Friday, April 4, 2008
One of my other newspaper gigs was at the Prosper Press - the first year it started in Prosper, Texas. While it wasn't a big town, it so far was on the map for one thing - this ginormous house on Preston - or State Highway 289 - that is Deion Sanders' home. Every piece of direction I got, whether to the high school, city hall, or a brand-new water pump, was in relation to its proximity to Deion Sanders house. I often wondered how directions were given before he built it, in fact. Prosper got a whole lot of attention at one point when Deion tried to adopt Florida high school standout Noel Devine. Devine was the talk of prep Web sites everywhere, and little bitty Prosper getting him as a player - if he was cleared by UIL - was seen as huge boon. However, the day before practice, Devine hied himself back to Florida, and Prosper went back to semi-sleep. Don't get me wrong - the town is booming. It's set to benefit from the extended tollway, growth up Preston, and growth up State Highway 380, not to mention growth on Custer. But it's still, at this point, a small town. So it'll be interesting to see how it is depicted when Oxygen debuts "Deion and Pilar: Prime Time Love" on April 15. Already I see at least one inaccuracy, since Prosper hasn't been population 2,000 in quite some time - in fact, it moved to home-rule in 2006, something a town can't contemplate until it reaches 5,000.