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
Dallas to Launch Bike Sharing Experiment. The city’s Park and Recreation Board approved the idea of contributing $125,000 to start a program with 15-20 rental bicycles at two locations in Fair Park this summer. The measure still needs the approval of the Landmark Commission and the City Council. Proponents hope that, if successful, it’ll serve as a model to gain support for a citywide effort. The program will be shut down during the State Fair — you know, the one time of year most people actually visit Fair Park.
Police Lieutenant Caught Sleeping, Impaired on Duty. A fellow officer snapped a picture of Lt. Mike Magiera asleep while at work, and WFAA has video of him failing a sobriety test. Magiera says he was just napping during an unpaid break, and that he was on pain pills due to severe pain following an accident. Investigators are determining what discipline Magiera should face.
Dallas Stars to Retire Mike Modano’s Number Saturday. The highest-scoring American player in NHL history will be honored at the American Airlines Center before tomorrow night’s game against the Minnesota Wild. I’m sure I speak for all extremely casual bandwagon hockey fans when I say thanks, Mike, for icing all those memorable power plays. No one hat-tricked across the blue line better, or did a more professional job of keeping his nose out of the crease.Full Story
“We’ve got to deal with reality,” Washington said. “We’re not a bad team.”
Washington spoke with Kinsler shortly after the trade that sent him to Detroit last fall for first baseman Prince Fielder. Washington said he thanked Kinsler for his contributions to the club and parted on what he thought were good terms.
“He was a big part of our championship run,” Washington said. “Those are his feelings. I’m not worried about that type of stuff.”
Longtime Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler, who was traded to the Detroit Tigers this offseason to make room in the infield for Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar, was interviewed for the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine. He had unflattering things to say about his former team and its general manager especially:
During that time, it was well-known throughout the game that there was a power struggle going on between Ryan and Daniels, who had acquired the title of president of baseball operations last March in a front office restructuring that ultimately led to Ryan’s departure after the season. Kinsler squarely blames the man who traded him. “Daniels is a sleazeball,” he says. “He got in good with the owners and straight pushed Ryan out. He thought all the things he should get credit for, Ryan got credit for. It’s just ego. Once we went to the World Series, everybody’s ego got huge, except for Nolan’s.”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
Today marks the 25th anniversary of Jerry Jones purchasing the Dallas Cowboys. For our 35th anniversary issue, Jones wrote about his dealings with prior owner Bum Bright. Even after the deal was announced publicly in 1989, as well as was the decision to fire Tom Landry and replace him with University of Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson, there were weeks of negotiations involving millions of dollars that had to be settled before it was finalized:
When we finally resolved the details, there was a figure in excess of $350,000 we couldn’t agree on. Bum said we should just flip a coin. I called—tails—and Bum flipped it. I lost.Full Story
Last September, I asked Mark Cuban if I could shadow him on the set of Shark Tank. He said yes. I got a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how the show comes together. What I learned may surprise you.Full Story
Sitting on a couch watching the Sochi Olympics on TV, it’s hard to appreciate how amazingly difficult these winter events really are—and how accomplished the athletes (like McKinney bobsledder Johnny Quinn) have to be. Although I can’t ski, and always thought “twizzle” was sort of a dirty word, I do have a slightly better understanding now of four-man bobsledding—coming up at Sochi this weekend—after climbing aboard the Winter Comet Bobsled Ride last year at Utah Olympic Park. (Or, as the Wife Unit refers to my Utah experience, the “three-and-a-half-man bobsled ride.”)Full Story
I woke up this morning to the news that the NBA trade deadline had passed without the Mavericks making a move. This immediately took my still-sleepy brain a dozen years into the past, to a more memorable trade deadline.
In February 2002 — during the Mavs’ first season in the American Airlines Center, and their first without their cowboy hat logo — the team acquired Nick Van Exel, Raef LaFrentz, Avery Johnson, and Tariq Abdul Wahad from the Nuggets. The first game featuring these new players was a home tilt on a Saturday afternoon against Chris Webber and the Kings. Both teams were at the top of their respective divisions, so the game was a pretty big deal — a war of leaders, if you will.Full Story
Who will be crowned The Cutest? Happening now in the final matchup.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
Texas Native Could Become First Openly Gay NFL Player. University of Missouri alum and NFL prospect Michael Sam came out to his teammates in August and graduated in December. Now, in anticipation of May’s NFL draft and as he believed rumors were starting to circulate, he decided to go public. “I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it,” Sam told The New York Times. “I just want to own my truth.” Commentary quickly ensued.
Bobsledder Gets Trapped in Bathroom, Breaks Through Door. Oh, Sochi. This is entertaining for the picture alone. Johnny Quinn, a U.S. bobsledder and former University of North Texas football captain, got trapped in his hotel bathroom Saturday and was forced to use his “bobsled push training to break out.”
Comings and Goings. UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa will announce this morning that he’s resigning, Fox’s meteorologist Ron Jackson is retiring after 32 years on the job, and Dr. Fred Cerise is set to sign a contract to take on the job of Parkland Memorial Hospital CEO.
Headline: Man in Banana Costume With Rifle Cited by Police. Citizens were concerned.Full Story
I just saw, emerging from First Baptist, what appears to be seven angels. They where hard to see, as they were clothed in pure and white linen, but I’m pretty sure their breasts were girded with golden girdles, as redundant as that may sound. Then — and I know this sounds odd — four beasts gave them each what appeared to be a vial, or a bowel, perhaps. Also, I heard this song from the heavens. That seems important.
[Clearly related] Texas Motor Speedway — which last year had the NRA as its NASCAR Sprint Cup race sponsor — today announced a new multiyear title sponsor for its April tail-chase: Duck Commander, the company run by the charming homophobe Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty.Full Story
UPDATE, 11 a.m.: It’s Globe Life Park in Arlington, named for an insurance company. So, like Shakespeare before them, the Rangers will play at “the Globe.”
Original Post: The Texas Rangers have scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference to announce a naming rights deal for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. There’s a rumor that Samsung has ponied up the cash, but I’m hoping for something a bit more Texas-centric. “Blue Bell Ballpark” has a nice ring to it. But that’s just me. Which company are you rooting for?Full Story