Leading Off (2/9/11)

Some city council members are iffy on the idea of “Mayor Dwaine Caraway.” But not Caraway. “I think, with the exception of a few last-minute blow-ups and mishaps, and maybe we should call them hiccups, I’ve displayed good leadership,” he says. And he’s right: aside from some blow-ups and mishaps or, as Caraway would have it, hiccups, or maybe gaffes or blunders, or we could call them letdowns or setbacks, or — hey — what about bad breaks? Yeah? No? Anyway. Aside from those things, totally smooth sailing.

ERCOT puts the state on a “Power Watch.” It’s not as much fun as when Epcot does it. I hope you read that half-sensical stab at something before the rolling blackouts hit your house.

Long-time Dallas Mavericks broadcaster Bob Ortegal is out after 23 years. Weird that Ortegal would be sent packing mid-season, and weirder that Mark Cuban’s aim to “freshen things up” means replacing him with Brad Davis and Derek Harper.

Mary Thornberry, 76, former Fort Worth nurse, is back from Cairo. No word on whether she still has her arsenal — walking cane, rolling pin, kitchen knife — on her, but I like to think you can take the 76-year-old woman out of Tahrir Square but you can’t take the Tahrir Square out of the 76-year-old woman.

Oh, and it’s cold. But it probably won’t seem that bad without a few hundred sports media folks in town griping about it.

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