Whitt's End

Whitt's End: 5.21.10

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

*Where's Greggo? Be here Monday morning for the official announcement. As a bonus, I'll also reveal another familiar local radio voice(s) returning to the air on 105.3 The Fan come June 1. In the biz, we call that a tease.

*Yet another reason to love Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Yes, he sees LeBron James as a real possibility. In an interview with CNNMoney, whatever that is, Cuban taunts the NBA's tampering rules by flirting with the most coveted free agent in the history of sports. "Come July 1, yeah, of course," Cuban said. "You know, anybody would be interested in LeBron James. If he leaves via free agency, then it's going to be tough. If he does like I'm guessing, hoping he will, which is to say, 'I'm not going to leave the Cavs high and dry,' if he decides to leave -- there's still a better chance he stays - then he'll try to force a sign-and-trade and that gives us a chance." While others see LeBron + Mavs = No Way, Cuban looks for a way.

*Your Texas Rangers scored 13 runs Thursday night. Your Texas Rangers' pitching coach Mike Maddux made eight trips to the mound. One of these days when I'm really bored I'm gonna put a stopwatch to a game. Last night's 13-7 win took 214 minutes. Wonder how much of that time the ball was actually "in play"? Off the top of my head, maybe 15 minutes? I'm guessing around 90 percent of baseball is standing around and watching and spitting and scratching and preparing to play, rather than playing. It is, of course, the best and worst part about the game formerly known as our national pastime. (Add edit: The slowest sport may be golf, which takes four hours and your ball "in play" even less than baseball, right?)

*Speaking of fore, your Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks can play the game. Tony Romo shot 69 Thursday to qualify for U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying next month in Houston. And Troy Aikman tweeted this week that he made his first hole-in-one, over at Plano's Gleneagles Country Club. Bastard. Hard to estimate, but I've played hundreds of rounds in my life. As a 10-handicapper, I've had nary an ace. Before I die ... please.

*Jesus saves. But his followers spend. First Baptist Church downtown has raised $115 million to renovate/build, plans of which include a soaring fountain, towering cross and 3,000-seat sanctuary on St. Paul. In these economic times: Excess or necessity?



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Richie Whitt
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