Whitt's End: 10.1.10
*Sobering number right outta the gate: Since July 1 the Texas Rangers are 42-40. Are we fooling ourselves thinking they're an elite team that can actually win a playoff series against one of the two best teams in baseball? Are they, in the big picture, just a medicore outfit who won baseball's smallest, worst division with a two-week hot stretch in June? I hope not. But I'm afraid so.
*The decision not to pitch Cliff Lee in Game 4 of the ALDS baffles me. If the Rangers are trailing 2-1 and Tommy Hunter gets lit up, then you lose a series and your ace pitched one friggin' game. Doesn't that seem like a waste? I know Hunter's 7-0 at home and the three-days'-rest stats aren't good, but I'd like the Rangers to play this one by ear.
*Granted the SEC is a better conference than the Big 12, but college football has no better rivalry since 2000 than Texas-OU. Consider: Six times since '00 the winner of the Red River Rivalry has played for the national championship. Take that, LSU-Florida (four times), Ohio State-Michigan (three) and the rest of ya.
*I've experienced ghosts, but not a UFO. Still, it's ridiculously cocky and irrationally naive to think we're the only living things in the whole wide world of everything. There are more stars in the sky than there are grains of sand on all the Earth's beaches. Think about that. Something's out there. May not be little green men, but something. When Arlington residents claim to see weird blue lights in the sky I don't immediately write them off as lunatics. That said, do we really need the United Nations to have an Officer for Outer Space Affairs? And why is our Ambassador to Aliens a Malaysian astrophysicist? I'd nominate a dual position of Megan Fox/Jon Stewart. Just in case.
*Excited about the Dallas Mavericks. I wanna see Roddy Beaubois unleashed and I think Tyson Chandler will be better than Erick Dampier. But I still don't see a legit power forward backup for Dirk Nowitzki. You?
*Iraq held a democratic vote on March 7, but still has no elected officials in place and no formal government to enact new laws or enforce existing ones. Boo, America. But, hey, unemployment claims dropped drastically. Yay, America.
*Sunday, October 10 - 10.10.10 - could be an unprecedented day in metroplex sports. That day could feature Cowboys-Titans at 3:15 in Cowboys Stadium, followed shortly by Rangers-Yankees just down Randol Mill in Rangers Ballpark. You spell traffic with two f's, by the way.
*A new study reveals that atheists and agnostics know more about standardized religion than traditional religious folk. Tells me two things: 1. Faith comes from the heart, not the head. 2. Religion is like magic: The more you know, the less you believe.
*I once took shit in here for saying that Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson would be lucky to be as good as Vikings' backup Tarvaris Jackson. After watching Thursday night's four-interception performance against Oklahoma State, my apologies to Tarvaris. And to think, some touted Johnson as a Heisman candidate. Chuckle.
*Rubbed elbows and shook booties with the most eclectic of concert crowds Wednesday night at The Granada. All there to see CocoRosie, a band which features a human beat-boxer, an opera singer, a drum kit set up in a bed and, among other things, an old Speak-'n-Spell for an instrument. Not sure I liked them, but I was fascinated by them.