Whitt's End: 2.6.09
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:
*So Jerry Jones wanted Dan Reeves to pledge working X amount of hours per week. Maybe it's part of the owner's new get-tough policy, but isn't that ridiculous? I seem to remember a head coach around here trying to force players to punch a time clock. Goes by the name of Dave Campo.
*He totally sneaked in and out under the radar, but Yankees' pitcher Andy Pettite was in town last week speaking at The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson. And, yes, he openly addressed his steroid use. I know, foreign concept.
*Sully Sullenberger is getting hailed as a hero. Initially, even by me. But the more I think about it, wasn't he just doing his job? And isn't a true "hero" someone who voluntarily thrusts himself into harm's way to save others? Fantastic employee and damn good pilot, that Sully. But hero? Eh.
*When the Mavs lose, they do it in style. Their last three losses have come by 34, 24 and 28 points, Thursday night in Utah. That said, they are playing like playoff team. When Josh Howard produces and Brandon Bass kicks in, they can be really, really good.
*To this day I don't get why Darren Stevens wouldn't let Samantha use her magical powers on Bewitched. I'd totally let her. I'd make her.
*Don't watch this. Unless you want to be awesome.
*Babe Laufenberg is promoting his Sunday night sit-down with Tony Romo on Channel 11 as the quarterback's "first post-season interview". Wonder how Dallas' Only Daily's Todd Archer feels about that?
*So Sean Avery is ready to return to the NHL? If it was up to me he would've never left in the first place. Again, was "sloppy seconds" sooooo bad? Really?
*I'm intrigued by military time. I just think it's weird to look at my clock and have it appear exactly the same twice a day even though the times it's representing are vastly different. In fact, I'm going to buy a giant military clock with 24 numbers instead of 12 to hang on my wall.
*As an early Valentine's Day present to my hot, married, female roommate, I accompanied her to see New in Town. Don't get me wrong, I'm not proud of this. But I'm happy to offer my succinct review: Suuuuuhhhhuuuuucks. Fargo meets Tommy Boy meets Doc Hollywood, only shitty.
*What'dya know? The Rangers just made a wise evaluation of a pitcher. Unleash the confetti!
*President Obama has already done something President Bush never did: "I screwed up." Making mistakes: Bad. Having accountability: Great.
*Didn't hear this with my own ears, but a buddy says 105.3 The Fan's Greg Hill was talking about the station's acquisition of Rangers broadcasts when he blurted out, "Yeah, but this is nothing compared to the announcement coming next week!" My guess: The Cowboys are coming. But knowing Hill, maybe he merely landed a one-on-one with R.C. Slocum.
*Just once, on National Signing Day, I wanna see a college coach come out, hold his arms out, palms upward, and say, "Sorry, I got nothin'."
*And how 'bout this? The same guy that points to Heaven when he scores a touchdown points to Hell when he drops a crucial pass. Deal?
*After losing to Rafael Nadal in last week's Australian Open final Roger Federer openly wept at the awards ceremony, saying through the tears, "Maybe I'll try again but, God, it's killing me right now." 1) Tennis is a uniquely cruel sport, making the loser stick around like that. 2) Would you rather have an athlete who, when faced with heart-breaking failure, responds by crying or by shrugging?
*It's crystally apparent GEICO's sports advertising budget isn't feeling any financial crisis. What's confusing is which one is its official spokesman: Cavemen? Gecko? Or stack of cash with eyeballs?
*If you're interested, I'll be on 105.3 The Fan this Saturday 1-3 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m.-11 a.m. If you're not interested, I'll be on at those times anyway.
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