It’s from David Roth and Jeff Johnson’s story about attending the Washington Redskins’ home playoff game, as part of their Physically Unable To Perform column for GQ. Roth supplies the bit about Jerreh:
I don’t find Snyder charismatic enough to poke at in the way I do with Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones. You know Jerry Jones reads everything written about Jerry Jones. He knows that I have repeatedly said that I think he looks like the puppet inÂ Saw. He probably likes it. “That puppet gets results.”
The Fort Worth Weekly brings us the surprising news that columnist Dave Lieber no longer works at the paper that employed him for 20 years. From the FWeekly:
The layoff makes little sense — Lieber was an enthusiastic and absolutely tireless promoter of himself, his column, and the newspaper. Lieber’s prominent face and voice was on a level with fellow columnists Bud Kennedy and Bob Ray Sanders.
And Lieber did a lot of good for the community, looking out for underdogs, the voiceless, the aged, the conned, and the screwed over.
“He was an invaluable asset, you would think, given the fact that the kind of advocacy journalism and community interaction he supplied were among the few points of difference that the Star-Telegram — or any local daily for that matter — can still offer to keep themselves relevant,” said a former Star-Telegram writer who was previously laid off. “It’s as if management is trying to steer the paper to a premature death.”
I feel for Lieber. These are tough times for everyone who puts ink on paper. And he left his gig with more equanimity that I will muster when I’m canned. “I thank the paper for giving me 20 of the most exciting years a guy could ever have in Texas,” he told the FWeekly. But I will never forgive him for apologizing for ditching his ill-behaved son at a restaurant and making him walk home.
We’re finally getting some sun today, which can only work wonders for your Vitamin D intake and dreary mood. It couldn’t come at a better time, because there are a lot of options to make Thursday more exciting. Let’s get started, shall we?
Over at the Meyerson, the ever beautiful Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti joins the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for a night dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The accomplished 25-year-old is the recipient of a multitude of accolades, including the BBC Young Musician of the Year and honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow Caledonian University. Coincidentally, FrontRow’s doing a giveaway for tonight’s show, so make sure to enter for a chance to win tickets.
Also, The Texas Theatre’s screening Roman Polanski’s 1965 psychological thriller, Repulsion, on a 35mm print tonight for your viewing pleasure. It tells the frightful tale of an awkward and out-of-sorts Belgian nail manicurist, Carol (played by Catherine Denevue), who quickly nosedives into a complete psychological breakdown when her roommates are away on holiday. Her transformation is complete with full-fledged hallucinations, a few murders, and a rotting dead rabbit to further emphasize her distress. I’m not sure when rabbits became the tell-tale sign of psychotic females, but Glenn Close further emphasized this point in Fatal Attraction. Silly rabbits, you just don’t stand a chance.
Yesterday, Robert Wilonsky brought us a computer-animated video of what the bigger, badder LBJ will look like when construction wraps up in 2015. The video is pretty slick. No question it has a bitchin soundtrack. So Zac and I did a voiceover for your entertainment and edification. Special thanks to Peter Simek for working the 1s and 2s on Final Cut Pro for us. After the jump, for those who care, we’ve provided a helpful guide to a few of the references made in the voiceover.
The full text, from the White House’s “We The People” petition site:
Alex Jones’ gun obsessed tirades on national TV and the internet have drawn grave concerns about his mental wellbeing. It’s apparent from his conspiracy driven rants that he may be mentally unstable and potentially poses a risk to himself or others. In short, Mr. Jones appears to be a ticking time bomb and he may literally “blow” at any moment. At the same time, however, Mr. Jones has unwittingly made himself the poster child of what effective gun safety reform should look like. The common denominator to these massacres is mental illness. Regulating the type of gun or capacity of the magazine won’t change or do anything to prevent mentally ill people from harming themselves or others. If someone wants to own a gun, then they, like Mr. Jones, should have to pass a mental health exam.
This petition thing has got to stop. I just wish there was a way to end it all.
Deion Sanders Testifies: “I Can’t Afford This Mess.” He asked a judge to reduce the amount of child support he pays, saying he took a massive pay cut from the NFL Network and has lost several endorsements. Larry Friedman, the lawyer for Sanders’ soon-to-be ex, Pilar, responded,Â ”If Deion Sanders is out of money, the Dallas Cowboys are still in the playoffs,” and entered this into evidence.
American Airlines Will Sell $30 Million London Townhouse. The company is asking a bankruptcy court to let them sell the luxury home. If they are allowed to do so, the sale is expected to be delayed several times before being ultimately canceled.
Mavs Come Close, Lose Again. I now have a shortcut key for that headline. After the loss to the Clippers, this is the situation:Â ”At 13-23, the Mavs fell 10 games below .500 for the first time since March 30, 2000, two months after Mark Cuban bought the team. They’ve lost four in a row overall and three straight on the road, where they are 5-16.” Fun times!