Hello again from Dallas, where the sun actually peeked through some clouds today to tease football fans everywhere with decent weather.
It’s good to be the Black Eyed Peas. Turns out after coming in on a chartered Lear jet, they went through a runthrough rehearsal at Cowboys Stadium on Wednesday. Then it was off to the posh restaurant Kenichi in Dallas’ Uptown district. The restaurant, alerted ahead about the Black Eyed Peas’ want for Asian food, stayed open late so Fergie, Taboo, apl.de.ap and will.i.am could come feast with their assorted handlers and crew.
More than 500 members of the international media attended the Black Eyed Peas’ press conference Thursday afternoon. They’ll host their own Super Bowl party Friday night in Dallas’ historic Fair Park.
I haven’t found the official announcement yet, for let’s assume that the Prince concert that was to be in an outdoor plaza at what used to be Reunion Arena has been canceled. Unless of course the tents could withstand six inches of snow Thursday night (remember the Metrodome?), not to mention setting up during four consecutive days of 20-degree temperatures.
Dallas and country music always fit snugly in the same sentence. But it was a little odd on Wednesday seeing Randy Travis at the annual Aces & Angels Party in Dallas’ Fair Park, the shindig hosted by KISS legend Gene Simmons. Duet, anyone? Not this time. Oh yeah, former Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed, mother of Simmons’ two kids, was there as well.
Kid Rock headlined the Fan Jams at the Verizon Theatre next to the stadium. Duran Duran (remember them?) and Jason Derulo were the opening acts. All three were filmed for an hour-long broadcast that is airing on VH1.
Former 49ers chairman Eddie DeBartolo was spotted with Joe Montana in one of Dallas’ most popular steakhouses on Wednesday. The DeBartolo family still controls the 49ers, who are unhappy with the Alex Smith-Troy Smith-David Carr situation at quarterback. You don’t think . . . nah.
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Written by Scott Farrell
Scott Farrell is the publisher of ScotSports.com in Dallas, Texas. He is a former sports writer for The Dallas Morning News, and also works as a freelance statistician for TV sports productions, most recently for ESPN at the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. Farrell has covered high school sports in Dallas for 21 years, and has also worked in athletic media relations at SMU, Fresno State and Texas-Arlington. He won Best Sports Coverage Awards from the Texas Press Association three times and Best Sports Writing once. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.