Best of Dallas 2011: Sports (Director's Cut and Deleted Scenes)

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Some are good. Some are getting better.

But only a select few are the best.

When it comes to our annual Best of Dallas issue I've made it easy this year. For those of you too cheap to "buy" a paper that's absolutely free, just sit back in your boxers and click, click, click away.

I present the Best of Dallas Sports for 2011. And for those of you who continually bemoan about my lack of taste, let's start with ...

Best Local Sports Radio Show

Best Sports Moment

Best Ranger

Best Maverick

Best Star

Best TV Sports Anchor

Best Cowboy

Best Sports Cards Store

The rest, including deleted scenes? Right thissa way ...

Too bad there wasn't a category for "Best Commenters (Who Regularly Spew Hate) on a Sports Blog", because obviously ...

Best Player We Hated to See Leave

Best Gym

Best Sports Chiropractor

Best FC Dallas Player

Best Pro Coach

Best Owner

Best Cheap Seats

Best Fishing

Best Public Golf Course

Best Play-by-Play Voice

Best New Acquisition

Best Bang For Your Buck

Best Mountain-Bike Trail

Best Place to Watch Chicks Playing Sports

 

Best Place to Watch an Athlete Watch Sports

Ten Sports Grill 1302 Main Street Dallas www.tensportsgrill.com

They go to Nick & Sam's when they're hungry. They flitter over to Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa when they want to get their drink on. But when rich and famous athletes want to hunker down and watch sports over a cold beer in a hot spot, they congregate at Ten. At the corner of Main and Field, the downtown sports bar has hosted such celebs as Steve Nash (who stopped by to watch some English soccer), Charles Barkley (who stopped by to watch some NBA Playoffs) and Shaquille O'Neal (who stopped by because he knew he'd be recognized, but not mobbed). Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Howard, Eduardo Najera and even the band Puddle of Mudd have been known to pop in. SMU hoops coach Matt Doherty is a regular. With nine hi-def Plasmas, a prime location adjacent to Hotel Adolphus and just the right dash of ambience and anonymity, Ten has become the Bo Derek of Dallas sports scenes.

 

Best Sporting Goods Store

PGA Superstore 600 Accent Drive Plano http://www.pgatoursuperstore.com

Screw foreplay, these places are downright orgasmic. If, that is, you get aroused milling around a former old Plano Home Depot warehouse filled with sports memorabilia, a gazillion Izods, two bajillion clubs, a tennis court, a putting green, a chipping area complete with sand trap and countless driving range stalls equipped with computer analysis, simulated courses and a daily $50 closest-to-the-pin contest. Go in for a casual Sunday afternoon look-see and by the time you leave it'll be Tuesday. You'll get the usual golf gabfest about two-downs, three-putts, snowmen and worn-out impressions of Carl Spackler. But if you need anything to improve your game or at least a gadget to distract you from how seriously you suck, this is the place. Out front of the Plano location is a Hummer golf cart selling for a cool $12,435. Like the sign says, "This is big."

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nothing new here
nothing new here

Best Place to find Juvenile Humor and the Same Five Guys Congratulating Each Other:the Sportatorium Comment Section!

way to go guys, powpowpow!

whut the wut
whut the wut

So Richie gives Best Local Sports Radio Show to the Musers because he knows if he gave it to anyone else he'd be called biased.  But he manages to throw in that that they can be described as "monotonous" and "homerish" as well, as if Richie has never been a homer and we're used to sub par monotony on this blog on a daily basis. 

Since Richie has his own show I'm not sure he should be eligible to vote in this category, and I can't help but wonder if Gordo calling Richie unqualified and a douche in a couple of his character voices didn't seem to rub him the wrong way.  Just be happy you're riding Greggo's coattails because without the Hambonita nobody would give a crap about Rage. 

Gaucho
Gaucho

Monbol firing up nowdown at the Bijou.Gettin review good good. I gives 7 star rating for having seen not yet. Wash 3b box ex-MinnTwin.  Art Howya doin?. BilBeaner starring B(r)ad PitStop what yer doing go see.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Worst Spin Control for a Twitter Meltdown:

Tie between Greg Williams and Richie Whitt.

Rooster
Rooster

"Best Place to Watch Chicks Playing Sports"

On a related note, it is with heavy heart I announce there will be no Dallas Desire this year.

RIP

Sturms_Bloody_Rectum
Sturms_Bloody_Rectum

Best place to spot RW: New Fine Arts, on the prostate self-massager aisle.

Good thing you listed yours and ESPN stations versus going with "competition". Now the reader's know of the other stations.

Storm_71
Storm_71

***** Spews hate at Richie *******

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW you forgot these categories, and you would of won all of them...you little weiner:

Biggest give up blog on the Observer.

Blogger who's content to pay is shockingly out of whack.

Blogger whom is constantly asked to get some help or quit sucking.

Radio "personality" under 5'6" who acts as if he's good at what he does.

Radio "personality" who's pushing fiddy who acts as if he's twenty.

Mishon
Mishon

Agree with you on mostly everything, except I would have taken Nadel over Sham, but they are both greatness.

I'm guessing M.Y. is the best Ranger. Need to fix the link.

Dunham and Miller is hands down the best show in town, and its not even close. Did a part of you want to give it to RAGE?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Is this cutting and pasting? how much did RW write? Sorry, I keep spewing my ha... If we hated this blog, we would stop coming here. Hate is such a strong word, served up with a side of fries.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

"Best Commenters (Who Regularly Spew Hate) on a Sports Blog", because obviously ...

Tie for first JSIB/Scruffy

Worst Commenter any form of "Sloppy"

I personally enjoy the multiple personalities of Kergo, whether fake or real

Davy Crockett is my favorite, a little humor, some nutkicking when deserved and some very fine sports points mixed

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

my laziness is causing me not to click all the links, think ill go buy the free paper version, besides, my dog needs something new to shit on...after I read it of course

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I used to buy the paper all the time. Between work and where I live, I haven't seen where I can pick one up, which is my preferred method. But if that makes me cheap. And while I agree Dirk is the best Maverick, I disagree with him being the best Ranger as well.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

POW! should always be capitalized to denote the ferocity of said POW!...Dummy, POW!

Back Atcha
Back Atcha

and here we find you, yet again.

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

You don't honestly believe that do you?  I try to give Richie's haters the benefit of the doubt sometimes, but this seriously injures your credibility -- not that you care what I think about your credibility.  Greggo being "fired" from the Cowboys coverage team is a gimmick he has been doing since last year. 

Real Rooster
Real Rooster

It is with great regret that I shall now go hang myself, imposters suck, just like me, I like men, gags, balls, toys, rope and doing the ice cube trick with my anus

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

you're trying to Scruffy RW and get a mention. You motorboating son of a bitch.

EverBlurry ScottMurray
EverBlurry ScottMurray

Dirk plays for the Rangers when he's not riding his bike on the Oak Cliff mountain bike trail located on Oak Lawn Avenue.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I've pulled way back on the nutkicking. Now I just try to be stupid with OBSERVERational humor (get it?) Spout off some sportys HSOs. Etc.

Mishon
Mishon

Lots of good commenters, but Scruffy is the best. Every comment he makes has atleast one nut kick somewhere in it and his analogies are gold.

Awhile back Richie wrote a whole post about a commenter that constantly nut kicked him. I forget who it was. Does anyone remember this?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

it lessens the pain if he gets fired if he falls off the wagon. That's only happened, what, 1(Ticket), two(radio Wichita), or 3(BDH show), or 4(ESPN) times? 5th time is a charm.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I don't care about my cred, especially with you. And I don't claim anything is more than my own opinion. But either it was far more than that and it was awful spin control, or it was a horrendous bit. Whatever it was, it was bad. And amateurish.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Just thought RW missed a few.  I was looking through the archives from May 2009, I miss "Let me ask to speak with the Sporty"  and RW answering commenters questions..without calling them stalkers. Perez left, I used to flame him for flaming RW..guess that may of been what was keeping RW focused though.

The readers/commentariats write better Enders than RW does..consistantly..

Used to be "Where's Greggo?", the new sign off should be "Where's Merten?"

Saw that Gordo commented on radio ratings by RW back then..this year we've been joined by Chuck and Jamey...people read this drivel RW, step up your game or hand it off to someone that would.

The effing City of Ate has 20 people that write over there, how freaking hard would it be to let a couple of the dudes over there play sporty writer once in a while?

Wilonsky has sporty updates over on Unfair Park prior to RW putting em up ..every freaking time something happens.

In closing, this thing sucks compared to what it used to be..

RW doesn't like sportatorium readers, and Slop's mom's other foot just fell off.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Yeppers, I remember Mark Perez now...man, he was on RW for his stripclub goingta..and kicked his nuts alot worse than I ever do.  Figured I would've commented on that one but didn't see one from me..I was referenced in somebodies else comment (romo's broken shoulder)

Perez used to kick RW's balls off over the place at Unfair Park too, methinks..I believe there was some intense hatred going on with them two..could've been the dude that ran off with RW's old lady? Moved to Missouri or something, they must not have the intranets there.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

man reading that the perez story and then reading the day 1 salvo, and each bday story, its obvious that this place has changed.  Old richie engaged the readers, wrote thought provoking blogs and in general seemed to have a good time here.  But now no matter what he writes he gets his nuts kicked into his ass, he could write "poop" and he would get nutted or he could write an award winning piece and some people would still call him a hack. We've made it too easy for him, bc no matter what he writes its the same result so why should he try too hard. Look i nutkick as well, but when all you do is nutkick it gets old.  I just want some normalcy back here.  now back to my regularly scheduled Merkinating

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I seem to remember it...had to be talking about Scruff cause the midget pretends I don't exist.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Victory for you today? I know you're a little sad inside.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Pretty simple explanation. Anything that happens after 12pm and before 8am, Unfair Park covers. 801am-1159am, RW tackles.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Obviously I'm Alabama and you're UNT. That's the best offense you got?

RJ Sloppy
RJ Sloppy

Die you stupid fucking dumbass mother fucker.

Mishon
Mishon

I saw a comment from a Bradford's broken shoulder....was that you too?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Rob, we're commenters. We're not employed as writers, Richie is SUPPOSED to be superior. But when he isn't, which in my opinion happens at a much greater frequency than I believe it should, he'll get nutkicked. When it's perceived that his tone is self-centered or egotistical, he'll get nutkicked. When he has obvious or lazy errors, he'll get nutkicked. When it's good, I say so. I've tried to dial back anything overly personal or kicking for the sake of it, but him being standoffish won't help anything either.

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

I know few people will agree with me about this, but I think the bad behavior from the commenters started before the decline in the quality of Richie's posts happened.  Back when Richie actually interacted with people and it wasn't constant "nutkicking", I remember one time he simply blogged about his personal weight loss goals and posted his progress.  People were genuinely interested in whether his diet was working.  Now he would just be assaulted for writing another "give up" post if he just talked about his diet.

Some of the stuff that is said in the comments section is unjustifiable.  Attacking Richie has become such a game that the commenters here are willing to rationalize any behavior.  I'm going to poop on a couple of sacred cows, also.  Firstly, the "enders" people post here are not nearly as good as Richie's.  Even when Richie mails it in, his prose and range of commentary is superior.  Secondly, kergo, kergo's fake names, and the fake kergos are all rubbish. 

RJ Sloppy
RJ Sloppy

You guys are crying that this blog has changed and its not what it once was...but you fucks are the reason it is the way it is now! You guys drove RW away you fucking morons!

Sturms_Bloody_Rectum
Sturms_Bloody_Rectum

RW can write some good stuff, but when he shills himself or his other gig, he warrents the full, from the backside, wrap underneath toe nut kick. When there is 20 sentences followed by a crap load of cut/paste and not to mention "sources say", wear a cup today. Call out the public on attendence of a game, etc......weak. I'm sure he'll be at a bunch of Stars games this year.

 The Stars "use" the Ticket, just as much the Cowboys "use" the Fail for putting lipstick on the shortcomings of the organizations. 

On a side note: wtf does "sources" mean these days? Is it a sign of laziness for reporting first hand? Is it a reflection of the messenger, stating they are reporting it second hand from another media source? If it goes wrong, it's not the reporter that got it wrong, it was the source that didn't wrap it up with a nice bow. With wanting to get it first, and not the first to get the story right, times we live in.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Mr. Merkin, I didn't always nutkick kind sir...nor did everyone else.  It's grown to the legendary proportions it is now, because of the quality of the writing on the site.  We've pretty much all been here for a long time, RW tried until he got his gig with Newy...and not more than two or three times since.

When you see an award winning piece, hollar Rockchalk...we'll be waiting...just like we're all waiting for the piece on the Ranger's taking paternity leaves.

POW!

Mishon
Mishon

Yeah, you may be right. Maybe the nut kicking just became too much for him. On his 2nd anniversary post he asked us what we were liking about the blog and what we wanted more of. He would never ask us that now. He just wants to meet his blog quota ASAP and get the hell out of here.

Reading the comments on the very first post is kind of weird. Everyone was so nice and positive. Who knew 3 and a half years later it would be like this?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I don't believe we've heard from Richie since he decided he didn't know the definition of stalker and called me one.

I appreciate the accolades, fellow Sportatoriumers. The spirit of Scruffy will continue to haunt hack writers on this little corner of the interwebs and present HSOs on sportsy matters both local and beyond.

And I will continue to give Sloppy heartache because he can't accept I like girls and not him.

Romo's punctured lung
Romo's punctured lung

Seems like a great guy. A more educated,interesting,respectful version of RJ Sloppy.

Mishon
Mishon

Found the post! The commenter was Mark Perez. He could still be around, just under another name. If not, come back Mark. We could use you!

Reading this old post makes me miss the old sportatorium. The one where Richie actually responded to our nut kicks.

http://blogs.dallasobserver.co...

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