Whether or not you’re on the finish of your espresso, your day, your week and even your rope, welcome to Whitt’s Finish 5.7.21…
*The basketball gods are attempting their greatest to hand the 5th seed to the Dallas Mavericks. Best closing schedule, by far. Lakers resting LeBron James. Finest-case state of affairs: End 5th and face the Nuggets, who will probably be with out Jamal Murray and whom you’ve already overwhelmed twice in Denver this season. Worse-case: Lose thrice in two weeks to the Kings, drop a sport to the Cavaliers and maybe the season finale to the Timberwolves to pratfall face-first into the Play-In quagmire.
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If the Dallas Mavs – now 38-28 with six video games to play – don’t win their first playoff collection in a decade this season, they’ll solely have themselves in charge.
*It’s your fault. Yeah, you, the Dallas Cowboys fan who pumped his fist after they beat the Bengals in Week 14, the 49ers in Week 15 and the Eagles in Week 16.
Why? As a result of earlier than that meaningless, detrimental three-game successful streak the Cowboys had been 3-9 and held the third decide within the NFL Draft.
I don’t precisely condone attempting to lose. However attempting not to win? Certain.
With their late, self-inflicted surge, the Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs. They did, nevertheless, dilute their draft place, falling to the tenth decide. Had they held on to No. 3 they might’ve managed and dangled the rights to quarterback Trey Lance, which might’ve netted them a gaggle of excessive draft picks – a primary, second and a 3rd?
Ethical to the story: When it’s unsalvageable, don’t mortgage the longer term attempting to salvage it. If the Cowboys would’ve reduce their losses in 2020, their 2021 can be brighter.
Oh, and sure, it’s partly your fault.
*Take coronary heart Mavs followers, there may be precedent for excellent groups shedding to unhealthy groups within the common season and occurring to win a championship. The 1971 Cowboys misplaced to the 4-8-2 Saints en path to successful Tremendous Bowl VI. The ’92 Cowboys had been upset by the 6-10 Rams earlier than rebounding to win Tremendous Bowl XXVII. The 2011 Texas Rangers had been swept in a three-game collection by the 63-99 Twins on their approach to the World Sequence. And even the champion 2011 Mavs misplaced a sport to a horrible Raptors outfit that wound up 22-60.
So there, really feel higher about going 0-3 towards the Kings?
Nah, me neither. However I attempted.
*I didn’t notice how a lot Rougned Odor’s act polluted my imaginative and prescient of the Rangers, however with out him I’m completely having fun with watching baseball this Spring. These Rangers hustle. They catch, throw and run. They don’t emote ego. Joey Gallo hits mammoth homers together with his bat and punctuates wins together with his glove. Willie Calhoun-for-Yu-Darvish all of a sudden doesn’t look so preposterous. Kyle Gibson has mind-blowing motion on his pitches. Adolis Garcia is well worth the worth of admission. And out of nowhere they’ve the A.L. saves chief in Ian Kennedy, who merely throws arduous strikes.
By August they’ll doubtless be 20+ video games behind the Astros within the division, however the Rangers are already taking positives steps in the precise path for 2022 and past. After beating the Twins Thursday afternoon, they’ve three consecutive four-game collection wins for the primary time since 2014.
*Unhappy information out of south Dallas: The Tenison Park golf course that raised the likes of Lee Trevino has actually eroded right into a canine park. A long time of land erosion has made the observe unplayable, and it’s being remodeled right into a nine-hole course. Dallas’ first municipally owned course, the fabled observe of land was initially donated by E.O. Tenison in 1924 and the course hosted the 1968 USGA Public Hyperlinks Championship. You may nonetheless play the newer Highlands course at Tenison, however … simply not the identical sense of historical past.
*Whereas The Ticket held a snug lead on The Fan in DFW’s Winter radio scores (spanning Jan.-March), one thing is happening. With two highly effective manufacturers providing two various approaches to native sports activities, I figured listeners would think about themselves fortunate and do plenty of switching throughout commercials. Just a little x’s and o’s at The Fan, then some man discuss over at The Ticket. Forwards and backwards.
However, um, nope. As a substitute, there may be fierce loyalty within the two camps.
In March, for instance, solely 15 p.c of Ticket listeners sampled The Fan whereas simply eight p.c of Fan listeners wandered over to The Ticket. It’s like fast-food lovers going to McDonald’s, however by no means – or hardly ever – Whataburger. Selection is the spice of life, besides on the subject of DFW sports activities discuss radio listeners. The Fan continues to have about twice as many complete listeners, whereas The Ticket’s core viewers listens longer. March’s scoreboard:
Mornings: Ticket 5.1, Fan 4.1
Middays: Ticket 5.2, Fan 4.4
Afternoons: Ticket 4.8, Fan 3.3
General: Ticket 5.2, Fan 3.9
*Mavs in three video games vs. the 29-37 Kings: -33. Mavs in three video games vs. 44-22 Nuggets: +16. I can’t. Sorry, I simply can’t start to clarify.
*Just lately moved to Plano and was shocked Tuesday evening to look out my balcony and see … fireworks. Did Collin County mistake Could 4 for the Fourth of July? Nope. The Frisco Tough Riders had been merely “saying” their return to enjoying minor league baseball.
*Don’t cease, believin’. Jerry Jones simply can’t assist himself from pondering he will help all people. The crew that signed Greg Hardy, welcomed Aldon Smith and continues to coddle Randy Gregory is at it once more, utilizing its a number of draft picks on gamers with alleged character points in school. Micah Parsons (hazing, sexual assault), Kelvin Joseph (suspended for violating crew guidelines) and Josh Ball (relationship violence) all sport off-field blemishes.
Whereas Jason Garrett cherished RKG (Proper Sort of Guys), Jones has at all times coveted RKP (Proper Sort of Gamers).
*What the Mavs should completely should make a robust run within the playoffs: Extra made free throws. Much less technical fouls. Each, after all, by Luka Doncic. His subsequent T will probably be his 16th of the season and can lead to a one-game suspension.
He says he’s attempting to curtail his complaining to referees, nevertheless it doesn’t present. And, sure, I completely do imagine his fixed whining negatively impacts his league-wide picture.
Extra importantly, he’s averaging two free-throw misses per sport. His share has dropped from 75 to 72 this season, which is solely unacceptable. No motive a participant together with his talent shouldn’t be flirting with 90 p.c.
*Stumbled upon Sizzling Tub Time Machine the opposite day. In an sudden twist, it made me miss Reunion Enviornment. For those who’ve seen it, you already know.
*Due to the Seahawks/Dan Quinn connection, people are fast to liken Parsons to Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner. To me the favorable present comp is Tampa Bay’s Devin White. Besides Parsons is greater, and quicker. And scarier.
*Such as you, I scowl at these loud vehicles with their mufflers-turned-amplifiers. It’s silly, “take note of me!” noise, powered by 1,000 chainsaws and a subwoofer. I imply, who might truly like driving one thing that makes that a lot racket? Me, that’s who. As a 16-year-old geared up with a recent “hardship” driver’s license, I used to be ticketed in Duncanville’s Southside Park for “exhibition of acceleration.” Yep, I used to be that man.
*Together with Leighton Vander Esch, 9 of the 32 NFL first-round draft picks from 2018 didn’t have their fifth-year choices picked up.
*Debuting in 1989, this Fort Worth-based band’s music nonetheless stands up in 2021. Kudos, Toadies.
*Contemplate the barrage of mock drafts by insiders, geeks and consultants shoved out as gospel over the past three months. Now, present me one – only one – that predicted the Cowboys would commerce again to No. 12 and choose Parsons. Didn’t suppose so.
*For those who’re a woman that simply loves, Loves, LOVES your canine but in addition desires to pet each different canine, you could have the capability to know your scoundrel ex-boyfriend that generally “strayed.”
*The College of North Texas had a participant drafted for the primary time since 2004. Receiver Jaelon Darden went 129th total to the Buccaneers, the Imply Inexperienced’s highest participant taken since Kim Phillips went 79th to the Saints in 1989.
*All this time I assumed I had a profession in media, however seems I even have a part-time job as a bagger. Or, possibly you haven’t been a self-checkout solely grocery retailer but?
*Respectable double-header at Globe Life Area final weekend. On Saturday evening, Dak Prescott stayed for the ultimate out of the Rangers’ win over the Crimson Sox. The following day, Patrick Mahomes (in a Royals jersey) watched from a collection. For the file, Texas is 2-0 this season enjoying in entrance of NFL quarterbacks.
*Shockingly, I used to be improper. And I’m betting you had been too. As a substitute of a pandemic child growth the U.S. delivery fee fell greater than six p.c within the final quarter of 2020, which ought to have skilled an inflow of infants conceived throughout shelter-in-place lockdowns.
If not “that”, marvel what people had been doing?
Tiger King and Final Dance weren’t that riveting, had been they?
*Orioles’ pitcher misplaced an ideal sport this week when a batter reached base regardless of hanging out. It’s baseball’s dumbest rule: Dwell ball on a dropped third strike. Soccer? Unlawful formation for not having a sort out “coated”. Basketball? Defensive three seconds. Hockey/Soccer? Offsides.
*Due to the NFL’s tweaked guidelines permitting bizarre numbers at unusual positions, Parsons will put on No. 11. For now, put him behind Danny White, Cole Beasley and even Roy Williams on the record of greatest No. 11s. For now.
*Even 65 years of age, 27 years collectively and $124 billion in fortune can’t preserve Invoice and Melinda Gates collectively. As soon as upon a time, Melinda French was only a pupil at Dallas’ Ursuline Academy. In a sorta associated story, Dallas ranks 10th globally in actually wealthy individuals. An estimated 32,715 within the metropolis have a web value between $5-20 million. In case you had been questioning – and I’m fairly certain you weren’t – “Richie Wealthy” has at all times been extra my nickname than description.
*Was driving up the Tollway this week and curious that I didn’t see grime being moved north of Frisco. The PGA is transferring its headquarters right here and opening two programs by Spring 2023. Figured it could take longer to construct than two years.
*On this Mom’s Day, permit me to provide a protracted, loving hug to my very own mom and all these struggling to care for their getting older dad and mom. My mother misplaced her husband of 30 years all of a sudden final August. She suffers from dementia and, and has an condominium in an assisted dwelling facility in Cleburne. It’s not simple. On her. Or on us. In truth, it’s down proper tough.
She calls. Forgets she calls. Then suffers an anxiousness assault when she will’t keep in mind if she forgot to name. Rinse and repeat.
For the primary time since she started dwelling there, my brother and I get to take her out to lunch on Sunday. Right here’s to pausing, respiration and taking the time to benefit from the little issues.
*RANGERS RISK: All of us suppose the Texas Rangers are going to be putrid this season. Our lil’ roundtable revealed predicted win totals of anywhere between 61 and 78, however nobody thinks .500 is believable. Let’s put our cash the place our mouth is. I’m going to wager a digital $100 towards the Rangers each sport this season and, after six months and 162 video games, see the place I wind up. I’ll preserve a operating tab proper there every Friday and are available September I’ll (wink) disperse my income to my most loyal readers. RECORD: 16-17. TOTAL: -$763.
*This Weekend? Saturday let’s play tennis within the morning and hang around with Massive Brothers Massive Sisters lil’ bro Ja Ja within the afternoon. Sunday let’s enterprise to Johnson County to spend the day with pricey ol’ Mother. As at all times, don’t be a stranger.