Whitt's End 1.9.09

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

*First things first. If you plan to see this movie, or even think it looks remotely entertaining, please, leave these premises immediately.

*Nothing official yet (UPDATE: Now it's official), but I hear Eric Nadel's new broadcast partner in the Texas Rangers' radio booth will be former Mavs' voice Dave Barnett. Which, to me, would be a splendid choice.


*Dallas Stars' icon Mike Modano earned his ninth - and final? - NHL All-Star nod this week. Raise your hand if you thought he'd be retired and forechecking only her at this point. My hand = Raised.

*Anybody else tired of clearing their lawns of Briefing newspapers every week? If the Dallas Morning News/Belo is in such financial difficulty, it should stop wasting its product on people who don't want it. That oughta save them a buck or two right there.

*The Rangers' suffered a blow this week when leading hitter Milton Bradley bolted to the Cubs. That's okay, the Rangers balanced that loss by signing ... um ... no one? Other than hiring Barnett (?) and bringing back old media relations guru John Blake, pretty sure the Rangers haven't done diddly-poo this winter.

*By the way, the day the Rangers seriously pursue Manny Ramirez is the day monkeys join other things in flying out my butt.

*WWJD? Beats me, but I'm pretty sure he wouldn't institute a zero tolerance policy on downtown panhandling. Be careful, Dallas.

*I'm looking forward to the day when the Gatorade dump becomes passe. Okay, it is passe. I'm looking forward to it disappearing. What happened to carrying the conquering king off the field on your shoulders?

*I know, what about an NFL Mock Draft?! Because it's never too early for next season to become this season.

*DeMarcus Ware finishing second to Pittsburgh's James Harrison in the NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting was fine by me. Where was Ware on the two long runs against Baltimore? Or for that matter, all day long in Philadelphia?

*As if Emmitt "Prancing with the Stars" Smith's macho reputation needed a hit, two words: Celine Dion.

*At this point in the show I'd like to hear from all those who laughed and sturbbornly claimed Dallas would still be the big winner when the Super Bowl came to North Texas. Really?

*I've been snow skiing. It's all bibs and overalls and vests and buckles and velcro and it takes 20 minutes just to forge an opening from which to pee. Therefore, I'm calling bullshit on this. The photo might be real, but no one gets in that position on accident. No way.

*In its last three visits to the Cotton Bowl, Texas Tech is 0-3 and has been outscored 115-58. Nice.

*My first pet peeve of the new year: People who go to the health club, yet troll the parking lot for 20 minutes looking for a primo spot so they - God forbid - don't have to walk far to the front door. Just stay home, wouldja?


*If your girlfriend has ever asked you during a Stars' game, "Hey honey, when is halftime?", I've got a solution for you. The Texas Brahmas, located in North Richland Hills, are holding a hockey for ladies seminar Sunday, January 18. You're welcome. - Richie Whitt

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