I spent the day officiating at the The Spirit of Christmas flag football tournament sponsored by the Bridgeport Police Department. I saw two fights, two ejections (one occurring at 8:35 a.m.), one horrific looking dislocated shoulder, Phillip Daugherty, a terrific catch by Joey Christian, a limping Joey Christian, some confused officials (me included), a black guy running fifty yards for a touchdown with his shorts falling off to his knees - and still no one could catch him, a disgruntled DPS team that didn't make the playoffs, a very elusive Andrew Rottner catching a million passes (but I was curious why the Messenger wasn't there to take his picture) and a bunch of money raised for a good cause. And I learned it's kinda fun to blow a whistle.
at 5:54 PM
This business blurb was buried in the Dallas Morning News: "Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc. said Thursday it has sold Aster, a media and communications company in Poland, to Mid Europa Partners, a buyout firm . . . . The deal, worth $490 million, gives Hicks Muse a return of 4.8 times its invested capital, said a spokesperson for the Dallas-based buyout firm. Hicks Muse made its initial investment in Aster in March 2003." Think about that. The Hicks, Muse group bought some Poland business for just under $100 million and sold it less than two years later for almost $500 million. Gordon Geeko lives. (The "Hicks", of course, is Tom Hicks - owner of the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars. )
at 8:40 PM
Euless Trinity is playing for the state championship this weekend. A couple of weeks ago I saw them in a playoff game at Texas Stadium and was very entertained by a Chant the players engaged in before the game. I love crazy stuff and the team, which is made up of a great number of Tongans, certainly delivers. Here's my picture of it. Here's a short video of the chant performed at another game.
at 7:16 AM
. . . is really good. (Although I couldn't help but having flashbacks to lead actor Christian Bale's* prior movie, American Psycho.) [*Edited. Patrick Bateman was originally identified as the actor. That was the character's name in American Psycho portrayed by Bale. I screwed up.]
at 12:51 PM
At least that was the description of a Channel 11 reporter this morning while covering a jack-knifed 18 wheeler that burst into flames. In all seriousness, watch Channel 11 news today because they actually videotaped live (from a helicopter) an incredible crash on I-20 today. (For those who have a high speed connection and are interested, it's worth seeing on the news channel's web site as well).
at 10:07 AM
I saw an article on Yahoo about how many of the new Mega-Churches are closing on Christmas Day because they were "anticipating low attendance on what they call a family day." Uh, yeah, you read that correctly. I didn't think much about it until I saw that the ridiculously large "Fellowship Church" in Grapevine is joining in the shut down. Maybe the Purpose Driven Life doesn't include church on Christmas. And, you know what? Christmas Day falls on a Sunday. More proof that the sign of the Apocalypse is upon us.
at 9:40 PM
It's odd that the first witness in the Sadam Hussein trial testified behind a curtain and with a voice synthesizer. Ironically, that would never fly in an American courtroom where, thank goodness, there is something called the Confrontation Clause that would prohibit such a thing. Think about it: If someone accused you of a crime, how could your lawyer cross examine him or her if they it could not be determined who they were? And this is a death penalty case! And another disturbing thing was this report: "The most compelling testimony came from the woman identified only as 'Witness A,' who was a 16-year-old girl at the time of the crackdown. Her voice breaking with emotion, she told the court of beatings and electric shocks by the former president's agents." Agents? Certainly we wouldn't put President Bush on trial for the actions of soldier Lindy England at Abu Ghraib prison.
at 8:42 PM
Highland Park is playing for a state championship this weekend. Unfortunately, the game is being played at a 12,000 seat stadium in Tyler (named, oddly, "Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium"). Thus, all tickets were sold in a matter of hours. Those Highland Parkers are now scrambling. But some guy will gladly sell you two tickets off of Craig's List. And I bet some Highland Park nutcase will buy them.
at 12:50 PM
Ok, my worst nightmare has come true. The Texas Longhorns are 12-0 and playing for the national championship game against USC in about a month. And I had to spend three hours yesterday looking at very happy 'Horn fans fondling roses during the ridiculous 70-3 win over Colorado in the Big 12 Championship game (and it wasn't that close). My Christmas has been ruined. I think I'll just sit here on the couch with my USC penant until this ugly nightmare is over. And I might have to get our my Dress Blues if UT wins. Edit: USC has opened as a 7 point favorite.
at 1:36 PM