Whitt's End

Whitt's End: 10.09.09

Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:

*Ho hum, The Ticket's dynasty rolls on as one of the most dominant entities in sports. In September's Arbitron PPM ratings - I hear, by the way, that only 1,400 meters are used to garner these numbers - The Ticket remains the No. 1 station among Men 25-54 with a 7.7. Way down the list is ESPN Radio at 3.0 (13th) and further down 105.3 The Fan at 2.1 (22nd). I'll let Dallas' Only Daily's Barry Horn break down the hour-by-hour details.

*Wither Rudy Jaramillo? I know he's coaxed gaudy stats and MVPs out in Arlington, but I think the time has come for the Texas Rangers' hitting coach to go. The Rangers are moving forward with a philosophy of pitching and defense, which doesn't jive with Jaramillo's boom-or-bust mantra reliant upon hacking at the first pitch. The Rangers were second in the majors in homers but third in strikeouts and 26th in walks. Rudy sets off fireworks, but he doesn't manufacture runs. Combine that with how he monkeyed with Josh Hamilton's swing, couldn't fix Chris Davis and makes almost as much as manager Ron Washington, I'd be surprised if he's back in 2010.

*Depending on which you value, Dallas, you're either 9th, 46th or 48th. (Hint: I'd cherish sports if I were you.)

*My attention to detail is going to drive me insane. I find myself listening to commercials during radio breaks and analyzing their faults. Weird, I admit. Under the microscope today: "Here's another Nattyism, from Natural Light." After the guy introduces the ad, we hear a beep from what sounds like an old-school answering machine. But after a robot-speaking woman begins her bit, she stops and the beep repeats. What the frick? Is she leaving two separate messages? If so, why? And immediately after she uses "today's Nattyism" in a sentence, we get yet another beep, followed by what sounds like a pillowcase full of firewood falling off a desk onto a hardwood floor. Seriously, what is that thuuuuud? Did she fall over dead after delivering such an exhaustive performance? Then, to top it off, comes Natural Light's oh-so-clever tag line: "Now You're Talkin". In other words, three thumbs down.

*I know I'm in the minority on this one, but I like Brent Musburger.

*Cowboys play Sunday in Kansas City, where the Chiefs are coached by familiar face Todd Haley. Remember back when the former receivers coach's wife, Chrissy, was served a rat in her McDonald's salad in Southlake? I certainly do.

*This never gets old. To me, at least.

*Jerry Jones could sell mittens to Ted Williams' frozen head. Well, couldn't he?


*Not. (WTF?! - What The Foot?!)

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Richie Whitt
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