The 50 Most Powerful Peeps in DFW Sports: Take 7

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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 thusly:

If they called a press conference this afternoon, who'd most get our attention.

For the first time since I began the list in 2005 the answer isn't an owner. While Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban and Tom Hicks have played Hackey Sack with the oh-so-modest honor before, this summer belongs to, fittingly, a guy who spent his entire season breaking molds and melting stereotypes:

Dirk Nowitzki.

He's the only local pro athlete this millennium to lead his team to a title. Besides, who else possesses the power to prompt fans to tattoo a likeness of his face on their ass?

Included on the list are former Cowboys coach Tom Landry (50), chiropractor to the stars Dr. Mary Collings (41), Ticket host Norm Hitzges (38), Mavs' GM Donnie Nelson (31), Rangers' closer Neftali Feliz (25), Big 12 commish Dan Beebe (19) and Cowboys' tight end Jason Witten (13).

For the Top 10, a drum roll please ...

10. Josh Hamilton -- Blue eyes be damned, reigning MVP influences fans with his bat, glove and faith.

9. Jon Daniels -- Hard to top last year's Cliff Lee trade that led to Texas' first World Series.

8. Eddie Gossage -- The face of NASCAR in Texas has crafted year-round racin' in Fort Worth.

7. Jon Heidtke -- Wouldn't recognize him on the street, but the Fox Sports Net Southwest senior vice president makes the Mavs, Rangers and Stars decisions you recognize nightly on TV.

6. Nolan Ryan -- Stronger than ever, Big Tex is the Rangers' most recognizable face.

5. Tony Romo -- When he's out of the news for too long it somehow becomes news.

4. Jason Garrett -- Shot of intense Red Bull is just what Cowboys need in wake of lethargic, underachieving Wade Phillips.

3. Jerry Jones -- Losing season, lousy Super Bowl in his stadium and the lockout have diminished his once unmatched aura.

2. Mark Cuban -- Earned a trophy and - by keeping a low profile during playoff run - garnered mucho respect.

1. Dirk Nowitzki -- His one-man struggle to the championship peak made the view even more remarkable.


See the full list in this week's Observer or at dallasobserver.com.


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26 comments
PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Hmmmmm.....

What are Dirk's major endorsements these days?  Off the court (and not counting the week after the championship when he did the talk show circuit), the guy is a ghost.

Your man-crush on Dirk is getting really annoying.

Here's a hint:  Nolan Ryan went into the hospital and it was national news.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

"Included on the list are former Cowboys coach Tom Landry (50)..."

If Tom Landry called a press conference today, it would easily overshadow any other news anywhere in the world.

Just Me
Just Me

Bogus list without Jeff Catlin

J
J

"He's the only local pro athlete this millennium to lead his team to a title."

*coughMikeModanocough*

I know he's not here at this moment, but give the man some credit.

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

OK, I have to admit, I was listening to the Tardline yesterday (Bob and Dan were talking about bad customer service. Come on guys, you're on PM drive this week; get it together!) when RW and Greg were "debating" this "list." The best part was when Greg asks if Rhyner (who is dead, BTW) is on the list. And all RW could sputter out was some caustic, jealous bile that was barely even English, let alone an answer.

So, envious. So angry...

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You better deliver one hell of a YouTube imbed later today and an amazing End tomorrow. Remember, Robert Wilonsky is the 10th most powerful man in Dallas and we may have to express our opinion of this shithole to him.

Sturm's Bloody Rectum
Sturm's Bloody Rectum

"If they called a press conference this afternoon, who'd most get our attention"...Really, that's the guide used? Does Romo have pictures of you with a goat? Where are any PGA golfers that live in the area? Where's Hank Haney?

Give me the stretchmark chick
Give me the stretchmark chick

I would have like to see a spot for Ray Davis/Bob Simpson.  The guys who actually give the green lights on $90MM contracts for Beltre and set budgets.  Sure they haven't really become public figures, but I guarantee you if one of them was having a press conference at the Ballpark, all media outlets roll 3 deep to hear whatever news they'd have.  We all enjoy Nolan as the face and he certainly is a top 10 figure, but these are the guys he answers to.

Storm_71
Storm_71

So this counts as a story and a blog post? Genuis. Your earning the shit out of that paycheck today RW.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Everyone loves lists, they're so easy to debate. Hard to argue right now with #1 and even #2. I'll leave the nutkicking to the comments section of your article.

Just Me
Just Me

I hate defending the doucher, but don't you think if Dirk went into the hospital it would be national news?

JimmyCrackCorn
JimmyCrackCorn

They won it in 99. Key word is "this" millennium.

Kevin Taylor
Kevin Taylor

He reads the comments on here all of the time and he is fully aware of the disdain you and a few others have for Richie's "lack of effort". He has done NOTHING about it. That should tell you something.

Give me the stretchmark chick
Give me the stretchmark chick

And to reply to myself, as I hear Norm talking about the Goose...Rich Gosselin is also a figure I think deserves some love.  Nationwide, his drafts rate in the top 5 year after year.  One of the most connected NFL beat writers in all the media is in our backyard.  But this is a good list, even w/ my 2 "snubs".

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Too busy hanging with the bros at the Lodge..and catching some rays..effort is SG, RW

Minion
Minion

And you get copy and paste plus a link. Because we all know that RW's time is more valuable than ours.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Oh, and can Merten be added somewhere between 45-50? If we were doing this by who the blog commenters feel is important in DFW sports, he would be in there. He just overtook Merkin in SFBL.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Nope.  I'm doubting that CNN would report on Dirk in the hospital for chest pains.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

We'll get Olive Branch v. 2.0 here soon and the cycle will repeat. I'm sure you are correct, which is disheartening, but I also haven't tried to make an actual case for change yet. Which may not work, I'll admit, but I don't get the feeling from any of the other blogs that they're a half-assed afterthought.

Just Me
Just Me

That makes you an idiot.

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