I read today that my alma mater, North Texas, is firing head football coach Darrell Dickey less than a month after he suffered a heart attack. While he has since returned to action--no, it's not like they brought a pink slip to his hospital bed or anything--that just seems a little soon; couldn't they have waited till the end of the season?
At any rate, Dickey is being gracious enough to coach the final three games of the season. While the past two years have been extremely disappointing for Mean Green football fans, I'm happy for the great seaons that Dickey gave us, including four straight trips to the New Orleans Bowl (I got to attend the last two). The program definitely moved up a notch or two in prominence, and let's hope that Dickey's successor can move the Green even farther ahead.
UPDATE: I'm not the only one questioning the timing of this. Wealthy Houston businessman Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale, who donated a million bucks to UNT athletics for the construction of a new practice facility, is now saying he may not donate any more money in the future because of Dickey's firing. Key quote: "It's hard to go hunting elephants with a B.B. gun every season," referring to UNT's lack of resources in comparison to the schools it plays (think UT-Austin) in a rather brutal nonconference schedule every year.
Taiking zeero tolerunce two ann extreem: A new drunk driving law in New York sets the legal limit of alcohol allowable in a driver's blood at "0.18 grams"--about the same as a shot of beer. Are they really cracking down? Not so much; the confusion was caused by a typo made when the law was written.
This robbery was child's play: A bus driver in India was robbed recently, but police investigators knew something had gone awry when the suspect charged in the case turned out to be a 3-month-old baby.