Big D spirit
We realize this was not the Freedom Train, but did anyone else notice that the Cowboys' parade floats were--there's no polite way to put this--segregated?
Coincidence you say? Amid quickly muzzled accusations of racism involving Troy Aikman and former defensive coordinator John Blake, Buzz found it mighty strange that the few Cowboys who chose to participate in last week's parade arranged themselves by color among the half-dozen or so silver-starred, separate-but-equal floats.
To start things off, there was a float bearing Robert Jones, Darrin Smith, Billy Davis, and Super Bowl MVP and former TCU star Larry Brown. A later float featured the team's black superstars: an unsmiling Michael Irvin, wearing those characteristic geeky round sunglasses, Emmitt Smith, and Russell Maryland. (Deion Sanders and the perpetual grump, Charles Haley, were conspicuous no-shows, as was the skinny guy in Wrangler jeans, Jay Novacek.)
Then came the white guys: Troy Aikman, with bandaged arm, sitting beside the Moose--cute fullback Daryl Johnston. Behind them was redheaded third-string q.b. Jason Garrett.
Another white-guy float came later on, featuring Bill Bates, who has somehow made a lucrative career out of being a third-string defensive back, as well as Scott Case and assorted other palefaces.
Team spokesman Brett Daniels offered this explanation: The players arranged themselves on the floats by position and most of the linemen happen to be black, kickers and quarterbacks white. "It was more that than any racism problems on the team," he suggested. (Hmmm. Studying photographs of the floats, Buzz has come up with a sports scoop: Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith are defensive linemen.)
Oh, well. The crowd--overwhelmingly Hispanic and black--didn't seem to notice or care.
Buzz guesses "America's Team" is a true reflection of this country in more ways than we realized.
None dare call them slackers
Whenever possible, Buzz tries to shatter false and hurtful stereotypes.
An especially abused group is Gen-Xers. Whether folks call them twentysomethings or baby busters, we only hear what's wrong with America's most current lost generation--mostly what ambitionless, whiny slobs they are.
Last week, Buzz received a press release about some so-called twentysomethings in Dallas whose refreshing nose-to-the-grindstone industry made us want to stand up and cheer.
A recent federal grand jury returned indictments against a ring of 24 individuals in connection with conspiracy, bank fraud, forged securities, bank robbery, and aiding and abetting. So, here's something to throw up at your old man the next time he nags you to matriculate--all but five of the suspects were under the age of 30!
These can-do entrepreneurs put together a scheme of depositing forged and stolen checks that, the U.S. Attorney alleges, netted them $700,000 and, with any luck at all, some extended leisure time at a federal facility.
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