Whitt's End: 9.10.10
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:*
As sure as we are that the Texas Rangers are going to win the American League West, we're also certain who the are going to play in the first round of the playoffs: the New York Yankees. That means on or around October 6, you can expect a Game 1 match-up against C.C. Sabathia in Yankee Stadium. Texas trails Minnesota by six games. Barring a rally past the Twins, the Rangers will see a sneak preview of NY this weekend. Remember, the Rangers have played the Yanks in all three of their post-seasons, and have a combined record of 0-3 in series and 1-9. Ugh.
*If you're Miles Austin are you more giddy about a six-year, $57 million contract or the fact that you get to look/touch/hit this on a regular basis?
*Look, I'm as Muslim-skeptical as legally allowed, but I do see this as double-standardy: A couple dudes build a Mosque near Ground Zero and we re-denounce the whole religion. But a crazy-ass pastor in Florida threatens to burn some Korans and we couch him as "not representative" of all Christians. Unfair, I admit.
*Bad news for all of you - you know who you are - who keep defaulting to "105.3 The Fan will flip formats to (enter ridiculously bad guess) by (ridiculously bad guess)." I know for a fact CBS is in negotiations to extend its contract as the official radio home of the Texas Rangers and I also know new owner Chuck Greenberg understands and appreciates the value of 100,000 watts. Bottom line: Stations with new program directors and desires on retaining sports teams don't have their finger on the flip switch. So sorry to disappoint.
*Michael Irvin's already making noise on NFL Network. Says when they play Roy Williams on offense they're going 10 on 11. Damning. And not true. Williams may be a liability, but he did manage seven touchdowns last year.
*Building on last week's Lock of the Week (how'd SMU +14 work out for ya?), I'm releasing Cowboys-Redskins Under 40 Sunday night. Book it.
*David Murphy > Julio Borbon.
*Saw The Tillman Story last week. Thumbs up. Mood down. It's sickening/maddening the way the military and, yes, our government, not only allowed - but in fact orchestrated - Pat Tillman to be exploited in death. He was a great guy and a good soldier, treated in a bad way. I dare you to watch this movie and not walk out of the theater mad.
*Dallas Mavericks are still a month and a half from their October 27 season opener, but it's never too soon to talk hoops in here. Roddy Beaubois is still in a walking boot after breaking his foot in France but hopes to be ready for the opener. With a new short haircut, coach Rick Carlisle now looks like Jim Carey in Dumb & Dumber.
*This just in: Nooooo! College football players should not be paid. Trust me, players need universities much more than universities need players.
*So I'm getting off the office elevator Thursday morning. Got a computer bag over my shoulder and hands full with phone, keys, banana, 5hour energy and whatnot. Never expected to hear this: "Richie, I'd like you to meet ... Bart Starr." Initially dumbfounded, I managed to blurt out this weak-ass greeting: "Pleasure to meet you. But I'm still mad about the Ice Bowl." Good one. Bet he's never heard that before.