 2011

    TCU Finally Shuts Up the Big Ten Buffoons

    ​So a bunch of us are sitting around on New Year's Day laughing at the empty seats at the Ticket City Bowl, gulping venison chili and combating our headaches with straight up hair o' the dawg. Suddenly, invited to our football-watching gala by a mutual friend, the Big Ten Buffoons show up. Th ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010
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    July 23, 2010

    Whitt's End: 7.23.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *OK, OK,  I get it. So I write that Dez Bryant almost assuredly wouldn't be signed by Day 1 of Dallas Cowboys' training camp. "Barring an 11th-hour agreement ... " I think I penned. Never wish ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Big 12 Football: OU over UT

    ​The media hath spoken in regards to the 2010 Big 12 Conference football season and the winners are ... Oklahoma. And Nebraska. We'll get to the full pre-season predictions after the jump, but in picking OU over Texas in the South apparently the Big 12 media thinks Landry Jones will be a bett ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010
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    June 23, 2010

    Inside the Numbers: How Fair Park Will Be Affected By the Proposed City Budget Cuts

    From the estimable photo archives of the late, great Nick DeWolf, from which we have more to share later today​As Andrea noted in her liveblog Monday, Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway stopped down the council's Public Safety Committee meeting to rant against a different kind of crime: the end of firew ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010
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    April 29, 2010
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    April 26, 2010

    Grade The Cowboys' Draft: A For Effort?

    Better than Bobby?​The good news: The Dallas Cowboys likely drafted the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year and a linebacker who will signal the end of the Bobby Carpenter era. The bad news: The Dallas Cowboys still don't have a play-making free safety or any depth along the offensive line. ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Dez Bryant is a Dallas Cowboy: My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. As I wrote yesterday afternoon, the Cowboys talked to the Miami Dolphins about trading up. And Texas safety Earl Thomas was indeed one of their three targets in Thursday's NFL Draft. The others: Idaho offensive lineman Mike Iupati and Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant. No matter which o ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Are You Ready for Some (College Bowl Game) Football?!

    ​While Cowboys Stadium is a greedy, event-eating monster and Texas Stadium is an icon about to be reduced to novelty-act rubble, the Cotton Bowl is still a living, breathing attraction. Barely. Later this month in Phoenix the NCAA will likely grant certification to the start-up Dallas Footbal ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    St. Patrick's Day Parade: My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. Riding on the Dallas Observer float and catching a marshmallow that was hurled from a good 20 yards away in my mouth has to be in the top five of my all-time proudest athletic achievements. 9. Getting nailed in the chest with a honey bun. Um, not so proud. Touche. 8. I love the parade an ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Schutze Puts on Leather Football Helmet

    Adam James​Speaking of Craig James, here goes a big mistake. I'm going to invade Richie's territory and offer an opinion on a sports story. I was actually prohibited from writing about sports once when I was a daily newspaper reporter because of my appalling lack of knowledge. Maybe I'm about to g ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Mike Leach = Fired?! Arrrrrrrrrgh!

    ​Texas Tech fires head football coach Mike Leach. Two words: Holy. Shit. A saddening, maddening day for Red Raider Nation. My take: It took two to tango, and both Leach and the James family are at fault. Both Texas Tech and Leach will ultimately regret letting this spark burn out of ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Whitt's End: 10.2.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Former Carter High School star Michael Crabtree may not be a bad guy, but he's following some horrible advice. Friend of a friend of Crabtree tells me that he and the 49ers remain $10 million ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    Dallas Cowboys' Draft Class: D-Minus

    What the eff? Oh, okay, I'm in a good mood. How about a D-ish?​When the Dallas Cowboys kick off the regular season in Tampa Bay in T-minus 12 days, their rookies will be all but invisible. The Cowboys drafted 12 players. Three of those - kicker David Buehler, linebacker Victor But ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Whitt's End: 5.8.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Looks like The Ticket's parent company - Cumulus Media - is asking forcing employees to take five unpaid days off before June 30. Ouch. Maybe not a big deal to on-air talent with six-figure sala ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    Whitt's End: 3.27.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Dallas Police Chief David Kunkel can apologize all he wants for the indefensible actions of Robert Powell, but unless the officer is fired it will be a complete and utter injustice. Powell, who detained, ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Whitt's End: 2.13.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I know the Mavs have the NBA's longest sellout streak at 301 games, but the fans at American Airlines Center just don't get it. Thursday night's tense game with the Celtics was tied at 91 until Boston's P ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Whitt's End 1.9.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *First things first. If you plan to see this movie, or even think it looks remotely entertaining, please, leave these premises immediately. *Nothing official yet (UPDATE: Now it's official), but I hear Eri ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Cotton Bowl Classic, One Last Time

    Speaking, as we were yesterday, of Ole Miss-Texas Tech (sorta), David Sanderson was kind enough to provide us with this panoramic farewell snapped during the final Cotton Bowl Classic ever to be played at Fair Park. A much larger version can be found here. --Robert Wilonsky

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    January 5, 2009

    Texas v. Ohio State: The Siesta Bowl

    Was watching the Cotton Bowl with some buddies on lower Greenville when Ole Miss sacked Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell for a game-clinching safety. While most of the joint emitted a primal scream, spiked their red-n-black hats, or ordered another mind-numbing shot, one dude sat and ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Ole Miss Fans Were Very, Very, Very Good to the Hyatt Regency's Bar. Maybe.

    With a tip of the yarmulke to Deadspin, it says here that last week, Ole Miss fans camped out at the Hyatt Regency Dallas and gulped down three nights' worth of records at the hotel's atrium bar. As in: They dropped $26,000 on New Year's Eve; $27,000 the night after that; then more than $29,000 foll ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009

    Happy New Year! The Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in Cotton Bowl History

    Pass the Advil and crank up the wayback machine. Let's kick off 2009 with one last, long, loving look back at the Cotton Bowl. Oh, the refurbished stadium will still be around, but its namesake game is moving to Arlington after tomorrow's Texas Tech-Ole Miss curtain closer and, other than Texas ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009

    Bye-Bye, Cotton

    Big D sends its bowl packing

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    December 23, 2008

    BREAKING NEWS: Michael Crabtree Coming (to Dallas) and Going (to the NFL)

    In news that should surprise no one, Michael Crabtree's last college game will be Jan. 2 in the last Cotton Bowl played in Dallas. No official announcement, but I hear the Texas Tech All-World receiver and two-time Biletnikoff Award winner is making plans for the future. And they include more Dallas ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Whitt's End

     Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week - even the end of the year -  welcome to Whitt's End: *Hold your horses if you thought tonight's concert by Russ Martin and his band at Joe Avezzano's joint up in Frisco was going to A) turn into a bashfest of ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Whitt's End

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I got $1 for the first person who can show me - like Tony Romo did last week - any time that Terrell Owens has ever uttered the phrase: "This one's on me." Owens has every right to be jealous of Romo and ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Texas Tech v. Ole Miss. One Last Cotton Pickin' Time

    So, you jazzed about the old Cotton Bowl's final matchup? The Only Team To Beat Florida vs. The Only Team To Beat Texas. Maybe it's just me, but I'm intrigued by Mississippi vs. Texas Tech.

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    December 1, 2008

    Don't Mess With Texas. Oh Crap, Too Late.

       I don't love Texas. I don't hate Oklahoma. But what transpired yesterday in the Big 12 is absolute bullshit.   I know life ain't fair, but college football should be. Or at least it should use common sense trying.   Let me apologize to Texas. I posted some of the bes ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    Pro Football Comes to the Cotton Bowl? Or Close Enough. Maybe. If You Say So.

    Early last month, we broke the news that city officials were going to begin courting corporations who might be interested in buying the naming rights to the Cotton Bowl. Yesterday, the city council approved the idea, and, as expected, it's looking for a 10-year commitment and between $5 and $10 mill ... More >>

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    October 17, 2008

    BREAKING NEWS: T. Boone Pickens Tours Cotton Bowl, Considers Tech-OSU in Big D

    Someday soon his money and moxie may make an annual trek to our Cotton Bowl. Texas-OU has temporarily left the building. But – surprise! – another big-time college football game may be permanently on its way to the reupholstered Cotton Bowl. A month after Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance ... More >>

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    June 19, 2008

    Duck For Cover

    Sure they'll score tons of points, but are you convinced? The Cowboys are having a mini-camp. Terrell Owens is making headlines. And, a sure sign that football season has indeed arrived in the middle of the June, this morning I got my grubby little hands on Dave Campbell’s 2008 Texas Football. ... More >>

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    March 15, 2007
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    October 3, 2006

    The Cotton Bowl Ain't No Kyle Field

    Even a good Longhorns fan has to acknowledge that Kyle Field's one of the greatest college football venues ever. The Cotton Bowl, not so much. For a year now, Mayor Laura's been banging the same drum: If, which is to say when, the annual Texas-Oklahoma game finally leaves Dallas and moves back to Au ... More >>

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    September 7, 2000

    Fallen Star

    A small town turns away from a football hero convicted of drug crimes