The team unveiled its new jersey last night and, from a distance, it looks as though the red-and-white stripes that gave the team its nickname — Hoops — are gone. They’re still there, just now in a very subtle red-on-red pattern. Why all the red? Apparently, the team is hoping fans adopt its new, suggested rally cry: “Red for 90.” (As in, 90 minutes. Of course, soccer matches almost always include stoppage time, so playing hard for only 90 minutes could be slightly problematic as an actual game plan. But “Red for 90-ish” doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same way. Anyway.) I like ‘em — especially the “Dallas ‘Til I Die” running on the inside of the neck, which I wouldn’t mind as a larger element. FC Dallas kicks off its season tomorrow night at Toyota Stadium against the Montreal Impact.Full Story
But also: #STAYWOKEFull Story
One Of Gloria Campos’ Wednesday’s Child Successes Surprises Her. Pretty sweet moment. Campos signs off on Friday after 30 years on the air. After a few weeks off, she’ll join up with Snyder & Associates.
American Eagle Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Greenville. There was smoke in the plane. Everyone seems to be fine. Weird thing is, when I saw this story first posted on Twitter, I think by someone from NBC Channel 5, it said “American Eagle Flight Makes Emergency Landing On [emphasis mine] Greenville.” Which I took to be Greenville Avenue, which is some real Con Air/S.W.A.T. business, so obviously I was super excited. Alas.
Someone, For Whatever Reason, Spent $7,250 For “DALLAS” License Plate. If I were going to spend $7,250 on a vanity plate for my car, I can guarantee you two things: 1) my local version of Ocean’s 11 finally pulled off the superchurch heist and 2) that plate is going to have a curse word on it, somehow.
Mavs Waste Solid Game By Dirk Nowitzki, Lose Three In a Row For First Time This Season. And it wasn’t really as close as the final score appears. So, good times.
If You Need More Preparation For Daylight Savings Time Other Than a Text From Your Mom Reminding You About It, I Really Don’t Know What To Say. Come on, NBC Channel 5 website.Full Story
If you know me, you are no doubt aware of two things, because I have probably taken the liberty of making you aware of them: I’m a fantastic highway driver, and I’m great at giving advice. (I’m terrible on surface streets, and I have a lengthy, undistinguished record of not taking advice.) I can’t take all of you on road trips — maybe one or two of you — but I can give advice. Hence, Ask Zisi. I didn’t pick the name, but others in the office seemed enamored with it, so. I’ll be answering your questions every Wednesday. Send me an email with “Well, if I isn’t Coach Eric Taylor” in the subject line, and I’ll answer as many as I can. First up, we have “C” from downtown Dallas.Full Story
A couple of weeks ago, during a rare moment while I was in my living room and not watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix and/or asleep on the couch, I happened across an attack ad from prospective lieutenant governor Dan Patrick. Now that Patrick is in a runoff against David Dewhurst, you can probably expect more of these things, which are so over the top, they are almost parodies.Full Story
City Council Approves $1.2 Million Settlement After Reckless Interrogation By Homicide Detective. You can see video of that interrogation right here.
District 110 Race Remains Bonkers. Sandra Crenshaw, who acknowledges she’s mentally ill and suffers from depression, wants to go to the state lege for eight years so she can get a pension, and, also, is ineligible to hold office. But she remains on the ballot because Dallas County Democratic Party chair Darlene Ewing didn’t catch the mistake on time, leading to the possibility that, should Crenshaw win the primary, they’ll have to nominate someone else to appear on the ballot for the general election in November, something I’m sure no one will raise a stink about.
Plano Man Dies in House Fire After Going Back to Get His Cellphone. The man was in his 70s and went back because they realized they had no way to call 911. PSA: people almost never make it out of a burning house after going back in, so don’t risk it unless you’re going back for another human.Full Story
Team Canada didn’t want Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn this summer, leaving him off the squad it took to orientation camp in Calgary. And, I know I’m oversimplifying here, that’s why Benn ended up as one of the heroes of the team’s run to a gold medal in Sochi. The snub prompted him to dig in and earn his way onto the team — force his way, really — with 24 points in the first 24 games of the season; he was added to the team in January. It was a strange decision to leave him off Team Canada to begin with, since he’s one of the brightest young talents in the NHL. But that only makes it a better plot point when they finish the super-polite, made-for-CBC movie about these guys.Full Story
Dirk Nowitzki beat the Knicks last night on this last-second Dirkus Circus shot. Enjoy.Full Story
Arlington Hit-and-Run Suspect Arrested Trying to Board a Kuwait-Bound Flight at DFW. Omar Mohammed, 25, was picked up after the FAA alerted the Arlington Fugitives Team he was trying to leave the country. It was probably easier for the FAA to find him since there is a 50-percent chance he was already red-flagged.
Gloria Campos To Retire. She’ll host her last broadcast March 7, then be replaced by Cynthia Izaguirre (I just over-pronounced her last name a handful of times in my head, then a few times out loud). It’s cool. Didn’t want the gig, anyway.
Russ Martin’s Foundation Donates $30,000 To Family of Firefighter Scott Tanksley. The fireman fell to his death on February 10, and the radio host’s foundation gave the family a check the next day. He’s donated more than $500,000 to fallen first responders since 2001.Full Story
Dale Hansen’s Message of Support For Michael Sam Goes Viral. On Monday night, he delivered one of his “Dale Hansen Unplugged” segments about Sam, the Missouri defensive lineman and NFL hopeful who came out this weekend, and since then it’s been shared on my Facebook news feed somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 times. Deadspin and The Huffington Post have both picked it up, as have other outlets. If you somehow haven’t watched it, please do so now. We have had fun with Hansen now and again, and I’m sure we will in the future, but he absolutely, 100-percent nailed it this time.
Dallas City Council Split On How To Handle Water-Diversion Case Against Prestonwood Country Club. There’s more to it than this, but allegedly the Prestonwood golf course has been using city water for irrigation pretty much since it opened in 1986. Anyway, I’ve seen Chinatown, and I know how this movie goes, so watch your nose, Scott Griggs.
Mavs Beat Pacers, Following Up One of Their Worst Losses of The Season With Probably Their Best Victory. I guess I put all of the info in the headline. Oh, here’s something else: they hit the All-Star break at 32-22, which is pretty solid.Full Story
According to this, the KPMG Centre has caught the eye of the San Diego-based Omnitracs, a tech company that sounds from its name like it sells products you don’t need anymore on a shelf they rarely restock at a Radio Shack you never visit. ANYWAY, I’m clearly wrong because they would bring with them to Dallas something like 1,000 jobs. Which helps Dallas, and the struggling KPMG Centre, which went into foreclosure in 2012 and has since been owned by lenders. (It’s in the process of being sold.) Why did the KPMG Centre fall on hard times? If I had to guess, I’d say they couldn’t stand the heat. Watch yourself, Omnitracs.Full Story
I don’t want to outfit Brown in a flight suit and put him in front of a “Mission Accomplished!” banner just yet, but the team was already selling out Moody before its first win over a top-10 ranked opponent since 1987, and fans are now camping out for tickets. So, he’s pretty close.Full Story
Ethan Couch Given No Jail Time For Intoxication Assaults. Prosecutors had hoped there would be at least some time in jail tacked on to the 10-year probation he received for the four intoxication manslaughter counts, but no dice. Couch’s defense attorney, Reagan Wynn, who was successful with (and then pretty quickly reviled for) his affluenza defense, said the coverage of the case had “so twisted the facts that were actually presented in court that I don’t think the truth will ever be able to come out now.” He added, “It was ridiculous to think that we walked into court and said, ‘Oh, this is a rich white kid,’ and [Judge Jean Boyd] decided to probate him.” Rebuttal: That is what more or less happened. Wynn basically presented that exact defense (“this is a rich white kid” being a simplistic reading of so-called affluenza) and he won with it. Having people still like you or your client after all of that is not part of the deal, Reagan. Ice up, son.
Charges Dropped Against Frisco Man Who Warned Drivers About Speed Trap. GOOD JOB, RON MARTIN.
Animal Sanctuary Gets 10 New Big Cats. Krista wrote about In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue after a distemper outbreak killed seven of the big cats at the facility. So it’s good to see the population coming back up.Full Story
When A.C. Gonzalez was named interim city manager, his salary was bumped up to $250,000 a year. Made sense — bigger job, more responsibility. When the City Council voted to remove the “interim” from his title, it stood to reason he would get another pay raise. After all, his predecessor, Mary Suhm, had been pulling in $305,000 annually. So, the City Council voted on Gonzalez’s salary today and — HOLY MOTHER OF COME ON, HE’S MAKING $400,000 A YEAR?Full Story
Kind of in a hurry, so I didn’t have time to read more than the headline here, but I assume the candidate is one of these two characters.Full Story