That’s according to what the folks around these parts are sharing on YouTube. On the YouTube trends page, you can compare our preferences to those in other cities. It’s pretty clear that our whole country is having a love affair with Charles Ramsey.
In case you weren’t already aware, Grand Theft Auto V is a video game and it’s going to be released in September.
This week’s game is for those who seriously want to waste the rest of the afternoon, possibly even this evening, and it’s probably best that tomorrow is the weekend because you’ll still be playing Hanna in a Choppa 2, moving through tunnels, picking up and manipulating objects, until the wee hours tonight. I really don’t see any other possibility.
What better way to celebrate Dallas Arts Week than by stealing some masterpieces? In this week’s game, Art Thief, you’ve got to race against time to crack the code and make off with works by the masters. I managed to steal two paintings by Raphael before being apprehended in my attempt to take the Mona Lisa.
This week’s Friday Fun is inspired by the fact that this is Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark and the first day of real movie-going at the Dallas International Film Festival.
Try your hand at Bugs Bunny Home Run Derby. You’ve got to hit five home runs to advance to the next inning. It’s more difficult than it seems at first to be. That Tweety Bird has got a wicked curve.
And for your viewing and listening pleasure, enjoy one of the best moments from the greatest baseball movie ever made, Bull Durham. We should all believe in the need for a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter.
The Ticket’s own Gordon Keith has an op-ed today in the Morning News (paywall) about the annual “What People Earn” issue of Parade and about our desire to know what our friends and neighbors and favorite quarterbacks make. Gordon leads his story with an anecdote involving me, Eric Celeste, and Adam McGill. Careful readers will recognize those last two names; they belong to guys who used to work at D Magazine. Here’s how Gordon spins it:
We were on the patio of a pub and the sun was sinking when my buddy brought up the matter of money.
“Let’s go around the table and every guy give his salary.”
I laughed in my beer at this gathering cloud of beautiful tension. Alcohol is an idiot’s truth serum and a daredevil’s fuel. So Eric went first, then Adam. Tim paused, pregnant with info guaranteed a complicated delivery. He and Adam had the same job at the same place. Tim announced a number several thousand richer than Adam’s.
Through our braying, Adam “figured as much” and assured us that it was “no big deal.” After the flurry, our excitement curdled and the table fell into a glassy regret. It was like the morning after for new swingers. Our version of “Wouldn’t it be great if we knew how much everyone made?” somehow didn’t feel great.
Gordon was kind enough to ask me ahead of time whether I minded if he used that anecdote. This scene went down more than a decade ago (I think at the time Eric was working at the Observer). I have only the faintest memory of it. And, anyway, Gordon had already checked with Adam, who said it was fine with him to have the story told. Adam, by the way, got out of the journalism game a few years ago and now has a respectable job that pays him a real wage. If we went around the table again, pretty sure he’d scoreboard me, which is why, when I go eat pizza at his house tonight, I’m not offering him a dime.
Yesterday, the United States Olympic Committee sent letters out to 35 American cities, to gauge their interest in bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Some locals thought the letter said “ZOMG DALLAS HERE’S THE OLYMPICS.”
Problem with that: Dallas is not even close to being able to handle the Olympics. There are a lot of metrics that Dallas fails at (reliable public transit being the massive, festering sore on any bid), but let’s just look at one: an Olympic stadium. NBC-DFW quotes the CEO of Dallas 2024, Matt Wood, as saying that Cowboys Stadium would be used in any bid. Read: Cowboys Stadium would be the Olympic stadium. Except the International Olympic Committee would never let that happen. Here are the past eight Summer Olympic stadiums (plus Rio 2016′s) and their approximate distances to downtown:
Email from Medical City Dallas:
“Beth Evans is delivering her son, Palmer Chad Evans, today. She was due on December 13, but asked her obstetrician to deliver on Dec. 12, to enjoy the good luck of the day and connection with their favorite team, the Aggies. The whole family is made up of passionate Aggies, and they are excited to welcome their ‘twelfth man’ on 12-12-12. They have all dressed in Aggie shirts for the occasion, including the new baby’s two sisters.”
This is….disturbing? Passionate? Ludicrous? Exciting? I don’t know I’m so confused someone please help me. Follow-up:
“Beth is in labor right now. We anticipate Palmer being ready for video and still photography at 4 p.m.. The Evans family has agreed to a short media availability at that time.”
Here at SB Nation’s pretty new site, Mike Mooney — who sits next to me when he bothers to come into the office and write things for D Magazine — takes on QuakeCon, the biggest LAN gaming shindig in North America. A taste:
A group of friends from Allen, Texas, removed their shirts and donned only professional wrestling style tights – in florescent colors and vibrant patterns. Between their computers was a stick of deodorant, a handful of 5-hour-energy drinks, and a box of oatmeal crÃ¨me cookies. They were playing “League of Legends,” and any time one of them lost a life in the game, he’d have to drop to the cement floor and loudly count off a set of 10 pushups.
“I’ve lost entire months of my life to this game,” one of them explained as he showed a novice the basics of buying a sword.
“What the f–k are you doing, you f–king noob?” another said. “Not that sword. What are you thinking? Down. Down. Right. Right there. Good. Now you’re gonna need a shield.”
In case you missed you, here’s Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live, apologizing to himself. From what we’ve been told, the guy is a jerk in real life. I don’t care. Because on TV, he’s charming.
A friend sent me this screen grab (at right) of what looks to be the most amazing play ever in Words With Friends. I figured it had to be bogus and asked one of the game’s creators, Paul Bettner, about it. His response: “I think it’s ‘real,’ but there’s no way this just happened in the course of a regular game. To my eyes, this definitely required a concerted effort on the part of both players to build the required scaffolding.” Still, though. That’s some solid workmanship.
Our good friends at Words With Friends are getting some good publicity this morning. Seems Alec Baldwin was so engrossed in a game that he kept playing on an American Airlines flight even after folks were told to put away their electronic devices. Baldwin got booted off the flight at LAX and tweeted: “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt.” You know who isn’t getting good publicity?
UPDATE, 2:33 pm: It’s raining in Detroit. Â We could be in for another delay.
Texas Rangers’ radio play-by-play announcer Eric Nadel is at Comerica Park in Detroit where the Rangers are getting ready to embarrass the Detroit Tigers. He sent a few pictures he took as he walked into the park. I urge you to turn off the sound on your TV and tune in to 103.3 ESPN Radio and listen to Nadel and (Tim’s buddy) Steve Busby call the game. First pitch at 3:19 PM CST. GO RANGERS!
Jump for more pictures.
Intern Kelsy McCraw tells us all about the U.S. Women’s Open in Arlington.
For Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, bowling is a family affair. Her mother was a program director at her local lanes growing up. “I went from the nursery to the lanes,” she says. “But, my mom wouldn’t let me bowl until I could hold a ball with one hand.” No bumpers or ramps for her.
She says the bowling alley was her second home, where she felt most comfortable. By high school, she was being recruited by San Jose State for their women’s bowling program. She went on to be a four-time All-American and a 12-year Team USA player, win dozens of championships and awards, and make her living playing the game she loved.
In honor of Adam McGill’s late-great regularly amusing Friday feature, a game via the folks at American Airlines who have taken advantage of their dual stadium naming rights to create an iPhone shooting game. It’s rather simple. If you like the Mavs, shoot baskets for them. The 10 people who like the Heat will shoot baskets for them. Then, when the Mavs fans crush the Heat’s fans, we can claim we are better than them in all possible ways. Currently the Mavs are only ahead by about 100 baskets, so go.