Tom Landry

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Ever Wanted a Humongous Green Road Sign Featuring Tom Landry's Fedora? Now's Your Chance.

    Remember when North Texas hosted the Super Bowl? And how the name of the 30-mile, Arlington-area stretch of Interstate 30 was changed from from the Tom Landry Highway to the Tom Landry Super Bowl Highway? And how we may never host another Super Bowl and that, if we do, it'll be another decade or so? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Chamber to Use Billboards to Showcase Love for Incoming DISD Supe Mike Miles

    Incoming DISD superintendent Mike Miles might have been getting the impression that Dallas wasn't as friendly as billed, what with all the pointed questions about administrators' pay scale. So, to prove we really do love him, the Dallas Regional Chamber is unrolling a billboard campaign timed to co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Inspired by The Yu Dog, 25 More Dishes to Honor DFW Sports Stars

    The Yu Dog at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington has created a food media circus. But he's not the only DFW sports icon worthy of his own dish at The Ballpark in Arlington, Jerryland and the AAC. Here are some others. 1. Tom Landry Enormous fedora filled with chili. Feather garnish optional. 2. Nolan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Baseball Goes Bonkers: The Top 5 Championship Celebrations in Sports

    ​Watched South Carolina win their second consecutive College World Series last night. Their celebration -- gloves and hats flying in a giant infield dog pile -- got me to thinking: Does baseball over-celebrate? Or, perhaps, do they do it just right? Think about the Mavs' reaction after a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Super Bowl XLV Also Gave Us ... The Greatest Moment in Texas Football History?

    ​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 >>

  • News

    February 3, 2011
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    January 25, 2011

    Something for Super Bowl Visitors to See When They're Done at Dealey Plaza

    ​I'm sure the Sixth Floor Museum will be buzzing. Southfork Ranch. And, unless I'm gauging folks way wrong, during the upcoming Super Bowl week the gentlemen's establishments around D-FW will be jammed as well. But for football fans -- visitors and locals -- there's something you just gotta see. R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Don't Be Surprised If You See a Lot of Folks Who Look Like Tom Landry Next Month

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    September 23, 2010
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    June 10, 2010

    Maybe One of the Few Times We'll Use "Cotton Bowl" and "Super Bowl" in Same Sentence

    ​Been meaning to get to this for a couple of days, ever since the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee sent out its weekly newsletter that said, at the very top:TOM LANDRY SUPER BOWL HIGHWAY: On Tuesday, June 15 at 3:30 p.m., the Host Committee along with Alicia Landry will officially announc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    The Top 10 Greatest Coaches in the History of Ever

    Tom Landry's Statue​John Wooden had three golden rules that, come to think of it, would make us all better humans: Be on time. Don't curse. Never criticize your friends. The legendary UCLA basketball coach left our planet a worse place over the weekend, leaving behind a legacy of 10 national ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2010

    Rangers Call Cowboys QB to the Mound: Staubach Finally Gets First Pitch Duties

    ​Speaking of Your Texas Rangers ...Just checked the e-mail this glorious baseball-season-y Sunday afternoon to find a missive from John Blake, exec veep of communications for the ball club, who sends word that Roger Staubach's throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Rangers' 1:05 p.m. home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Dallas Cowboys Legends and Winspear Save Glory Days Taping From Disaster

    Photos by Sam Merten​An eclectic mix of folks packed the Bill and Margot Winspear Opera House last night as a jaw-dropping group of former Dallas Cowboys players reminisced during the taping of Glory Days, a television pilot scheduled to debut January 30 on KTVT-Channel 11 prior to finding a n ... More >>

  • News

    December 17, 2009
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    December 1, 2009

    BREAKING NEWS: Roger Staubach to Tony Romo: Perception - Duh - is Reality

    ​What happens in Vegas ... shouldn't happen during the stretch drive of the playoffs. That's not some dorky sportswriter talking. That's the gold-standard opinion of a guy possessing two Super Bowl rings, a bust in Canton and the best reputation of any athlete to ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    The Top 10 Most Famous Hats in the History of Dallas

    Everything's bigger in Dallas. Even the, um, hats. ​I can't believe you people. Yeah, you. The ones who actually spend a millisecond of your precious time on Earth worrying about how a certain Dallas Cowboys' quarterback wears his cap. Not his helmet, mind you. His hat. I'm all about big ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Tom Landry's Fallen and He Can't Get Up

    Patrick MichelsTom Landry's statue waits to be untied Tuesday morning at Cowboys Stadium. You can find Richie's take in the Sportatorium.​Patrick Michels was out at Jerry Jones's EnormoDome this morning, where workers were scheduled to erect Tom Landry. Pardon ... Tom Landry's statue. But they wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    The Resurrection of God, er, Tom Landry

    ​This may be the craziest, saddest, best, coolest photo I've ever seen posted. The good news: Tom Landry's statue is being re-erected today in front of Gate A at Cowboys Stadium. The bad news: Kinda creeps me out that it reminds me of ...

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    If You've Always Wanted Tom Landry's Hat ...

    ​So, let's say Jack Ruby's hat doesn't do it for you. Fine. In that case, Heritage Auction Galleries has another option for your noggin: one of Tom Landry's old fedoras, this one circa 1980-something. Heritage's Noah Fleisher sends word that the trademark hat'll be amongst a handful of Dallas Cowb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Cowboys Stadium: Reviewing Our Suite Dreams

    Somehow seven years ago I didn't forsee 5-star bars equipped with back-lit chandeliers and littered with HDTVs.​Back in 2002 when I was at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram we first started getting wind that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was toying with the idea of building a new stadium. "Ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Who Would You Cast as Tom Landry?

    Yours for the low, low price of $14.01.​I ask only because this morning, Variety reports that ESPN and the National Football League are collaborating on a biopic called Lombardi -- you'll never guess who it's about. Notes the trade, the film about the Green Bay Packers coach will be released in th ... More >>

  • News

    July 16, 2009
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    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

    February 25, 2009

    What's In My Closet? Cowboys' Good-Ol'-Day Syndrome Edition

    On this bittersweet crappy day of mourning - the 20th anniversary of Tom Landry's firing - thought I'd rummage through my junk and find some old Cowboys' stuff. Stuff from a happier time. Stuff weaved around Super Bowl trophies. Stuff involving Hall of Fame heroes. Stuff from an era when players a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    February 25, 1989: Where Were You?

    I was at Valley Ranch, a 24-year-old piss-ant reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Only a couple years removed from punching holes in my college apartment walls when the Dallas Cowboys lost, I was totally unprepared and overwhelmed by the press conference I was attending. It was 20 years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Jonestown Coliseum: Affordable?

    By no means is it a steal. But perhaps a deal? When the first Jonestown Coliseum ticket prices were announced last year, we all fainted via sticker shock: 4 lower-level seats on the 35-yard line - adding in $340 tickets, $75 parking and 30-year seat options - cost over $150,000. But this mornin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Last Call For Your Piece of Texas Stadium

    Weird to have the visitation two months after the funeral. But hey, it's Texas Stadium, don't let the effed-up order deter your ogling. If you haven't yet paid your last respects to the house that Tom Landry built, Troy Aikman upgraded and Jerry Jones sentenced to the wrecking ball, this w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2008

    My Photographic Farewell to Texas Stadium

    I never claimed to be a great writer. Even a worse photographer.Nonetheless, armed with an iPhone and a life's worth of memories, I'd be honored if you'd allow me to take you on a tour of Texas Stadium's final night. Follow me. Right this way. Here it is. The house that Tex Schramm built and Tom Lan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Video of the Week: The Best Game in the History of Texas Stadium

    Larry Cole. Roger Staubach. Tony Hill. Pat Summerall. Tom Landry. Cowboys 35, Redskins 34 in 1979. They can take the Cowboys out of Texas Stadium, but they'll never take Texas Stadium out of the Cowboys. I still get goose bumps. - Richie Whitt

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    The Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in the History of Grand Ol' Texas Stadium

      Fittingly, the stadium with the hole in the roof - so God could watch his favorite football team, duh - was christened by a 10-day Billy Graham crusade. A month later - Oct. 24, 1971 - Texas Stadium opened for Cowboys' business. Come Saturday night, the ol' joint at Loop 12 and Highway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    The Top 10 Sports Figures I'd Choose to Spend My Last Hour With

    No. 1 in my heart. No. 1 on my list. So, have you used up that extra hour yet? You know, the one we got last Sunday via the end of Daylight Savings Time. Fall back, remember? I could lie and say I spent the extraordinary 60 minutes when 2 a.m. became 1 a.m. volunteering at a nursing home, ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008
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    September 2, 2008

    Star-Studded Tuesday

    The DASA awards make for the most, um, interesting pairings. Right, Scott? If you have $200 – or perhaps $5,000 – burning a hole in your jorts, make plans to be at the Fairmont Hotel tonight for the 43rd annual Dallas All-Sports Association Awards Banquet. It’s the one chance a year for Jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Today’s Sign of the Apocalypse

    Three yards and a cloud of ... California rolls? Sushi? At a Texas high school football game? The sound you hear is Tom Landry, rolling over in his grave. -- Richie Whitt

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    Go West, Young Man. And Be Sure to Close Your Eyes the First 20 Miles.

    Yeah, but can she make up for miles and miles of ugly? So I’m driving to visit my cousin in a Fort Worth hospital yesterday morning when all the sudden it hits me: Hang your head in shame, Tom Landry. Hang your head. Because, don’t look now – no, really, don’t look – Interst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2008

    A Forgotten Documentary About Super Bowl X, Starring a Topless Rayfield Wright, Phyllis George and Bill Murray

    Speaking of amazing video ... over the holiday weekend, I came across this snippet of a documentary shot during Super Bowl X at the Orange Bowl in Miami, where Tom Landry's Dallas Cowboys lost to Chuck Noll's Pittsburgh Steelers 21-17. It was done for pioneering SF-based collective TVTV; and, yes, y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2008

    God Bless America. And Sports.

    Happy Birthday! Our country turns the ripe old age of 232 tomorrow. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, let us not forget how fortunate we are to have a variety of sports and the freedom to choose which ones we love and loathe. In honor of the Fourth of July I started jotting down reasons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2008

    It's Summer. You Need a Hat. Might as Well Be One of Tom Landry's.

    At last, the perfect Father's Day gift. Assuming it's the real deal -- and there are copious references to a "Letter of Grading and Authenticity" -- one of Tom Landry's fedoras is currently up for grabs on eBay, courtesy a San Antonio-based seller who's not sure whether he ever wore the thing whilst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2008

    At Least I Got Two Predictions Right

    Who knew this trade would be disastrous? Um, yours truly. I thought the Internet was a fad. I was convinced Tom Landry would never ever never get fired (or die). And I just knew Anna Kournikova was built to win at least one Grand Slam. But last winter, even this blind squirrel found two nuts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2007

    HOV Can You See DART's New Road? The First Six Miles, Anyway.

    About time: DART announced today that the first six miles of its new High Occupancy Vehicle lane on Interstate 30 -- the Tom Landry, like anyone refers to the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike by that moniker -- will open tomorrow. Which means only 44 more miles to go as DART begins the 50-mile expansion o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2006

    Morning Motivation

    All you gotta do around here is listen and, just through osmosis, you'll learn how to win Cy Young Awards, re-write recent history and, come Monday, be absolutely perfect. Roger Clemens stopped in Dallas today to speak at the SMU Athletic Forum. Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells is now chirping "To ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 4, 2006
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    September 15, 2005
  • News

    November 21, 2002

    Rough Skies

    Larry Wansley--former Marine, cop and FBI agent--has his biggest task ahead of him: making American Airlines safe from terrorism

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Sports Columnist

    Frank Luksa, The Dallas Morning News

  • Culture

    October 21, 1999

    The product

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

  • News

    October 21, 1999

    The ghost of Tom Landry

    In 1970, Pat Toomay was scared he'd get drafted by Vince Lombardi. Something worse happened -- he ended up playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Years later, he'd realize what damage that wrought.

  • Culture

    July 23, 1998

    Lord, help him

    In Chan Gailey, Jerry Jones has God, the shotgun, and, maybe, a little Tom Landry

  • News

    September 19, 1996
  • Dining

    April 4, 1996

    Touch of class

    Terilli's swims against Lower Greenville's casual stream

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