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MAY 30 - JUNE 5, 2014

MULL IT OVER

Cuban tanks in recent interview

By David Mullen

The Katy Trail Weekly is gearing up for summer. So, this week, Trail Mix asked pedestrians around the Katy Trail what they enjoy about the summer, and what they are doing to prepare for the heat.

Ali Huskey “I enjoy being able to tan. But honestly, I’m not preparing at all. I will most likely stay indoors and use my pool.”

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban may have crossed the line when he said he would cross the street. AAC, would Cuban crossover to the other baseline? Why did he feel possessed to make those comments in an interview? In today’s instant media, Cuban’s comments were all over the news and sports stations in minutes. Cuban said he felt hypocritical for being forced into supporting the censure of Sterling from the league. He called it a “slippery slope.” “I know I’m prejudiced. I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways,” Cuban said. Is Cuban being brilliant or just plain dumb? He has always been known to speak his mind. But sometimes it is just overkill. Sometimes, I think in this case, it might have made sense to just “zip it.” As a follower of Cuban on Twitter, I find his comments to be funny, insightful or just plain weird. He is the most open owner in sports with regard to his opinions, making him interesting and perplexing at the same time. He doesn’t need any more power. He doesn’t need any

more notoriety. At times, when he goes into a rant at the games of the team he owns, I often wish he would put on a suit and sit up in a luxury box. And that might be the biggest issue right there. We feel that the Mavericks belong to Dallas, and those of us that pay lots of money to attend the games feel that they are our team as well. They are not. They are Mark Cuban’s team. We want the ownership of the Dallas Mavericks to represent the city and its fans and not be the subject of a potentially racially-infused time bomb. But Cuban has the freedom and power to say whatever he wants. I listened to the entire GrowCo interview, and I really don’t think Cuban came off as a racist or a bigot. He said what a lot of people think and won’t say. That stated, can you imagine the media frenzy if Jerry Jones said he would cross the street to avoid “a black kid in a hoodie?” Power has its privileges. It can also have its perils.

Off the streets and on the tee Dallas Can and The First Tee promote social values through golf

Photo by Reginald Newton

Practice makes perfect sense to members of Dallas Can Academy at Tenison Park Golf Club.

By Anna Tamez When students at Dallas Can Academy’s East Dallas Campus were invited to take golf lessons, some confided they thought the sport they’d never tried might be “boring” or “uncool.” On Wednesday, however, the 16 teens who signed up for The First Tee’s program at Tenison Park Golf Club were brimming with self-confidence as they showed off their new golfing skills in a golf tournament against students from two other Dallas Can campuses. “I did think golf was

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david@katytrailweekly.com At last Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, who was that guy mugging for the camera wearing an Indiana University jersey? Who’s that guy that by simply joining a group of fellow millionaires has helped build the NBC reality show “Shark Tank” into a ratings powerhouse, now being aired on two different networks? And who’s that guy in the t-shirt sitting behind the basket at American Airlines Center yelling at the officials? You would have to be under a white rock in Dallas not to know that he is Mark Cuban, the outspoken and highly visible owner of the Dallas Mavericks. Whether it is because of his wealth, his television show or his NBA ownership, Cuban has become one of the most recognizable people in America. But with notoriety comes responsibility, and Cuban may have pushed the envelope last week. He decided to speak his mind, and it made national news. While the insensitive comments of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling raised the ire of a nation and ultimately will cost him ownership of his NBA franchise, fellow NBA owner Cuban decided to voice his opinion. Cuban, interviewed at the GrowCo business conference in Dallas last week, admitted that he is “prejudiced” and that he would cross the street to avoid “a black kid in a hoodie at night.” He also said that “a white guy in a shaved head and a lot of tattoos” would also force him to cross the street. Object honesty or sheer stupidity? If Miami Heat forward Chris “Birdman” Anderson – he of the wild haircut and ink covered body – walked up to Cuban at the

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going to be boring at first, but it’s actually pretty awesome when you play with friends,” said Tiffany Galvan Blanco, 20. “I’m excited about what I’ve learned. I practice hitting the ball every day in my front yard. I think I’m pretty good at it.” Rawley Sanchez, principal of the Ross Avenue campus, said he is even more impressed by the etiquette, discipline and maturity that his students gained from The First Tee than with their golfing skills. Dallas Can is a charter serving students at risk of dropping out. “Will we find the next

Sergio Garcia or Tiger Woods? We don’t know,” Sanchez said. “But, we will find the next student who will be a productive citizen. The people heading up First Tee are teaching them the etiquette, the social skills and the commitment needed to be a successful person in the community.” Reginald Newton, program manager for The First Tee, said he persuaded the students at Dallas Can to give golf a try. “I told them what golf has meant to me,” Newton said. “It’s fun. You don’t have to be rich to do it. It is cool. You have to be willing to try different things. And most of the students end up liking it.” Jennifer Juarez, a 20-yearold senior, said golf has led her to adopt some new health habits. “I drink lots of water, eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise,” Juarez said. “I also really enjoy being on the golf course. I breathe fresh air. It’s very relaxing and quiet.” Galvan said golfing has made her more aware of her posture and improved her self confidence. “I can talk to more people now,” she said. Newton said the program emphasizes developing the students’ social skills. In addition to lessons on the golf course the students take field trips to the movies, baseball games and to professional golf tournaments. The First Tee of Greater Dallas is a nonprofit organization providing lessons with trained coaches to some 25,000 youths annually. Dallas Can funds its lessons through a grant.

Charles Duffie “I enjoy how all the patios at restaurants are open and the number of socializing events increase. People can go out and start having fun! In order to prepare for the Texas heat, I will be getting in shape.” Bonnie Keene “My favorite aspect is, by far, vacation. I tend to go to Europe or the Caribbean. But, while I am here in town, I will make sure to drink a LOT of water.”

Casey Arnold “I absolutely love the outdoors. Well, we just moved here from Colorado, and it’s our first Texas summer. The way to prepare for it, I guess, will be cold drinks, shorts, and lots of sunscreen. It’s the humidity that poses the problem.”

Wes Meyer “Me? I do absolutely nothing. I just go out and enjoy it.”

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