Goodbye Dandy Don Meredith

Dandy Don Meredith was a “Cowboy” from Mount Vernon Texas 100 miles east of Dallas.  Not much happens in Mount Vernon so an All American football player is a big deal.  Just 15 miles up the road from my place, it makes this loss more personal. 

Watching Meredith quarterback the cowboys in the 60’s was mostly frustrating.  My best friend was a Green Bay fan and the NFL title games in 66 and the “Ice Bowl” in 67 were disasters.  I like to remember him for Monday Night Football that debuted my senior year of High School in 1970.

Watching Monday Night Football, he made you feel like you were watching the game with a buddy and he won an Emmy for sports broadcasting on ABC’s Monday Night Football, as a result.  Don Meredith, Howard Cosell, and Frank Gifford got the week off to a good start.  We learned to dislike Cosell and love Dandy Don.

Meredith looked and sounded like a Texas country boy, but as we say in Texas, “he didn’t come to town in a turnip wagon”; he caught Cosell off guard plenty of times.  We all remember that when the game was won, Don would sing Willie Nelson’s, “Turn Out the Lights, the Party’s Over”  December 5th, 2010.

Texas Best Regional Robotics

If you search for Texas Best you will get the other Texas Best at North Texas in Denton.  The purpose of Texas BEST – which stands for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology – is to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM-related fields, through participation in a fun, sports-like competition.

 More than 1,200 middle and high school students from across Texas and New Mexico will gather at the University of North Texas this week to compete in the Texas BEST Regional Robotics Competition, hosted by the UNT College of Engineering.

 http://www.eng.unt.edu/texasbest/

Texas Record Snow

2-20-1971 Up to 26 inches of snow falls in the Panhandle during a paralyzing blizzard that left three people dead and caused $3.1 million in property and livestock losses.

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