Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:
*You heard it here first back in October as a sorta be-on-the-lookout rumor. Now it's more solid, as in, Michael Irvin's days on 103.3 FM ESPN are numbered. Radio industry sources keep telling me his show will be off the air come January, and this week I know for a fact that his entertainment agent called none other than 105.3 The Fan sniffing around for a new gig. Probable ESPN line-up move: Ben & Skin to middays and Wally Lynn (paired again with RJ Choppy?) back to nights. Call it an educated guess.
*Sometimes I'm a dick; Others I'm right. Thank you ESPNDallas for admitting you were wrong and correcting your mistake. Credit where credit is due. "Said on KRLD-FM" is fine by me. There is hope for this cold, cruel world yet.
*Talked to a high-ranking Dallas Cowboys' source last night. I know this sounds crazy, but he kept slobbering over Nebraska defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. Finally, I reminded him that Suh could be the top overall pick in next April's NFL Draft. "Trust me," he says, "we're on a mission." Stay tuned.
*What is it with the Dallas Mavericks and breakfast? This week it was Tim Thomas at Denny's. Back in 1995 it was Jason Kidd falling asleep in his car outside Waffle House.
*So the Texas Rangers, despite cumbersome financial handcuffs, have basically traded Kevin Millwood and Max Ramirez for Rich Harden, Chris Ray, Mike Lowell and financial relief. Brah. Vo.
*Regardless of your budget, I challenge you to take part in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program and not magically, instantly be in a better mood. Went to NorthPark last night and picked up the need/wish list of a 12-year-old boy named Jorge. I won't spend more meaningful time or money all Christmas season.
*Seriously, I can't believe Tony Romo is going to be the Cowboys' holder Sunday against San Diego. I know this goes without saying but three words come to mind: See. Add. Dull. When Romo responds to the call with "If I had my preference I wouldn't do it ... for obvious reasons", it just makes me cringe. It's like picking an old scab. If a snowstorm is in the forecast when the Cowboys travel to Washington, should they sign Leon Lett and put him on the field-goal block team? Or if they play in the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers and are driving late for the winning touchdown, should they call an end-zone pass for Jackie Smith? I think you catch my drift.
*Claymation be damned, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer never gets old.
*Billboard magazine names Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" as the worst one-hit wonder of the decade. It sucks and all, but wake me up when there's a one-hit wonder as annoying as Toni Basil's "Mickey."
*I asked Jerry Jones yesterday about the whole 50th season vs. 50th year conundrum. He says something big's coming next year.
*Tiger Woods = Punch line. It's still so surreal.
pretty real sure that pronouncing yourself a "sex addict" is just a lame excuse to unshackle your horniness. Speaking of, if it's our hormones that make us urge why don't we get "hormy"?
*Thank you CBS 11's Steve Dennis for trying to hold Wade Phillips accountable for not holding his team accountable. Somebody's gotta do it.
*There was a notable radio birthday this week. To all those who keep crowing that The Fan will "flip formats" before sundown, on Monday at least we survived long enough to blow out one candle. Commence Ticket-powered bashing in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...
*Divorced update: The power of out-of-sight-out-of-mind is tangible. Thank you, Alabama.
*Cowboys 28, Chargers 24. Don't ask me to explain it because it doesn't make sense. Just count on it.
*Sunday at noon I'll be out at Cowboys Stadium for 105.3 The Fan's Cowboys Pre-Game Show with Jagger and Larry Brown. Don't be a stranger. We're outside on the West Plaza. Bring me some hot chocolate.
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