Whitt's End

Whitt's End: 3.12.10

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

*I said upon hearing the Josh Howard-for-Caron Butler trade during the NBA All-Star break that the Dallas Mavericks were not only re-shaping their roster but re-booting their playoff prospects. I had no idea. Since the trade the Mavs are 13-1 and can push their winning streak to 15 games with walkover wins over the Knicks and Bulls. They may still not win the NBA title, but this is indeed a trade of Pau Gasol proportions. This is as good as we felt about the Mavs since the end of the 67-win regular season in 2007 right?

*Didn't get to this before I left for vacation, but - ho hum - it was another dynastic month in January for The Ticket. The station was No. 1 in men 25-54 with a 10.1 rating, light years ahead of ESPN (No. 15, 2.7) and 105.3 The Fan (No. 18, 2.0). The Fan beat ESPN in only two hours - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

*Not a big boxing guy. Honestly, I prefer UFC. I've covered fights in this town like Evander Holyfield and Luis Yanez, but I'm not going Saturday night to Cowboys Stadium for Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey. To me when Mike Tyson went, so went boxing.

*Texas Rangers' pitcher Neftali Feliz may not be ready to make the jump to starter just yet, but it's jump-out-of-your-seat exciting to watch him at Spring Training hit 99 mph on the gun with a fastball, and back it up on the next delivery with a 74 mph breaking ball. Nasty.

*In case you were wondering, no, Ron Springs isn't dead. Neither, however, is he living. 

*Hot.

*Not.

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Richie Whitt
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