Did you know there’s a magazine for people who like tailgate parties, called Tailgater Monthly? Did you know its corporate office is in Carrollton? Did you know that D CEO‘s Glenn Hunter and his photo-shooting better half, DÂ Contributing Editor Jeanne Prejean, have a story in the magazine’s new issue about SMU’s colorful Boulevarding scene? Now you do–and will be a better tailgater for it, next time you show up on Bishop Boulevard on game day.
Those tailgating spots on The Boulevard don’t come cheap. They range in price from $500 or $600 to $3,500 and are offered only to season-ticket holders who donate a minimum of $1,000 to SMU’s Mustang booster club. Some years, Boulevarding sales can bring in as much as $200,000.
“Now that Sean Payton’s a free agent, you know he’s being wooed. I’ll bet he’s in some undergroundÂ catacombÂ in Dallas, sipping a cask of barrel-aged python blood or whatever it is Jerry Jones drinks to stay alive.”
College basketball season starts in earnest tonight, which means absolutely nothing in such a football-crazy state. But, for people across the country (including me and this other proud former Saint Joseph’s student) it’s the best time of the year.
That’sÂ especiallyÂ true in Denton this year, where North Texas center/forward Tony Mitchell is expected to be the school’s first-ever NBA draft pick next spring. Until he gets shuttled off to Memphis or Salt Lake City, he’ll be up in Denton, making Sun Belt Conference opponents wish they’d just taken their fathers’ advice and not walked on to the basketball team.
When I first moved to Dallas two years ago, people talked about KXT like it was some sort of petulant child. Most of the time, it was fine, even entertaining, then it would turn on a dime and play a power-block of Shawn Colvin and Train.
Like every petulant child.
KXTFail popped up to try andÂ publiclyÂ shame the fledgling station, probably doing more harm than good. Then something strange happened: the station startedÂ consistently playing better music.
In the past hour, it has played…. ahhhhJesusmyargument’sruinedtheyliterallyjustplayedShawnColvin. I really didn’t mean this to happen. I really meant this to be a congratulatory post.
Anyway, happy birthday KXT. You still make some decent mistakes (see previous paragraph) but at least you’re trying.
Now, on the heels of a former Boys and Girls Club executive being arrested for sexual abuse of a minor, CultureMap is back ON IT.
Headline: “Sex crime charges against former Boys & Girls Club exec show advantage of female leadership.” Hmm, okay.
The takeaway, after reporting that less than 2 percent of sex crimes are committed by women:
For organizations that work with children, hiring more women atÂ all levels of leadershipÂ is not a fool-proof recipe to eliminate sex crimes. But statistically it stands to reason that such a practice would at the very least lower the number of children exposed to sexual predators.Â
So, what happens when one of those women commits a sex crime? Should child-based organizations then search for asexual beings to run them? Machines? Some sort of sassy Rosie the Robot character?
And how, exactly, would organizations explain this move to possible male candidates?
“Well, Mr. Johnson, we’d like to hire you, but since 98 percent of sex crimes are committed by men, we just can’t risk it.”
This is where we make a choice. The crossroads of the internet.Â What sort of weekend are we having?
As Carol mentioned over on SideDish, you can still get tickets to Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert at Bass Hall in Fort Worth. If you recognize neither of those names, this is perhaps not for you. But if you’re a fan of Bourdain’s No Reservations, you can see him face off (and presumably talk food) with friend and chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernadin in poor ravaged New York.Â You can still get tickets.
Kitchen Dog Theater’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane heads into its opening weekend. I’ll be seeing it soon enough, but I feel pretty confident recommending it on spec. McDonagh is a bit of a master of the dark arts (remember In Bruges? That’s this guy.) and Leenane is a black comedy that centers around Maureen, a plain 40-year-old woman who has led a rather sequestered life in the small Irish village of Connemara, and her dependent relationship with her mother. When Maureen’s first (and perhaps only) chance for love appears, just remember that there’s no such thing as happily ever after here. It should be fun, funny, and more than a little screwed up. Basically, a good play for anyone interested in dipping a toe into the great roiling theater ocean.
In coordination with the release of Hyde Park on the Hudson and Lincoln this fall, Slate broke down the history of presidents in movies, starting with Washington (70 appearances) up to Obama (21 appearances).
1. Lincoln (the Clint Howard of presidents, with 130 appearances)
2. Washington (70)
3. Grant (47, mostly in Westerns)
4. Jefferson (46)
5 (tie). Nixon and George W. Bush (36)
And that doesn’t even include Bush’s decapitated appearance in Game of Thrones.
“I think we said the door was going to be left open [for a presidential run], but there is a lot of work that has to be done,” Perry said. “2016 is multiple lifetimes away.” He’s right.
I’m headed to New York this weekend for a wedding. Looks like I’ve got less than a 60-percent chance of landing on schedule. Yesterday, the Department of Transportation released its monthly on-time ratings for the airlines, and in September, American did very poorly. Only 58 percent of its flights were punctual, putting it at the bottom of the industry. Southwest came in at No. 6, with 86.5 percent. Here’s the rest of the list.
One party official from Southeast Texas calls for — not secession — separation.
“Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?” writes Hardin County Republican treasurer Peter Morrison, a Ron Paul supporter and author of a race-heavy Tea Party newsletter.
“Let each go her own way,” he writes, demanding an “amicable divorce” from the U.S. and from the “maggots” who re-elected President Obama.Â
When Kennedy got Hardin County Republican Party Chairman Kent Batman* on the phone: “OK, well — I guess I need to start taking a look at his newsletters.”
Probably a wise move, as Morrison went on to disparage Asian-Americans and Hispanics.
* HOLY SURNAME BATMAN. What’s the etymology of that? Does he come from a long line of baseball bat-makers? Or literal half-men/half-bats?
I’m more interested in the next line, though:
MORE reporters, MORE reporting
Than the rest of the city? Yes, obviously. Than the newspaper had a year ago, or five years ago, or eight years ago? No. It’s disingenuous at best, and deceptive at worst.
The Rangers don’t plan to offer Josh Hamilton more than a three-year contract, a team official told USA Today Sports, which likely will lead to the Rangers to cut ties.
“We’ll visit with him probably next week,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels says. “Whatever the process that they wanted to go through, they were going to do. I’ll get a sense of that when Mike (Moye, Hamilton’s agent) and I talk.
“Outside of that, I’m kind of in the dark. I can’t really say.”
The teams now chasing him include Seattle, Milwaukee, and Baltimore. Hamilton was, after all, Baltimore’s best player in this year’s Wild Card game, going 0-4 with two strikeouts.
Awhile back, Zac made a quick trip to New York to interview Alicia Keys for American Way. When he returned, he talked about her pretty much nonstop. It was obvious to all us that he’d fallen in love. Well, here’s the product of that one-sided crush, the story he wrote for the magazine. (Kidding aside, it’s a really well-crafted piece. I especially enjoyed the way Zac worked into the story a random reward flier for a lost phone that he saw taped to a pole on Broadway.)
Two Arts Plaza Design Comes to Light: The most interesting line in this paywalled DMN story, regarding One Arts Plaza’s design: “The understated concrete and glass high-rise was styled so that it wouldn’t compete for attention with the landmark cultural facilities planned in the Arts District.” So a developer purposefully created a less attractive building, lest it take away from the “landmark” nature of new buildings? I don’t understand this city sometimes/ever.
Fort Worth Police Banned From Typing While Driving: Meaning they now have to abide by the rules every other driver in Fort Worth is subject to.
Denton Janitor Caught With 12-Year-Old: First of all, this is terrible. I’m not minimizing this, or any similar incidents. Second, a question I’ve long wondered. Do sexual predators look like creeps because we know they’re sexual predators, or are they sexual predators because they’ve been spurned due to their looks?
I Wanted to Keep Bethany’s YouTube Tradition Alive:Â But I failed. Find your own if you’d like, then post it here. I’m a very generous hat-tipper.