Leading Off (9/28/15)

Cowboys Lose. The #WeedenBoyz version of the team looked dominant at the outset, with Joseph Randle ripping off big gains and Brandon Weeden looking like a professional quarterback. Then Weeden threw a garbage interception, the offense never really recovered, and the Cowboys gave up 22 unanswered points. If there had been another half, they might have given up another 22 or so. If the team doesn’t care about scoring, ya boy is still available.

Ahmed Mohammed, The Middle School Years. Another good piece by Avi Selk, adding depth and shading to the initial sketch of the Irving 14-year-old, who has become more of a symbol than a kid over the last two weeks.

Jordan Spieth Finishes Off Most Lucrative Season Ever. The 22-year-old golfer took home the Tour Championship with a final round 69, which earned him the No. 1 ranking in the world and another $1.485 million. That gives him — not counting the $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup — $12,030,465 for the year, a new PGA Tour record. Here is a bunch of stats about how awesome his year has been. If Spieth needs a new best friend to guide him through these shark-infested waters, ya boy is always available.

Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina is In Dallas Today. She’s here for a pair of fundraisers. Let’s see if she can avoid this happening again, or at least stop talking about a video she can’t produce. I’d only bet on the former.

Billionaire Investor and Philanthropist Richard Rainwater Dies. He got his start managing the Bass family’s oil fortune and later helped George Bush buy the Texas Rangers. He had been battling supranuclear palsy, a rare neurological diseases, since 2009. He was 71.

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  • JamieT

    Avi Selk’s piece detailing Ahmed’s history as already a sophisticated prankster in middle school effectively demolished my alternate hypothesis that the boy might have only been an innocent, awkward Aspie socially clueless as to how his deliberately dissected clockworks in a closed case might appear if suddenly thrust unasked for into peoples lives.

    The story now is no longer about Ahmed but about the media at large, which is dividing itself out into several camps:

    1. The Emperor is naked, the tailors are grifters and scam artists.

    2. We really couldn’t get a good look, so it would be premature for us to pass judgement, wouldn’t it. Of course it would. And remember, many people already have it in for tailors. So we’ll repeat what we know for sure: Ahmed is the name of a boy.

    3. We couldn’t see very well either, but the Emperor has always dressed fabulously, so there’s no reason to think he’s not doing so now, is there.

    4. The Emperor’s new clothes look fabulous! If you tailor haters weren’t so blinded by your tailor hate, you’d see how fabulous they are, too!

    5. Newspapers! Magazines! Cigars, cigarettes, tiparillos! Get your Google right here! No, get your Microsoft! No, Facebook! Ahmed T-shirts! Click our link! Take our poll! Vote now and vote often: Emperor, clothed or naked?

  • Mavdog

    Avi Self’s well written article provided a great look into the recent years of Ahmed Mohamed’s schooling, and how the student has grown and prospered.

    The insight provided by his former teacher was valuable in gaining the understanding of Ahmed as an inquisitive yet precocious kid who, through his technical abilities, sought to impress his teachers and receive their commendation.

    Which only lends credibility for Ahmed’s simple explanation of “It’s a clock”. If only the school and the police had listened…

    • DubiousBrother

      Up next – “It’s a clock attached to a pressure cooker. What’s the big deal you right wing islamaphobic nut jobs.”

      • JamieT

        Paranoid school officials terrorized him for several hours with their repeated questions, and the police even handcuffed him briefly when placing him under arrest, but every normal person could plainly see that young Beetroot Modine’s brilliant invention of attaching a clock to a pressure cooker was no more sinister than his simply wanting to time his 10 minute beef bourguignon recipe to the point of perfect doneness.

        • Mavdog

          Nope, “every normal person” knows that you cannot cook a beef bourguignon in 10 minutes, even in a pressure cooker.

          See, simple questions and answers will yield all you need to know. Such as “What is this?” answered by “It’s a clock”.

          • DubiousBrother

            You are obviously not a runner and are unaware of anyone affected by the Boston Marathon bombing which was done by those two cute precocious muslim Tsarnaev kids messing around with their pressure cooker inventions.

          • Mavdog

            “You are obviously not a runner and are unaware of anyone affected by the Boston Marathon bombing which was done by those two cute precocious muslim Tsarnaev kids messing around with their pressure cooker inventions.”

            That is the height of duplicity…YOU are the first one to interject a reference to “a clock attached to a pressure cooker” in a post, and then you turn around and point a finger at me when I respond with an illustration of your small minded reference?

            Hypocrisy or duplicity…difficult to decide…maybe both?

          • jfpo

            Only runners were aware of or knew people affected by the Boston bombing? How the hell did I find out about it? Must have been from my sister. She runs.

      • Mavdog

        OMG! The islamic radicals have already placed the “clock attached to a pressure cooker” in our midst, we are all at risk when they proceed to make them explode in a synchronized action in kitchens everywhere! Beware! You must not go into a Bed, Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn, Target and WalMart where they have been strategically placed. We must remove all the “Clock attached to the pressure cooker” from our nation!