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Does Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Think Dez Caught It?

| 1 week ago

Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, will be subjected in the coming months to a thorough grilling on every opinion he has ever expressed. Hopefully someone will press him on this, from a 2015 speech at the Marquette University Law School covered in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., circuit, said separation of powers controversies between the executive, legislative and judicial branches could be made smoother when “the rules of the road are set before time.”

And, to make his point, he brought up the NFL playoff game where the Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys after officials overruled receiver Dez Bryant’s catch.

“It’s better when the rules governing a catch are set forth before Dez Bryant falls to the ground,” Kavanaugh said. “Because the rule said, that was it. If we can do it in the NFL, we can do it here as well.”

It seems Kavanaugh is saying that, at the time, the rule was against it being a catch. Therefore, not a catch. (That rule has since been changed.) Kavanaugh’s broader point, that the rules should be established before playing the game, is clear enough. But there’s some wiggle room here, and you have to take into account the fact that Kavanaugh was speaking to a room of likely Packers fans. I’m going to need a higher court to make the call.

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Let’s Name Dallas’ New Pro Baseball Team

| 2 weeks ago

The Southwest League of Professional Baseball will launch its inaugural season next year with six franchises, including, we learned this week, one in Dallas. The Dallas professional baseball team will play at a new stadium being built at Reverchon Park in Oak Lawn, 56 games at home, 56 on the road.

But what will we call the Dallas professional baseball team? Friends, that is up to you. Starting at 10 a.m. today, this website began accepting name suggestions for the Dallas team. This is an enormous opportunity and one that should not go to waste. Minor league teams have a rich tradition of great names, and of great bits related to their names, as when the San Antonio Missions briefly became the Flying Chanclas this year.

“Pegasus” seems like an immediate contender for a Dallas team, and has a lot of graphic design potential. Kids would go nuts for the Pegasus mascot. Unfortunately, there’s no real comfortable way of pluralizing Pegasus, so we’d have to settle for something like the “Dallas Winged Horses,” or the “Dallas Mythological Stallions.” Maybe you just go with “Dallas Pegasus,” let the grammar be damned.

What if you just call them the Rangers, maybe sell some season tickets to a few poor suckers? I like Dallas Diamonds for the alliteration, Dallas Daredevils, also for the alliteration, and Dallas World Class, because that’s a pretty good joke I saw on Twitter and am sharing with you here. In a similar vein, I’m also going to throw the Dallas Task Forces out there. Thinking of wildlife native to the environs of the Trinity River, let’s also make sure Alligator Gar, River Otters, and Pileated Woodpeckers are on the table. Dallas Ranchers. Big D Bangers. D Town Chaps. The Dallas Humidity.

An informal poll of the colleague closest to my desk also came up with the following: Big Dribblers (suggested before the clarification that it was a baseball team), Big D Swingers, the Diamond Ds, and the Dallas Dead Ballers. Vote here.

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Who Will Be the Mavs’ Center Next Season?

| 3 weeks ago

NBA free agency gets going officially Saturday at 11:01 p.m. cst, but it technically started this morning when LeBron James told the Cleveland Cavaliers he wasn’t opting into the next year of his contract. That more or less limits his options to re-signing with the Cavs, or signing with the Lakers or Sixers. Maybe Houston could figure it out, but they don’t have the money now. Anyway, this doesn’t have a ton to do with the Mavs. BUT, this time around, the Mavs are actually going to be involved, and not just at the margins. OK, they’re not the top storyline, or even the second (where is Kawhi Leonard going?), or third (where is Paul George going?). Maybe there is a fourth one ahead of them, too.

Regardless, now that the Mavs have Luka Doncic to pair with Dennis Smith Jr., people outside of North Texas are interested in your boys again. That’s always good. The specific matter at hand is who the team will get to man the middle now that it has its backcourt of the future in place.

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Leading Off (6/26/18)

| 3 weeks ago

Police Pursuit Ends in Fatal Shooting. Mesquite police responding to a report of a “suspicious person” gave chase Monday afternoon when a man fled from officers, driving west on I-635. After crashing his car on the highway near Garland Road, the man took off on foot, and struggled with a Mesquite cop in a parking lot near Samuell-Garland Park in Lake Highlands, where he was shot as other officers arrived. The man, whom police had not named as of late Monday night, died at the hospital.

The Little-Watched Heart of Dallas Bowl Will Continue. The City Council, which earlier rejected a plan to pay $800,000 over two years for ESPN to continue the December game at the Cotton Bowl, may be more amenable to the idea of paying $300,000 in that same time frame, with another $400,000 coming from the hotel-funded Tourism Public Improvement District. At best, only about 20,000 people saw the 6-6 University of Utah Utes play the 7-5 West Virginia University Mountaineers in the Heart of Dallas Bowl last year. But every one of those 20,000 people went on to start a college bowl game. Or something like that.

“Dallas Police Weighing Deep Ellum Traffic Solutions.” There isn’t really anything in this story to support the idea that police are, in fact, weighing Deep Ellum traffic solutions, but they might be, and they probably should be weighing whether to shut down parts of Elm and Main to car traffic after midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Fewer cars in the street, fewer people falling off the roofs of cars in the street.

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A Few Thoughts On the Mavs Draft

| 4 weeks ago

If you didn’t hear, yet, the Dallas Mavericks made my draft-night dreams come true by selecting—

(clears throat)

(clears throat again)

(chisels podium out of the shinbone of a wooly mammoth bone I found in the basement of Old Parkland)

(clears throat yet again; I guess I have allergies or drank too much dairy or something)

(grabs speech from my assistant)

(leans into microphone)

LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKA

DONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNCIC

What?????????

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Leading Off (6/22/18)

| 4 weeks ago

More Good News Out of Dallas ISD. At Thursday night’s school board meeting, after Justin Henry was sworn in as the newest trustee, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa announced that next year the district expects to have only three schools on the state’s dreaded “improvement required” list, a marked turnaround from the situation in 2013-14, when 43 schools were on that list.

Dallas Survived the High Five Shutdown of 2018. Five levels of highways were not enough to prevent “chaos” after a tanker truck overturned on the interchange Thursday. Maybe there’s a lesson here. Maybe there’s not. Did you see the guy who waded out of the gridlock to get some Whataburger and then walked back to his car? What did he eat, huh?

Luka Doncic Is a Dallas Maverick. The Mavs traded with Atlanta to get the 6’7 Slovenian in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, which, in my analysis, sounds pretty swell. Let’s watch some highlights.

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Leading Off (6/15/18)

| 1 month ago

Couple Accused of Running Sex Trafficking Operation Out of West Dallas Home. Desmond Kintwana Bethany and Bailey Jane Hance were charged Thursday for allegedly forcing captive women into prostitution.

The Dallas Wave Is Being Removed From the Trinity. The ill-advised $4 million artificial whitewater feature that never really was (except for a brave few adventurers) is on its way out about a year after the City Council voted to make the Dallas Wave nothing but an embarrassing and mildly painful memory. Crews began work Thursday, with the Trinity under the Santa Fe Trestle Trail expected to be closed for 180 days while they finish the $2 million removal project.

AT&T Finishes Acquiring Time Warner Two Days After Ruling. “The deed is done,” cackled AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson as he yanked the big red lever marked “Consumer Price Hike” and set fire to a stack of papers labeled “United States antitrust law,” in a scenario that exists only in my head but is at least more compelling than his actual statement: “We’re going to to bring a fresh approach to how the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors, and advertisers.”

Walmart Opening ‘Technology-Driven’ Sam’s Club Concept in Empty Store on Lowest Greenville, a Move That Is, in This Correspondent’s Estimation, Pretty Wack. The Walmart Neighborhood Market there closed more than two years ago, the building standing as an empty and wasteful tomb of big box commerce in an otherwise happening part of town. Walmart will try again, but this time it’s slightly different. “We think it’s going to be a cool store for a cool neighborhood,” says, with a straight face, Sam’s Club spokesman Nathan Barr, who you can unfortunately not heckle through your computer screen.

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Poll: Who Was the Second Best Player on the Mavs 2011 Championship Team?

| 1 month ago

Seven years ago today, the Mavericks beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, winning Dallas and Dirk Nowitzki their first championship. Some other guys also walked out of there with a ring, and it is to those guys that we now turn.

For this convergence of Hot Sports Take Tuesday and Time Travel Tuesday, we pose the question: Who was the second best player on that 2011 Mavericks team? Define “best” however you want. Most valuable, most fun to watch, best nickname, best neck tattoo of Abraham Lincoln. There are no rules. Except to click on one of the little circles next to a name below. Thanks.

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Leading Off (06/08/17)

| 1 month ago

Tonya Couch Back in Jail. The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch and one-half of “The Worst Parents Ever” was arrested after her urine tested positive for amphetamine/methamphetamine. She was out on bond on charges of helping her son flee the country a couple years back.

Avoid I-35 in Oak Cliff This Weekend. TxDOT is blowing up the Eighth Street overpass and diverting traffic onto the frontage roads as it continues work on the $666 million Southern Gateway project.

Southern Dallas Clinic Going Into Healthcare Desert. Built and operated by charities, the clinic will go on four acres of land donated by the city at South Lancaster and Wheatland.

Rangers Sign GM Jon Daniels to 5-Year Extension. Rebuilding takes time.

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I Once Almost Got Kicked Out of a 3-on-3 Tournament

| 1 month ago

I used to be really good at basketball. That was a long time ago. Now I’m just great at coaching basketball. Or, I was. My son has aged out, so I guess my time doing that is over, too. But OK so back in the day: I played in a 3-on-3 tourney in downtown Waco, long before it became the shiplap capital of the world. We played a team from a boys’ home: a tall black kid and two stocky white guys with mullets and mustaches and Kentucky jerseys. The latter two, oddly, were the ones who called me the N-word. We advanced past them on free throws. I got pushed onto my back every time I went up for a shot. Needless to say it got extremely chippy. Did I drop an MF bomb in front of my best friend’s mom? Maybe. Anyway, we were not a marquee game but by the end, the court was surrounded by spectators and tournament officials on walkie talkies. And both teams hugged after.

I thought of this because I just heard of a 3-on-3 charity tourney coming up next weekend. This photo that I have included has all the relevant details.

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Warstic Makes a Play to Put the Romance Back in Baseball

| 1 month ago

Baseball has long been our most romantic sport. The game, once described by writer Michael Chabon as a “great slow contraption for getting you to pay attention to the cadence of a summer day,” lends itself to mythologizing. All the cold sabermetrics in the world can’t bust the magical allure of Babe Ruth calling his shot, or the awe-inspiring craziness of Dock Ellis’ acid-fueled no-hitter, or any of the other curses and superstitions and legends that have piled up around America’s pastime over the last century and change.

So you’ll allow Ben Jenkins to get abstract, even poetic, when he talks about Warstic, the baseball bat and sports apparel company he founded in 2011 and is now moving into a 7,000-square-foot Deep Ellum brick-and-mortar that will feature a shop, showroom, and batting cage. That kind of talk is, after all, what convinced Jack White—the aesthetically minded rocker who first came to fame in the duo The White Stripes—and Ian Kinsler—the Los Angeles Angels second baseman who used to play for the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers—to become partners and investors in the company in 2016.

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