Whitt's End: 8.19.11
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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:
- Talked to the family of Shannon Stone for next week's Observer column. Wait until you hear their other sad story involving a souvenir ball from a Rangers game. Sorry, you have to wait.
- Not real bothered by Thursday night's walk-off loss in Anaheim by the Rangers. They took three of four and all but buried the Angels, leading by six with 37 remaining. The two new relievers -- Koji Uehara and Mike Adams -- are good, but those suckers also know how to give up the homer don't they?
- I feel sorta guilty filling up my swimming pool in the middle of a "conserve water!" drought, but I had a crack that for months sent my water bill above $200. The solution? Drain the pool, fix the crack/leak and then refill. I'll be honest, refilling takes two hoses running full blast for about 20 hours. If you died of thirst during the heat wave the last two days, my bad.
- Love the fact that Jason Garrett extends an open invite to any former player. Have seen Leon Lett, Charles Haley and Larry Allen at practices this camp. Hard to stomach that there was a time when the invited former players were named Harry Carson and Jim Burt. One more time -- with feeling -- eff you, Bill Parcells.
- Mavs-Heat be damned, I'd pay to watch a seven-game series between Georgetown and China's Bayi Rockets. Wow.
- A&M to the SEC? To me it's a joke. Notre Dame to the Big 12? You heard it first right here last week ... and it's gaining momentum.
- Had my first experience with a red-light camera last week. Got a ticket in the mail from the city of Plano. No way. Couldn't have been me. I don't even ... sure enough, it was me. Turning right on red at Legacy Drive onto the Tollway south. I slowed down, but didn't completely stop. Pictures. Even video of the "violation." I could fight it. Or just learn a $77 lesson. Damn you, Big Brother!
- I love NFL football. But I hate the NFL machine. The one that massages its rules to cater to one player, such as Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Psst, he ain't that good. And I'm not real sure how you can suspend a player who isn't yet a part of your league? I also can't stand when Michael Vick says "Yes!" then is forced to have someone else write him a statement that says, after further review, "No!" I fully believe Vick was indeed "convinced" by commish Roger Goodell to sign with the Eagles last year. Why? Because he would be Philly's No. 3 quarterback, and not subjected to weekly big press conferences like he would've as a starter in Buffalo. Yes, it's a gross abuse of power and if I'm Jerry Jones I want an explanation.
- As if you were actually considering voting for her, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann thinks we're concerned about the "rise of the Soviet Union." Somewhere even Rick Perry is chuckling.
- No way ESPN's overkill of the Little League World Series is good for boys' baseball. The purity of that event will be poisoned by egos prematurely inflated by 12-year-olds showing off on prime-time television. Or has this already occurred?
- Lack of institutional control? Egregious violations spanning almost a decade, covering a compliance department, two athletic directors and more than 70 players? If SMU deserved the death penalty, Miami deserves the guillotine. Maybe this epic scandal will finally shrink the swagger of "The U."