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Pluckers Old Town is everything a great sports bar should be and nothing it shouldn't. On college football Saturdays and NFL Sundays, the Upper Greenville wing joint has plenty of screens, enough to broadcast any game anyone might have shown up to see. The wings are very good, as are the bevy of fried appetizers and desserts — seriously, the fried mac and cheese and fried Oreos are delicious, despite the self-loathing they might induce later. The beer, available in pints and 34-ounce "Mother Plucker" mugs, is cold and cheap. There isn't anything healthy on the menu, but that would just be a distraction anyway.

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There are Rangers fans out there who still, somehow, think Joey Gallo is not good at baseball. They're wrong. Gallo may be hitting below .200. He may strike out in nearly 40 percent of his plate appearances. But thanks to his tremendous power, above-average base-running and decent defense, he is still an above-average Major League regular. Gallo is going to hit more than 30 home runs this year while getting on base more than 30 percent of the time and being a great teammate. As he is, he's good enough to be a starter on a winning team. If his game matures and he begins to make more contact, he's capable of being a perennial MLB All-Star.

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Quarterback Dak Prescott is the face of the Cowboys, and the Cowboys couldn't be in better hands. After being drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, Prescott led the Cowboys to 13 wins and a division title. He did so while earning the respect of his teammates and his adopted city, charming fans with his easy smile and earnestness that borders on dorkiness — seriously, the guy listens to Train's "Drops of Jupiter" to get fired up before games. Prescott has the game to lead the Cowboys back to the promised land and the personality to etch himself on Dallas' sports Mount Rushmore.

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It's time to give the devil his due. In August, Jones went into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's turned the Cowboys into the world's most valuable sports club at an estimated value of $4.2 billion and finally, thank God, turned over most of the team's day-to-day operations to his son Stephen. The Cowboys play in a beautiful stadium for which the city of Arlington helped to pay and are a money-making machine. If this core of Cowboys players (led by Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant) wins a championship, Jones may finally earn forgiveness for chasing Jimmy Johnson out of town after Super Bowl XXVIII.


The story of the 1988 Carter Cowboys is really three stories. It's a riveting sports story about a Dallas ISD high school that put together the most talented team in the history of Texas high school football despite an academic scandal likely created by jealous parents at a rival school. It's a crime saga, too, about a group of middle-class kids who started pulling armed robberies because they were bored after the season ended and then spent hard time in the Texas prison system. Finally, the story of the 1988 Carter Cowboys, as told in ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary What Carter Lost is one of redemption for the team. For the five Cowboys who ended up in jail, it's enough that they are all out and leading productive lives. For the rest of the team and the Carter community, it's about being recognized as more than just the team that ended Odessa Permian's Friday Night Lights season and later had to give up its state championship.

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July did not go well for former Cowboys wide receiver and return specialist Lucky Whitehead. Whitehead's dog, Blitz, went missing, and the receiver received calls from someone asking for a ransom. A week later, a Fort Worth rapper named Boogotti Kasino returned the dog, claiming he'd bought it from someone else. Less than a week after that, Whitehead was off the Cowboys. The team cut him after finding out that he had a failure-to-appear warrant related to a shoplifting charge in Virginia. Which would've been fine, if a little tacky, except for the fact that the person who did the alleged shoplifting wasn't Whitehead. Instead, after getting arrested, a still unidentified man gave police Whitehead's identifying information, including his Social Security number. The Cowboys refused to give Whitehead another chance, but the unlucky speedster caught on with the New York Jets, one of the NFL's worst teams.

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