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Far as I knew, Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley were still hosting the Today show -- apparently not. Nope, says this NBC press release, a couple of gentlemen named Matt Lauer (who I thought hosted HBO's entertainment news segment) and Al Roker will bring the show to Arlington next week, setting up shop at Jerry Jones's EnormoDome in advance of the Dallas Cowboys' home opener two days later on ... hey, lookie there, NBC! Oh, and doesn't this look promisingly awkward: "Lauer and Roker will get and exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Cowboys Stadium given by Cowboy great Emmitt Smith." Jones will also be on hand, and he'd like a word with you, Emmitt.

And, burying the lead, Jenna Bush makes her bow as a Today correspondant next week, which will make at least one local couple awful proud. First on her to-do list: a profile of Dallas Independent School District public-speaking whiz kid Dalton Sherman, a year after he spent time with Oprah and Ellen. No doubt, Bush will get Dalton's Cowboys season predictions in advance of the Giants game.

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