Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cowboys offseason

After listening to sports talk radio after the Cowboys stunning 34-3 defeat at the hands of a better team, I learned what personnel they needed to win next season. Expert analysts such as myself called in to notify me that the Cowboys need:
a safety
a fullback
offensive linemen
a backup quarterback
a kicker
a cornerback
a new head coach
a new offensive coordinator
and they need to have a great draft

Sunday, January 03, 2010

On the Eve of New Year's Eve, I visited the Sons Of Hermann Hall to witness the Old 97's, Rhett Miller, and Murry Hammond put on a musical show. For those who are not familiar with the venue, the Sons of Hermann Hall is a two story structure with narrow staircases leading to a second floor firetrap ballroom. In case of fire or chemical weapons attack, the best strategy is to grab small people and throw them through the glass windows then jump to the pavement below. Mild breakages and tendon and ligament damage are the worst case, provided you remember to crawl away from the bodies raining down from above. Since the hall was built in 1911, fire codes apparently do not apply.

Safety issues aside, the Old 97's, Rhett Miller, and Murry Hammond put on a great show. The energy in the crowd was amazing. To say they ripped through their act is an understatement. It made me exhausted just watching it. They played four straight nights, from December 27th to the 30th, and claimed to have not played the same material twice. I don't see how that's possible, but it is always best to make grandiose lies in the interests of self promotion.

I never know what to say about musical performances, other than I was impressed and the crowd loved it. You had to be there. Hammond opened with some slow dirges and played some far out instrument like a harmonium. I think it was a harmonium, or the strangest accordion ever. No matter. He was excellent, only diminished slightly by the background chatter during his performance. Rhett followed with a solo set. After a brief intermission, the Old 97s formed the superconfiguration and played a set at breakneck pace. Really wunderbar. More people dancing than I've seen at a show in a while. Don't miss these exciting new musicians who are just bursting onto the scene here in Dallas, Texas, when they come to your home town, along with their harmonium.