Current Events in the Dallas Area

Dallas is one of the largest cities in the Southwestern United States. With over one million people, There is always something interesting happening in this bustling city. Below some of the largest stories are discussed and recapped.

1. Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas Cowboys Running Back

The former Ohio State Running Back has quickly made the transition from college to NFL. Handling what is typically a tough transition with aplomb, the Cowboys appeared to be doomed after losing Tony Romo for an extended period of time once again; however, Ezekiel Elliot has kept hope for America’s team, rushing for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the first two games against division rivals the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. Ezekiel Elliot has had his growing pains as well, struggling to hold on to the football with two fumbles. With an upcoming game against the hapless, downward spiral that are the Chicago Bears, Ezekiel Elliot is due for another star performance. Those with Elliot on their fantasy rosters should be very happy with the performance so far and excited for what’s to come.

2. Texas Live, the new Rangers theme park

For months, the entire population has been sitting on pins and needles for the details of Texas Live. The massive project will include amenities such as a concert stage, massive TV screens, and a ribbon video board. This large theme park will also host over 250 events and various projects throughout the year. Named Arlington Backyard, the project is scheduled to be completed and ready opening day of the 2018 Major League Baseball season. Without a doubt, the entire city is looking forward to seeing what this venue will have to offer!

3. Mark Cuban’s Lemonade Stand a Massive Success

Mark Cuban, the outspoken but popular owner of the Dallas Mavericks, opened a group of lemonade stands all over the city. The change jars and delicious drink raised over $10 million for various charity organizations around the city. In a time of need, Mark Cuban stepped up when his city needed hope and delivered much needed aid to some of the Dallas area’s finest community servants.

North Texas Giving Day Helps Area Charities

This Thursday, on September 22nd, a major fundraising day for local charities in North Texas will take place. The event is known as North Texas giving day. It was created in 2009 by a group called the Communities Foundation of Texas. The organization is based in Dallas, Texas and has a 63 year old history of helping Texas charities.

Here are some figures to give you an idea of how much money and how many people benefit from North Texas giving day. In its inaugural year the event raised a total of four million dollars. A total of 6,500 donations were made that year and 345 charities benefited. 2010, saw five million dollars raised from 7,900 charitable donations. Over 456 local charities benefited.

In 2011, there was a big increase in the amount of money raised. 10.7 million dollars was raised that year. The number of donations was about 13.5 thousand and 616 non profits were the recipients of the funds. 2012, once again saw the number of funds raised increase to $14.4 million dollars. The number of gifts almost tripled at 37.8 thousand in total. That year 927 not for profit organizations benefited.

North Texas Giving Day continues to raise more and more money with each successive year. The number of gifts and the number of beneficiaries also continues to rise. In 2015, there was over 2,022 charities that benefited from the event somehow. A total of $33 million dollars was raised last year. That number is only for a single day. It seems that Texans love to support their local non profits and charities.

The charitable day of giving begins on 6 A.M and ends on midnight on Thursday. There will be events hold throughout North Texas. You will find donation stations where you can make a contribution to over a thousand different charities. Some of the places where you will find activities and entertainment include Forth Worth, Dallas, McKinney and Arlington. Expect to see live shows and music concerts. Think you might end up hungry? There will be plenty of food trucks to satisfy your appetite with BBQ and ethnic cuisine.

Ezekiel Elliott Fumbles Becoming a Concern in Dallas

Running back Ezekiel Elliott has shown a propensity towards fumbling in his first two games as running back for the Dallas Cowboys. Elliot was pulled from the victory over the Washington Redskins late in the 4th quarter after fumbling twice, one which was lost and one that was recovered.

The owner of the Cowboys, Jerry Jones, has indicated that this propensity for fumbling won’t impact his playing time or the number of carries that he will have over the remainder of the season.

Elliott was the first round pick of the Cowboys and 4th overall in the 2016 NFL draft. Many are worried that he is a bust as his yards and running average has not been high. In week 1 Elliott struggled against the Giants’ rebuilt defensive line despite scoring one touchdown. This season, Ezekiel has only a 3.3 yards per carry average which is well below that standard four yards a carry that most teams with a powerful running game is expected to have.

After losing Quarterback Tony Romo to an back injury in the preseason the Cowboys were hoping to lean on their running game behind their premier offensive line unit. Instead they have been relying on their rookie backup quarterback Dak Prescott to push the team forward. While Dak has looked good so far and has shown himself to be up to the task,the Cowboys are hoping to have a more balanced attack in the coming weeks to take the pressure off a rookie quarterback.

Jerry Jones mentioned his comments supporting Ezekiel during a radio call on 105.3 On Thursday, indicating that his technique for carrying the ball is solid and indicating that fumbles do happen in the NFL and that a mini streak in fumbles doesn’t yet indicate that there will be a future run of fumbles.

Meanwhile, offensive line coach Scott Linehan indicated That the early fumbles are a fire that needs to be put out at the earliest moment. Scott indicated that team is trying to put a focus on carrying the ball better to reduce future fumbles over the course of the season.