Whitt's End: 9.16.11
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:
*Every once in a while I take Michael Young for granted. I think of him as a step-slow, reaction-reduced fielder. Then I go to Rangers Ballpark, watch him rip a bases-loaded double down the left-field line and remember how damn good he is. From almost traded in spring training to the team's 2011 MVP. Right?
*In his career Tony Romo has thrown 2,106 passes. Of those, 63 have been caught by the wrong team, making his Interception percentage 3.0. When he drops back to pass, 3 percent of the time it winds up horribly bad for the Cowboys. How does 3 percent compare? Tom Brady (2.2), Peyton Manning (2.7), (John Elway 3.1), Brett Favre (4.2), Roger Staubach (3.7), Troy Aikman (3.0) and Danny White (4.5). Now if we could only equate a clutch/choke quotient.
*What's your most vivid -- I didn't say best, but rather most vivid -- memory of the Cowboys in Candlestick: "The Catch" in 1982 or "How 'Bout Them Cowboys" in 1993? I remember crying through Sunday-night church in '82, but since I was there in the mud and glory in '93 it's no contest.
*Big merger in the radio world. Cumulus being gobbled up by Citadel. Possible ramifications for Dallas stations? KSCS 96.3 may be shoved down the dial to i93, or the new conglomerate might decide to simulcast The Ticket on 93.3 FM to give it a better after-sundown signal south of downtown.
*I personally find it hard to believe that Mack Brown had zero knowledge of his long-time right-hand man -- Cleve Bryant -- allegedly sexually harassing Texas women. Brown is a "we'll cover it up" email away from real trouble.
*Can we now -- finally -- put the "heat" to bed? Forever. The Rangers are going to win their division playing in one of the hottest summers on record. Good baseball > High temperatures.
*Kudos to Fox Sports Southwest and Rangers fans for raising $156,375 during Tuesday night's online auction to benefit the Shannon Stone Memorial Fund. Biggest-drawing item: 18-seat luxury suite at Cowboys Stadium for Oct. 2 Lions-Cowboys. Winning bid: $28,500.
*Why do people use toothpicks when there is an invention called floss? It might look more suave, but no way it's more effective.
*How impressive was LSU's defense Thursday night against Mississippi State? Fifteen tackles for losses. Wow.
*Speaking of college football, we'll have some clarification about all this conference clusterfuck Monday (hopefully) when Oklahoma's Board of Regents meets to discuss, perhaps decide a definitive direction on Big 12 affilliation. With Baylor blocking A&M to the SEC, this meeting may be the first domino.
*How good does this sound? Rangers potential ALDS tickets go on sale Saturday morning at 9. Obstructed view, standing-room and some reserve seats. Click on texasrangers.com, call 972-RANGERS or go in person at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington West box office.
*HOV cheaters, rejoice! As of October 3 getting caught riding solo in HOV lanes will result in only a $50 fine, down from $250. Reason? DART gets to keep all the fine money starting next month. So now it gets the full $50, when before it only kept $5 of the $250. My question, though, is this: Is DART running the HOV lanes to make money or ease traffic congestion? Because no doubt solo drivers will now even more brazenly clog up the lanes designated for high occupancy vehicles. More tickets. More revenue. But not fewer traffic jams.
*Dez Bryant doesn't wear thigh pads. And somehow we're supposed to be surprised when he gets a bruised thigh in a NFL game. Steroid testing. Concussion studies. Moving kickoffs for safety. Then the NFL up and allows players to play without pads. I don't get it.