Win the Weekend: What Texas is Talking About

T.O. brings the popcorn back to Texas, the SXSW lineup guarantees crowds, and other cocktail chatter. 
Fri January 20, 2012 9:59 pm
Associated Press | Matt Slocum

T.O. is Back in the Metroplex !
Is there a football owner dumber than Jerry Jones who's still willing to sign Terrell Owens? Yup. And his name is Terrell Owens. (Ah, just funnin', T.O. You're still . . . sob . . . our wide receiver!)

The equally talented and selfish 38-year-old, who had been injured and retired from the NFL, is now part-owner and a player for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, a sixteen-team circuit that will bring him to such glamorous locations as Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Reading, Pennsylvania.

Certainly the IFL knows what its selling: the league's own press release calls Owens "perhaps the most polarizing figure in all of professional sports over the past decade."

Still No Concealed Weapons for Most Texans of College Age
Did you know the National Rifle Association was suing Texas? As Mike Ward of the Austin-American Statesman reported, on Thursday a federal judge in Lubbock tossed the NRA's challenge to a state law prohibiting adults under the age of 21 from carrying concealed weapons. (There are exemptions for members of the armed forces).

Gun owners under 21 can still possess them in their homes; U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings suggested that plaintiffs (which included three Texans of that age) should focus instead on getting the legislature to change the law.

Lana Del Rey Goes from SNL to SXSW
Even NBC Nightly News anchor, Brian Williams, second-guessed Saturday Night Live 's booking of novice singer Lana Del Rey last week. But her train-wreck live performance only made this week's announcement that she's part of SXSW's lineup a bigger deal.

Our prediction? She'll end up getting good reviews, either because expectations are so low or because people will backlash against the backlash. Either way, there'll be a crowd.

More Jobs Coming from Texas to California?
The Austin Chronicle 's Mr. Smarty Pants suggested that in the wake of a new mandatory condom use law for pornography performers in Los Angeles, perhaps the industry may wish to consider a more business-friendly, let-the-market-sort-it-out environment like Texas.

The story jests that X-rated filmmakers could benefit from the state's Moving Image Industry Fund, and that after all, Dallas is where "Debbie" first "did" what she did.

"Was there a Best Little Whorehouse in California ?," the story also asks. "Hell no!"

Rick Perry is Home
Perhaps you may have heard about our governor. But our own Paul Burka was already on the case, as evidenced by " Is There Life After Rick Perry ," his piece from the February issue of  Texas Monthly  (not that he had to be clairvoyant to start asking that a month ago).

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