Five stories that have North Texas talking: Donald Trump does Dallas; Mark Cuban says he could top Trump and others; exploring Texas city rivalries; and more.
Mark Cuban is many things – billionaire; Dallas Mavericks owner; reality TV star. He says he’s not going to run for president. But if he did, he says he could beat Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Cuban spoke about that on CNBC Monday.
In an email exchange with CNBC, he wrote about running for president: “‘I get asked every day. It's a fun idea to toss around. If I ran as a Dem, I know I could beat Hillary Clinton. And if it was me vs. Trump, I would crush him. No doubt about it.’”
During the on-air interview, Cuban said he gives Trump credit for “changing the game.”
Cuban told CNBC: “I think Hillary has kind of blown it. I think there’s no chance for her to win. I think she has just lost her shot. When I said I would crush Trump, it’s less on Donald and more on the Republican party. The Republican party really requires all of their candidates to conform on all the social issues. That’s out of touch with what’s happening in America today.”
Watch the interview:
- Donald does Dallas. Donald Trump, the GOP presidential candidate, spoke to thousands of supporters at American Airlines Center Monday night. KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports: “The Donald delivered. It was a long, winding speech – he spoke for more than an hour -- no teleprompters, he said, just some notes. Mostly, it was bread and butter: Bash the Republican establishment, folks like strategist Karl Rove. ‘He’s terrible, he’s terrible,’ Trump said. Crack a joke about his looks. ‘Can you see in the back – they have the best view – can you see it’s really my hair?’ Trump said. Talk about his wealth. ‘I made $200 million, can you believe it? From a television show!’” Read more here.
Unbelievable crowd in Dallas! https://t.co/9HNgVyBJEz
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2015
- Why are Texas high school athletes opting out of football? NPR’s Wade Goodwyn reports that over the past five years, the number of high school players has been dropping in Texas and across the country. “From the era of the Ford Model T to the age of the Tesla Model S, generation after generation of Texas men have taught their sons the sacred ritual of knocking the ever-living crap out of the guy across the line of scrimmage. …Football is alive and well in the Lone Star state. But for the first time in Texas's history, the number of high school football players has actually gone down over the last five years. And according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, that's true for a majority of other states too.” Listen to the story:
- Texas Monthly says Texas cities make for “one big, dysfunctional family.” This story explores the rivalries of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin. “Here it is in a nutshell: Fort Worth hates Dallas. Houston hates Dallas and Austin. San Antonio hates Austin. Austin wishes all the rest of us would just go away, and Dallas pretends that none of the rest of us even exist.” [Texas Monthly]
- How does a Texas horned lizard stay hydrated? KUT, the public radio station in Austin reports: “The Texas horned lizard — also known as the horny toad, or the horned frog to TCU fans — lives in some of the harshest deserts in the Southwest. But scientists are learning more about how the lizard survives, and what they’ve discovered could have applications for the rest of us.” Learn more here. [KUT]