Five stories that have North Texas talking: Mark Cuban vs. Jerry Jones on the NFL; a local journalist wants Bruce Springsteen to pull her onstage; look at the Final Four floor; and more.
- Mark Cuban says the NFL is getting greedy by trying to expand TV games beyond Sundays and Mondays. The Dallas Mavericks’ owner said he believes the NFL is 10 years away from implosion. “Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered,” Cuban said. “And they’re getting hoggy. … When you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you.” That prompted a response from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “I respect Mark,’’ Jones said. “But with all due respect, I know more about pigs than Mark does. I was taught as a Razorback to be lean and mean, not a little fat pig.” Jones says an expanded TV schedule has boosted interest in the NFL. (ESPN/The Dallas Morning News)
- The cleanup continues in Galveston Bay after an oil spill over the weekend. A collision between a barge and a ship caused as many as 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil to spill into the Houston Ship Channel and Gulf of Mexico. Here’s a look at where things stand. The Texas Tribune reports that the spill will take an economic and ecological toll: “The type of oil that spilled — a marine fuel oil known as RMG 380 — is black, sticky and particularly heavy. That means that instead of evaporating from the surface of the water like gasoline would, much of it will sink, persisting in the environment for months or even years. While this heavier oil is not acutely toxic, it can smother wildlife, to devastating effect.”
- In Fort Worth, volunteers are transforming donated wedding dresses into angel gowns for babies who have passed away. Lisa Grubbs is the founder of NICU Helping Hands. She told WFAA-TV: “There’s something hopeful about that start of life, about a wedding, and to me, it’s that full circle. This child who is so loved by its parents, being wrapped in love by a bride.” Grubbs’s husband is a specialist for premature babies. She started NICU Helping Hands to help support parents. The death of a child is a sacred event and should be honored, she told WFAA. A single wedding dress can make a dozen of the angel gowns, the station reports. Many look like satin or silk christening gowns for baby dolls.
- Vanessa Quilantan with the Dallas Observer is on a mission. She wants Bruce Springsteen to pull her onstage when he performs in Dallas April 6 as part of the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival. She lists her five reasons here. One reason: It would fulfill a childhood dream. “I am starting the #princesainthedark Twitter campaign (the name of which is a reference to my own Twitter handle and longtime nickname, Pronail Princesa),” Vanessa declares. “My goal is to get the attention of the increasingly social media-active Mr. Springsteen, in hopes that he will make my wildest of dreams come true (no weird stuff though, just dancing).” Bruuuuce! Help make Vanessa’s dreams come true.
- Speaking of the Final Four, what does it take to make the Final Four floor for the upcoming games in Arlington? Find out in this cool video from Connor Sports aka “the official court supplier of the NCAA Men’s Final Four.”