Following up on on Brett Hull and Mike Modano deciding to open up a restaurant together, I rolled over and engaged Mo in a little pillow talk.
“Yeah, we’re going to try to have it ready in time for football season, for September,’’ Modano tells “It’ll be kind of an upscale sports-themed deal, a restaurant, and then a big room in back for the guys to hang out.’’
After making sure I would be allowed to “hang out’’ (and at brother-in-law prices, I would damn sure assume), I asked more about the motif. And yeah, it’ll be pretty Dallas Stars/hockey intense. Plus, I’m sure, football and junk. Mo was quite the tall, skinny junior-high quarterback back in the Detroit suburbs, you know.
“Hully and his dad (the equally legendary Bobby Hull) are coming up with a lot of stuff, classy memorabilia, old hockey photos and keepsakes, plus other sports stuff,’’ Mo said. “All classy, though.’’
Maybe I’m being seduced by the Mavs’ aggressive track record. Maybe I’m being influenced by the TOT’s calm (before the storm?). Maybe I’m reading too much, or reading incorrectly, into the sights and sounds and vibes I get from team higher-ups.
For the record: I do not believe the Mavs will “stand pat,’’ I do not believe they are “satisfied,’’ and I do not believe they “love our team’’ as it is presently constructed.
If you are keeping score at home, put me down for at least one major roster change before training camp. … and maybe one more before the February trade deadline.
Fish note: I’d planned on writing all those words BEFORE Frankly, I’m still trying to believe, still writing the words. … but I must be drunk or emotional or something, because I type while my fingers gently weep.
Yet another Black Monday in the local newspaper racket. They’ve got announcements. We’ve got inter-office memos, we’ve got industry gossip, and we’ve got some well-earned perspective on the coming death of local sports coverage in our newspapers.
The opening of NFL training camps generally means teams concentrate on their business. This week, however, sees the camp of the defending-champion New York Giants concentrating on. … the Dallas Cowboys’ business.
Villains Of Gotham
By Mike Fisher -- DallasBasketball.com and DallasBlog.com
Welcome to our very own Gotham City -- Dallas -- where opportunities to ply their once-malevolent trades are many for some of sports’ most troublesome “villains.’’ Mike Fisher (with help from Stereolith) re-imagines or creates some notorious names in the Dallas news – from reclamation projects getting workouts to championship-caliber success stories – in “Villains of Gotham’’: (clockwise from bottom left): Darius Miles as “The Punisher’’ (his real nickname), Gerald Green as “Cupcake’’ (our idea), Terrell Owens as “Harvey T.O.-Face,’’ Ron Artest as “Tru Warrior,’’ Adam Jones as “Pacman,’’ Josh Hamilton as “The Natural,’’ and in the center, Jerry “The Joker’’ Jones.