Bag of Randomness for Monday, October 3, 2016


  • There are a growing number of drivers who have never had to insert the key into the door, trunk, or ignition.
  • It totally cracked me up that Joe Buck called out Troy Aikman for making a KTCK The TICKET reference yesterday, confusing probably about two-thirds of their viewing audience.
  • Very cool of Fox to take us to Vince Scully’s last call without actually leaving the game.
  • Terrance Williams just doesn’t understand how to be part of a two-minute drill.
  • Jason Garrett has some odd celebratory mannerisms.
  • I love how the Cowboys offensive line will still do the Landry shift on the last play of the game when they are winning and are running the clock out.
  • I can not tell you one college football result from this weekend, it was totally off my radar.
  • WifeGeeding has a friend who attended the game in Santa Clara and she said there were so many Cowboys fans it felt like a home game for the Cowboys.
  • A Cowboys fan in the stands threw Jerry Jones a plastic helmet to sign. Jerry didn’t catch it and it looked like it bonked him on the head and social media went nuts. I’m not sure what’s the big deal, an old man didn’t catch something and because he’s rich and famous it’s supposed to be funny or humiliating? Now if it knocked off his toupee he’s been trying to pull off and stuck to the helmet, that’s worth laughing about.
  • The Dallas Cowboys have their own version of Winston ‘The Wolf’ Wolfe or Mike Ehrmantraut, and I feel like this is a story our local media should have written rather than The Washington Post.
    • When the Dallas Cowboys have a problem, this is the man who makes it go away
      • You’ll find a lot of Josh Brent, Michael Irvin, and Dez Bryant mentions. Here are some highlights:
      • This David Wells isn’t famous, but he might be the most influential behind-the-scenes figure for the NFL’s most valuable franchise. Part crisis manager, part fixer, part therapist, he’s tasked with helping public figures, not becoming one. All teams have in-house security experts and problem-solvers, employees who untangle legal problems. But this extra layer of protection may be unique to the Cowboys. Wells brings a special set of skills, so when something or someone jeopardizes the image of pro football’s signature franchise, the Cowboys know whom to deploy.
      • “I haven’t had a question that Dave couldn’t answer, I can tell you that,” said Adam “Pacman” Jones, the Bengals cornerback.
      • “A tremendous asset to the franchise,” Jerry Jones said. “. . . I won’t get into detail of the kinds of things [Wells does], because he does everything.”
      • He became a folk hero at the courthouse, rushing to a crime scene to interview bystanders before investigators could, or marching into a courtroom with a witness no one else could get to. Wells was so effective, the lawyers who hired him stopped caring about how he did it.
      • He already knows the lawyers who are cozy with his or her honor. “I hate to say this,” Wells says. “I know who to hire based on what that relationship is.”
      • For every incident that generates a negative headline, Wells said, 10 are handled without the public’s knowledge.
      • He travels in advance for most Cowboys road games, often stays in the team hotel and usually attends training camp in Oxnard, Calif. He won’t discuss his financial arrangement with the team beyond saying he works on an as-needed basis. Wells boasts that when an incident involving a player occurs, he often knows before Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett does.
  • Carnegie Deli will close at end of 2016
    • I took a class in college in which we spent a week in NYC visiting financial institutions and such. I really didn’t want to go because my father had been very ill and he ended up dying two months later, but upon his urging, I went. This was the days before everyone was connected by a mobile device, and it turns out all my classmates made plans without me and I was left all by my lonesome in a hotel room that had a great view of a brick wall. In my bit of self-pity, I roamed the streets of Manhatten for something to do but ended up just walking most of the night. It was getting late and I still haven’t eaten, and the next thing I know I see the Carnegie Deli across the street. Remembering Adam Sandler included it in “The Chanukah Song“, I thought I’d check it out. There were only three or four other people eating in the restaurant and I had this feeling like I was all of a sudden in a Woody Allen or Martin Scorsese film. I had one of my best meals there, and there was something about the atmosphere, me being alone, and just processing the stress of figuring out what to do with my life with graduation approaching and knowing I was about to lose a parent, that made me feel that my life was going to be alright. It’s a moment I reflect upon often and have enjoyed going back for a meal with each visit to NYC.
    • Their other locations will still be open, but I’m sentimental to the iconic Seventh Avenue location:
      • Fans will still be able to get their favorite deli eats at the company’s other locations including Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Deli Las Vegas at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Carnegie Deli at The Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA and annually at the U.S. Open in Queens.
  • Why Bo Chose Baseball – How one scout persuaded one marvel of physicality, Bo Jackson, to turn away from the NFL.
  • Some folks get bent out of shape with Trump sending tweets at odd hours of the night. I’m pretty sure he’s just scheduling those tweets to send out automatically.
  • Baylor assistant coach reportedly confronted rape victim after talk
    • Glad to hear the players were genuinely engaged and respectful, but the actions of that unnamed assistant coach are weird, he goes as far to say there’s “a conspiracy going on against Baylor football”
  • GIF – A steamroller rolls over a golf ball
  • 102-year-old St. Louis woman checks ‘arrest’ off bucket
  • 9-Year-Old Graduates High School and Starts College, Wants to Become Astrophysicist: ‘I Want to Prove That God Does Exist’
  • Texas Monthly has a good article on Snow BBQ’s legendary Tootsie.
  • Florida millionaire gets ‘terrible shock’ as he discovers he married his own granddaughterThe bride, a 24-year-old exotic dancer, said she felt ‘an overwhelming sense of despair’ upon finding her father’s photo in her 68-year-old husband’s family album
    • The album included photos of the man’s children from his first marriage, from whom he had long been estranged. His wife recognised her husband’s eldest son as being her own father. “When I saw my father in that photo album, I just felt an overwhelming sense of despair,” she told the newspaper.
    • The couple insisted, however, that they have no plans to divorce. “If we’d never found out, we would’ve lived out lives happily together, and us being related shouldn’t change that,” the man said.
  • The original Westworld is a premise in dire need of a reboot
  • Chinese Consumers Hate That New-Car Smell
  • NY Mag – Five Days That Shaped a PresidencyBarack Obama shares with Jonathan Chait a very early draft of his memoirs.
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One Response to Bag of Randomness for Monday, October 3, 2016

  1. John Mackovic says:

    – I wonder what percentage of drivers only know electronic windows and locks.

    – File a bug on Garret's celebratory mannerisms and maybe they can get a fix in before the next software release.

    – If only Bo had decided to play baseball full time…

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