Fran is gone. Nebraska fired its football coach this morning. Mike Singletary rejected Baylor like a bad first date from match.com. And, in an unrelated football note, ORU president Richard Roberts - who I used to watch on Sunday morning before his daddy saw a 900 foot Jesus - got ran out of town.
It's ugly out there.
Another 8 mile Turkey Trot in the books. Cold and a little windy, but the sun made it almost perfect conditions. I finished at 1:06:03 (about four minutes faster than last year - I credit Nutrisystem.) But I sure didn't like the pain in my non-surgically repaired Achilles Tendon.
Assistant County Attorney Thomas Aaberg showed up and finished somewhere during the 55 minute mark. That's a blistering pace.
But as I was checking in, I laughed when I saw the name of "Barron Green" next to mine (blurry cell phone pic). I don't know who that guy is, but he always runs these races and, for the next year, some fine commenter(s) will refer to me as "Barron."
Edit: Thomas finished 266th out of 4152 runners and 33 out of 332 in his age group. I clocked in at 1095 out of 4152 and 99 out of 284 in my (very old) age group.
And my unknown nemesis, Barron Green, finished 1371 with a time of 1:08:26. Scoreboard, Barron! Scoreboard. (Although he is two years older than me.)
I'll run the 8 mile Turkey Trot in Dallas tomorrow morning (man, if the wind doesn't blow, the cold weather will make it great), and then spend the rest of the day with my family in Bridgeport.
I wrote this about Thanksgiving a couple of years ago. It was a crowd pleaser. And it still applies.
Ok, this won't do it justice, but Fox 4 had a story last night about some kindergarten kid who was sent home because he had a haircut of the star of the Dallas Cowboys. His very redneck dad appeared on camera and said, "He has the right to individuality and to present himself."
For the three people out there that saw Wild At Heart with Nicholas Cage, you instantly remember Cage's character named Sailor having said, "Did I ever tell ya that this here jacket represents a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom?
But my annual 8 Mile Dallas Turkey Trot is sizing up as being a little chilly.
We are finally getting the first information on what season tickets will cost in the new Cowboys Stadium.
For a seat on the 5 yard line: $340 a game (obligated to buy 10 which includes two pre-season games.) But, wait, in order to have that "right" to buy those tickets, you'll have to buy a $16,000 seat option. "That payment gives you the 30-year rights to own, transfer or sell the seats."
And, get this, seat options range in price depending on how good the seat is. They range from $16,000 to (gulp) $150,000!!!!
Sheesh, how much will parking be?
Finally, the most interesting case to be heard by the Supreme Court since "Bong Hits For Jesus." The story:
After a hiatus of 68 years, the Supreme Court [today] agreed to rule on the meaning of the Second Amendment — the hotly contested part of the Constitution that guarantees “a right to keep and bear arms.” Not since 1939 has the Court heard a case directly testing the Amendment’s scope — and there is a debate about whether it actually decided anything in that earlier ruling. In a sense, the Court may well be writing on a clean slate if, in the end, it decides the ultimate question: does the Second Amendment guarantee an individual right to have a gun for private use, or does it only guarantee a collective right to have guns in an organized military force such as a state National Guard unit?The fate of Wise County rests in the balance.
(Credit: Kevin via email)
At this moment, WBAP is carrying live the President from the Rose Garden pardoning two turkeys (named "May" and "Flower" . . . . . groan.)
In other news, DNA continues to exonerate people who have served years in prison based upon convictions out of Dallas County. They laugh really hard about this annual pardon joke.
And I wonder what the lead story will be on Friday which is allegedly the busiest something of the year? What are the odds of having a reporter at a mall or the news helicopter hovering over a mall parking lot?
I don't know who Keke Wallace of Sweetwater is, but someone has created a quick youtube video of his touchdown catch against Bridgeport last Friday.
Edit: Heck, someone put together an Abilene Wylie over Decatur video as well. I'm not saying it's good quality. I'm just saying it went up quick on youtube.
So the hearing starts out with the judge chewing out the lawyer for not filing a motion for continuance in writing. Its brutal. 'That's been the rule for 13 years!' Sheesh. I feel sorry for the guy who can't get a word in edgewise.
So then the judge asks DPS if they oppose the reinstatement. They don't. So the case gets reinstated. I'm not sure why the chewing out was necessary.
Anyway, the lawyer then asks the judge if she wants to see an affidavit from Judge Hoffman to prove he was tied up in a Dallas court. Good grief, man. She reinstated the case. Just shut up.
The judge says 'no' but tells DPS to go forward with its evidence.
The lawyer says 'wait, I thought we were here today only on the motion to reinstate. I didn't know we would have the hearing if the case was reinstated. I need to subpoena some witnesses.'
Judge tells him that that the order granting a hearing on the reinstatement clearly stated that it would happen. So DPS goes forward with its evidence (which is the police report.)
DPS will win this hearing. It's like a default judgment all over again - except the lawyer is in the room watching it.
And does Wade Phillips, who is probably a good guy, come across as the ultimate simpleton?
Edit: Here's a youtube picture montage of every quarterback ever to throw a TD pass for the Cowboys.
As I suffer through another Baylor football season, I note that the school fired its head coach, Guy Morriss, today.
But that's really just an excuse to post this picture. Kinda harsh. (Source.)
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