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Thursday, October 31, 2013

WHITT'S END: 10.31.13

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

   *From David "Arias", relatively svelte project with the Minnesota Twins in 1997, to David Ortiz, thick-'n-hearty World Series MVP in 2013. That's about as dominant an offensive post-season performance as we can remember. The Red Sox are baseball's champs mainly due to Big Gigantic Papi.

   *The biggest loser this baseball season? Bobby Valentine. He somehow took a Red Sox squad that won the World Series in 2013 and managed them to a last-place record of 69-93 in 2012. Boston was an 18/1 Vegas long-shot to win it all before the season.

   *How many among ESPN's stable of 43 baseball experts picked the Red Sox back in Spring Training? Zero. In fact, none of them predicted Boston or St. Louis in the World Series. We in the media talk a good game, but we really know nothing. Nothing at all.

   *It worked! At least for one night. Monta Ellis was Batman, Dirk Nowitzki only had to be Robin and the Mavs started anew by beating the Hawks. We're going to have to live with Ellis' careless ball-handling (8 turnovers), but the best news was that Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair hit the boards and the Mavs out-rebounded Atlanta, 42-33. I don't think the Hawks will be very good. But I think the Mavs just might be decent.

   *Swear this exchange took place in my house at 4:31 a.m. Sybil: "Hey, I'm going to Wal-Mart." Me: "whatthewhatit'sfourthirty." Sybil: "For Halloween candy!"

   *One of my all-time favorite athletes officially retired last night. Allen Iverson was listed at 6-feet, 160 pounds. But I interviewed him several times, we stood eye-to-eye and I go only a smidge over 5-8. His wiry athleticism, eye-blink quickness and uncanny knack for creating and making his shot amidst giant defenders always amazed me. Pound-for-pound, he's the best player in NBA history. Four scoring titles. 2001 MVP. 11-time All-Star. 3-time steals champ. All without needing a single day of "practice."

   *I know he's hamstrung by his unit's injuries, but Monte Kiffin needs to be better. Somewhere on Bourbon Street, Rob Ryan is having a good chuckle at Dallas' defensive debacle.

   *As a kid in Duncanville we had all had a favorite Trick-or-Treat house for Halloween. The one that gave out hot, gooey popcorn balls. No way you could get away with giving that out these days.

   *Hot.

   *Not.

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21 comments:

  1. Paul Stanley - KISS drummer?? Really??

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  2. No wonder Sybil was on Twitter at 4am...

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  3. Hey RW even I know that Paul Stanley was not a drummer. One would think after wearing the costume since '99 you might mix in a little research at some point. .

    Storm

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  4. I'm wearing my Troy Aikman defensive tackle costume this year.

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  5. Allen Iverson = Great for being 'All About Me'. Sorry-ass human-being. Can't wait to see where he is 10 years from now.

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    1. From people who knew him, he's actually a super nice guy. And while his life is in shambles, if he can get it together he'll have a 30 million trust waiting for him when he turns 55.

      Looks like he still has a chance to win...hater.

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  6. Wow Ritchie...that picture of you dressed up as Paul Stanley doesn't leave much to the imagination does it?? Was it cold in there??

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  7. "Allen Iverson was listed at 6-feet, 160 pounds. But I interviewed him several times, we stood eye-to-eye and I go only a smidge over 5-8."

    5'8" only in heels, munchkin.

    when will you admit to being in midget KISS, thus the annual halloween outfit

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  8. Say what you want about Kiffin... and you're right, I'm certain Ryan is laughing his ass off. However everyone thought Ryan was the problem last year when Dallas had one of the worst defenses in the league. Now he's in New Orleans coaching one of the top defenses in the league......who also sucked ass last year, by the way. Now Dallas is still among the worst in the league and gives up more yards than anyone.

    At some point after analyzing the above facts, one must stop blaming the coaches and come to the realization that the players just aren't very good. And who picks the players? Oh, yeah, the worst GM in the league.

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  9. "*I know he's hamstrung by his unit's injuries, but Monte Kiffin needs to be better. Somewhere on Bourbon Street, Rob Ryan is having a good chuckle at Dallas' defensive debacle."

    you didn't give Ryan a break 2 months ago when you blamed the defensive woes on him despite injuries.
    go back and read your own words, midgocrite

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    1. Full marks for "midgocrite" that's good stuff right there.

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  10. Paul Stanley mask, called him drummer, Gene Simmons cape. Only thing missing is Ace's guitar and your the whole damn band. Your research on this topic is not far north of Chris Arnold.

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  11. I might've given Richie a break on Paul Stanley having read that Sybil woke him up at 4 am except that he explained he'd been dressing in the same costume since 1999. Btw, how much "research" is needed to know Paul Stanley isn't a drummer?

    Tens of KISS fans just rolled over in their graves.

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  12. Midgo-crite! LOLOLOL!!

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  13. Kermit Washington would have made Shaq pee his pants. He was crazy.

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  14. That exchange is so unbelievable, do you swear it happened?

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  15. If you guys were cool like me, instead of busting Ritchie for his shitty KISS knowledge you would post a link of the time KISS played your Jr. High in 1976. Oh what a great day it was.

    http://damageincorporated.tumblr.com/post/6070588238/1976-kiss-plays-a-junior-high-school

    KISS is on AXSTV tonight at 7:00.

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