For just one example of how Super Bowl XLV will be pumping bucks into the local economy, consider Al Biernat’s steak-and-fish joint off Oak Lawn. For each of three nights before the Feb. 6 game, Al’s will have a huge tent erected in its parking lot to accommodate 120 or so extra guests. (The main restaurant seats 220, and it’s mostly booked already). Much of the tent will be taken up by six “lounge” areas seating groups of eight to 12 guests apiece. Each group will pony up $2,000 for lounging rights plus three bottles of pricey booze. There will also be a 16-foot bar; DJ Andre and his brother Mark will spin the party tunes.
Biernat’s is expecting some well-known names to show up that weekend, of course. Already booked into the Big Tent one night is Tom “Platinum Equity” Gores, an LBO billionaire from L.A. Turner Broadcasting will be in a private room in the main restaurant Friday. The great ex-Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris has a reservation. Cowboys VP Charlotte Jones Anderson will show up one night with a good-sized party, and folks from Sirius Satellite Radio are due in as well. Brad Fuller, general manager, says this is the first time in his 13 years there that Al’s has been so solidly booked so far in advance.
After 12 years of defending the corporate line at Hillwood, David Pelletier, former director of communications, was given his walking papers earlier this week. Pelletier says he wasn’t too surprised at the budget cuts that led to the elimination of his position, with the real estate market in an ongoing slump. Commercial development has been at a standstill; and in mid-2009, Hillwood had to give Victory Park in Dallas to German lenders who had financed the project.
Hillwood plans to outsource some of the things he was handling, Pelletier says; but for now, press inquiries about the company’s various divisions–Hillwood Properties, AllianceTexas, Hillwood Energy, Hillwood Investment Properties and Hillwood Residential–are being handled by three in-house employees.
Prior to joining Hillwood in 1998, Pelletier focused on professional football. He was public relations director for the Minnesota Vikings from 1993-1998; before that, he spent nine years with the Dallas Cowboys, the last five as assistant director of public relations.
We’ve still got about five hours until the weekend officially begins, but I’ll go ahead and get the party started with two words.
If the favored NFC team of energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens makes it to the Super Bowl here, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says security around the Feb. 6 game will be ramped up off the charts. Pickens says he’s rooting for the Chicago Bears to whip the Green Bay Packers this Sunday, mainly because Bears coach Lovie Smith coached at one time in Pickens’ native Oklahoma. And of course, if Da Bears do prevail, President Obama has vowed to attend the game at Jones’ Cowboys Stadium to support his hometown 11. Pickens, who’s a founding million-dollar sponsor for Super Bowl XLV, also will attend the big game along with 100 guests (family and friends). Says Jones: “We’re a five-star event for Homeland Security, just for the Super Bowl. What are we if the president comes? Off the Richter scale.” Whaddaya bet the feds are rooting for The Pack.
I really enjoy PvP,Â Scott Kurtz’s Eisner-winning comic strip about the staff of a video-game magazine called Player vs. Player. But something in the current storyline is sticking in my craw. Kurtz’s characters are moving from Dallas to Seattle, just as their creator did last year. The Jan. 7 edition includes a character’s assertions that “nothing is happening” in Dallas, while Seattle has “a very tech-savvy community.”
For all you budding would-be lobbyists or special-interest devotees or just plain regular good citizens, here is a great new tool for following bills introduced in the new session. You can choose by category or by representative/senator. You can read the bills. You can follow their progress or lack of same. You can decide which representative/senator is insaneÂ and which is actually doing the job you paid him to do.
A complete accounting of each instance in which Dallas Morning News sports columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor has employed the word “poppycock” in his writing, just because I care about these sorts of things:
December 4, 2007: “Mike McCord, the Cowboys’ equipment manager the last 13 years, assigns numbers to free agents, rookies and new players. McCord wants you to believe it’s pure coincidence that DeMarcus Ware received No. 94, the same number as Charles Haley, the Cowboys’ last dominant pass rusher. He wants you to ignore the fact Ware and Haley play the same position, had similar heights and weights and skill sets. Poppycock.”
February 16, 2008: “Players get traded all the time because it’s in the franchise’s best interest. I have no problem with that because players get paid handsomely for that inconvenience. That said, I have no problem with George exercising his right to nix the trade. Now, I would like to hear the real reason — not the poppycock his agent wants us to believe.”
He’s not runninig, apparently. Instead, he’s waiting to see how the dollar does to decide on another presidential bid.
Hey, that’s what he said.
Dallas Loses “Ultimate Super Bowl” Weekend. The financier behind the kid-friendly “Ultimate Super Bowl” weekend places the blame for having to move the event from South Dallas to Lancaster on the shoulders of Dallas City Councilman Tennel Atkins, and the expensive (and apparently growing) laundry list of things he was told he was required to do prior to the event. Fighting…the…urge…
NFL Gives First Glimpse at Super Bowl Tickets. I gotta ask – is it really such a big deal that Jerry’s Giant TeeVee Screen is not featured on the ticket? Still…fighting…
Alleged Park Cities Prostitute Arrested Again. Cynthia Martinez says she only gives body rubs. The police say, basically, that quotation marks should be around that. But now she got in trouble for alleged drug possession. Mug shot here.
Activists Want Arlington Teachers to Pack Heat. Two NRA members went before the Arlington ISD school board and outlined a proposal Thursday night to allow teachers to carry guns.
Weekends Are Far Too Short. Listen, I didn’t say it on the first item. Or the second item. It wouldn’t have made sense on the other two, but seriously – two-day weekends are too short. And that makes me sad.