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by Mike Fisher    Mon, Sep 29, 2008, 08:16 AM
A skillion assorted Weekend Wrap-Up links and thoughts and whatnot. ... and a reminder: Starting Monday afternoon, occuring at all hours and lasting FOREVER, check often for up-to-the-minute updates from Media Day and training camp. ...
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by Mike Fisher    Wed, Sep 24, 2008, 07:11 AM


  After having spoken to author Jeff Pearlman for a total of three hours in his research for the just-released book “Boys Will Be Boys,’’ (not to mention a more recent exchange in which he reviews my review) I was excited to receive and review a copy of the work subtitled “Glory Days And Party Nights Of The Dallas Cowboys Dynasty’’  for more than just the obvious reason. Yes, a review of the 1990’s Cowboys team that I covered as a beat writer would be a tantalizing read.     

   But frankly, first I rushed to the Bibliography and the Index to see if I’d been mentioned in the book. … and if I’d made a complete ass of myself.

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by Mike Fisher    Thu, Sep 18, 2008, 03:18 AM

I venture off the sports beat with this Dallas Observer cover story on our town’s mushrooming sexual subculture of “swinging’’  – including a first-ever media visit to the notorious “Cherry Pit’’ – in “Swingtown.’’ I veer back into the sports highway (kind of) with complete coverage of Josh Howard’s “Red, White & Boo’’ gaffe  regarding the notion that because he’s black, he has no reason to celebrate patriotic symbols. And finally, in this space, something in my traditional pop-culture wheelhouse: A thanks-to-Romo movie-related summary of a 41-37 shoot-‘em-up win over the visiting Eagles: “Good thing,’’ Romo said, “we were Clint Eastwood tonight.’’

Perfect analogy. The eventful finally Monday nighter at Texas Stadium was Eastwoodian – and momentarily, that’s how I’ll frame a game featuring a Fistful of Highlights.

But first, quick thoughts on the other two issues covered here.

Regarding “Swingtown’’: No, smart guy, I didn’t do any “undercover’’ reporting on the sexually-charged tale. (Yuk-yuk.) But it is lengthy and it is overflowing with sex, money and politics – all the things that makes Dallas tick! Oh, and it’s really about quite a First Amendment tug-of-war. Hope you read it.

Regarding J-Ho: As I point out in my extensive coverage of the Mavs star’s goofy YouTubed pronouncement – “The Star-Spangled Banner's going on right now and I don't celebrate that shit. I'm black’’ – I’m offended by the idea put forth by some defenders, that Josh has some purpose here, that he’s a Disenfranchised Black Man who is at the edge of some “movement.’’

No, he’s not. He’s an ignorant dope who was trying to “keep it real’’ while hangin’ with the fellas. If you think otherwise, you probably also thought Chauncey Gardiner should’ve run for President.

And speaking of those movie tie-ins. … that Cowboys win, in Eastwoodian terms:

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FISH: The Dallas Sports Party Circuit Print E-mail
by Mike Fisher    Mon, Sep 15, 2008, 06:59 PM
Catching up on the Dallas sports party circuit, featuring Kirby Schlegel's pad, Michael Johnson's medals, Donnie Nelson's farmer hat, Dave Tippett's garage, and Timm Matthews' magazine. ...
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MIKE & IKE: Fish And The Hurricane Print E-mail
by Mike Fisher    Sat, Sep 13, 2008, 01:09 PM
 SOMEWHERE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO – A good sign that you have sufficiently drown your Hurricane Ike-related sorrows: When you are in Cozumel and, after you drink your lunch at Senor Frog’s, you return in the evening to drink your dinner at Senor Frog’s.

     And you happily wear a Phallic Balloon Hat.

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