Dez Bryant Is Getting Smeared by the Cowboys or Is Maybe Not a Good Dude or Maybe Both

Categories: Sports

Thumbnail image for dezandromoinchicago.jpg
Dallas Cowboys
Again, a story is developing around Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant that creates more questions than answers, and again it stems from the work of NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport.

In November, Rapoport reported on six incidents -- the most recent occurring in November 2013 -- that resulted in DeSoto police responding to house Bryant reportedly rented from Texas State Senator Royce West. Shan Sharrif, a local radio host, did a thorough a breakdown of the incidents, none of which resulted in Bryant being arrested. In all of the incidents except one, as Sharrif points out, it's not even clear that Bryant was involved at all.

More »

Country Music Awards Will Not Bring DFW $123 Million. More Like $139.2 Kajillion.

Categories: Events, Sports

Thumbnail image for 640px-Cowboys_stadium.JPG
Wiki Commons user Mahanga
Holds 90,000 folks give or take, no matter what anybody says.
It's that time again. Another big event at Jerryworld is approaching, and the Morning News is credulously reporting an outrageous number for the event's estimated economic impact. This time, it's the Academy of Country Music Awards that's supposed to hand the North Texas economy its latest event-related windfall, to the tune (rimshot) of $123 million.

Here's a link to people dancing the "Cotton Eyed Joe," a country ditty whose traditional Texas-style refrain perfectly sums up what that number means.

As we reported in January in response to an extremely similar DMN piece about the potential $300 million impact of the College Football Playoff championship game, sports economists generally agree that big events are not an economic boon to the cities that host them.

See also: College Football Playoff Will Bring DFW $300 Million -- Carried on the Backs of Unicorns

More »

Lewisville ISD Taking White Power Signs Seen at Flower Mound Basketball Game Seriously

wfaaflowermoundwhitepowersmall.jpg
WFAA
Not a good look.
Friday's Plano East versus Flower Mound boys basketball game featured three overtimes, multiple lead changes and a white power sign.

It makes sense that the student section at Flower Mound High School's basketball games would have a sign with the word "white" on it. After all, the Lewisville Independent School District school's colors are blue and white. It makes a lot less sense for the kid seen on the right of this photo to have a "power" sign.


More »

Lance Armstrong Owes Dallas Sports-Promotion Company $10 Million, Arbitration Panel Says

armstrong-2004-wikicommons.jpg
Denkfabrikant
Armstrong rides in 2004 Tour de France prologue.
Continuing Lance Armstrong's long descent from cycling champion to tragic, cautionary tale, SCA Promotion confirmed Monday that an arbitration panel has decided that Armstrong and Tailwind Sports, the owners of the U.S. Postal Service team for which Armstrong rode, owe the Dallas-based company $10 million for bonuses SCA paid after three of Armstrong's Tour de France victories.

In a 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong admitted for the first time that he'd cheated in each of his seven consecutive Tour de France victories. Armstrong's admission came despite his having repeatedly denied doping, often under oath. One of those denials came in 2005 during another arbitration dispute with SCA. The company, because of widespread rumors about performance enhancing drug use, didn't want to pay Armstrong his third bonus, which he'd earned for winning the 2004 Tour de France. SCA eventually settled that claim by paying Armstrong $7.5 million.

More »

Cowboys Running Back Joseph Randle Cited for Weed Possession

Categories: Sports

Thumbnail image for randlemugshot.jpg
Frisco Police Department
Joseph Randle's October 2014 Frisco mugshot.
For the second time in less than six months, Cowboys backup running back Joseph Randle has gotten in trouble with police. Randle was cited by Wichita, Kansas, officers after they found marijuana in Randle's downtown Wichita hotel room.

The reason police were called to the hotel room is less innocuous. Officers received a call for domestic violence with a weapon from a 22-year-old woman who was in Randle's hotel room. When police arrived, a Wichita police spokesman says, they did not find a weapon, but they saw the weed. Because the room was checked out to Randle, he was cited for it.

More »

Teddy Bear, Dallas' Talking Porcupine, Is America's Best Super Bowl Pundit

teddybear_porcupine.jpg
YouTube screenshot

By the ordinary laws of Internet fame, the universe should have long ago forgotten Teddy Bear the talking porcupine. It's been three years his emergence as a viral celebrity, roughly 8.6 billion years in Internet time. Adorable though he may be, with his vaguely anthropomorphic squeaks and amusing dietary quirks, he should have been supplanted by a flatulent gerbil or trombone-playing ferret or something.

And Teddy Bear would indeed be irrelevant were it not for one highly lucrative skill: He can correctly pick the winner of the Super Bowl. Since 2012, when he first thrust his snout into football punditry, Teddy Bear is a perfect 3-0, accurately forecasting that the Giants, Ravens and Seahawks would win Super Bowls XLVI, XLVII and XLVIII, respectively.

More »

Colorado Inmate Says What We're All Thinking: Dez Made the Catch, Give Me $89 Billion

Categories: Sports

Thumbnail image for dezandromoinchicago.jpg
Dallas Cowboys
He caught it. You know it, I know it, Terry Hendrix knows it.
Terry Hendrix, as he notes in his lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, is speaking for all of us. He's speaking on behalf of Dez Bryant, all Dallas Cowboys fans and all people in and from the "Sovereign Republic of Texas." His demands -- make that our demands -- are simple: Because Dez Bryant did, as we all know, make that catch against the Packers, the one that would have set the Cowboys up at the Green Bay one with a chance to take the lead deep in the fourth quarter, the NFL owes us $88,987,654,321.88.

More »

College Football Playoff Will Bring DFW $300 Million -- Carried on the Backs of Unicorns

Categories: Sports

Thumbnail image for 640px-Cowboys_stadium.JPG
Wiki Commons user Mahanga
Holds 90,000 folks give or take, no matter what anybody says.
As it does every single time a big sporting event rolls into town, The Dallas Morning News took the time Friday morning to run an estimate of that event's economic impact on the region. According to the paper, Monday night's College Football Playoff championship game between Oregon and Ohio State will "create a $308.6 million ripple in the economy."

At best, that number is dubious. Calculations like the one used by the Morning News fail to account for the substitution effect -- that many of the hotel rooms booked for the game would be booked even if it wasn't here, for example -- and the fact that every dollar spent will not stay in the region. As Dave Berri, former president of the North American Association of Sports Economists, points out in the article, money spent on tickets won't stay here, nor will the money spent at national chains.

More »

Kinky Friedman: Jones and Christie Are "Most Important Latent Homosexuals Since Holmes and Watson"

Categories: Sports

bobleykinky565.jpg
Youtube use Jim Williams
Why the hell not?
ESPN anchor Bob Ley learned a lesson the hard way Wednesday: Don't ask Kinky Friedman a question unless you really want to know the answer.

More »

Hey, Jerry Jones and Chris Christie, Get a Room, Dammit

Categories: Sports

christiejonesscreencap2.jpg
Fox Deportes via Deadspin
I've been a Cowboys fan since, well, I was born. I am very excited about this year's playoff run and am feeling optimistic about the team's chances in Green Bay on Sunday. But this, this ... thing ... you see in the GIF below, has got to stop. Please, God, make it stop.

(GIF via Deadspin)

Now Trending

General

Loading...