In 1994, the Houston Rockets, led by a singular star (Hakeem Olajuwon) and a supporting cast of role players, finally won a championship, after one near-miss (losing to Boston in the 1986 NBA Finals) and a fair amount of disappointing playoff exits. It was a dream season, one that didn’t look likely to repeat itself when the team entered the postseason the next year as a lowly No. 6 seed, despite picking up a still-talented, but largely past his prime Clyde Drexler, now mostly ground-based after a career of high-flying highlights. But they surprised everyone and won a second championship.
In 2011, the Dallas Mavericks, led by a singular star (Dirk Nowitzki) and a supporting cast of role players, finally won a championship, after one near-miss (losing to Miami in the 2006 NBA Finals) and a fair amount of disappointing playoff exits. It was a dream season, one that doesn’t look likely to repeat itself when the team enters the postseason this year as a lowly No. 6 (or maybe No. 7) seed, despite picking up a still-talented, but largely past his prime Vince Carter, now mostly ground-based after a career of high-flying highlights. And then…?
Look, crazier things have happened, is all I’m saying.
Peter Weller, the man who played RoboCop, was at the Texas Theatre on Saturday for the 25th anniversary screening of the Dallas-filmed ultra-violent classic. After the film, he stuck around for a Q&A. It got weird fast. My friend Brantley Hargrove documents the evening briefly here. Yes, Weller compared his character to Jesus Christ. Yes, he compared the movie to Casablanca. He also thinks RoboCop is a prophetic warning against the dangers of massÂ privatization. And yes, he thinks the new RoboCop will probably suck.
It’s here! Best of Big D culture voting, I mean. Go select your favorite artists, musicians, and thespians, and then come back to me.
Tonight, the Rangers take on the New York Yankees, with Derek Holland pitching. The Rangers will also honor longtime player Pudge Rodriguez, who announced his retirement from the MLB last week after his final season with the Washington Nationals. He’ll throw out the ceremonial first pitch. If we win, I get to do a lot of gloating to NYC friends via all-caps text messages, so I really hope that happens. Beyond all the usual reasons, of course, like hometown loyalty, extreme bandwagoning, etcetera. Also, fans under the age of 13 get a Transformers action figure. Shia LaBeouf not included. This is really for the best.
Elsewhere this evening, Oil & Cotton hosts their third and final “Mom’s Night Out” art event. The collective supplies everything you need to make something lovely out of charcoal and/or pastel, and you’re encouraged to bring booze, snacks, or both. Oak Cliff artist Emily Riggert will be on hand to help tease out your inner Picasso.
For more to do tonight, go here.
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Dashboard Cameras Catch Police Officers Breaking Law, So Officers Want To Quit Reviews: Dallas police squad cars’ dashboard cameras have two roles 1) to protect citizens against excessive force, and 2) to protect officers against wrongful accusations. But the cameras also catch officers speeding, breaking traffic laws, not turning on their lights, and other infringements that, you know, sometimes end up killing people. But who likes the man breathing down his or her neck? That’s why officers and police associations have pushed to cease regular reviews of the dashboard videos (pay wall).
Union Round-up: Lockheed Machinists To Strike, American Airlines’ Flight Attendants Picket Bankruptcy Hearings: North Texas goes Rust Belt this morning with some rare union activity. Lockheed’s machinists have thrown a wrench in the ongoing F-35 fighter jet program (you know, the ga-billion dollar debacle), refusing a new contract, in part, because of the threat to eliminate pension benefits to new employees (pensions, what a quaint concept). Meanwhile, fight attendants are picketing as American Airlines goes to court today to try to get a U.S. judge to throw out union contracts so that it can trim $1.25 billion in employee costs, including freezing pension plans. Come on people, this is the new America. It’s every old person for himself / herself. Invest in bullets, not pensions. Yee-haw! U-S-A!
Remains May Be Related to Starved Boy Case: There’s an update to that stomach-turning story involving the missing boy who was allegedly starved to death by his parents in Ellis County. Remains were found in a creek bed Saturday, but police cannot confirm their identity until after DNA testing.