Whitt's End: 11.5.10
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:
*Roy Williams can hyperbolize(?) about winning nine consecutive games all he wants, but the only drama left in the Dallas Cowboys' failed season is not if - but when - head coach Wade Phillips is fired. And, when you're putting together your list of replacements like Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher, etc. don't forget to add Carolina's John Fox. He's always been palsy with both Jerry and Stephen Jones.
*Is it just me, or are we worried about Mavs' guard Roddy Beaubois? A wiry guy like him who aggressively, fearlessly drives the lane is always going to be susceptible to hard falls and injuries. But if this foot thing is actually also an ankle thing, he may lose some spring in his hop that he'll never get back. See: Jim Jackson.
*What can a tweak in programming philosophy and a Texas Rangers' playoff run do for a radio station? In October's just-released ratings 105.3 The Fan is No. 7 overall (4.0) in metroplex Men 25-54. As recently as March the station was 27th (1.4). 1310 AM The Ticket finished October in 2nd place overall with a 6.0 and 103.3 FM ESPN is 10th with a 3.6.
*The Tea Party makes me giggle. So do the radical, irrational Republicans chirping about somehow "overturning" Obamacare. The reds control Congress, but still not the Senate. And, even if a proposed repeal somehow got to his desk, President Obama holds a little trump card called Presidential Veto. I know a lot of people are still hurting and hopping mad, but feels like things are turning the corner. Stocks are at a two-year high, couple of my friends just landed jobs after long layoffs and - thanks to the new health-care laws - a 24-year-old I know is now getting a major, life-altering surgery covered by his parents' insurance. Before he was screwed.
*Will ours ever be a baseball town? Or, are we headed there already?
*Deservedly so, the Rangers are milking their success. Manager Ron Washington will drop the puck at tonight's Stars game and C.J. Wilson will drive the pace car before Sunday's AAA Texas 500 out at Texas Motor Speedway.
*Somehow Taylor Swift's new album sold over a million in its first week and has 10 songs on Billboard's Hot 100. She's fun to look at, but give me Willie Nelson and his concert before Sunday's NASCAR race out at TMS.
*Speaking of auto racing, Ashley Force Hood is hot. But her crew is a bunch of dorks. See what I mean?
*It was one year ago today already that Major Nidal Hassan opened fire on a crowded medical processing building on Fort Hood, killing 13. He was eventually shot, is paralyzed from the chest down and charged with 13 counts of pre-meditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. My question: Why the heck is he still alive?