Saturday, July 11, 2015

Saturday with Cirque


I was running some errands in a northerly orientation today and heard that Cirque du Sirois was appearing at a Beazer Homes open house in a new subdivision in Frisco called Miramonte.  I swung up that way and stopped by.

The model home they were broadcasting from (there were two) was packed.  I've never seen a developer's open house so well-attended. It's amazing to me how hosts at remotes can seamlessly broadcast while people are making noise, milling around, gawking at them, yes, taking their picture.  They were broadcasting from a breakfast nook. 

A house-hunting matron  reacts in stunned disbelief upon encountering Cirque du Sirois in her dream house.
On the way out I stopped at the Ticket tent.  It was manned by three very nice and friendly Ticket people, two guys and a Ticket Chick (although I don't recall that they were wearing Ticket gear; should have asked if I could take a snap).  I felt a little bad for them; they had exactly one thing on the table to give away -- a lonely stack of dog-eared Ranger schedules.  But they were happy to chat  You could register for a drawing for a Dirk jersey.  And they offered me two tickets to a Trace Adkins concert at Billy Bob's.  Really nice.   The three of them would leave visitors -- although I was the only one I noticed while I was there -- with a positive impression of The Ticket.  Mrs. Plainsman says we're going to see Trace.

I loved Cash's haiku on the DeAndre Jordan fiasco.  If anyone remembers it or can get it from Cash, send it along.

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Speaking of the fiasco, I have a question.  A sincere question, I'm sure it has an answer, I just don't know what it is:

My recollection is that it was never a certainty that Jordan was going to sign with the Mavericks.  They had to court the guy, and, from all accounts, did a really fine job.  But they weren't the only team with an interest, and there was some chance that he would re-sign with the Clips.  So there was a not-negligible chance that Jordan would never have made an oral commitment to join the Mavs. 

But he did, and then reneged.  Not a good thing, but:  How did the Mavs change their position between his oral commitment and his reneging?  That is, how is the Mavericks' position any different than if he had never made the oral commitment to begin with?  Sure, the organization was embarrassed, but the sense of all the outrage about this is that the reneging itself grievously injured the Mavs.  And unless the Mavs somehow changed their position between the oral commitment and the reneging -- I don't understand that reaction.

Anyway, it was fun to see Cirque in action as the Frisco land-hungry milled around noisily before them.  That snap above cracks me up.


59 comments:

A Potamus said...

The "seriously injuring the Mavs" talk may be a bit exaggerated. They recovered well enough. However, he agreed on 7/3 and went back on it on 7/8. There were 5 days that - had he just agreed with LA in the first place - the Mavs could have gone onto plan B. It wouldn't have included Tyson though, as he agreed with Phoenix on day 1. By the time DJ reneged, all other FAs that were worth anything had already agreed with other teams. Quite frankly though, I'm not sure they would have wound up with a combination better than Williams, Matthews, Pachulia even if DJ initially chose LA. And they still have 7 mil in space.

The Plainsman said...

Thanks, that's very helpful, A-Pot. Could they have put in place a full-court Plan B in those five days? Had they laid any groundwork with other free agents had the DJ initiative failed? Never hear about it. I have to think that, aside from the mortification owing largely to Cuban's large mouth, the practical difference for the franchise between a rejection on day one and an acceptance on day one followed by a renege five days later is pretty slight.

blergoyen said...

I know there was never a chance, but just for argument's sake, I wonder what public perception would be had Cuban somehow wrangled Aldridge away from the Spurs and left Jordan standing at the alter.

Anonymous said...

Davey lane should do a "hints from jr. Miller" segment based off his bike trip to France. From his blog post, there's at least a handful of cheesy yet genius tips for minimalistic type travel.

Anonymous said...

The Ticket stream absolutely sucks.

GXD for a week was greatness. I miss him on Saturday mornings. He's always been one of my favorites. He's so much better than 2 guys on the JV that are being shoved in our face everyday.

Boo! said...

I'm legit excited for the Sirios and Machine show in for Norm this morning...nothing against Norm, I just really like Sirios and Machine

James said...


blergoyen, you don't have to wonder. The Yankees thought they were getting Cliff Lee in 2010 before the Rangers swoopped in and brought him to Arlington.

Plainsman, I think the effects of Jordan's change of heart are bigger than you think. Obviously, there's the whole thing about giving someone your word, and verbal agreements used to be valued but no longer are. It touches on topics like integrity, honesty, etc. If we tell athletes we are bothered by their lack of integrity when it comes to, say, winning at all costs by using PED's, then we should apply that same standard in all areas and let them know when they display any behavior that shows they cannot be trusted.

But beyond that, there's the fact that once Jordan agreed to come to the Mavs, many other free agents made life decisions and joined other teams because the window of opportunity was closed here.

I'm old (50) and I guess I simply long for the day when a man's word was enough. I reluctantly acknowledge that most people won't agree with me. For people like me, the repulsion many feel toward Jordan is justifiable, or, at the very least, understandable.

Nonononever said...

I'm going only from memory from way back in the day, but I think Corby's recollections of Zep's performance at Live Aid isn't quite right. He said Phil Collins was the drummer for Zep. Not totally true. I think a guy named Tony Thompson was the drummer. Phil got there late and sat in. Corby said that Phil thought the set was so horrible that he was going to walk off the stage. I remember reading that Phil was so in awe of what was going on that he actually stopped to watch (even though they sounded horrible). Phil did actually drum on a couple of Plant's solo albums and on one of Plant's tours. He also mentioned that INXS played at Live Aid. I woke up the morning of Live Aid and Q102 (I think) was playing a feed from Australia where several bands were doing a smaller version before the main event. I think I remember INXS playing there. Corby was right in one area - Queen blew everyone off the stage. I called a friend of mine in Houston and asked," did you just see that?" I wasn't even a big Queen fan.

blergoyen said...

James, did Cliff Lee and his agent verbally agree to that deal and then back out a week later? My memory is foggy because I thought that was a decision made by Jack Zduriencik and the Mariners.

James said...

blergoyen, no it was more a matter of the Yankees and Mariners having a verbal agreement, because the Rangers didn't want to part with Smoak. But then JD offered Smoak, and the Yankees were caught by surprise. Similar feeling to the Mavs situation, but not the same. My point was that we local sports fans have been on both sides of this type of thing.

Anonymous said...

Ticket again nominated for a Marconi.

http://www.nab.org/documents/newsroom/pressRelease.asp?id=3737

Boo! said...

Question about the Marconi...If The Ticket is "struggling" in the ratings but they're still being nominated for the Marconi and they're competitors are nowhere to be seen, What does this mean? Does is mean anything? Or is one of those industry circle-jerk things?

Where there enough questions in this comment? Do I need to add more?

Arky P1 said...

With regard to BaDD Radio's subpar numbers, to echo some of what Brad Gilbert said in the previous thread, I think BaDD has too many momentum killing segments. Take today's show for example. The Tom Grieve show is an immediate punch-out for a lot of people. Then they will have Jim Nill on, which I am sure is mandated by the Ticket being the flagship for the Stars, but how many will stick around for that? I think the 1:30 news, although I enjoy it, may be a momentum killer as well. I'm a huge BaDD P1, but they have some serious punch-out worthy segments. I realize player interviews and the Tom Grieve show probably bring in the ad dollars, but that does not equate to good radio. Just an idea as to why BaDD's numbers are so low.

blergoyen said...

James, that was really not a similar situation or feeling, but yeah, the Rangers did swoop in and steal one from the Yankees. Pretty funny.

Rhinosaur said...

Nonononever: You are right about Tony Thompson also drumming, but Collins did want to leave. Plant's voice was shot from doing three gigs before the show, and Page's guitar was out of tune...either because he was drugged off his gourd or it was just another of the technical glitches of the show.

Collins said Page made him feel like he wasn't wanted (like it was his fault he wasn't Bonham?). He was the odd man in a Zep reunion. Plant liked him, though. John Paul got there about a half hour before the show started, no rehearsal. Collins said he didn't want to walk off because the set would have been all about him leaving, so he stuck it out.

Anonymous said...

Pman: Noticed Junez responded to your question/comment on his blog. It's quite rare that he does that sort of thing. Perhaps an indication that he reads MTC?

The Plainsman said...

Yeah, I think The Joonze does stop by for a cup of coffee now and then, at least he used to.

Probably more of an indication that he reads the comments on his own blog. And I did ask a question in my comment, so perhaps he was just being polite. In any event, I appreciated his response.

I don't think Craig has ever commented on this site, not that I can recall. But I do recall that he has dropped me an email once or twice when he thought something was amiss, so he may be like Cat -- binge browses every once in a long while. Really don't know.

Nonononever said...

Rhino - thanks for the clarification.

Anonymous said...

@Boo!
Stations nominate themselves, so I see it as a case of who really wants to file the paperwork and write the 200 word summary. In this year's Urban Station category, two of the five finalists are sister stations owned by Radio One both in Raleigh, NC.

Arky P1 said...

@July 15, 2015 at 12:38 PM
Surely there is still a selection process to narrow it down to finalist or the Fan would have been self-nominated in their constant Ticket jealousy.

The Plainsman said...

I haven't written much about BaD for a long time. I did a massive three-parter a few years ago. I was looking for one where I recalled writing that sometimes BaD "struggles to broadcast" but I can't put my finger on it right away.

But apropos of some of the foregoing comments about bog-down early segments, I did come across this one which is also timely because it references the unevenness of the show at times, and even El Chapo!

http://myticketconfession.blogspot.com/2014/02/21st-century-schizoid-bad.html

If I find that other one I was thinking of I'll let you know.

The Plainsman said...

OK, here's the one I was thinking of. And it does reference bog-down, screeching-halt moments on BaD similar to those referenced by the foregoing Confessors.

hadRemember, both this one and the one previously were written awhile back (the one from the prior comment is more recent), so maybe some of this doesn't apply any more. I should get a battery for the transistor so I can listen to BaD whilst busting sod.

http://myticketconfession.blogspot.com/2012/09/open-seas-er-open-thread-bad.html

Boo! said...

Thanks Anon12:38!

Still a head scratcher as to why there would be 5 million stations nominating themselves.

Anonymous said...

Uh, Corby, Neil Young is not an American.

Big fan?

blergoyen said...

Has anyone ordered from G-Texas catering? They run that ad EVERY commercial break and the conversation between the owner and his daughter is such a cheap ploy. It reminds me of when I see the cheap HVAC Cable TV commercial in a small town. At the end the owner has his baby say, "Call Skeeter's Airconditioning Today." The guy doesn't even know how to pronounce the word jalapeƱo (it's not pronounce halapeeno).

Rhinosaur said...

The Neil Young segment yesterday was horseshit.

Neil Young's failed PonoPlayer project is the reason why, essentially, Young is picking up his ball and going home by pulling all his streamable music. Nobody bought into it and it didn't deliver.

It isn't about him being some music idealist. It's clearly sour grapes.

I don't know jack shit about Neil Young but I knew about this. How can the MUSIC SUPERGENIUSES not get this? I found it hilarious that Danny said, "99.9% of people" have no idea they're listening to inferior-sounding music. So tired of their music elitism bullshit.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2015/02/ponoplayer_review_neil_young_s_new_streaming_device_sounds_no_better_than.html

Anonymous said...

Rhino et alia....

Here's "the deal" with Danny, Corby, and their uninformed, echo chamber statements, claims, and utterances: They are never told that they're wrong. They have been local celebs long enough now, i.e., had their asses kissed, to feel that they're usually correct in their judgments, etc. This is normal where celebs or anyone who has been in a position of "power" for any period of time. If most everyone you encounter enthusiastically agrees with everything you say, seeking your approval/friendship, eventually you get a permanent case of "I Got This Syndrome."

QED

Anonymous said...

Condolences to Gordon on making the decision to put his cat down. Tough to do and no doubt tough to talk about on the air.

Anonymous said...

Noted NFL blowhard Peter King up next on The Ticket.

Anonymous said...

BaDD has way too many voices, period. You can NOT have 5 people talking over each other at times. Regardless of your opinion of them, you couldn't take 5 of the most talented hosts in the business and make a show work where they all could speak at any time.

It's pretty clear one of them should never have an open mic. The other 4 definitely have their strengths and weaknesses.

Anonymous said...

Already tired of Cowboy talk and training camp hasn't even started yet. Of course the king of Cowboy homers Corby has the Cowboys in the Super Bowl.

Totally agree with the BAD Radio assessment. There are WAY too many voices. The producer and ticker guy should never have their mics on. They offer nothing. Interested in hearing Bob, Dan and Donnie and that's it.

Curve it.

ellislives said...

I too have joined the masses as an immediate punch out in 5-4-3-2-1. I could never put my finger on it but THL just started to grate me. I’ve read all of the “over Corby” and “check-out Mike” talk. Some of it struck a chord but it finally hit me this weekend…I just don’t care for Corby. If you met the following guy at a dinner party would you stick around and have a long conversation with him.

- He uses the slightest bit of daylight in any conversation to turn it into an anecdote about himself
- Most of his stories start with “One time in college”
- Master of the humble brag
- Anything you’ve done, he’s done it better…the “one-upper”
- Has an opinion on everything and is very willing to share it with you. No hesitation in calling whoever doesn’t share his opinion an idiot or a moron
- All of the great things in his life seem to be facilitated by connections, all of which he refers to as “This buddy of mine”

Does this remind you of anyone? Combine this with his childish, almost disrespectful interviewing style (see “Tony…dude you suck at Twitter”) and the matter-of-factness at which he spouts his views on anything and everything. I always thought Gordon simply took transcripts of Corby segments and turned them into Chris Chris bits.

Anonymous said...

What does the failed Pono Player have to do with it? Did it have streaming capabilities? I thought it was for .flac type files and alleged "high quality" digital files. The difference between nobody really seems to tell quality wise.

Anonymous said...

You're not supposed to tell Corby and Danny that they are wrong. You're supposed to switch to another station and kwitcherbitchin.

Anonymous said...

@rhino
Well, Danny is correct in the fact that 99% of folks who stream music are not aware of the poor quality compared to cd's, tapes, vinyl etc... I'm no music snob, I stream tunes when I work out or am running errands, but while at home I throw on some old tapes or vinyl and the difference is substantial.

Anonymous said...

I just read that Colin Cowherd is leaving ESPN for FoxSports1. No word yet on who steps in to replace him, but I am betting that His and Hers gets a chance at that national slot. ESPN pushes them onto the Mike and Mike platform whenever feasible.

mygalsal said...

But, does it mean 103.3 will fill that slot with local talent? And if so, who? Bruce Levine? Ticket JVers?

Anon 951am summed up pretty well why Corby and Danny are the way they are. I have a feeling that both are great dudes off the air. But man oh man they've become pretty tough to take on air over the last couple of years. It only seems to be getting worse.

James said...

Rhinosaur,
I, too, am tired of Danny and Corby's music elitism. But his statement about 99.9% of people not caring about the quality of the sound was correct. And it wasn't even a criticism. He said that studios are full of musicians and producers who work long hours to get a sound as clear and perfect as possible, and then most of the people purchasing and listening to said music do so on cheap ear buds. He is exactly right. There's nothing elitist about that statement.

Anonymous said...

Turned on THL 3 times this week. All around the same time as I got in the car after work. All 3 times they were back to their annual begging for Fight Night. Immediately punched out. Guess it will unfortunately take someone seriously getting hurt for that bad bit to finally go away. Realized this is the time of the year that I hate on the Ticket. Rangers are terrible so start forcing Cowboys talk. Then I came to a bigger realization, I just don't like the Ticket anymore.

Anonymous said...

Gordos 8:40 character elmer wayne always has me dying laughing. Under utilized. George is probably not too big of a fan since Elmer always claims to be Georges cousin.

Anonymous said...

Elmer used to be Greggo's cousin. It was a bit Gordo used to do on THL.....until Greggo, eh, um, yeah, well.....

Anonymous said...

Doocey had Michael Irvin on his Sunday sports show. They actually talked about the school closings bit.

Anonymous said...

Anybody else been having a problem with the 96.7 signal lately? I'm just southwest of Dallas and it's been awful the last week. A lot of static mixed in with latino music.

Lucky Jim said...

So Bob is out? He's done with The Ticket?

Anonymous said...

Elmer Wayne is terrible and a character that needs to go away.

Spent about 5 minutes listening to BAD Radio today. A segment hijacked by Jake, followed by The Tom Grieve Show along with horrible tickers and I'm done. Show is officially unlistenable.

The Plainsman said...

1150: Yup, having that exact same problem. Musers usually come in loud and clear, but the last couple of mornings very fuzzy downtown and yes, Latino music when I try to move the rabbit ears.

Lucky, could you explain the Bob comment?

WMd in Fort Worth said...

Dan made a bit about him leaving the Ticket to do play by play for FC Dallas full time.

Dan always has a bit to explain why Bob is gone, like that he got suspended for saying something racist, or has a terrible disease, and now is leaving to do Soccer full time. FYI, he's on vacation.

Trey Mitchell said...

Lucky Jim, yes Bob has quit to pursue other opportunities.

Anonymous said...

@Lucky Jim

Bob is on vacation with his family. He did PBP on the FC Dallas game Saturday night. He is the back up to Mark Followill.

As is the case when someone goes on vacation and the others are here, it is bits ahoy regarding where the vacationing person is.

He will be back in time to go to training camp.

deezy said...

I do think it funny that Cray Trey chimed in to say that Bob just straight up "quit". Nicely done, Trey.

Anonymous said...

Especially when you consider that Cray Trey publicly called MTC a cesspool.

Rhinosaur said...

In the past, it was Bob interviewing for the Nashville Predator's TV play-by-play job.

Lucky Jim said...

Thanks. I've been out of state for a while and just got back. I know the Musers play the "George is out with X or Y illness." I guess I fell for it this time. Dan is a big jerk. So is Trey.

Anonymous said...

My radio reception is also bad. So bad I occasionally have to switch to 1310.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed listening to Corby and Danny try to guess Mike's classic rock list (I would not have done well either). But again they showed their elitism by being so dismissive of the songs on the list. Those songs get a lot or airplay for a reason.

East Texas P1 said...

Danny's bar got a little love the DO

http://www.dallasobserver.com/music/the-10-best-dallas-fort-worth-patios-that-host-live-music-7398352

Anonymous said...

Absolutely no reason to have a 3rd person fill in on BAD Radio when Sturm is out. Dan and Donnie are perfectly capable of handling things. Don't understand why the other guy has to get airtime.

Mr Bevalaqua said...

So I guess everything that Matt Harrison is doing or has done for the Rangers he's doing for free right? Oh wait he's getting paid millions of $ to play a game....Hardline makes it sound like he's some kind of saint. Give me a break.

Superlative Corby is a beating.

Anonymous said...

I've always been a fan of fight night. Not the obligatory recruiting segments that bogdown the broadcasts leading up, but the event itself is usually a blast to listen to. But since reading the comments here about it has me wondering why the station would ever risk having fight night. I'm sure the station has every fighter sign a waiver and what not, but if S ever did hit the fan I can't imagine the backlash that would occur.

It is good to see they're not airing the "give your wife a break and punch someone else for a change" promo.