Tom Landry

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    November 19, 2014

    Noble Rey Brewery Is Headed to the Design District, Which Has Become Dallas' Beer District

    The Design District is on its way to becoming known for its beer culture as much as it is high end furniture and art galleries. The folks behind Noble Ray Brewery have announced they'll be setting up shop as the fourth beer maker in the neighborhood. Meddlesome Moth's seemingly endless run of beer t ... More >>

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    November 18, 2014
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    January 17, 2014

    Arlington Won't Name a Street for MLK, But Says New Sign Toppers Honor His "Can-Do Legacy"

    Naming a street for Martin Luther King Jr. is perhaps the easiest way a city can express its approval of the civil rights movement. Aside from whatever pittance is required to update maps and street signs, it's completely painless, particularly since it doesn't require any actual effort to address s ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 28, 2013
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    September 22, 2011

    Sure Mike Modano Has a Spot on Dallas' Mount Sportsmore. Well, Doesn't He?

    Mike Modano is on Facebook. And out of hockey. The legendary Dallas Star used social media  to announce his retirement from the NHL yesterday, ending a 21-year career as one of the sport's all-time greatest skaters and its most prolific American-born scorer. Feels like we've delivered th ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Whitt's End: 8.12.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Just stop it with the calls for Stephen McGee to get more playing time, or even be elevated to No. 2. Watch the game. He's horrible. He can overcome sloppy footwork, inaccuracy and a lack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    The 50 Most Powerful Peeps in DFW Sports: Take 7

    ​Power is subjective. But when you see it -- when you sense it's immense influence -- you just know it. Each summer, as I construct my list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Metroplex Sports, the criteria gets a triple-digit tweaking. This year I deemed the allure of power  ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Why We Love Sports in America: 2011

    ​Since I'm out on vacation next week let me get to this Fourth of July tradition a little early: Happy Birthday, America. Our country turns the ripe old age of 235 on Monday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I'll make time this weekend remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to have a ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Whitt's End: 5.13.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Went and watched the American professional debut of Cuban defector/Rangers' prospect Leonys Martin last night in Frisco. In a word, wow! With his father and agent in the stands at Dr Pepper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Cowboys Poised to Land a Coach with Six Super Bowl Rings

    ​On December 16, 1989 the Dallas Cowboys were -- according to their head coach, Jimmy Johnson -- a laughably weak team. After watching his offensive line and running backs fail to score four times from the 1-yard line late in an ugly 15-0 loss to the New York Giants in The Meadowlands, J ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011
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    November 11, 2010
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    November 8, 2010

    Packers 45, Cowboys 7: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. As of now, Wade Phillips has his regularly scheduled press conference today at 4 p.m. from Valley Ranch. But stay tuned. 9. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff vomited near the bench in the fourth quarter. Fans beat him to it hours earlier. 8. Seven points. Four turnovers. A 38-point defeat that fel ... More >>

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    July 5, 2010

    Why We Love Sports in America

    ​Happy Birthday, America.   Like tonight's July 5th fireworks show in Dallas, it's better late than never. Right?   Our country turned the ripe old age of 234 on Sunday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I tried to spend some time remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Mike Modano: The Face of the Franchise

    ​Still trying to wrap my tiny, admittedly perverted sports brain around the Dallas Stars without Mike Modano. Or, even weirder, Modano in another team's sweater. He is now - and perhaps forever - undoubtedbly, undeniably, unequivocally the face of the franchise. Right? Unless, of course, ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010
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    April 12, 2010

    Texas Stadium: Rest in Pieces

      You know it's a weird week when Mike Modano's final home game as a Dallas Star is only the second-saddest story. Went out to Texas Stadium Sunday morning for a funeral and - hate to admit this - but I cried. For a building. I know, silly. Or is it? Just after dawn - 7:07 a.m. if yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Texas Stadium Has Only 26 Days to Live

    ​Maybe I'm a sentimental old fool, but I'm going to miss the iconic eyesore called Texas Stadium. I'm all for progress and upgrades and the future-is-now and I love Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, but I saw a story on the news last night about the preparations being made to blow up Texas Stadiu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Over The Weekend: The English Beat, Fishbone and Outlaw Nation at The Granada

    The English Beat, Fishbone, Outlaw NationThe Granada TheaterFebruary 13, 2010Better than: Sitting at home watching the Winter Olympics with my wife and kids.Michael AlvesThe English Beat​An almost-packed house at the Granada Theater enjoyed nearly four hours of ska-related rhythms this past Saturd ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    Your Dallas Cowboys: 50 Great Years. Er, Seasons. WTF?

    ​Okay, I'm confused. No, even more than usual. I suck at math. I'm the guy who - when trying to figure out how many years it's taken the Texas Rangers to win their one playoff game - has to use fingers, toes and those rudamentary IIII IIII marks. My abacus tells me that, since the D ... More >>

  • News

    September 10, 2009
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    September 8, 2009

    Do Two Rights Make a Wrong? (Cornerback, That Is)

    Wonder if Orlando will be as cool as Craig? ​Back in 1971 a genius named Tom Landry decided it was a swell idea to alternate quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Craig Morton - on every friggin' play. But after his Dallas Cowboys bumbled along at 4-3, the coach decided on Staubach full-time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    The Dallas Cowboys: Seven Coaches and a Baby

    ​In this week's Dallas Observer column in which I surmise that Wade Phillips is entering his last season - win, lose or drawl - I tell the story of riding up a training camp elevator with the Dallas Cowboys' head coach. Sounds riveting, I know. But wait, there's more! Watching Wade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    My Top 10 Observations From Cowboys 30, Titans 10, Stadium 7.

    ... to this.   From this ...    ​                There are kinks to be worked out, yes. But in Friday's victory over the Tennessee Titans the Dallas Cowboys showed that their team and their stadium just might be great - if not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Dude Food: Sonny Bryan's

    Sonny Bryan's2202 Inwood Road 214-357-7120Dude Factor: 9, or Nolan Ryan, on a scale of 1 ("Tom Hicks") to 10 ("Tom Landry")Sure, Sonny Bryan's is a Dallas institution, but I can't say I ever darkened the original's door until the Observer moved to our current offices at Maple and Oak Lawn some four ... 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 20, 2009

    Whitt's End: 3.20.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *It hit me this week: More than the Mavs being psychologically gutted from playoff failure or inherently soft or whatever, the thing that has stunted their growth is the regression of Josh Howard. He was o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    The Jerry Jones Era: Yay or Nay?

    Okay, let's stop the belittling and the praising and the story-telling and get down to it. With his reign turning 20 today, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is coming under intense scrutiny. As in, will his legacy be positive or negative? There are, of course, pros and cons ... Positives *Three S ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    Wade Phillips: Gag Me with a Spoon

    Wade Phillips should wear a skirt on the sideline next season. For never in the history of the Dallas Cowboys has a head coach been so castrated of authority, power and respect. This, my friends, is the result of Jerry Jones' preposterous gag order. For what it's worth, Wade probably doesn't mi ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    Introducing ... Tom Landry Stadium!

    Well, that's my idea anyway. And it's a damn good one. Think about it. In this crappy economic climate even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is having trouble luring a 9-figure naming-rights partner out to Arlington. So I say - just for the stadium's first year, mind you - Jerry should christen it a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    The Top 10 Announcers in Dallas Sports History

    In retrospect, Ole Miss and Texas Tech are merely above-average college football teams. Their little clash in Dallas last week, however, was called by two of this area's icons of announcing. Though he's looked better, it was good to see Pat Summerall working the game on TV. And on radio - with his ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Whitt's End

    *I seem to be fresh out of cash, but I'll betcha some leftover Christmas fruitcake that the Cowboys don't win in Philly Sunday. A team that leads the league in penalties, can't get in sync on something as simple as the center-quarterback snap, and allows the longest back-to-back running plays in NFL ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008
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    September 24, 2008

    "Hollywood" Henderson Is Still Clean

    Jeff Pearlman's book ain't got nothing on Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson's 1987 autobiography Out of Control: Confessions of an NFL Casualty, in which he detailed how, during Super Bowl XIII, he kept that infamous inhaler of liquefied cocaine stashed in his uniform. But much has changed since Tom Land ... More >>

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    July 28, 2008
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    July 10, 2008

    The Fab 50

    Half a hundred power brokers who sculpt our local sports landscape

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    February 25, 2008

    The Return of the Kidd

    Excuse me if I don’t appropriately memorialize the 19th anniversary of Jerry Jones firing Tom Landry. Today is all about Jason Kidd’s homecoming. After getting traded by the Mavericks in 1996, Kidd was viciously booed in each of his returns to Reunion Arena. But when he takes the American Airlin ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008
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    November 29, 2007

    Corporate Cowboys

    America's Team wants your dirty, sexy money. Lots of it.

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    September 21, 2007

    You Betcha: Week 3

    Jack Hamm/Grace Bible Fellowship Need we remind you of what Tom Landry thought of gambling? Thought so. I know what you’re thinking: Hey, douchebag, what happened to Week 2? To which I retort, “What happens in Vegas haunts you all the way back to Dallas.” Find a comfy chair and cue the tiny v ... More >>

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    July 19, 2007

    The Fab Fifty

    Or, half a hundred folks with way better seats than you

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    March 20, 2007

    Crazy Ray's Memorial Service is Open to the Public

    The Dallas Cowboys just put on their Web site plans for a memorial service in honor of Wilford "Crazy Ray" Jones -- the team's "unofficial mascot of 44 years" who died Saturday morning at the age of 76. If you're so inclined, it will take place at 10 a.m. this Saturday in the Stadium Club inside Tex ... More >>

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    September 7, 2006

    Fit to be Tied

    Scott Murray apparently has one gig these days: hosting the DASA Awards Banquet. Will he, like, hit you with the highlights? Ties suck, unless you're Troy Dungan, Anna Kournikova's brother or a guy lucky enough to have tickets to next week's Dallas All Sports Association Awards Banquet. The 41st ann ... More >>

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    September 1, 2006

    Ear Muffs, Tom Landry! Ear Muffs!

    A return to glory: Jerry Jones has very, very special things in store for his Cowboys. I went to the Dallas Cowboys annual kick-off luncheon Thursday at the Hotel Intercontinental and treated my ears to a sound smorgasbord. There was rap music by Lil' John, "Lights Out" by UFO and even an invocatio ... More >>

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    August 7, 2006
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    December 11, 2003

    Head Cases

    The Eagles--and their fans--know when insanity is a good thing

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    July 17, 2003

    Big Tex

    Cowboys icon Schramm left his mark on his team and those who knew him

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    December 28, 2000


    Buzz hacks through the past in search of the cool cats and fools of the year that was

  • Music

    May 11, 2000

    Some things he did

    Roxy Gordon was "one of the great outlaw artist misfits" and so much more

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