Whitt's End: 2.27.09
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:
*Sorry to rain on Skip Bayless' - what, 14-year? - crusade, but Troy Aikman ain't gay. Went to the Pro Bowl and hung out with Aikman in Honolulu in '93. Lotsa drinks. LotsaLotsa hula girls. Guaranteed that Aikman "signed autographs" for more women that week than Bayless ever befriended black Cowboys. And, despite numerous pleas from various females one night, the quarterback refused to karoake. Case closed. I'm not just saying this because Aikman this week ranked me his third-favorite writer of all time. No? Listen for yourself. Of course he also gave props to Calvin Watkins and Jennifer Floyd-Engel. And you thought my lists sucked?!
*Josh Howard's annual charity bowling event is tomorrow 6-9 p.m. at 300 Dallas in Addison. Amazing how he's put his hideously unpatriotic summer behind him. Let's just pray this function doesn't turn out like his softball game.
*From time to time I rag on Dallas' Only Daily columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor, but his offering this week about the Rangers' Josh Hamilton giving up tobacco was a nice execution of a neat idea.
*First this, and now this: I'm going to run the 2009 White Rock Marathon in December. Stayed tuned for the grizzly details.
*Turns out the Stars shot their wad in that franchise-record 10-2 win over the Rangers on Feb. 6. In the ensuing nine games they've scored only 16 goals and gone 4-5.
*Jack Black = not funny.
*Glad that Dallas fighter Luis Yanez won his pro debut last weekend. But I attended that fight, and the next punch landed will be the first.
*Not sure why, but I was a little surprised last Sunday when one of my spies spotted Cowboys' defensive end DeMarcus Ware having a burger at this Oak Lawn joint.
*You only have to be this tall to understand why Six Flags selling alcohol is a horrible idea.
*Dang, the Academy Awards are a big deal, huh? Just how big? Total viewers: Super Bowl 98 million; Oscars 36 million. So yeah, about a third as big as BIG.
*Hot: Oscar chick.
*Not: Oscar chick.
*Comedy Central is roasting Larry the Cable Guy. Greetings, Armageddon.
*I understand Channel 8 anchor Cynthia Izaguirre's defense of insisting on pronouncing her name with an exaggerated Ecuadorian rrrrolling of the r's. But, seriously, if I got a job on German TV and viewers were clamoring for me to be "Richie Vitt", I'd just roll with it.
*Score one for Newy Scruggs. Interviewing Texas Motor Speedway boss Eddie Gossage last week on 105.3 The Fan, Newy jokingly ambused with "What are you guys doing for Black History Month?" Touche. Replied Gossage, "Well ... you're here." Double touche.
*Guns for groceries is cool. But why unloaded guns? Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's not guns that kill people, it's bullets.
*If you've noticed that I now have a Facebook page, also take note that the creator, curator, proprietor and operations manager isn't me, but rather my lovely and talented wife.
*If you want to check me out on 105.3 The Fan this weekend, I'll be on 1-2 p.m. Saturday and 7-10 a.m. Sunday. If you don't, I'll probably be on at those times anyway.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Observer's biggest stories.