Whitt's End

Whitt's End: 11.20.09

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

*Screw me. I've been inside Cowboys Stadium a dozen times now and never noticed there wasn't an American flag hanging somewhere. JumboJerry will do that for you. When during the National Anthem there's a flag "waving" on the world's largest video screen you tend to fixate on it. But I was surprised that the place doesn't have a permanent flag inside, almost as much as I was surprised that owner Jerry Jones tried to shrug it off by claimining he has one outside that flies 24/7. Is this "America's Team should have an American flag!" outrage or "Damn we've become a sensitive, cranky people" overkill?

*Speaking of stadium accessories, now that I think about no flag I have another question: Where are the five Super Bowl banners? Tune in to 105.3 The Fan this morning at 10. I'm going to ask Jerry what the what?!

*Let me get this straight, irrationally stubborn fake basketball fans: Dirk Nowitzki scores 29 points in a quarter, hits a game-winning buzzer-beater and pours in 41 points against the Spurs, all in a three-week span. He was the NBA's Player of the Week and he'll likely be the Player of the Month. Early on he's the NBA's MVP. Yet what you grudgingly stick to is the tired, old, non-sensical criticism that he's boring, one-dimensional, slow, white and a choker? Okay. But I promise. You're going to miss him when he's gone, so why not appreciate him while he's here? Starting ... now!

*Somebody -  one guy - actually voted for the Rangers' Ron Washington for AL Manager of the Year. T.R. Sullivan, I'm looking at you.

*Saw the artists' rendering for the new Bush Library over at SMU. I'm not going to make some corny joke about coloring books. But I did find it fitting that the place will be protected by a 3-foot retaining wall. (Vandal #1 to Vandal #2: "Geez, I'd really like to spray paint some graffiti up in there, but how oh how will we ever navigate this waist-high security wall? Damn you Dubya, out-smarted us again!") Just kidding. But surely before the first shovel hits the ground the former Prez is gonna unfurl his "Mission Accomplished!" banner. Right?

*The skinny on new Cowboys' right tackle Doug Free, courtesy of an NFL scout I talked to this week: "Technically he's almost flawless ... the quickest, best feet of any Dallas lineman ... Will be fine in the passing game, but lacks the brute strength to dominate in the running game."

*Sorry, but we overrate Megan Fox.

*The Stars beat the Red Wings this week. I have now exhausted both my interest and knowledge of hockey in 2009. But 2010 looms. Be patient. This just in: Hockey fights are cool.

*Sometimes it's the simple things in life. I never rarely turn down a good game of Tic-Tac-Toe.

*I don't get Twilight. Pretty sure I'm not supposed to.



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