Whitt's End: 9.23.11

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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:

*Doomsday scenario for Monday Night Football: Quarterback Jon Kitna. Running back DeMarco Murray. Receivers Kevin Ogletree, Jesse Holley and Dwayne Harris. Center Kevin Kowalski. Left guard Bill Nagy. Ouch indeed.

*With the Angels' loss to the Blue Jays in 12 innings last night, the Rangers can clinch the AL West tonight with a win over the Mariners and an Anaheim loss to Oakland. As has been the case since mid-August, it's just a matter of when, not if. Tigers also lost to the Orioles, so we're dead even in race for 2nd-best record in AL. Detroit has tie-breaker edge over Texas, so Rangers need to finish ahead of the Tigers to avoid the Yankees in the ALDS.

*Speaking of baseball, it's the most over-celebrating sport on the planet. Saw the Yankees clinch the East the other night and they did the mound dogpile complete with Champagne and goggles and plastic over the lockers in the clubhouse. I'm telling ya, they celebrated more wildly than the Mavericks when they won the NBA championship. Here's hoping the Rangers this weekend act as if clinching the West is a stepping stone, not a destination.

*So Russ Martin is moving to afternoons on 97.1 The Eagle? Sounds like a couple things. Martin's ratings have been very mediocre -- 3.8 over the last three months compared to Kidd Kraddick's 6.1 -- in the mornings, so a move to kick-start things makes sense. I also hear it may be part of The Eagle's grand plan to dump music and go all-talk in the mold of the old Live 105.3 or Free FM. Dan O'Malley is a talented, hard-working, great dude on that show. Otherwise, yawn.

*Jason Garrett is all "football" and "process". But when he goes to the movies the dude gets crazy. He told me and Greggo on his weekly show Wednesday that he gets a large popcorn, dumps into it a box of Milk Duds, a bag of Sour Patch Kids and digs in <>. Mixed all together? Yep. Yuck.

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Whitt's End: 9.16.11

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*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.

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Whitt's End: 9.9.11

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*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.

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Whitt's End: 9.2.11

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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:

*Raymond Radway was thiiiiis close -- three seconds, in fact -- to making the Cowboys' final roster. Then in Thursday night's 17-3 meaningless loss to the Dolphins the rookie free-agent receiver broke his left leg on the final play. Gruesome. His lower left leg bent outward in a right angle. He'll have surgery today to have a rod inserted. Same injury that ruined the career of Cowboys' 1986 No. 1 draft Mike Sherrard. The kid, from McKinney North High School, will be put on injured reserve and is done for the season, maybe forever. Total bummer. Remind me again how life is fair.

*At the top of my list of concerns after Dallas' preseason is kicker. Dave Rayner is out of the equation after missing two field goals last night, and David Buehler didn't help his cause by pushing a 48-yarder, though it was in the rain with his plant foot in the mud and the ball on the grass and with a snap that looked a little low. At this point I think the Cowboys keep two kickers, because they don't have one.

*C.J. Wilson is a legit ace. Won his 14th game last night and flirted with a no-hitter. But he's got to stop stabbing at balls hit up the middle with his bare, pitching hand. For a really intelligent guy, it's just a stupid move.

*Now comes word that Texas tried to invite A&M into a joint Longhorn-Aggie Network two years ago but A&M AD Bill Byrne wasn't interested. When he realized Texas was gonna get rich in the deal after all, Byrne wanted back in. Says UT AD DeLoss Dodds, "I said we were too far down the road. We had figured out how to do it by ourselves." The Aggies are such, well, Aggies.

*If you hate 105.3 The Fan and stubbornly harbor the irrational opinion that CBS will pull the plug on the station by sundown, please skip this item ... By the time the Stars and Mavs (fingers crossed) start playing at American Airlines Center this season, you'll have a new sports-bar option in Victory Park. Welcome to The Fan Sports Lounge. It's the old Boardroom space, right in the thick of things. Lotsa TVs. Gourmet menu. And, yep, a full studio in case we wanna get a wild hair and broadcast before or after a game or just for the hell of it. First round is on me. No, seriously, when The Fan Sports Lounge opens this Fall I'll host a Sportatorium appreciation party where hopefully y'all can stop kicking me in the nuts long enough to let me buy you a drink or two.

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Whitt's End: 8.26.11

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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:

*On the verge of totally imploding within a week, the Rangers can restore order by simply winning this weekend's series against the Angels. Remember, the Mavericks lost four in a row in early April and most of us wrote the season off. But, seriously, who the hell is Omar Quintanilla and where did the comfortable AL West lead run off to?

*And now, as if it wasn't already thin enough, the Cowboys' offensive line takes a hit with a knee injury to Phil Costa that will sideline him 2-4 weeks. Not sure who the team's backup center is at this point, and I'm real certain that the No. 3 tackle -- behind Tyron Smith and Doug Free -- isn't on this roster. Danger, indeed.

*As expected, Texas A&M filed official paperwork to leave the Big 12. Could happen as soon as tomorrow when the Big 12 Board of Directors meet to discuss the conference's flimsy future. The Aggies are still a joke. Now they'll just be the SEC's punch line. As for replacing A&M, the Big 12 will get interest from SMU. Yep, I said S-M-U.

*Shame, shame, Rangers fans. Against the Red Sox and in the middle of a pennant race an announced 29,000 that looked and sounded more like 9,000 showed up at Rangers Ballpark. Whether the scapegoat is the heat or school starting, it's lame. Team deserves better than that.

*It's no surprise to this lil' corner of the blogosphere, but Cam Newton sucks. Watch him attempt to take a 7-step drop and throw an accurate 10-yard pass on an in route and you'll see too. The first, most important quality in a quarterback is acute passing accuracy and Newton doesn't have it. Never has. On the other hand, the Redskins' John Beck looks like a player.

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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.

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Whitt's End: 7.29.11

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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:

*I know one practice doesn't make a career and, as Bill Parcells says, let's hold off on shipping that bust to Canton, but Cowboys' first-round draft pick Tyron Smith looks like a beast. Athletic. Strong. Long arms. Quick feet. The entire package. Brad Sham comparing him to Larry Allen. Yes, already.

*With the trade deadline looming Sunday and with manager Ron Washington begging for reinforcements, the Rangers have to do something. Right? Padres' pitcher Heath Bell would give Texas an 8th-inning setup guy, but he might also be a psychological burden to suddenly iffy closer Neftali Feliz.

*Cowboys are desperate for help at safety. We know this. Painful to watch as players like Dawan Landry, Danieal Manning and Eric Weddle sign with other teams. Heard from another Cowboys' source this morning, however, that they are "lurking" in the cornerback Nnamdi Asomughu sweepstakes. If not him, then who? As of right now they are starting at safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and Barry Church.

*So now former U.S. President George W. Bush says his apparent lack of reaction to the first news of the Sept. 11 2001 attacks was a conscious decision to project an aura of calm in a crisis. So next time you get a call that your house is on fire, just sit there. Motionless. Dumbfounded. It'll project calm. Yeah, right. Laughing. My. Ass. Off.

*In case you ever forget the name of your favorite sport, head coach Jason Garrett is there with relentless reminders. I'll set the number of times he says "football" in a given press conference at 20. Take the over and by the end of the season you'll be a rich man.

*Remember that one time when a bunch of biased commenters accused Radio Station A of stealing every idea from Radio Station B, then B turned around and played softball a week after A? That was cool. And then remember that other time when Station B gloated about covering Cowboys' Training Camp -- starting Aug. 1! -- after A had already been doing it for five days? That was even cooler.

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Whitt's End: 7.22.11

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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:

*Dear NFL owners, you're a slimy lot. Signed, Everyone. Basically on Thursday the owners ratified a proposal, not an agreement. They made a deal with themselves. Then -- with darting eyes that screamed, "Are we really going to get away with this?!" -- they tried to pressure the players into recertifying as a union. It's unscrupulous, and it's illegal. I don't blame the players for taking their time and signing the 10-year contract on their terms. And Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is creepiest of all, trying to trumpet the owners giving in on an 18-game schedule when the issue was never even broached because the players, from the outset, deemed it "non-negotiable." The owners are the sleazy used-car sales guy, and they're treating players as first-time buyers.

*If it wasn't so sad, it'd be funny. Josh Hamilton's daytime struggles, that is. Ol' blue eyes has resorted to trying drops, eye-lid scrubs and sunglasses. But Thursday in Anaheim he went 0 for 3 and by his last at-bat the shades were gone. Hope this thing gets fixed before daytime ALDS and ALCS starts arrive. Of course at this point the problem is in Josh's head, not his eyes.

*Don't be surprised if the Cowboys wind up moving their first preseason game -- scheduled for August 11 -- to the weekend of August 13 to 14. Probably on that Sunday. Also, as we wrote last month, expect Cowboys Stadium to have an in-game MC along the lines of the Mavs' Chris Arnold. Hintyhinthint: Don't be surprised if it's a familiar voice.

*Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay left a game this week in Chicago with heat exhaustion. Temperature was 91. The Rangers would kill for 91 degrees for first pitch in Arlington.

*Butt-Head: "This is like a family tree ... if your family was made of whores." They're back in October. Yesss!

*Looking forward to tonight's 105.3 The Fan Softball Turf War at Big League Dreams Sports Park in Mansfield. Best part: All proceeds and donations will go to the memorial fund set up for the family of Shannon Stone. The fallen firefighter's parents will be on hand. Hopefully a healthy check and some horrible softball will provide the family a respite from their indescribable grief.

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Whitt's End: 7.15.11

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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:

*Derek Holland looked unusually sharp from the first pitch last night. Seattle's woeful offensively. I had a feeling, so I Tweetcalled for a no-hitter in the bottom of the 1st. Holland took his no-no into the 6th and wound up with a five-hit shutout. Not a bad prediction, just a little short. Story of my life.

*Talked to Dez Bryant and he says his card-show liaison will be "taken care of." Good. Hope so. I still contend Dez is a good guy. Never been arrested or involved with drugs or violence. Just a little immature and makes some bad decisions. As a Cowboys fan, I'm thrilled he's on my team.

*Happy for Dirk Nowitzki for winning an ESPY. How's it, though, that Derrick Rose is NBA MVP but Dirk is ESPN's NBA Player of the Year?

*Remember this column about SMU assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Adrian Klemm? The guy is the real deal. He nabbed another stud commitment out of Los Angeles yesterday, the first 4-star offensive recruit of the June Jones era. The Mustangs just aren't supposed to be able to steal receivers like Venice High School's Gabriel Marks. The kid, ranked as the nation's 25th-best receiver, had an offer from UCLA.

*Is it just me or do the Rangers look, feel and play like a better team when Elvis Andrus is focused and scampering around the bases?

*I'm sure you guys will have fun spinning with/shitting upon them anyway, so I'll just present the June Arbitron PPM numbers and let you have your fun. PM Drive Men 25-54: The Ticket (8.6), The Fan (5.2), ESPN (4.5). A year ago this month The Fan's afternoon number was 2.0. CBS bosses see progress, but I'm sure y'all somehow see ...

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Whitt's End: 7.1.11

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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:

*Rangers return from Houston today to start a series in Arlington against the lowly Florida Marlins. Did anyone go to the airport to see the Silver Boot as Nolan Ryan triumphantly raised it? And how long until we get a Twitpic of Ryan and the boot together in the urinal? Thursday night's 7-0 loss to the Astros was totally expected in the wake of drinking Champagne from the boot.

*Again I ask you, why is Josh Hamilton diving for balls in the outfield in the 7th inning of a June game in which his team trails 7-0? Great catch. Grotesque decision.

*Can't decide if this is one of the best or worst times ever to be a metroplex sports fan. Is it A.) The best because we're still basking in the glow of the Mavs' first title? or B.) The worst because the Cowboys haven't won a Super Bowl in 15 years, the Stars are a total mess and now two of the four major sports are stagnated in lockouts? I'm going with A. For now.

*Speaking of the Mavs, they can't let Tyson Chandler walk in free agency. Without him, Dallas' wait for an NBA title would be 32 years and counting.

*When and if the NBA 2011-12 season commences, don't be surprised if Bob Ortegel is back on Mavs TV broadcasts. In what capacity I'm not sure, but I know the Mavs sorely missed his presence and expertise last season and there is a strong push inside the organization to return him behind the microphone.

*For those of you who keep stubbornly predicting KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan will flip formats by sundown, a certain afternoon drive show recently surpassed 5.0 in the Men 25-54 ratings and beat KESN-FM 103.3 ESPN's Galloway and Co. the first two weeks in June. Not pounding my chest. Not saying I'm any good. Not saying KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket's Hardline dynasty is in any way, shape or form the least bit threatened. Merely promising that when I get back from vacation on July 11 I'll still have a job.

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