What DMN sports columnist and Around the Horn regular Tim Cowlishaw said before today’s show provoked Jackie MacMullan (the only female sportswriter in the Basketball Hall of Fame) to call him a “little bastard.” Actually, that was just the beginning of what she said about him. Cowlishaw’s slip comes around the 0:15 mark. Then her retort.
Rod is a longtime (I mean, longtime) contributor to D Magazine and former senior editor. You don’t need to actually read this press release. I know I didn’t. But in these perilous times, we all have to do our part to keep people employed, and I have now done mine.
Smart move by TexMo. Their February issue isn’t out yet. But it contains a story by Paul Burka that is timely now. So they are releasing it early online. I’ll let editor Jake Silverstein explain:
When Rick Perry ended his presidential run this morning, few people were surprised. But now that the national campaign is officially over, a new era begins in Texas, as candidate Perry transitions back to being Governor Perry. What that means for the state is the subject of senior executive editor Paul Burka’s story, “Is There Life After Rick Perry?” in the upcoming February issue. Paul’s story asks and answers the questions that are on everyone’s mind about Perry’s future — and the future of politics in Texas.
One of the DMN‘s best photographers has left the paper for a job in the White House. Sonya Hebert, who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2009, will focus (get it, focus? Because cameras focus…) mostly on Michelle Obama and shooting “in support of the staff covering the President.” She’s good. I had the pleasure of working with Sonya onÂ some stories a few years ago, and her photos were always better than my copy. We wish her luck.
Whatever you think of T.O., he’s anything but boring. He announced late last night via his Twitter and this short video his intent to play for and partially own our local Indoor League Football team. Whether this is an attempt to break back into the NFL, or a purely entrepreneurial endeavor, or some sort of boxer-past-his-prime way of dealing with not being able to stop doing the only thing he’s done for 20 years, time will tell. But all of a sudden, I’m much more interested in the Allen Wranglers.
I tried a new restaurant for dinner last night. Since it was a little chilly, I went hunting through the wine list for a Malbec, only to find it listed under “eclectic reds.” Now, I have long considered myself someone who knows an average amount about wine, in that, I know what I like and I can tell when it is really, really bad (that three euro bottle of what turned out to be red onion wine, for example, was terrible). I wanted to feel gratified that I have somehow morphed into a seeker of “eclectic” wines, except I don’t think Malbec really deserves the designation. And as someone who gets irrationally excited about the prospect of a one-man Lord of the Rings show coming to town in March as part of the WaterTower’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, I probably don’t deserve to be that cool.
Speaking of Malbec, though, Fuqua Wineries is hosting a double blind tasting tonight. Lee Fuqua tells me that there should be around 16 bottles, ranging in price $15-$40, from a variety of different distributors. Labels will be peeled off, and the bottles will be wrapped in foil for extra anonymity. While winemakers Fuqua and Courtney Key will lead the evening, Bill Rich from Glaziers will also drop by to proffer his expertise. Once the best Malbec has been determined, try to stay standing. Since Fuqua Wineries just won a Best in Class award for their Tawny Port, you might just get to taste that, too. “If people can still walk,” Lee says. Just call him for reservations. There’s still space.
Otherwise, instead of learning about wines, you can learn how to tango. The wonderful Claire St. Amant over on our sister blog, Park Cities People, pointed out yesterday morning that Vapiano in Mockingbird Station is hosting fancy dance party this evening. You get a free lesson, and then tango-appropriate tunes all evening. And if you get tired of milonga, you can hit Trinity Hall for a pint or The People’s Last Stand for their Thursday night specials: $2 PBRs, $3, $4, and half-price appetizers from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
For more to do tonight, go here. Happy Thursday.
Almost put up a post yesterday about the new interiors that Southwest Airlines will be installing in most of its 737 fleet. Take the tour:
I was going to remark upon my dislike for hearing about how something is “sleeker” and “more comfortable” when the bottom line is that they’re cramming six more seats onto the plane so that they can rake in $250 million more in ticket revenue and pay $10 million less in fuel costs. I didn’t like how with all their talk about how “eco-friendly” their new cabins will be, they seemed to be glossing over the fact that the distance between seats is being reduced by an inch, and the new seats will recline back only 2 inches instead of 3.
Downtown resident/neighbor Noah Jeppson launched a campaign on Kickstarter in June. He wanted a beautiful map that accurately plotted the downtown tunnel system. He had worked on one before, but it was a little out of date. The last printed version was done before DART was in the area. So, Jeppson saw a need.
Several months, countless hours, and $1,200 later, Jeppson has 10,000 maps to hand out. He just dropped a few off by our office. I plan on using mine to get home tonight.
Jeppson has lived downtown for 6 years. He currently lives in the beautifully renovated 400 N. Ervay (which I immediately fell in love with and wrote about here). I told him my feelings about the tunnels, and he said he’s neutral. “They’re an asset that already exists, so why close them down?” he says. “Don’t expand them, but don’t close them down.” He’s on a task force that is evaluating the tunnels. He said the group is close to releasing some recommendations. I hope one of those recommendations is to open the tunnels around lunch on Saturdays. I know it won’t happen, but I would really love to be able to get a Salata salad or a Chick-fil-A sandwich without getting in my car.
If you want one of Jeppson’s maps, check out his site here or stop by our office. I’ll have a few at the front desk.
The worst most self-revealing*Â presidential campaign in modern history is about to end, according to a tweet from NYTimes reporter Jeff Zeleny.
* as in broadcasting one’s IQ without announcing the actual score
When fighting off a beer thief hellbent on absconding with the frosty libations your employer has available for purchase, go for the glass eye.
Mavericks Beat Clippers On Late Three By Jason Terry. Wait, WHAT? Oh, I hate you, sports. That’s the second time this season the Mavs’ potential game-winning three has been topped by another three with under five seconds to play. Also, assistant coach Darrell Armstrong was arrested on an outstanding warrant, but is out on bail. In other words, this road trip so far has been THE BEST.
3.2 Magnitude Earthquake in Cleburne. Channel 8 reported the entire thing via Facebook, which, I have to say, is efficient. I mean, why waste the gas? Check a few posts, hit “like” on your friend’s pic of their new baby or whatever, and get back to talking to Pete Delkus about his days playing minor league baseball.
HDNet To Relaunch As AXS TV, Still Probably Not Entirely Work. It will “debut this summer with a slate of live entertainment and lifestyle programming.” Ryan Seacrest is involved, if that’s worth anything to you. Isn’t like 95 percent of TV “lifestyle programming”? Why not just get even more generic and say, “It will debut this summer with some shows.” Or, “It will debut this summer.” Anyway, like I said, this new-old network that sounds like a body spray probably won’t work, but God bless Mark Cuban for always — ALWAYS — doubling down. He’s got insane principles, but he’s got principles.
Little Elm Woman Boards Flight With Gun In Her Bag. Three things: 1) How did she get all the way to the plane? I mean, they eventually caught up with her, but I’ve seen TSA agents almost come to blows with people over eyeglass screwdrivers, and she had a .38. Did they think it was a hairdryer? 2) Sweet quote from her lawyer, David Finn: “Clearly, she made an honest mistake. But did she knowingly or intentionally break the law? The answer is not, ‘No.’ It’s ‘hell no.’ ” 3) How do people lose track of their guns with such seeming regularity? I don’t have a gun, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t forget it was in this bag or that. My collection of throwing knives? Maybe. But not a gun. I’d always know where it was, snug against the small of my back.