FRIDAY: Convicted steroids dealer-turned-NFL informant David Jacobs was shot to death along with his body-building girlfriend in Plano yesterday. Like it did me, did this send a cold-blooded shiver down your spine? With the way he imported raw powder from China, manufactured it into steroids and developed a national network of dealing, Jacobs’ case reminds me of American Gangster. You? Of course wild-ass, unfounded speculation on what happened runs from suicide to hitmen. Jacobs had named only former Cowboys lineman Matt Lehr among his buyers. But since he began cooperating with federal prosecutors and the NFL, no doubt he developed enemies. Creepy quote from Jacobs’ father, “I’ve been waiting on this call.” Gonna take a while to sort this one out. Might as well get started.
Update #1: The Dallas County medical examiners says suicide.
Update #2: What an unfortunate nickname.
SATURDAY: There’s a big event out at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Not the Bombardier Learjet 550 Indy race, but rather the sideshow-turned-main draw – Robby Knievel jumping his motorcycle over 20 Hummers at 7 p.m. It’ll set a record, and it may be his last. “I’m in my 40s now, but still jumpin’ and smokin’ and drinkin’,” Robby says. “I’m like Keith Richards.” Anyone whose dad was the inspiration for this is alright by me.
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SUNDAY: Rangers’ TV color man Tom Grieve will work the team’s game against Tampa Bay tonight, then head off where no man wants to go: prostate cancer surgery. Great timing by Fox Sports Net Southwest, which will present In My Own Words: Tom Grieve at 10 p.m. The 30-minute show, moderated by John Rhadigan, takes us from Grieve’s days as a Rangers’ outfielder (he talks about taking batting practice at Arlington’s Randol Mill Park), general manager and broadcaster (starting alongside the late Mark Holtz). Grieve has grown more assertive in the booth through the years. Here’s hoping we get the chance to hear him grown even more so in the near future.