Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch has a Q&A with longtime broadcaster Verne Lundquist. Around here, you may remember him from his days at WFAA. If you watch college football, you likely think of him as your kindly Uncle Verne. Here is how he met Nancy, his wife of 30 years:
We met in a bar — and I hasten to add it was an upscale bar in Dallas. It was a place called Arthur’s. I walked in after I did the 10 o’clock news (at WFAA-TV in Dallas) and I just didn’t want to go home. Nancy and her date were at the bar and her date recognized me from local television and invited me over to have a drink. He introduced me to his date and her name was Nancy Miller. It was their first date, a blind date. So we sat and chatted and her date, Raymond Willie, said to me, “Listen, I know you are single. I’m going to fix you up with a friend of mind and we can all go to dinner.” He looked at Nancy and asked her, “What are you doing Thursday night?” She said, “Nothing.” He said, “Good, you’ll be my date and we’ll fix Verne up with this schoolteacher friend of mine and we’ll go to dinner.” Meanwhile, I’m looking at Nancy thinking she is the prettiest thing I have ever seen in my life. So, Raymond finally left to take care of his business and I asked Nancy, “So, how involved are you with Raymond? She said, “Oh, this is our first date and it’s a blind date.” So I said, “Well forget what he is talking about on Thursday night. What are you doing on Saturday night?” She said, “I think I am doing whatever you are doing.”
Unrelated: I just accepted an internship with Lundquist and will be leaving D immediately. You guys have been great.
If you’re not familiar with The Dugout, the internet-beloved fake chatroom series, this might be confusing. Even if you are familiar, it still might be. But the end is perfect. (Oh, and be warned if you’re against some very casual cursing.)
From ESPN’s Marc Stein:
Iverson has likewise resisted the Legends’ overtures so far this season — as well as a similar offer last season — but sources say that the Legends are trying again now because they’ve moved back to the top of the list in the D-League’s waiver line, meaning they’d have an unobstructed path to signing Iverson if he could be convinced to put his name in the D-League’s player pool.
The Legends’ pitch to Iverson centers around the fact they’ve just convinced NBA veterans Delonte West andÂ Rashad McCantsÂ to join their team with similar intentions, after the Legends signed another 37-year-old earlier this month — point guardÂ Mike JamesÂ – and wound up putting James in position to earn a 10-day callup to the Mavericks that turned into a guaranteed contract after James completed his second 10-day deal Sunday.
Just imagine Delonte and Iverson playing on the same team. Quick list of things that would be better than that: ______. Nothing. Nothing would be better than that. This random Twitter user channels similar excitement:
OH MY GOD IF ALLEN IVERSON COMES BACK IM GOING TO KILL SOMETHING OUT OF SHEER EXCITEMENT
— perrin moore (@perrinmoore96) January 28, 2013
Must. Not. Cry. Zach Guillot, a Dallas resident and Parish Episcopal student who is battling acute myeloid leukemia, got a call from Batman, aka Christian Bale, last week. Best quote: “Anybody can be Batman. Anybody. Anybody can be as strong as Batman, and help people.” Jesus. It’s nine minutes long, but try not to watch the whole thing.
(h/t Preston Hollow People)
Texas Motor Speedway has banned smoking in the grandstands for the 2013 season, and slashed ticket prices on 15,000 seats, the track announced Monday. The move comes a year after the track had the highest-attended Nascar event of the season, the Samsung Mobile 500; the event drew 159,000 spectators.
“We drew the biggest crowd of 2012, so it runs against the thought of how you do business with the free enterprise system,” Speedway president Eddie Gossage told the Star-Telegram. “If you’re selling out or doing well, you raise prices….But the best way to show you’re fan friendly is to lower your prices.”
Gossage also announced Monday theÂ eliminationÂ of smoking in the grandstands; it will still be allowed in designated concourse areas. The track is also unveiling bacon cotton candy this season, so maybe the whole no-smoking-for-your-health thing is just a wash.
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon caught up with Dirk Nowitzki at pretty much the worst possible time — following a dispiriting home loss to the Western Conference’s worst team, the New Orleans Hornets, in overtime. Frustrated, Dirk had plenty to say:
“I always liked to think you don’t want to build your franchise on hope.Â We hoped for Deron last year. We hoped for Dwight. Why would he leave the Lakers? To me, it makes no sense. He’s in a great situation. Why would CP3 leave? [The Los Angeles ClippersÂ are] the best team in the league probably right now. They’re probably the deepest team. So are you going to hope that we get something?Â Maybe Cuban has something up his sleeve. Maybe you have to take a chance on a bad contract to get him in here and make something happen. I mean, I don’t know. That’s something we’ll have to see this summer. We’re going to play out this season. I’m going to get better and better, hopefully from game to game, so I can actually close out some of these games. And then we’ll see what happens.”
Some have taken this line — “So either you break the whole thing up and trade me” — as Dirk coming close to asking for a trade. But he was talking about the decisions they made this summer. I don’t think Dirk would ask for a trade, though stranger things have happened and will continue to. And I don’t think Mark Cuban would trade him. I mean, like, I don’t think Cuban would trade him for anyone, even someone Dirk’s biggest supporters would have no problem with (like Kevin Durant). I’m serious.
My mother always said the best press releases include the subject line: “WIENERMOBILE VISITS DALLAS AREA THIS WEEK.” I thought it was a strange maxim as a child, pushed it into the back of my head, and forgot about it for 20 years. Yesterday, it bounded back into my consciousness.
I found the Wienermobile at the Fiesta on Jefferson Boulevard. It was being ignored. Hundreds of little kids preferred the free cake and clowns in another corner of this makeshift, Monday-evening festival, so I had the wiener all to myself. 27 feet of wiener, just waiting to be loved.
Fox Sports Southwest’s documentary on the Dirk’s rise from gawky German teenager to The Big German premieres on December 23 at 9 p.m. I’m coming over to watch it, if you don’t mind.
ESPN’s currently in the midst of one of their click-hungry “Best of” lists, this time focused on the “Hall of 100,” a ranking of the top 100 baseball players of all time. (There’s also a 25-man honorable mention list, to show you just how click-rabid the editors were.)
Notable Rangers in the mix:
Ivan Rodriguez (71)
Began his career with Texas at the age of 19. He was a 14-time All-Star and a 13-time Gold Glove winner. Played 21 seasons in the majors and finished with a 46 percent caught-stealing rate.
“Pudge” played parts of 13 seasons with the Rangers but won a World Series while a member of the 2003 Marlins.
Nolan Ryan (35)
The Ryan Express fastball made him baseball’s all-time record-holder in strikeouts (5,714) and no-hitters (seven). Ryan led his league in strikeouts 11 times on his way to 324 career wins.
Former player Dick Sharon once said, “He’s baseball’s exorcist, scares the devil out of you.”
Rafael Palmeiro came in at #108, (but everyone hates him, right?) and one-time Ranger Sammy Sosa was #95 on the list. The top 25 players will be announced tomorrow.
So, there’s this comic-book blog I read called Robot 6. It has a recurring feature called “Shelf Porn,” which is not what it sounds like. Nerds with impressive collections of comics, toys, and original art take pictures of their well-organized and meticulously arranged shelves, and the rest of us fanboys look at them the way many people look at porn, i.e. wishing we could have been in the room when the pictures were taken.
The latest edition of “Shelf Porn” was submitted by John Petty of Lewisville, whose collection exceeds that label. Thanks to his understanding wife, his photo set is more like “house porn.” You’ll be astounded long before you see the inside of his man cave.
I don’t get to say this very often. I’ve lived through Eddy Curry, Jerome James, and entire Bleacher Report slideshows dedicated to “New York Knicks: The 10 Worst Draft Picks of the Past Decade,” which imply that there has been (on average) a terrible draft pick every year for 10 straight years.
But maybe things are turning around, and that’s why I get to say: I’m excited. I’m happy. Knicks basketball is fun again. And I have Dallas to thanks for that, mostly.
“It really feels like that, with the depth, the chemistry, the veteran leadership, the shooters,” Tyson Chandler told CBS Sportsline, about the similarities between the 2010-2011 Mavericks and the 2012-2013 Knicks. “And we have to really believe. The moment I signed [in Dallas], I promise you, I told my family, ‘We’re going to win a championship, and at minimum, we’re going to make it to the Western Conference finals.’ And I felt the same way once this group came together. With that team in Dallas, we started to believe as the season went along. The moment I walked in, I told all of them: ‘Prepare for a long season. We’re going all the way, and we have to have a mindset to do it, no matter what obstacles get in our way.’ And it’s the same thing with this team.”
Jason Kidd chimed in, too.
“The star players, Dirk and Melo, tops in the world. The pieces are very similar,” he said. “When we played defense to start the season off that year, we started to believe that we could win that way and it just snowballed. Hopefully, it’s the same thing here.”
So maybe cheer for the Knicks with me? Thanks.
The Big German’s knee is bothering him — the same one that bothered him last season — and so he might need surgery before the season starts on October 30 against the Lakers. If he does have surgery, he might make it back in time for that game. If he doesn’t have surgery, he might be dealing with this issue all season. Anyway, that’s a flimsy excuse for this video of him doing some Nike business while in Germany on the Mavs’ recent trip there.
When Jack White asked Wanda Jackson to record the risque Amy Winehouse song, “You Know I’m No Good,” the legendary rock/rockabilly singer balked. She is 74, after all, and a born-again Christian to boot. “It’s too sexually explicit,” Jackson said she told White. “And besides that, it’s not age appropriate.” So, the two compromised. The music producer wrote some new lyrics for the problem parts, and Jackson wound up recording the song for her White-produced album “The Party Ain’t Over.”
The Oklahoma-born singer with the distinctive growl did “No Good,” plus a ton of hits from a career that began in the 1950s, at the Granada Theater last night. Highlights: “Riot in Cell Block #9″ and “Mean, Mean Man.” The smallish but adoring crowd included fedora-wearing hipsters as well as oldsters with mile-high, bouffant hairdos. They made it clear that Jackson is revered big-time as a gutsy pioneer among rock/rockabilly women.
And, so did Wanda. She recently toured with Adele, who credits Jackson’s “Funnel of Love” song with inspiring Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Wanda said. And, she revealed that author Stephen King has written the liner notes for her new album, Unfinished Business, coming out Oct. 9. “He said some nice things about me,” Jackson said matter-of-factly. “If he hadn’t, I wouldn’t have used him.”