Whether you’ve reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt’s End:
*You want progress. You’re fed process. It’s frustrating being a Cowboys fan these days. And I know it’s maddening for head coach Jason Garrett, who is meticulous, disciplined, intelligent and accountable. But the fact is, right now he’s running a sloppy football team that is -8 in turnover margin and that leads the NFL with 9 penalties per game. It’s not, in other words, what we were sold when Jerry Jones replaced Wade Phillips with Garrett back in 2010.
*Watched a little Mavericks’ pre-season hoops Wednesday night. Sorry, but I can’t get excited about Darren Collison or Elton Brand. And with Dirk Nowitzki hobbled by a bad knee, looks like it’s going to be a slow start to a long season.
*Wonder if Rangers fans got any satisfaction out of the Yankees being swept. Yeah, a little. But not nearly enough.
*How does Texas’ Mack Brown survive another ridiculous loss to OU in which his poor-tackling team again allows 55+ points to its main rival? Because he’s signed through 2020, that’s how. Sorry, but he ain’t going nowhere.
*I’d love to provide you with a silver lining, but the Cowboys are 2-3 and just once in their 52-year history have they rebounded from 2-3 to make the playoffs and that was in 1996. How much does Las Vegas believe in Dallas these days? The Cowboys have slipped to 50-1 underdogs to win the Super Bowl. Yikes.
*Hard to take ESPN’s Tom Jackson’s 5-point plan for fixing the Cowboys seriously when none – that’s zero – of his points have anything to do with the team on the field between the lines. It’s the stadium’s fault? Riiiiiiight.
*Damn shame that Miles Austin is running from his responsibility faster than he jogged back to the line of scrimmage Sunday in Baltimore. Haven’t heard a peep of explanation from him as to why, in that situation, there’d be zero urgency. Austin, by the way, is tied for 64th in the NFL with his whopping 20 catches.
*NCAA “vacating” Penn State’s wins be damned, Cowboys’ linebacker Sean Lee says he’s not giving back his trophy won for Defensive Most Outstanding Player in the Nittany Lions’ ’07 Alamo Bowl over Texas A&M. “It’s at my parents’ house and it weighs about 35 pounds,” he said. “It isn’t going anywhere.”
*Bigger fall from grace: O.J. Simpson, Tiger Woods, Joe Paterno or Lance Armstrong. Tiger’s still playing and sometimes winning. O.J. wasn’t convicted of murder. Joe Paterno is dead. And Lance Armstrong is sports’ all-time biggest fraud. Give me Paterno. Because he’s dead.
*Jerry Jones says his Cowboys can win the championship this year. This year. And here’s his thinking: The Packers were 10-6 when they won in 2010 and last year the Giants were 7-7 at one point. It’s possible. But, um … no, who’s he kidding?
*QUARTERBET 2012: The NFL, more than ever, is a quarterback league. Gonna try an experiment. Regardless of site or line or team, I’m going to bet a mythical $100 on every NFL game versus the spread this year merely by picking the best quarterback in the game. 10-4 last week. Through 6 weeks the theory is 48-39-3. After WEEK 6: +$510. So far, so good.
*Felix Jones just might have another 100-yard game Sunday against the Panthers, who have the NFL’s 27th-ranked run defense allowing 127 per game.
*Beyonce as the halftime entertainment for Super Bowl 47. I’m in. Especially if he dresses like Foxxy Cleopatra from Goldmember.
*Daniel Tosh for President.
*Kevin Ogletree Game 1: 8-114-2; Kevin Ogletree Games 2-5: 9-107-0.
*The Cowboys will wear their blue jerseys Sunday in Charlotte. If you’re old like you me you actually remember the dreaded blue jersey jinx. Dallas was 0-1 (at New England) last year and didn’t wear blue at all in ’10.
*Much as we’re blaming Jason Garrett and Kevin Ogletree and Miles Austin and Dan Bailey, Tony Romo deserves a finger or two pointed his way for the fiasco in Baltimore as well. He’s in his 7th year as No. 1 quarterback. He’s started 82 NFL games. When he sees a play unraveling and the clock winding down, he’s got to be quick enough and smart enough to call a timeout. Think Peyton Manning would’ve let :16 bleed off the clock? Tom Brady? Eli Manning? Nope, nope and nope.
*Cowboys 23, Panthers 20. This time Dan Bailey makes the field goal.
*This weekend? Tonight it’s walking the red carpet at the Dress For Success Dallas party at Park Place Volvo. Saturday it’s tennis in the morning and Dallas Whiskey Fest at Million Air in Addison at night. Sunday, how about some Official Cowboys-Panthers Pre-Game Show from the Fan Sports Lounge at 9 a.m.? Don’t be a stranger.
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