The Sportatorium Is Back! (What’s A Sportatorium?)

whitt The Sportatorium Is Back! (Whats A Sportatorium?)

Richie Whitt can be heard weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 105.3 The Fan. (credit: KRLD-FM)

I know.

As a snotty-nosed sports punk who watched Bob Hayes catch bombs at the Cotton Bowl in the ‘60s, and a wide-eyed kid who witnessed Frank Howard’s cherry-poppin’ homer at Arlington Stadium in 1972, I know your pain. Dealing with the epic World Series collapse of the Rangers and the shellacking of the Cowboys in Philly last weekend is akin to the intestinal aftermath of a night spent gorging on jalapeños stuffed with Tabasco-drenched Red Hots and washing them down with Goldschlager and flaming Dr Peppers. It burns. It festers. It dictates your general disposition.

Let’s face it, being a loser is hard. In consolation and contrast, I come today bearing the gift of a soft opening.

After 18 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and six more at the Dallas Observer, today I’m giddy to announce I’ve found a new writing home here at CBS. Come in. Have a seat. Prop up your feet. Take a load off. You’ll love the shiny, new digs that CBS is affording me. And, for better or worse, you’ll recognize the guts of the joint – my weekly columns and almost daily esoteric blog ramblings.

Yep, as promised, it’s the Sportatorium, reincarnated and relocated to a plush new neighborhood.

On the menu, please note the featured specials. I’ll write one column a week on a variety of Dallas-centric topics (from the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks, Stars and broadening out to NASCAR), my annual list of the Metroplex’s most powerful sports personalities and… who knows? Perhaps even a stream-of-consciousness rant that I’ll find therapeutic and you’ll find titillating. Or vice-versa. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I’ll post a blog ranging from breaking news, Top 10 lists looking at a Cowboys game or the area’s hottest TV women, radio/TV ratings, concert reviews and a weekly wrap-up of sports and lifestyle observations which I’ve dubbed “Whitt’s End.”

Think of it as a buffet. I’ll serve up a little of everything. Try it all. Devour what you like. And I promise, no sacred cows. Or Cowboys.

To those who didn’t find my blog during its three and a half year run at the Dallas Observer, it’s called the Sportatorium as a nod to the legendary Dallas barn that stood as an octagon eyesore at the corner of South Industrial and Cadiz from 1935 to 2003. The classic ol’ venue — it oozed a mystique and character that Dallas sorely misses today — seated only 4,000, but boasted the best in sports ‘n’ sounds, hosting everyone from Elvis Presley to Fritz Von Erich to a bunch of homeless who finally torched it to the ground with a wild fire on a cold night. The arena was kinda like me: Notoriously uncomfortable, wholly unsanitary and, yet, somehow, optimistically intriguing. The Sportatorium building perished — its burial ground a vacant lot across from a Buy Rite gas station — but in here, its legacy can trudge forth.

Virtually every day of my life since 1983 I’ve worked at a newspaper. But as UTA’s Shorthorn, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Observer struggle to survive in a world destined to be void of newsprint by constantly downsizing, I’m fortunate to work for a company that actually sees possibility and positivity via growth and expansion. For my spoken word, it’s Monday through Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 105.3 The Fan as part of RAGE — the Richie And Greggo Extravaganza. For my written word, you’ve come to the right place.

You have my word regarding all my words. I’ll strive to be informative, entertaining and addicting.

Some will appreciate me as a 25-year veteran sportswriter who’s covered Super Bowls, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cups, Olympics, World Cups, Final Fours, Cotton Bowls, Wimbledons and even a Lingerie Football League game or two. Others will desecrate me as a 47-year-old trying to act 27 with backwards cap, earring and irrationally late nights on the town. Even with a new web address, I understand what comes with the territory. And since we’re being honest right up front, I don’t care if you love me or loathe me — I come equipped with thick skin and a protective cup — as long as you come back tomorrow. Deal?

As for our teams, we need a pitching ace and consistent playmaking receiver and the end of a lockout and…

Yeah, I know.

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  • darrell

    another sports writer. great. more junk mail.

  • Nic Rodriguez

    Nice to see ya, Ritchie!

  • Sybil Summers

    Congrats! Lookin’ forward to more squirrel talk and musical reviews.

  • Just Me

    Don’t forget to wear your cup.

  • Josh's broekn shoulder

    Don’t suck like you did at the Sporty, and the nuticks will be held to minimum.

    Nice pic, see the ass hair is finally sprouting a little.

    Lance called and asked for his bracelet back.

    The Rangers sucked worse than the Fan’s ratings over the last 11 innings of the World Series.

    In closing, good luck and POW!

    • TheRealDirtyP1

      You nutkick right outta the gate.

      Have you gone to the Fan sports lounge to cash in our your Sportatorium poster’s free drink promise yet?

      Oh, hi Richie. You couldn’t have timed this any better. Merten gave us great World Series posts at the Observer, so there’s a void left in our sporty hearts now.
      Don’t worry, we won’t expect such writing from you and if you happen to write something great now and then, well, we’ll all be richer for it.

      Good to see ya!

      • Romo's punctured lung

        Nice to see everyone again. Sharpen those boots and prepare for some quality nutkicking. Here’s hoping Sloppy is dead.

    • Moron Dog

      POW POW

  • Scotts Merkin

    oh yeah, Ive missed the sports, the nutkicking, and the banter amongst the commenters. Welcome back homey!

  • TheFanSucks

    Woohoo, congrats!

  • Name that Dude Singing Like a Rolling Stone

    why can’t I leave my original comments. am i already too stupid for this here blog?!?!?

  • iggy

    Richie Freaking Whitt, I must admit this gobber gazer has grown on my over the years. Use to not care much for him at all. The radio show and the addition of the great Greggo were good moves. Now i can’t stop paying attention. Proudly embracing my RAGE!

  • Storm_71

    When are you gonna get your lazy right eye fixed douchy?? It feaks me out.

  • nothing new here

    Can all of the frat boys please go back to the Observer? You are not wanted here.

    • Scotts Merkin

      if there is nothing new here, then why are you here dill

    • Moron Dog

      I love this bit.

  • mishon

    Finally. I have missed the sport talk, but mostly the nut kicking.

    So……Where is that story about Colby and Ian taking paternity leave???

  • cactusflinthead

    All right, will mark the spot. Let the loud screaming sword fight begin!

  • Name that Dude Singing Like a Rolling Stone

    I love Sybil.

    I love MMA

    I love setting over/unders on Greggo mishaps.

    I am just now beginning to get out of my funk from being one strike away not once but twice.

    The Cowboys are a non story and a week 8 game is meaningless coming off of watching my baseball team be one strike, twice from winning the world freaking series.

    Carry on.

    Chael Sonnen

  • Jesse Jackson

    Glad to have you back on my favorites!

  • Justin LaGrange

    I never followed the Sportatorium when you wrote for the Dallas Observer but as a loyal Rage listener I will read your daily posts. Now pass me a beer!

  • Joan Swantko

    You need to take part in a contest for among the finest blogs on the web. I’ll advocate this website!

  • Rooster

    What? No Whitt’s End?

    • TheRealDirtyP1

      Nope. He already had those 3 articles ready before this thing got up and running. It was hard enough for him to hit his deadlines when he was paid to do something, now we expect him to hit it when he isn’t? Ha. I’ll be shocked to see 3 blogs a week

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