Whitt's End: 8.12.11
*Just stop it with the calls for Stephen McGee to get more playing time, or even be elevated to No. 2. Watch the game. He's horrible. He can overcome sloppy footwork, inaccuracy and a lack of pocket presence against third-stringers, but ... just stop.
*With still more than 1/4th of the season left (44 games), next week's four-game series in Anaheim isn't crucial to the Rangers. Unless there's a sweep. Either way.
*I was rooting against this year's streak of consecutive 100-plus degree days. Why? So I can be a gloating old-timer who recalls living through the record summer. "It's not as hot as it was in 1980 ... " Today? Just another hot summer day in north Texas. Sorry.
*Dear Texas A&M: You need the Big 12 a lot more than the Big 12 needs you. But if you think a Saturday afternoon at The Swamp sounds more fun than one in Waco, tear your ass. Big 12 replacement if Aggies bolt: Houston? Maybe even TCU? As we've learned with conference commitments, they don't mean shit.
*Okay, here goes. Your monthly radio ratings. (Why do I constantly feed my attackers with fresh bullets?) For the gazillionth time, 1310 AM The Ticket is the king. But it's also time some of you stubbornly funny folks stop talking about 105.3 The Fan in terms of "pulling a 1.8." In afternoon drive RAGE again beat 103.3 FM ESPN and those ominous predictions of "flipping the format" have long been ridiculous. Bon appetit. For July 2011 in Men 25-54: OVERALL -- Ticket 5.7 (2nd in demo), ESPN 3.4 (8), Fan 3.4 (8); A.M. DRIVE -- Ticket 7.9, ESPN 4.1, Fan 3.7; MIDDAY -- Ticket 7.5, Fan 4.2, ESPN 2.6; P.M. DRIVE -- Ticket 8.3, Fan 4.0, ESPN 3.5; EVENING -- ESPN 5.3, Fan 2.6, Ticket 2.3; WEEKEND -- ESPN 2.5, Fan 2.0, Ticket 1.0.
*Cowboys' first-team defense wasn't too impressive, allowing 40 yards rushing and 3 points on its first drive. But the first play was cool. Didn't see this at the game because I was skeedaddling from the 105.3 The Fan pre-game show outside up to the press box, but watching TiVo this morning it looks like defensive coordinator Rob Ryan had the Cowboys line up in Tom Landry's old Flex for the first snap. Only time
this year ever you'll see linebacker Kenwin Cummings (wearing Randy White's old No. 54) lined up at defensive tackle, three yards off the ball and in a four-point stance. Kinda funny.
*I feel bad for giggling at Tiger Woods' demise. Cheated away his wife, fired his swing coach, fired his caddie and is now 14 shots back in majors he used to own. But then it quickly dissipates and return to giggling even more. Karma.
*I've been known to make a typo or three, but last night the Cowboys goofed on the name of one of their own players. On JumboJerry in the third quarter was a "Footy vs. Football" video segment featuring punter Mat McBriar. Only it featured "Matt" McBriar. Oops.
*Awoke Wednesday morning to two words sure to ruin your day: Flat. Tire.
*Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Thumbs up. Not as much ape-human combat as you're expecting, but it's entertaining with a thoughtful plot that's difficult to poke glaring holes in. And, hint, stay after the credits. 'Splains a lot.
*Hey, I didn't know J.D. Ryan was back on radio? Great to hear him with Jody Dean's morning show on KLUV 98.7. Yes, I'm talking about Russ Martin's old J.D. Ryan.