Whitt's End: 5.13.11

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Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:

*Went and watched the American professional debut of Cuban defector/Rangers' prospect Leonys Martin last night in Frisco. In a word, wow! With his father and agent in the stands at Dr Pepper Ballpark, Martin led off his first AA game in the 1st with a double off the wall in center field. He singled to center in the third, then bounced out to first, hit a rocket that was caught at the wall in deep left and then sharply doubled down the first-base line. Three hits, a pair of doubles and nothing to suggest this kid won't be the Rangers' center fielder come September. Only question mark might be his speed. He was thrown out by a mile to trying steal second and barely sneaked into second standing up on his 8th-inning double. But two of the balls he hit were harder than anything you've seen from a guy named Julio Borbon.

*Donovan McNabb = Dirk Nowitzki? As in, he's an underrated player, an unfairly criticized target that's done everything in his sport except except win a championship. Boxer Bernard Hopkins' nonsensical ripping of McNabb is sad. The thought that because McNabb was raised in a two-parent, two-income household that stressed education he is somehow not "black enough" is just asinine. But, as we know in these parts, when he loses Dirk is often too white. Donovan McDirk.

*Thought I'd fallen asleep for a month when I saw the Miami Heat celebrating what sure looked like an NBA championship after beating the Celtics Wednesday night. LeBron James kneeled and "prayed" (see: posed) on the court for three minutes and Dwyane Wade fell to the floor as if just so exhausted emotionally and physically that he couldn't stay upright. I think I saw some tears, and perhaps a premature "Mission: Accomplished" banner. Vomit, vomit and a pinch of puke. The Mavs slayed a bigger dragon in sweeping the two-time defending champion Lakers. Yet after Game 4 Dallas merely shook hands with L.A., walked into the locker room, smiled and calmly stated "we're halfway home." The Heat, which has only been together since October, reacted as if they'd exorcised demons that had been tormenting them for decades. Is anyone outside Miami rooting for these frauds? Didn't think so.

*I don't wanna hear another word about our area's tough times or low spirits or high gas prices. For three consecutive days there has been a line of cars -- I'm not exaggerating -- 100 deep wrapping around the store and winding down the street waiting at the drive-thru for In-N-Out burger in Allen. If people have that much time and money and gas at their disposal, things can't be that bad, right? Speaking of people, I don't get our obsession with getting something first. I mean, camping out to get Mavs playoff tickets, maybe. There's a finite number of tickets and when Game 1 of the West Finals is over, it's over. But I sincerely doubt In-N-Out will run out of hamburgers. Next week the line will be three cars deep, and the food will taste just as good.

*Speaking of Dirk, his inclusion on the NBA's All-NBA 2nd Team makes it: four 1sts, five 2nds and two 3rds. Not a bad 11-year run. The Thunder's Kevin Durant may have led the NBA in scoring and may have made the 1st Team at forward and definitely has a brighter long-term future, but entering the West Finals I wouldn't swap players. You?

*The NBA 2011 Western Conference Finals: Texas-OU.

*Hot.

*Not.

*I wish I didn't feel this way, but I seriously doubt if Caron Butler will play for the Mavs this season -- even if they get to The Finals. And he's a free agent after the season. Jan. 1 might have been his final game in a Dallas uniform.

*Was digging for old crap in the Internet's virtual closet when I happened upon this blog item about Greg Williams. Favorite part is an anonymous commenter emphatically stating that I suck because I have been fired from both the Star-Telegram and Morning News. Ell. Oh. Ell. We long ago established that I do, in fact, suck. But I voluntarily quit the FWS-T in 2004 to come write for a paper called the Observer and I honestly don't remember ever working for Dallas' Only Daily. But screw me, since the "customer" is always right I obviously did.

*Not on Forbes' 2011 list of Most Influential athletes: Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. Not sure I'd recognize NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson if I passed him in the mall. As for Tiger, yesterday at The Players (widely considered golf's fifth major) he quit. After a 42 on the front, he just quit. Same guy who in 2008 famously beat Rocco Mediate at the U.S. Open on a knee that needed surgery days later. For a guy who once had unprecedented focus and unparalleled gumption, it's getting sad. Almost embarrassing. Tiger said he re-injured the knee in the third round of The Masters. But he played without a limp in the next day's fourth round and shot 67. He expects us to believe the supposed injury is worse today than a month ago? And coming into this tournament, he called it a "slight injury." I'm thinking the triple-bogey on the 7th was more of a factor in the WD than the balky knee.

*Props to owner Mark Cuban. For a guy who loves the spotlilght and owns a diamond-encrusted, neon-blinking soap box, it's got to be killing him to remain quiet during these playoffs. But the Mavs are winning, so he's biting his lip. We'll see if it lasts. I've emailed him for comments on various subjects and for a radio interview requests and the usually accessible Cuban has politely declined. I love his news-making rants, but if it takes him stepping into the quiet, dark shadows in order for the Mavs to win ... Sshhh.

*Yikes. That's 45 more layoffs and two rounds of pink slips in nine weeks for the Star-Telegram. I still have a lot of good friends there after 18 years writing in Fort Worth. But it doesn't look good. Buy the paper now, while you still can.

*Man Whitey Whiteface from Whiteville is sooo touchy these days. First Obama's birth certificate. Then Osama's death certificate. Now redneck, blue-collar America is upset that a rapper was allowed in The White House. Let's face it, it's a horrible time in our country's history to be a racist.

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Rob_Em
Rob_Em

Let me be the first hater to say the Thunder take this series in 6. 

And before Richie wastes any blog posts on dreaming about a Mavs world title, let me reiterate that no team since the Bird-Magic era has won a championship with a non-defender as its best player.

Richie's relieved ex-wife
Richie's relieved ex-wife

So, Richie, let me get this straight: I'm a racist simply because I think it's abhorrent that Michelle "fame whore" Obama invited Common to the White House . . . a rapper who penned a paean about a CONVICTED COP KILLER.  I don't care if Eminem were the artist in question: I'd still be disgusted.  White, black, red, yellow skin--it's wrong to give props to a killer/fugitive of any kind.  If that makes me a racist, well, let me put my KKK cloak back on.  Enough with the sanctimonious screed, RW.  Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, right?  (Full disclosure: I am definitely NOT without sin.)

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

I haven't posted here in a while, so I thought I'd give my usual opinion that is sure to be ridiculed by kergo.  I know this seems to be the unpopular stance, but I enjoy the new show on the Fan in the morning.

I miss Newy.  I remember when he first came to Dallas.  My parents told me to check on NBC with "Newy and Finfrock."  Really, that's their names?  And Newy was a big black guy wearing some of the brightest, most outrageous suits.  But the guy knows sports.  He's professional.  Sad to see he isn't on radio now.

Like Josh and Elf.  Like RAGE, but I will admit I wish it was only four hours.  They seem to run out of material.  I wish Greggo did more homework, also.  As much as people say Richie holds Greggo back, Richie keeps up with sports and makes logical arguments in a Skip-Bayless-meets-Russ-Martin sort of way.  I think their ratings would improve also if everyone had to listen at once instead of getting to choose between five hours.

Glad to see Lacey Gee is gone...sort of.  She was a whipping on sports talk, but I don't wish bad things on her.  I hope she goes somewhere else and is successful.

Okay, done ranting.  I always write too much.

gorangers
gorangers

So has anybody pointed out that Richie missed today's show for the birth of a child...his cousin's?  Or was he joking when he said that?  Seems a bit hypocritical in lieu of his recent comments on Colby.

Baldy
Baldy

I'm tired of that annoying Hardline intro.

Redleather
Redleather

Here it is what we consider. Richie plants a tree on his head and you assail. Richie imparts wisdom for you on three occassions but you say more sailing. Richie procures women while you shovel manure. When his vocation expires he extends for you but your reciprocity is in deed vacant. Richie of the most minute wears pants for you but in arrogance your pants are up around him. How come?

kergo
kergo

More Redleather!!!

Richie's hair plugs
Richie's hair plugs

The Tardline might actually be a little more listenable today. Richie is out getting new hair and will not be missed. Use this as a chance to make an honest comparison. Is RAGE better without Richie? 

Redleather
Redleather

Richie is of the bat but how could you know? He has his and it is with Greggo there. Verily it is that so many people with their hate yet so to the proximity of time get it wrong. No purple hat! Yet it could been near he will has truth and in your pocket needlessly none found is.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

While I think your show isn't very good for the most part (not a nut kick, just an opinion), I do generally listen from 2-3 - mainly because I can't stand Dan on The Ticket. I heard you mention two of you points here on yesterday's show. I know the two can't be mutually exclusive 100% of the time, but do you really think that those who read and listen want to hear the exact same thing day in, day out? Why listen if I can read it, or vice versa. Again, not a nut kick, maybe just something to think about.

You might not understand the obsession with getting something first, but as long as the media shows up to interview them, people are going to make fools of themselves while waiting for the doors to open.

Cowtown
Cowtown

@ Star-Telegram, It is really sad that two of those that did not get canned are Mrs. and Mr. Jennifer Floyd-Engel. Their mindless drivel is probably more responsible for the decline in circulation than anything. And good people who came to work and did their jobs well have to pay.

Richie's new contract
Richie's new contract

Richie, if you do go bike riding be carefull. Those new hair plugs haven't had a chance to take root and the forecast is for a breezy weekend. Make sure you fertilize them and wear a cap to protect them from direct sunlight. 

Storm_71
Storm_71

So Richie you voluntrily quit the Star Telegram to write for a free news paper? Ok dude whatever. Can't for the life of me imagine why Cubes would not want to talk to a prestigious journalist and on air radio talent such as yourself. Have to ask yourself are you sure he knows who you are? Did you have your lucky cap on backwards when you asked him? Someone wrties a blog post about sweet Greggo and says shit about you hard to believe.Man you sit right beside him everyday, he sounds like shit and has for awhile. I'm no doctor but I have had laryngitis before and it does not last months at a time. Come on man put two and two togather. By the in that pic of you on the blog, dude is one of your eyes bigger than the other? Get that shit checked out man. Greggo's dilated puplis look like they are going to shoot lasers at me.Wait aren't dilated puplis a sign of ...........never mind could'nt be right?Still waiting for you to post those big strong ratings you are so proud of. Everyone on your show got rasies right or at least that's what you said? Man those ratings must be kick'n ass can't wait to see you hand that skin on the wall.  

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

 " let me get this straight: I'm a racist simply because I think it's abhorrent that Michelle "fame whore" Obama invited Common to the White House . . . a rapper who penned a paean about a CONVICTED COP KILLER."

I was about to say no, but the unusually hostile, completely unsubstantiated crack about Michelle Obama being a "fame whore" made me change my mind.

Armen's Choade
Armen's Choade

He was joking. He missed to get more hair plugs or something.

Mishon
Mishon

The whole show is tired.

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

"Richie plants a tree on his head and you assail."

Possible translation: Richie got a hair transplant and you mock him for it.

"Richie of the most minute wears pants for you but in arrogance your pants are up around him."

Possible translation: Richie is short ("minute").  He wears designer pants (maybe?), but you are afraid he's gay so you keep your pants up when around him.

I was going to try to tackle the other sentences, but honestly, this was one of the biggest beatings I've ever read.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You mean ripped pants, Incoherent On-a-Bender Greggo.

Mishon
Mishon

It may be better without Richie, but we won't find out today with Choppy in his place. Horrible.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I have know idea what I just read, but it was better than anything RW has wrote since the Greggo expose...Slow clap from this member of the commenteriat. 

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

No one - I repeat - no sports personality who has ever done a radio show/column-blogs has done so without repeating some of the same info. So I'm gonna write 3 blogs and host 20 radio segments daily, all totally unique and without crossover? Surely you jest.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

For maximum protection, the cap should be worn backwards 

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

I know it comes as a surprise to some of you naive, never-think-outside-the-box types, but I make more money at Observer than I ever did at FWS-T. The price is free, not the salary. And as for if I know Cuban, ask him about the time I hit a Wiffle Ball double off his living room chandelier. Or just go on pretending I work for free and don't know anybody of significance. Your choice. If you knew the first thing about radio, you'd realize ratings aren't the only way to please your bosses.

Cold Hard Truth
Cold Hard Truth

he won't post ratings b/c his show pulled a 1.3 for March and April is even lower.those #s will be released next wk.to his credit, he didnt say which 2 of his failing show got new contracts with raises but im pretty sure he's eluding to he and greggo.as bad as sybil & armen are they are not the problem with that show.the problem is richie, period.simply does not know how to let the game come to him.classic over-talker. furthermore his voice sounds as though he's gasping for air on every 2 syllable word.tries to hard to be controversial, its transparently fake.listeners arent buying it and there's 6 months of putrid ratings to back that up.

the one thing the Tardline has done in their 6 months of being in pm drive is boost Galloway's ratings.translation:listeners are going to Galloway and staying there during the Hardline's 8min breaks.

in all seriousness, i would not be surprised if Jeff Catlin & espn radio's Pete Dits & Tom Lee are paying a portion of the Tardline's salary to keep them on air for as long as possible.

Richie's relieved ex-wife
Richie's relieved ex-wife

If it makes you feel any better, I also think Snooki is a fame whore. Last I checked, she's white-ish. More orange, really, but my point stands: just because I call a black person a "fame whore," doesn't mean I'm an unmitigated racist. After all, is there a bigger fame whore than Charlie Sheen? Guess I'm racist against the Anglos, too. I'm just a terrible person.

But let's get back to the real issue here: Richie is a sanctimonious prig who has wet dreams about replacing Corby. (Which would actually improve The Ticket since Corby is a DB.)

Baldy
Baldy

 Well,i disagree with you there.I actually listen to RAGE once in a while.I just wish they tried harder.I enjoy all three sports stations.Sometimes even four when i want to brush up on my Spanish.(ESPN Deportes 1540am ) I don't know why a lot of my fellow P1's and others are so anxious to see 105.3 The Fan collapse.They have to improve.....fast.) I don't know why a lot of my fellow P1's and others are so anxious to see 105.3 The Fan collapse.They have to improve.....fast.

Richie's hair plugs
Richie's hair plugs

You are correct, I spoke to soon. With the dog story I was expecting BDH to fill in. I enjoyed him filling in for Richie and thought the show was alot better but now...

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

You have "no" idea ... anything RW has "written" ... Commenteriat? I like that.  

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

That's why I said "I know the two can't be mutually exclusive 100% of the time", RW. I know you're going to repeat stuff. I was being nice, no need to be snippy.

"The NBA 2011 Western Conference Finals: Texas-OU." was what I was talking about the most. It wasn't clever when you said it on air, in fact it fell flat. It didn't work here either.

How about I say it this way: I know you're going to repeat stuff. For those who read your blog and listen to your show, maybe spread the repeating info out. For instance, I generally listen the first hour of your show and I find that a lot of your blog is covered in that hour. It might make those tune in longer. Just a thought.

There. Better? We cool? Let's go have a beer and hug it out.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Wow RW struck a nerve? I don't even want to know how you "please" your bosses. Your right I really do not know a whole hell of a lot about radio. One would think ratings are pretty damn important. A show that dead last in ratings oh I'm sorry "third" as you like to say. Upper managaement can't be that happy hence the laundry list of line up changes. Hey whatever keep fucking that chicken man. Tell yourself whatever you want to.  

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Lol. You guys opining on radio and how it supposedly works would be like me walking into a physics class and trying to lead a lecture. I'm always entertained.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

If only the ratings were tied to how many times Richie says Greggo's name, they'd leave the Ticket in the dust.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

I always welcome actual, honest feedback. What I usually get is midget jokes and ridiculously wrong predictions of my imminent demise. But I'm curious: what do you mean "I just wish they tried harder"? Example?

Baldy
Baldy

Whoops! Messed up. I'm on an old dusty Blackberry with a rather peculiar QWERTY.Fuks up abound!  lol.

Mishon
Mishon

?????????????

I never said anything about RAGE or any other show. Just not a fan of the Hardline anymore. If they get rid of Corby and his arrogance, I would give it another shot.

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

 I think if Richie made the same points on the radio as on the blog without repeating it verbatim, that might help out some.  It feels like he is reading straight from the blog sometimes.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

I gotta do something to keep him awake. 

kergo
kergo

@ Slightly Better than nothing

I hate to break it to you but the plainsman is a huge loser who spends waaay too much time and effort analyzing the ticket and RAGE.

Kergie out.

Slightly Better Than Nothing
Slightly Better Than Nothing

that was my 1st impression while listening as well.it was the plainsman from myticketconfession's observation also.in fact, i dont know of 1 person who gave the show a try who didnt notice that.

it leaves me to think that cbs mgmt mandates that richie says "greggo" every other sentence so as to alert the listener that greggo landed on 105.3.

unless richie has a tourette's syndrome and his tick is to utter "greggo" every 5 secs.

it all boils down to an unlistenable show as long as richie is the host.nothing personal, just a professional observation

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