Written by Phil Cerroni
By Will Jukes
The Las Colinas Convention Center was packed the Feb. 15 and 16 for Ticketstock 2013, an annual convention hosted by The Ticket SportsRadio to showcase Dallas area sports and sports culture. The free two day event featured a carnival atmosphere and encounters with local and national sports icons. The Ticket, which broadcasts daily on 1310 AM and 104.1 FM, has hosted the event for the past twelve years.
Dennis Rodman headlined the event. He took the stage on Saturday while fans lined up for autographs or crowded the stage to see his freewheeling and often risqué roundtable with Ticket DJ's George Dunham and Craig Miller, among others. Rodman answered questions about his relationship with Madonna, legal battles over child support payments, growing up in Oak Cliff, and meeting his biological father for the first time.
Later the floor was opened to questions from the audience. Replying to an audience member's question about his record as “the best rebounder in the history of the NBA,” Rodman said “How many guys is 6' 6”, 215, can lead the rebound 7 years in a row? Who does that? Seriously, that's called commitment, right?” He also commented on his time playing with Michael Jordan, saying “Yes, he [Jordan] is the best guy. He won the scoring title ten years in a row. Do you know how hard that is to do?”
Besides Rodman, the main stage hosted Dallas Cowboy Brandon Carr, Dallas Maverick Jae Crowder, Dallas Star Marty Turco, Playboy Playmate Tyran Richard, and other local sports icons, as well as special events and games like “The Ticket Family Feud.” Despite these high profile appearances, several attendees reported being interested in the event's other offerings.
Two Ft. Worth residents, Robert and Jordan, commented that “We came here last year; Dennis Rodman is one of the reasons that we came, but it also falls right around my birthday, so it's a nice little thing to get out and do on the weekend.”
Most of the event space was dedicated to booths promoting local teams, vendors, and sports affiliates. Adults and children were invited to compete at one of two archery ranges, shooting at either stationary or moving targets. Several concessions areas served up beer, burgers and big pretzels. Almost every vendor offered some sort of prize or game, ranging from Hooters giving away shirts for points scored on a grid in a game similar to skeeball to wheel-of-fortune style drawings. The Dallas Cowboys' mobile Hall of Fame was brought into the event space and contributed the event's largest multimedia display. The Hall of Fame featured videos, famous jerseys, a memorial to Tom Landry, a replica locker room and other attractions.