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Monday, September 23, 2013

WHITT'S END: 9.23.13

      Whether you're at the end of your coffee, your day, your week or even your rope, welcome to Whitt's End

   *Cowboys 31, Rams 7: My Top 10 Whitty Observations over at NBC 5's Blue Star Blog, including a foggy memory of the last time the Cowboys played such a dominant first half of football. Hint: We were Christmas shopping. And a lot younger.

   *EDIT: The more I hear the more this seems like Galloway is pulling the strings on his own departure. To which I say, good for him. I've written a couple times that it'd make sense for Cumulus to just buy out the contract of Randy Galloway and, sure enough, one way or another, the legendary media icon's days are numbered. It's actually Galloway's decision since his non-transferable contract stipulates him only working for ESPN, but regardless, his last day on the radio will be the day The Ticket officially takes over 103.3 FM ESPN. That could be as soon as Friday or as far out as a month from now, as the FCC has initially rejected The Ticket's selling of its 104.1 FM signal. Galloway's contract runs through Dec. 31, but he has zero intention of working for the Cumulus folks he's battled against for three decades. Though the station is upticking in the ratings, the expected cuts at ESPN are now beginning. Out as of last week - but also not official until the switch is approved - are program director Tom Lee, general manager Pete Dits and on-air talent like Kelly Webster and Landry Locker. Filling Galloway's big boots won't be easy, as he's been a print fixture in the Metroplex since 1966. I'm told names being kicked around to take his chair include The Ticket's Norm Hitzges, Channel 8's Dale Hansen and Channel 11's Steve Dennis. Also told that Galloway sidekick Matt Mosley's job is safe, awaiting a new partner. Not that Dennis - or anyone else - can come in and dent The Hardline's dynasty, but he's opinionated, educated and not afraid to ask a tough question nor shy away from offering a unique view. I worked alongside Galloway at the Star-Telegram, competed against him at 105.3 The Fan and played with him at various horse tracks around the country. Personally, I'll miss him.

   *Last year it was Josh Hamilton's bat. This Fall it's Nelson Cruz's. For very different reasons, obviously, they both vanished at the wrong time. And the punchless Rangers are again authoring an epic collapse. On Aug. 23 the Rangers led the A's by 3.5 games. On Sept. 22 the A's clinched the AL West. How does a 12-game swing happen? The Rangers haven't won back-to-back games since Aug. 28, that's how.

   *Between Breaking Bad and Dexter and Bears-Steelers and my late-night appearance on NBC 5's Big Game Sunday, managed to watch a little of The Emmys. Gotta admit, very entertaining. Neil Patrick Harris was a lively host. The Newsroom's Will MacAvoy beat out Walter White. And two women caught my eye: That one with the cavernous cleavage that I can never understand and who's on that show that I never watch. And the one from Homeland who always makes those painful faces and is flatter than Odessa.

   *Monday tastes a little better with this sugar on top: For the first time ever, the Giants and Redskins are both 0-3. Bon appetit.

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21 comments:

  1. Thoughts on the boys. Well I missed this one. I swore they would have "played down" to the competition, but they actually took care of biz very handily. Props to the offensive line and to Demarco Murray in a devastating rushing performance. Tony Romo was solid. But added together, (rushing and passing), I have to give the game ball to the offensive line. Not bad, considering they were one of the biggest question marks coming into the season...

    Thoughts on the Rangers. I predicted last week they are done and I stick by that prediction. I don't care if the GP Airhogs are coming to town, the Rangers will do no better than .500 on this homestand and will miss the playoffs. Their hearts are not in it. They should have taken care of business against the Rays and Royals (two teams they are battling), but they just couldn't do it. Time for Jon Daniels to start thinking about what changes he will make in the offseason. I have some suggestions.

    1. Resign Neslson Cruz (could be DH and backup outfielder)
    2. Sign top notch free agent outfielder. (Heard the name Carlos Beltron being batted around)
    3. Evaluate Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis. If they are not going to be able to make sugnifcant contributions next year, sign a decent starting pitcher. Should it be Matt Garza?? the numbers say no.
    4. Leave the coaching staff alone. The coaching staff was not the problem. This year's failure can be squarely placed upon the shoulders of the players..(think David Murphy, Mitch Moreland, Ian Kinsler.. etc....)

    All in all, a decent weekend for DFW sports, hail to the Cowboys for taking care of business, and with the hint of fall in the air, sadly another Rangers season seems to be coming to a close.

    Dave aka KOTT

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  2. Breaking Bad won best drama. Not sure why you felt the need to leave that out. Oh yeah I do, b/c you're an idiot.

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  3. Richie, by way of correction, you stated in your NBC blog that Dan Bailey missed his first NFL field goal under 39 yards. That’s not correct. I distinctly remember him whiffing on an extra-point distance field goal when he first got the starting job, making us all wonder if the Cowboys had chosen the right kicker in preseason.

    I have something to add about Tony Romo looking accurate Sunday. Sam Bradford looked very accurate as well. He just happened to be completely undermined by repeated drops by his receivers.

    I’m not sold on DeMarco Murray and the run game just yet. Murray had a lot of yards thanks to some solid blocking from the line and the receivers downfield. If you watched some of his moves in the secondary, they were terrible. He ran into his own blockers. He got tripped up by defenders that were being blocked. He prematurely stepped out of bounds. He had a good game, but I’d still like to see better fundamentals. They’ll help against defenses that put up more of a fight.

    I also don’t want to hear fans saying that this game is proof that the Cowboys win when they run the ball. The Cowboys ran because the run was actually working. If the run game is nonexistent, then they will be justified in going back to the passing game. When Jason Garrett was the offensive coordinator, the Cowboys would sometimes abandon the running game when it was working. They haven’t done that yet this year.

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    1. Yeah dangit, forgot that one. Bailey missed a 21-yarder at SF in '11 then made his next 39 FGs under 39 yards before yesterday. My bad. Thanks.

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    2. Another question I have about Murray. On is longest breakaway he didn't really seem to be that fast. Guys caught up with him from behind rather quickly. Is Murray just not that fast or did he slow becauase of blockers. Kinda stupid on this point and was curious about his speed.

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  4. 3 players I would like to see signed next year by the Rangers.....

    1. Hunter Pence - young guy with pop in his bat. Also can steal a few bases.
    2. Carols Ruiz - Can replace AJ Pierzynski to become everyday catcher.
    3. Ervin Santana - Had a nice season with the Royals...wouldn't mind adding him to the rotation.

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    1. Pence, yes. In a heartbeat. I actually wouldn't mind AJP coming back. As for Santana, meh.

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  5. Just an FYI North Texas lost 45-21, still was worth it to get some exposure. I can't believe all of the Georgia fans that say it was still a rout because of two special team blunders. You score points how you can morons. I think UNT has a great chance of winning the Conference USA as their hardest remaining game is vs Tulsa at the end of the season.

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    1. Uh UTSA might have something to say about that buddy. Circle 11/23/2013 on your calendar. Soza is coming.

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    2. Whoa, whoa, whoa guys....no need for two intense Conference USA rivals to get salty.

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    3. Actually yes there is. Salty away!

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  6. Don't beat up the door guy. Sherlocks pretty much has a 100% ID policy on Friday/Saturday nights. Doesn't matter if you're sporting grey pubes out of your 70's bicycle short-shorts, you're getting ID'd.

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    1. In my teenage years I used to work concessions at TMS events. We were constantly told to check everyone's ID, even if "you're sporting grey pubes." If I am not mistaken I think state laws state that you have to check ID's. Workers follow this to a "T" not so much because they agree, but because there is usually a camera behind his/her shoulder.

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  7. My windows were open all through April and May this year. Looking for over 100 nights in 2013.

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  8. On my wife's 31st birthday, we went to Sherlock's after dinner for a drink *it's where we met* and the guy at the door carded her, said that wasn't her on the license because he personally knew the girl on the license and wouldn't give back her DL, stating that it's his right not to give it back. #1 Good thing my wife worked there in college and somehow people she knew still worked there. #2 Better thing that an off duty police officer in line behind me stepped in when I got to 2 in my count to 3.

    I still don't know what half cocked thing I was going to do, but door guy was scared enough to call for backup lol.

    Needless to say, we haven't been back.

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  9. The Ticket has nothing to do with selling the 104.1 signal, or anything else, for that matter, with the things you're talking about. Cumulus does. The days of The Ticket, proper, having any say in anything are long gone; and have been for quite some time now.

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  10. I saw Galloway on with Doocy last nite, and Douce made a comment about Randys soon retirement from radio. I didn't realize it was gonna be this soon. Randy, don't retire man! What else are you gonna do?! We're going to have to listen to that crappy ass Corby! I swear, I feel as tho I've had a lobotomy after listening to that flunky!

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