Whitt's End: 9.9.11
*When Jerry Jones admits his team has to "walk before we can run," that's code for "rebuilding." 8-8.
*The Jets may well kill the Cowboys Sunday, but aren't we glad Dallas isn't opening up against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' four-receiver sets? With Terence Newman hurt the Cowboys' fourth cornerback is ... no one. I guess backup safety Barry Church will be pressed into duty if Mike Jenkins gets re-injured.
*Everybody chill on the Rangers and their AL West race. It's over. Texas survived its 16-game gauntlet against the Red Sox, Angels and Rays at 8-8. Starting tonight against the lowly A's, the schedule is unbelievably appetizing. If they can merely beat Oakland and Seattle down the stretch, the season-ending three-game series in Anaheim won't matter.
*Vegas odds have set the numbers for Felix Jones this season at 800 yards and 4.5 touchdowns. If he doesn't go "over" both the Cowboys won't be a .500 team.
*Can't believe it's been 10 years since 9/11. I was in New York the weekend before covering the U.S. Open for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. I remember watching Lleyton Hewitt win the title on Sunday and the next day doing some tourist stuff with friends and family. Took the ferry ride around the Statue of Liberty in the harbor. I have a photo in front of the Twin Towers, dated 9/10/01. Still gives me chills. I flew out of LaGuardia Monday night.
*Radio ratings time. For August 2011 in the desired demo of Men 25-54: Overall The Ticket earned a 6.2, ESPN a 4.4 and The Fan 3.9. Some of us are hyper-sensitive to P.M. Drive, where The Hardline had 8.6, RAGE 4.8 and Galloway and Co. 4.1. I'm sure you guys will apply your spin. Here's mine: Still getting our afternoon asses kicked by The Ticket. No way around that. But we've beaten ESPN the last three months and in two of those, including August, been No. 2 among all stations in our demo behind only The Hardline.
*Not gonna lie, it's going to be a weird NFL season with nary a highlight from Brett Favre nor Peyton Manning. But if last night's Packers 42, Saints 34 opener is any indication, we'll all be just fine. You mope around in 108-degree heat thinking you're missing football, then it turns 84 and you see
TCU over Baylor over TCU and Drew Brees and Rodgers duke it out and then you really remember how much you missed it.
*We're still waiting for Donald Young to blossom into Tennis Tiger. Better this year as he advanced into the fourth round of the U.S. Open, but the one-time "next big thing" remains a disappointment.
*Still something very cool to me about sleeping with the windows in the house open. Sorta feels like I'm getting away with something.
*Also from last night: Didn't take long for the 108-yard kickoff return we all knew was coming, Charles Woodson should have been ejected for punching David Thomas, and Saints' tight end Jimmy Graham should be levied an idiot fine after celebrating the "belt" maneuver while trailing in the fourth quarter at Lambeau. By the way, for us old-schoolers, Randall Cobb will always be a boxer.
*Not a huge hockey/Stars fan but I do remember watching Karlis Skrastins play a time or two. The Russian plane crash that killed him and most of his team is a horrible tragedy. And this related episode is chilling.
*You kids are so cute with your stubborn, irrational loyalty and all. So last Saturday night I Tweeted a dumb comment about Georgia's uniforms looking like an arena team. Repeated it Monday on RAGE and then put it in a blog item that posted Tuesday afternoon. But according to some of you, I supposedly stole it from The Ticket Tuesday morning. SMH.