Brian Urlacher was a No. 9 pick

I will watch the NFL Draft tonight. I have no choice. I am addicted to this stuff. Who’s moving up? Who’s moving down? Who’s on the clock? Knowing “Mel’s best available” player on the board is important to me. I know I am not alone. There are many other draftaholics out there. Has to be…

To tip or not to tip? That is the question

I consider myself a pretty good tipper. Maybe that’s because my mama was a waitress. She kept her tip jar on top of the fridge and dumped her change in it every day when she got home from work. A lot of that money eventually ended up in little Nicky’s pocket. So I always tip…

Got a toothache? Call Glenn Beck

I switched dentists last week. The main reason is because my favorite hygienist changed jobs. The second reason is because every time I went to my old dentist’s office, I felt like I was in one of those timeshare circuses, being high-pressured to buy stuff I didn’t really want and couldn’t really afford. I didn’t…

Why isn’t Easter as big as Christmas?

During a grandpa-to-grandson conversation this past weekend, I asked 7-year-old Nicholas why we make such a big deal out of Christmas but don’t really do much to celebrate Easter. “At Christmas, we celebrate the birthday of Jesus,” I told him. “At Easter, we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the grave. “I was born. You were born.…

Carter: Behind the Kick Pedal

Behind the Kick Pedal Richard Carter Earlier this week, I found myself hanging out at an area band practice and there was an extra drum set. There’s something inviting about seeing a drum set with sticks and no one playing. The strange thing is that after sitting down, I became really engrossed with what the…

Carter: “1968″

“1968” Richard Carter Several days ago, I found myself listening to a recently released Soundgarden live album called “Live On I-5,” which fans should listen to if they have an opportunity. I promptly made the comment that the Seattle band was the best American band ever, which I quickly qualified to either them or the…

Pat’s my pick for a last supper

If you were going to eat your last meal in Wichita Falls, where would you pick? I tossed up that question in the newsroom this week and go several different responses. My answer would be at home because my wife is a great cook. But in all fairness, the question is asking what restaurant you…

Carter: Summertime

Summertime Richard Carter I recently heard that Mike Hardison, drummer for Minor Prophets, has organized a bus to go from Wichita Falls to Dallas to see his band play on April 15. They are taking a charter bus from Wichita Falls on Friday at 6 p.m. to Deep Ellum in time to see the Minor…

Mavericks-Blazers

The Blazers got lucky, at least according to most NBA talking heads, by drawing the Dallas Mavericks. No one wanted to draw the Lakers, which the Blazers were one Kobe Bryant missed 3 from doing on Wednesday night, and it seemed all the lower seeds wanted to play Dallas. I still think the 57-win Mavs…

WFISD, do the math: 2 minus 1 equals 1

I read in the paper this morning where the WFISD is talking out loud about possibly closing Hirschi High School to cut a big chunk out of the budget. It’s an interesting idea that has been discussed hush-hush for years, but there is something about this story that keeps me from taking it seriously. The…

Hopefully, Hooterville won’t lose hockey

The seven-month junior hockey season is finally over. I saw only one game. I hate to admit that because I like hockey and really want this Wildcats franchise to succeed. It’s just that the Kay Yeager Coliseum is not sports writer friendly. No press box. No Nick. The short-sighted people who built the KYC didn’t…

U.S. golf following footsteps of U.S. tennis

The four reigning major golf champions are: Charl Schwartzel (Masters) Martin Kaymer (PGA) Louis Oosthuizen (British Open) Graeme McDowell (U.S. Open) Schwartzel and Oosthuizen are from South Africa. Kaymer is a German. McDowell is from Northern Ireland. It’s the first time ever than no American golfer is in this exclusive quartet. No Phil. No Tiger.…

Carter: April downtown

April Richard Carter A poet named T.S. Eliot once wrote in a famous poem called “Waste Land” the immortal words “April is the cruelest month.” What he’s really talking about is Spring and the promise of rebirth and stuff like that, and that it’s not likely going to happen in the barren world of the…

Bristol Palin gets pregnant, gets rich

Just read where Bristol Palin was paid $322, 500 to be an ambassador for a foundation trying to prevent teen pregnancies. So let me get this right — the girl gets knocked up while she’s in high school, becomes an unwed mother when he is 17 and then gets paid one third of a million…

Thomas No. 1; Haggerty No. 2.5

In a newspaper column last week, I incorrectly wrote that if Nelson Haggerty was hired to be the Midwestern State men’s head basketball coach, he would be the first black head coach in school history. Then I get a note from MSU sports information director Trey Reed informing me that the school’s first African-American head…

‘X Factor’ the answer to WFISD budget woes

Before our school board starts getting rid of good teachers in an attempt to cut another $1.5 million from the budget,  it should consider another option that I proposed a long time ago. Take a bucket of black paint to the administration building some evening, and — beginning with the superintendent’s office — paint a…

Aggie girls peaked my hoops interest again

I woke up Sunday morning sick and tired of basketball. I have watched way too much thump-thump this past month. I am tired of hearing about dribble penetration. Please, no more mention of ball screens. Give me those red-hot Rangers, the Masters and maybe a little bit of NASCAR. Hey, the NFL Draft is just…