Leading Off (11/24/08)

1. Cowboys win, Terrell Owens has his best game of the season (and some words for DMN columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor), and ‘Tellus Bennet does a TD dance inspired by local rappers. So everything’s great again, I guess. Well, until this inevitably blows up on them. And it definitely would if some smart NFC team would just hire Lawrence Taylor to be vice-president in charge of sending coke and hookers to the opposing team’s hotel.

2. First Arlington stole the Cowboys. Then the Cotton Bowl. Now they’re trying to steal our Cesar Chavez-related street-naming controversy. I couldn’t decide on a joke to end with, so choose from the following:

  • I hear Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck is thinking of getting finger extensions.
  • Next thing you know, we’ll be reading about all this courtesy of the smug folks over on the A Magazine blog BackBurner.
  • Arlington, if you’re still looking for Dallas-based things to take, check out my eBay auctions (seller name: gentlyusedofficesupplies1974).

3. Here are a few quotes that should get you 100 percent fired up about going to work this morning at the municipal courts complex: “We have an average of I would say, once a month, issues that are serious enough to make us consider shutting down the building.” And: “Historically, we just have not been very good about maintaining things.”


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12 responses to “Leading Off (11/24/08)”

  1. david says:

    Stole the Cowboys? When did the Cowboys last play in DALLAS? 1971? If I’m not mistaken, Irving stole them before Arlington did.

    Dallas, you need to take better care of the Mavericks and Stars. Arlington might come after them next.

  2. Brandon says:

    Probably won’t happen as long as Tom Vandergriff is still around, but I envision the Rangers moving to Dallas.

  3. Jared says:

    Take better care of the Mavs and Stars?! What do you call the AAC and its surrounding land? How much did Perot and Hicks pay for that?

  4. Zac Crain says:

    @david: You’re right, but it didn’t fit into my premise.

  5. Robb says:

    Uhhh, the Stars and Mavericks are the reason we couldn’t get the Boys in Dallas (according to our sports hating ex-mayor). There was an agreement with the AAC that would have been challenged in court had Jerry’s World been inked for Fair Park. So, I think Dallas DID take care of the Mavericks and Stars…….but I would have personally preferred the Cowboys……

  6. LakeWWWooder says:

    In 25 years (or less) we’ll get them back. Jerry will be gone and the facility in Arlington will be hopelessly outdated in suburban terms. I think that monstrosity would have ruined National Historic Landmark Fair Park.

    I predict that very soon people will realize that playing football indoors is an abomination. The Cotton Bowl will be well-positioned as one of the few venues in the world which is both outdoors and has the glow of history.

  7. Neal says:

    From the DMN article linked in #3 (emphasis added):

    “Today, the cost for renovations is estimated to be at least $24 million. Much of that money will come from bond funds set aside in 1998 and 2006. The money will be spent on significant interior rehabilitation of the old police building and major exterior renovation of the old City Hall. Both buildings are expected eventually to be turned over to the University of North Texas for a proposed law school. According to the current schedule, the law school — which has yet to be approved by the Texas Legislature — would take over the old City Hall building sometime in 2011 or 2012. Sometime in mid-2010, all the current courts operations would be moved from that building into the renovated police building.”

    I am confused. So we are spending $24 million to renovate the old courthouse and police building only to “turn them over” (sell? give? lease?) to the University of Texas system in two or three years? The DMN reporter should have been a little more curious on this point.


    “Ultimately, city officials hope to fund an entirely new judicial center at another location, at a cost of some $70 million or more. But that plan is likely a decade or more from fruition and would require funding from a future bond program.”

    OK fine, but we first need to learn just how the city intends to dispose of the existing buildings.

  8. david says:

    @Jared: I agree, but it didn’t fit into my premise.

    Arlington will also steal your children and raise them as our own. And we reserve “Prima Nocta” over the citizens of Fort Worth.

  9. the cynic says:

    anyone who has ever tried to circumnavigate Texas Stadium on Game Day is thrilled that Arlington stole the Cowboys. Let them have the congestion and trash. Note: they will STILL be called the Dallas Cowboys. Irving and Arlington are emrely duped into paying for their playground.

  10. Mike Gundy says:

    Jean-Jacques Taylor needs to leave T.O. alone! If he wants to come after someone, come after me. I’m a man! I’m 40!

  11. towski says:

    Coach Gundy is 41 now.

    He’s also 9-2.