Whitt's End: 10.29.10
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:
*I know this sounds crazy, but I honestly think there's something to it: The World Series has been a psychological letdown for your Texas Rangers. Winning the ALCS and beating the Yankees in the process was a monumental achievement for the players and the franchise. It was an unprecedented crescendo in Game 6 that culminated with "We Are the Champions!" played under confetti at Rangers Ballpark. Look at it this way: If for 39 years you've been involuntarily celibate and suddenly you sleep with a "9," it's difficult to wake up the next day totally motivated to pursue a "10." I guess some folks call this the "just happy to be here" excuse.
*West Coast > East Coast.
*Can't remember being more wrong about a sports prediction than writing/saying the Dallas Cowboys would play in Super Bowl XLV. I know they lost quarterback Tony Romo and I wasn't alone in my opinion and this and that and yadda, yadda and more yadda. But the bottom line is I was wrong. Ridiculously wrong. Screw me.
*For Halloween, the shaggy-haired Dirk Nowitzki is going to dress up as Martina Navratilova. Funny.
*On 105.3 The Fan's pre-game show before Game 2 manager Ron Washington told Eric Nadel "That's the way baseball goes." Yeah, goes. His fall from E-Ron-ics would be so disappointing.
*Went to San Francisco's gay community - Castro - on Thursday and a guy put his nuts in my shake. Weird. Never thought about diced walnuts in a strawberry shake, but not bad. Not bad at all.
*Last I checked there were still no Super Bowl banners hanging in Cowboys Stadium. Sad.
*Thursday here in San Fran I paid $93 ... just to park. That's $40 at the hotel (per night) and separate AT&T Park fees of $8 and $45. Ouch.
*On the way back to the hotel from Game 1, I was stuck in a traffic jam in front of a bar. All of a sudden this huge guy with a beer grabs a girl by her hair and violently slings her to the sidewalk. When she stumbles to her feet, he hauls off and punches her - right in the face. She runs inside the club and ... nothing. Swear. The guy resumes talking to his friends, but the 20 or so people milling around outside the bar's entrance barely bat an eye. Finally the bouncer walks up, says a few words to the guy and then returns to his post. My intial reaction was to yell, get out of my car and intervene. But then I thought, am I really going to fight a stranger and possibly get arrested and lose one or both of my jobs over a girl I'll never even know? I dunno, maybe everybody else thought the same thing. Who knows? But my guess is that in Texas that dude would've had his ass kicked in no time.
*San Francisco is home to the homeless. Never seen so many in any city. The bad: A guy sat yesterday outside McDonald's with a cardboard sign that read "Please help. McStarving." The good: A guy sits on the street and hides behind a bush that he holds in his lap. Seems ridiculous, but when people walk past he shakes the bush and makes all sorts of noises. The frightened reactions are priceless. He got my $1. McStarving got only my McScoffing.