Leading Off (12/10/13)

The Cowboys lose, Pat Snuffer gets served, and Hoffman's Rothko trial begins.

Rogers Loses Wager to Daglas. Yeah. So. Things didn’t go well last night for the home team. Now to the bet I made with Cristina. I will have to sing the Bears fight song on a downtown Dallas street corner. Give me a couple days to memorize it. Before the Christmas break. [kicks dirt, mutters swear words under breath] Oddest sentence from the Chicago Tribune game recap: “A nine-yard pass from Tony Romo to Cole Beasley trimmed the bulge to 42-21 with 10:52 left.”

Flu! Or stuff with flu-like symptoms. It’s on the rise. Wash your hands. And don’t make out with people who have a temperature above 100 degrees.

Pat Snuffer, You Got Served. The company that owns the Snuffer’s name is suing the man who is called by the name. Cheese fries lovers everywhere yawn, then go eat cheese fries elsewhere because, come on, it’s cheese fries. You have to work hard to screw up cheese fries, the main two ingredients of which are fries and cheese.

Marguerite Hoffman’s Rothko Trial Begins Today. Try to follow along. Hoffman and her late husband promised their art collection to the DMA in 2005. In 2007, she sold a piece of that collection, a Rothko, for $31 million, on the condition that the buyer keep the sale a secret. That same year, 2007, the Rothko hung on the walls of the DMA as part of the “Fast Forward” exhibition, which highlighted the bequest (and that of two other families, the Rachofskys and the Roses). Then, in 2010, the buyer of the Rothko sold the painting at auction. Uh-oh! Now that Hoffman is embarrassed, she is suing.


  • AmyS

    I think “rothkoed” could be the new verb of the day. As in you’re not getting what you expected. You could apply that verb to all three of the other Leading off stories.

  • DelkusSleeves

    Ross and Pearl would be a good corner

  • Anonymous

    I think you underestimate how hard it is to screw up cheese fries. The ways are myriad:

    Bad fries (limp, undercooked, cold, etc)
    Wrong cheese (YELLOW ONLY)
    Not enough bacon
    Not enough jalapenos
    Sour cream not on the side (so I can ignore it)
    etc etc.

    — Phelps

  • Michael Mason

    Agreed, on the cheese fries. Many places have cheese fries on the menu, and I haven’t found any yet that approach Snuffer’s.

  • RAB

    Uh, you didn’t read the story very carefully. (Read the NYT version.) She sold the piece for $17 million in 2007. Painful to see it go for almost double six years later.