Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:
*Haven't received a return call all week from Greg Williams, which is weird if not troubling. Something's up. Maybe he's merely at his vacation condo in Colorado and temporarily out of pocket. Or maybe there's something to the whispers about Hammer I'm hearing from mutual friends that include a possible recent arrest and/or two broken ankles. Developing ...
*Since Arbitron has turned stingy with the publishing of its detailed radio ratings, we'll have to generalize October's stats. 1. The Ticket. 2. ESPN Radio. 3. The Fan. There, I've already said too much.
*Not saying we've let our guard down, but there are no longer metal detectors at the entrances to American Airlines Center. Check that, we have let our guard down.
*In the spirit of the Cowboys' season-opening alternating of cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick, Mavs owner Mark Cuban will give behind-the-mic starts to P.A. candidates Michael Taylor and Sean Heath the next 10 games before making a final decision.
*There are 8th-graders in our midst who have never witnessed a Cowboys' playoff victory. Wow. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has overseen the most successful (three Super Bowls in four years) and most unsuccessful (13 years without a playoff win) stretches in franchise history. Question: Would you accept a Super Bowl win this season, if attached afterward was another 13 years without a post-season victory? I think you would. And I know there are 15 NFL teams out there that have never won a championship that would make that deal in a nano-second. Right, Philadelphia?
*The Texas Rangers hired Clint Hurdle to be their hitting coach. Yeah, that Clint Hurdle.
*I believe in JesusGodSanta, but sometimes just to trick it up I say "Praise Allah" when I make a long birdie putt or bank in a 3-pointer or beat my buddy at paper-rock-scissors. But after yesterday's events at Fort Hood I'm gonna stop. I'm not saying all Muslims are terrorists or all terrorists are Muslims, just saying the fact that Major Nidal Malik Hasan wrote "Allah" on his door sometime before killing 12 and injuring 31 prompts me to recalibrate some angles. Make sense?
*Despite the fact that he's 27-12 and has the best winning percentage (.692) of any head coach in franchise history, I still believe that anything short of a Super Bowl victory and Wade Phillips is Dead Man Coaching.
*Can't believe it's a been a year already since we elected Barack Obama as President. I'm better off than in November 2008. You?
*With a $200 million payroll, it should only be historic when the New York Yankees don't win the World Series. Really, so your $50,000 Mercedes is faster than my $20,000 Hyundai? Shocker.
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*Martellus Bennett: 9 catches. 4 holding penalties. So far, Marty B ovehyped.
*Eagles 27, Cowboys 24.
*If we somehow live past Dec. 21, 2012, I wonder if we'll unearth some Mayan calendar post-it note and find an edict that decrees nobody named Roy Williams will ever succeed as a Dallas Cowboy?
*I'm out at Texas Motor Speedway today broadcasting live from the site of Sunday's Dickie's 500 and Sunday I'll be with Jagger and Larry Brown on 105.3 The Fan's Dallas Cowboys pre-game show 4-7 p.m. from Duke's Original Roadhouse in Bedford. Don't be a stranger.