Deerfield, Gordons turn on the lights for Christmas

Looking for Christmas lights? Try the sparkling Deerfield neighborhood in Plano. One house to look for among the many decorated for the holidays is the Gordon Lights “Welcome Christmas” home display at 4665 Quincy Lane off  Ohio Drive, just north of Legacy and east of Preston Road. Once on Quincy, turn on your radio to 95.7 FM.

Gordon Lights collects money, gift cards and other donations on behalf of Operation Homefront and raised $5,000 last year. To see the light shows with music, click on

To see the Deerfield neighborhood in lights and on video, please click on,

Better yet, load up the family and drive over to Deerfield but go see the lights before the weekend because the neighborhood attracts big lines of cars during the holidays.

Message from the Gordons
“GordonLights, of course with the help of all its very generous visitors, raised over $5,000 in 2010 for Operation Homefront! Thank you very much for participating in this donation-raiser. When added to the amounts raised in previous years, that brings our grand total to over $17,000 dollars raised to date.

Let’s see what we can accomplish together this year!”

Warmest Regards,
Fabian and Ellen Gordon

By the numbers …
Putting on a show like this can be pretty involved and require lots of parts. Here are some statistics about our show you may find just a tad interesting:
Number of lights (total): Over 125,000
Number of lights (LED-based): About 95,000
Number of lights (all others): About 26,000
Number of LOR channels: Over 4,200 in use
Number of DMX Universes: About 64 (32,640 channels)
Number of extension cords: Over 1,600
Amount of wire used (all inclusive): Over 115,000 ft (roughly 21.8 miles)
Power consumption (EVERYTHING ON): 186 Amps

NCAA Division I football game sells out in Frisco

Frisco’s Pizza Hut Park has sold out for Jan. 7th’s FCS national championship game between North Dakota State Bison (13-1) and Sam Houston State Bearkats (14-0). Video preview with coaches

Sam Houston, which went 7-0 for first place in the Southland Conference, beat the Big Sky Conference’s Montana Grizzlies, 31-28, in the semifinals on Dec. 16 to advance. North Dakota State topped Georgia Southern, 35-7, in the other semifinal.

The stadium will become known as FC Dallas Stadium after the college football game as Pizza Hut is giving up the sponsorship.

Full house expected: Additional bleachers will be set up for the 20,086 fans expected. More standing-room only tickets will be available at 10 a.m. Jan. 3 [on NCAA web site] for a concourse view at Pizza Hut Park. The noon Jan. 7 game is hosted by the Southland Conference, the City of Frisco and Hunt Sports Group.

Bigger crowd: Last year in Frisco’s first turn to host the FCS title game at Pizza Hut Park, Eastern Washington downed Delaware, 20-19. The crowd was counted at 13,027.


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WFAA TV: Brad Watson asks Craig James about senate race

Brad Watson of Channel 8 interviewed Craig James of Celina about the senate race, and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy weighed in on his candidacy this week. Take a look at Watson’s interview by clicking on VIDEO: Craig James interview with WFAA’s Brad Watson on senate race

Reid Cherner’s article on USA TODAY, Dec. 27:
Only in politics is it possible for a former football star turned national broadcaster be able to make the claim how connected they are to ordinary people.

But that is the way Craig James will be trying to make it to the Senate.

The former SMU and Patriots running back stepped down as an ESPN analyst to run for office in Texas. He’ll be in next year’s Republican primary.

“Washington is off its rails. I’m living on real street,” James, 50, said on Fox and Friends. “I understand this. For 30 years I’ve been in business. I’ve started jobs and created jobs. I understand the economy and our world. I want to take that fresh perspective of reality to Washington.”

And then, showing he can play both sides of the ball, James went negative on probable opponent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

“In the past, many times people have been able to use their wealth to buy a seat at the table in Washington. We have to change that,” James said. “Having governmental experience, being a career politician just doesn’t work. It’s why we’re in the pickle we’re in right now.”

Read what Kennedy has to say from Fort Worth: Bud Kennedy column on Craig James

How will Craig James’ candidacy play in Lubbock?

Here is a look back to a March 2011 story by James Clark for (Channel 11 Lubbock):
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ESPN Commentator Craig James continues putting his toe in the water to see if he can successfully make a run for U.S. Senate to replace outgoing Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. 
James is best known in Lubbock as the father of Texas Tech football player Adam James. Many blame the  [Craig] James for pressuring Texas Tech to fire football Head Coach Mike Leach in December 2009 amid allegations that Leach abused Adam James.  Leach denies any abuse occurred.
[In March 2011] on WBAP radio in Dallas, [Craig] James took questions from host Mark Davis and radio station callers.  The premise of the interview was that James is considering a run for Senate, but Davis made it a point to ask a few questions about Texas Tech and the perception that James is partly responsible for Leach’s demise. 
Davis asked, “Is it your feeling that you got to make this Tech thing go away if you have the slightest hope of success?”
Craig James responded, “You know what? I guess because I’ve lived it for over a year and I’ve seen the reaction around the country, Mark. Obviously it was a big deal. People come up to me from all over the country and say, ‘Hey, thanks for standing up for your son.'”   
Davis also asked about possible support, or lack thereof, in Lubbock.  James was on record in January saying most folks in Lubbock supported him, but James says he was quoted out of context. 
James said, “Basically most folks in Lubbock and the good people of Lubbock understand the situation.  They understand supporting your son.”
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On Wednesday, Dec. 21, Mark Davis of WBAP was talking about James’ candidacy said on his radio show with Bud Kennedy. …Davis said these one-liners to Kennedy: “The thing about Craig James is what does he bring to the race? … I’m not saying he [James] is Bin Laden, but 50 percent negatives? … The only person in the Senate race with [statewide] name recognition is David Dewhurst. … In the past year, what is the number of people that have come up to me and said they want to see Craig James in the Senate race, that number of people is zero. … Where is there room for him in a race that contains David Dewhurst, Tom Leppert and Ted Cruz? … “

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