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Dirk Nowitzki Has a Plan for His Retirement

| 3 weeks ago

[Update: ticket prices have been reduced to $41  for adults and youth, and Mark Cuban will match the proceeds up to $2 million to benefit families and children affected by Hurricane Harvey. Newly announced participants include Mike Modano, Tommy Haas, and Donald Young.]

Dirk Nowitzki says he’s always been a huge tennis fan, and his dream was to host a tennis event. Last year he held the first ever Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic at the SMU Tennis Center. “We didn’t know how the turnout was going go be, but we really had a blast,” Dirk says. “And thanks to all of the sponsors, we raised a lot of money for the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation. So we thought we’d do it again.”

This year’s event will be on Saturday, September 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ben Stiller, who competed last year in the round-robin competition, is out, but Owen Wilson is in — along with Andy Roddick, Mark Knowles, and fellow Mav J.J. Barea. Tickets are $41 for children and youth (free for children 3 and under), and proceeds benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation.

I took the opportunity to talk to the power forward about his thoughts on Pharrell’s knee socks, J.J.’s on-court sex appeal, and retirement.

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Interviews

Candice Romo Is Ready to Pop*

| 1 month ago

*(Editor’s note: Candice and Tony Romo welcomed their third son, Jones McCoy Romo, into the world on Aug. 23, after the September issue of D Magazine went to press.)

Your third child is due early this month, and your first two boys are named Hawkins and Rivers. So what are we looking at for No. 3? We have a sex or a name yet?
It’s a boy. Our kids’ names are kind of surnames because they end in “s.” So I kind of want to keep that theme up, where there’s an “s” at the end. As of now, we don’t have a name picked out.

I have a suggestion. Your line of sprays, Hawk + Sloane, it’s a combo of your firstborn’s name and that of your business partner, Hollie Siglin. Her third kid, his name is Crews. You need a name for your third kid that will pair well with Crews for a future product line.
For a future boys’ clothing line. You’re right!

OK, you ready? Are you sitting down?
Oh, yes.

Here’s the name: Boos. All right. See there? You’ve got to spell it right. Boos Romo. Boos + Crews.
We’ll come up with a liquor line for moms. Moms drink alcohol. You don’t get drunk in car pool. You just spray a few shots of vodka in your mouth, and you’re good to go for the rest of the evening.

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Sports

On the Zeke Elliott Suspension: Even a Liar Can Be Beaten and Choked

| 1 month ago

Tiffany Thompson put herself out there. In a pink bra, black pencil skirt, and black pumps, her hair pulled back in a tight bun, a black choker tied around her neck, she stands in front of a wrought-iron fence on a sidewalk at night. Presumably it is in front of the Short North Carriage House, a vacation rental that Ezekiel Elliott’s father had rented for his 21st birthday in Columbus, Ohio’s equivalent of Uptown. She stands, expressionless, for a series of police photographs of her bruises — on her arms and wrists. There are several shots of her hands, but those don’t appear to be injured in the photos. In the police report there is a diagram, essentially a pencil drawing of a female figure where injuries can be marked. Ten areas are circled and marked with a “V” for “Visible Bruise, Mark or Injury,” from her neck to her knees.

Like everyone else, I had been reading snippets about the allegations of domestic violence against the Dallas Cowboys’ star running back in news reports over the past year. Then I called a friend in Columbus on Monday and found out, to my shock, that the entire police report — including the photos of the alleged victim in her bra, her home address, her cell phone number, her employer, and pretty much every other personal identifier other than her social security number — was posted online under the direction of the Columbus City Attorney, Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr., on September 6 of last year.

I have spent the last two days doing a deep dive into the 77 pages of the police report, recorded witness interviews, and police photos. And the most surprising thing to me about all of it is that, to my knowledge, no one in the press has provided a full accounting of the allegations. They have generally been referred to as just that — “the allegations” — in a vague way that has made it pretty clear that they had little validity, until the NFL issued Elliott a 6-game suspension on Friday. And now the discussion has become all about Thompson, the vindictive ex-girlfriend who has been out to get the star player ever since he got drafted, made millions, and broke up with her.

Yes, there’s a lot of contradictory information, both in the police file and in recent leaked information from the NFL’s 160-page report. Yes, it looks like Thompson lied about what happened the night of her 911 call. Yes, it looks like she threatened to blackmail Elliott with a sex tape. Yes, it looks like she makes very poor choices and suffers from extreme jealousies and likes to send a lot of threatening late-night texts to an ex-boyfriend she can’t quite quit. Yes, there probably was a fair amount of alcohol involved. But none of that means Elliott didn’t choke her, repeatedly, to the point she couldn’t breathe.

So here it is. Not a snippet, but the full account from Thompson’s recorded interview and written statements to police. These are the allegations.

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Sports & Leisure

30 for 30 Doc on 1988 Carter High School Football Team Airs This Month

| 2 months ago

What if I told you ESPN made a 30 for 30 documentary about the infamous 1988 Carter High School football team, and that it was set to air on Aug. 24?

Well, I am. Telling you that. Right now. ESPN’s acclaimed documentary series will tackle the story of the “team you don’t remember from Friday Night Lights,” the team cast in that book and film as the big city villains who squashed Odessa Permian’s underdog dreams of a state title. What Carter Lost takes a closer look at one of the greatest high school football teams of all time, and at its dramatic fall. Not too long after winning the state championship, six players from the Oak Cliff high school were convicted in a rash of robberies, and the team’s title was later stripped for a violation of the no pass, no play law.

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Local News

Leading Off (8/4/17)

| 2 months ago

Your Dallas Cowboys Begin Their Inexorable March Toward Super Bowl LII. In their first preseason game, the Cowboys beat Arizona, 20-18. If you needed further evidence that the Lombardi Trophy is coming back to Dallas in February, on Thursday night Kellen Moore looked like a perfectly competent backup quarterback, Taco Charlton continued to be named Taco Charlton, and no additional members of the Cowboys defense were suspended. (We do hope Anthony Brown’s hamstring is fine.) Jerry Jones gets inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton this weekend, and Dallas faces the Rams next Saturday in Los Angeles. The regular season begins when the Giants visit Jerry World on Sept. 10.

Dog Catcher Wanted. The six candidates vying to become the new head of Dallas Animal Services met Thursday with residents, many of whom would understandably like to see fewer loose dogs roaming the city. Dallas police commanders have been running the department since last year, not too long after Antoinette Brown was mauled to death by a pack of wild dogs in South Dallas. A report issued after that tragedy found significant failures within Dallas Animal Services, and recommended a top-to-bottom overhaul.

Hot New Look Police and Fire Pension Board. Mayor Mike Rawlings named the six new trustees he will appoint to help oversee the pension fund that nearly bankrupted the city. Hopefully they know what they’re doing.

Arrest Made in Connection with DART Train Beating. Police arrested a 21-year-old man accused of participating in the assault, which was recorded on a cellphone and has since made its way across the internet. Authorities have identified several other suspects, and DART has increased police presence at the Deep Ellum and Baylor rail stops.

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Sports & Leisure

Lucky Whitehead Not Really All That Lucky, Arrested on Shoplifting Charge

| 2 months ago
When the Cowboys inevitably cut Whitehead, Blitz may need a new jersey. Photo via Lucky Whitehead’s Instagram, @luck2fast.

In the latest sign that he may be out of (good opportunities), a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Lucky Whitehead, TMZ Sports reports.

The Cowboys wide receiver and kick returner enjoyed a stroke of (fortuitous occurrence) last week when his missing and allegedly kidnapped dog, Blitz, was returned by a rapper named Boogotti Kasino. Fortunes turn quickly, however. Before that, Whitehead was evidently arrested and charged with shoplifting on June 22 in Prince William County, VA. A Virginia court issued a warrant for Whitehead’s arrest after he failed to make a July 6 court date, which seems less like (a bad twist of fate) and more like the result of old-fashioned chuckle-headedness. Failure to appear has been stacked on to the shoplifting charge.

This furthers the case that Whitehead, who has been a nonfactor as a wide receiver and a largely unexceptional kick returner for the Cowboys, may not be long for the Dallas roster. Fourth round draft pick Ryan Switzer is untested in the NFL, but the return specialist from North Carolina is surely thanking his (favored) stars that he’s sitting right behind Whitehead on the depth chart.

It’s more tough news for the Cowboys, who also learned today that their Super Bowl hopes have been jinxed by the August cover of D Magazine. But only if you believe in jinxes, and hexes, and (chance). The Cowboys can still make their own (destiny).

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Local News

New Podcast: SMU Prof and Wild Detectives Wordsmith Lauren Smart

| 2 months ago

Man, oh, man. Show notes DO make things more interesting, don’t they? YOU WON’T GET ANY SHOW NOTES! Just this: Lauren Smart is an SMU professor. She’s a writer. And she programs events at Wild Detectives, everyone’s favorite Oak Cliff bookstore. Zac and I talk with Lauren about why the name “Lauren” sounds ditzy, how the Cowboys cleaned up the Zeke Elliott mess at Clutch, and when Boogotti Kasino will become the name of an Uptown club. Oh, plus we talk about books and art and stuff. Use your ears to listen with the streaming player below, or download EarBurner with your favorite podcatcher.

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Sports

The Cowboys Are Having a Bad Day

| 2 months ago

Who’s having a worse day? Is it Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, already in hot water from 2016 accusations of domestic violence and a pattern of boneheaded misogynistic behavior, now embroiled in controversy for his involvement in a violent “incident” at a terrible Uptown bar? Is it wide receiver and sometime kick returner Lucky Whitehead, whose dog Blitz has apparently been kidnapped and is being held for ransom?

Or is it quarterback Dak Prescott, who has probably been getting roasted for more than a week for admitting to listening to Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” before games?

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Sports

Dak Prescott: Great Guy Who Gets Pumped to Bad Music

| 3 months ago

It pains me to write this post, because Dak Prescott seems fairly unimpeachable character-wise. Especially after reading this Sports Illustrated interview, in which last year’s Rookie of the Year talks about his effort to raise $150,000 to bolster awareness to immunotherapy research in the wake of his mother’s death from cancer in 2013. Immunotherapy involves using the immune system to battle cancerous tumors. He also dings Zeke for his ESPN the Magazine Body Issue cover, saying he “should use his platform to do things like I’m doing” such as this cancer campaign “instead of doing his thing for the body issue and doing photo shoots.”

Side-eye notwithstanding, look at that character!

I wish I’d stopped reading there. SI just had to include this tidbit:

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Philanthropy & Nonprofits

Deion Sanders and the Koch Brothers Want to Solve Dallas’ Poverty Problem

| 3 months ago

A few weeks ago, news broke about an unlikely partnership between one of Dallas’ most well-known athletes, Deion Sanders, and the oft-vilified billionaires and political contributors, the Koch Brothers — all based around a mutual desire address poverty in Dallas.

Sanders’ new Prime 5 initiative, backed by the Koch-funded Stand Together organization, promises to “break the cycle of poverty in Dallas” by raising $21 million that will “unleash the power of community to help Dallas residents improve their own lives by finding a clear path out of poverty.”

What that all means, exactly, isn’t very clear yet, but Inside Philanthropy took a look at the ideas and motivations behind the odd couple’s initiative, namely, a poverty-focused program designed to adapt free market thinking to solving Dallas’ poverty problem:

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