Cowboys need Eric Reid but his anthem protests could cost him — and that's on you

March 19, 2018

By Mac Engel

No behavior and no amount of money has ever deterred Jerry Jones from signing a single player. But we have found an action so abhorrent that the owner of the Dallas Cowboys will not tolerate.

Safety Eric Reid is a player the Cowboys could use, and he will come at a decent price. But he's one of them kneelers. Jerry's tolerance for off-the-field issues is legendary, but he doesn't have the stomach for those who take a knee.

Because he knows you don't.

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Rather than concentrate on his school work in the eighth grade, Mac Engel preferred to write during class break downs of the NFL draft, previews of the upcoming Major League Baseball season, and an in-depth analysis of the NBA Finals.

Now as a professional, he has tried to do much of the same thing without the hassle of doing it during class. Here is a sample of some of his work. 

If you’ve ever been bullied, this TCU star has a message for you

January 4, 2018

By Mac Engel

Jaylen Fisher was 5 or 6 when he realized he did not look like his friends, around the same time they figured it out, too.

The stares and looks turned to questions. Then the jokes started, only they weren’t funny.

“Where I came up from, you had to have thick skin,” he said. “It didn’t matter who you were. You were going to meet somebody mean. You had to take it. I just brushed it off. It’s nothing but words. Of course, words can hurt. But when you’ve been through and seen things, real life experiences, words can do nothing to you.

“You ever heard of ‘checkin’? It’s embarrassing someone. That’s a way of life in Memphis. It’s people coming at you saying, ‘Boy, you ugly.’ Or things like that. That’s what gets people through the day. If you get mad about it, they’re going to keep doing it. They are going to look at you and come at you. If you stand up for yourself, it won’t fly too long.”

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One night with the “biggest and the baddest”: The LAPD
January 6, 2015

By Mac Engel

“My own mama’s ashamed of me.

She tells everybody I’m a drug dealer.”

- LAPD officer Carter from the movie Rush Hour

The night before New Year’s Eve I spent an afternoon and evening with members of the Los Angeles Police Department in its downtown headquarters. I did two ride alongs, part of which included a robbery call, and a tour of LA’s most depressed area – skid row in downtown. As officers across the country deal with the issue of using excessive force in light of the police-related deaths in Ohio, Missouri and New York, it was similar and inferior to the awful reputation that the LAPD once had.

This is the story of one department’s attempt at transformation.

LOS ANGELES String the letters L, A, P, and D together and multiple generations instantly goes to police intimidation. Meanness. Aggression. Brutality. LAPD is the grainy black and white video of four cops beating up Rodney King. LAPD means the LA/Rodney King riots. LAPD means Mark Fuhrman’s racist testimony during the O.J. Simpson trial. LAPD means Daryl Gates’ bullying tactics. When you thought about excessive force, you thought LAPD.

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Feel free to hate Briles and Baylor, but make sure to do your homework on the subject

June 5, 2019

By Mac Engel​

There are too many sad elements in this tale to count, but the media has failed in the Art Briles/Baylor saga from the start.

From our inability to see some of these sexual assault allegations when they were occurring in real time at Baylor, to labeling Briles as a man who endorsed and fostered a culture of rape.

Aware of my own failings and hypocrisy on this story, I acknowledge why so many deplore my well-meaning good brothers and sisters in the media. As critical as we are to your community and a democracy, we can be a lazy judgmental pack of self-important blowhards.

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Big Mac Blog Q&A with Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin

October 23, 2015

By Mac Engel

DALLAS The list of questions for Aaron Sorkin included everything from his new movie,"Steve Jobs" to his cult-hit TV show “Sports Night” to an all-time favorite, “A Few Good Men.”

Twenty minutes could not cover it all with Hollywood’s most bankable and marketable writer. This was perhaps the fastest interview of my life.

The writer behind the new movie “Steve Jobs” was available on Wednesday morning at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dallas, and I am only sorry it was not longer.

Mac Engel: When you sat down to put such a big life into a two-hour window, how did you decide to center the film around product launches?

Aaron Sorkin: The first thing to do was make the decision not to put this man’s life into a two-hour window. I thought there was no chance I could do it justice. Before I knew what I wanted to do, I knew what I didn’t want to do and that was to write a bio pic’; a cradle-to-grave story where you land on the characters’ greatest hits along the way. Sort of a dramatization of a Wikipedia page.

ME: Any comparisons or parallels between Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg?

AS: Yes, other than I have a vision and I don’t care that you can see it and I’ll get you to see it, something I can identify with. I’ll come up with an idea for a movie that is vivid and it works. But I’m not very good at pitching. I’m not very good at getting you to understand what is in my head.

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