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Rangers’ rooting in baseball playoffs, role reversal for Cowboys’ coach, power of three for Mavs’ MVP candidate and 40-year reunions, all in this week’s DFW sports notebook.

WHITT’S END 10.14. 22

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

*Since the Texas Rangers are long gone, who do you root for in the Major League Baseball playoffs? We will always hope Ron Washington, currently the Atlanta Braves’ third base coach, gets his ring.

But the San Diego Padres have a distinct Rangers flavor, as they feature A.J. Preller is in the front office, Yu Darvish in the outfield and Jurickson Profar on the mound.

Those three were together in Arlington in 2012-13 on Rangers teams that won 93 and 91 wins but had zero postseason success.

*The knee-jerks are having a rough year. Remember just a month ago when the Dallas Cowboys started the season by not scoring a touchdown, losing quarterback Dak Prescott to a broken thumb and somehow burning dinner before the oven even reached 375 degrees? In the wake of the 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coach Mike McCarthy was saddled with the best (worst) odds of being the first coach fired during this season. Now? McCarthy is back as a leading candidate after four consecutive wins. His clever game plan relies on the league’s best defense and caters for Cooper Rush’s limited strengths. But – with the 8th-best odds – he’s in line to instead win Coach of the Year. Everyone, take a deep breath. The NFL has a 1-yard line between stupidity and savvy. McCarthy’s hot seat suddenly becomes a cool, comfortable recliner.

*Luka Doncic has a pristine chance of winning 2023 NBA MVP. Mostly because the Dallas Mavericks’ star is an elite, ball-dominant player. But also partly because he’s not Nikola Jokic. Like how People magazine never picks a repeat winner of the “Sexiest Man Alive” – do dudes get unsexy overnight? The NBA is fickle about its MVP winner. Jokic’s wins in the last two seasons means that he has no chance of winning it again this season. The league began awarding MVPs in 1956. You don’t know anyone who won three consecutively: Karem Abdul-Jabbar 93, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Karl Malone. They won two of the three, but not the third. The short list to win three straight MVPs: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird, the last to do it 1984-86. It’s more appealing to voters to have a player win the award twice than it is to have them win it once in the NBA’s flawed “best players” contest.

*Welcome to the Texas State … Fare! $20 parking. $8 for a corndog. $12 to ride the Ferris wheel. Went to Texas-OU last weekend and the Fair was crowded with what felt like 100,000 people all meeting in Big Tex’s shadow. Don’t try to inflate me. People have money. Discretionary income. Spend enough to buy things you don’t consider necessary.

https://twitter.com/richiewhitt/status/1578846216833486848

*Give Rush his props, but no astute sports observer thinks he’s in the same stratosphere as Prescott or believes there is anything remotely close to a Cowboys’ quarterback controversy. Let Dak complete only 10 passes for 102 yards in a game – as Rush did last week in Los Angeles – and see if anyone just shrugs and calls him a “winner.” Dallas’ defense is great. Dallas’ game plan works well. Rush is not great. It’s amazing how quickly we forget that it was only last Summer when we didn’t think he was any better than Will Grier, or Ben DiNucci. Give him a new contract at your peril.

*Hot.

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*Not.

*92 percent. According to history, that’s the chance the Cowboys have of making the playoffs with their 4-1 start. Only twice in 24 years – 1984 and 2008 – has winning four of the first five not led to the postseason.

*Get ready for J.J. Barea 2.0. The diminutive dynamo was a key in the Mavs’ 2011 NBA championship run. Now the Mavs are cloning him, signing veteran journeyman Facundo Campazzo to be an alternate playmaker to Doncic. The 5-foot-9 Argentinian Campazzo is a pest that you hate… unless he plays with your team. He was a Denver Nuggets player for the past two seasons. But much more importantly, he was Luka’s teammate on Real Madrid when it won European championship titles in 2017-18.

*Thieves recently smashed a window at a Dallas 7-Eleven and dragged out the ATM. Those things can be stocked with up to $200,000 cash, but apparently are almost impossible to break into. ATM stands for Automated Teller Machine. It can be stocked with up to $ cash and cashBut I digress. I think I have mastered the art of digression.

*If you enjoy the challenge of bikini-waxed greens, enough sand traps to serve as a South Padre Island reserve and 600-yard Par 5s into the southerly Summer breeze, get yourself out to the new PGA headquarters golf course in Frisco. If not, wait until next year’s Senior PGA or the big-boy PGA in 2027 and watch the professionals try it.

https://twitter.com/richiewhitt/status/1579902980228550656

*Leftovers from another lousy Rangers season: Nate Lowe is the first Texas player to hit . 300 since 2016 … They were 30-26 in starts by pitchers Martin Perez and Jon Gray; 38-68 in all others. Pitching, anyone?

*Fact that will drive some Texans crazy: The current “Miss Texas USA” is R’Bonney Gabriel, an Asian-American. Averie Bishop, an Asian-American, is the current Miss Texas America. Fact that drives this Texan crazy: We really need a Miss Texas USA and a Miss Texas America to be two different women?

*Came across a stat last week that feels surreal: Cowboys’ eight-year veteran offensive lineman Zack Martin has more Pro Bowl appearances (seven) than holding penalties (six). He’s played more than 4,000 NFL snaps. Six holding penalties. Rookie Tyler Smith has three this season … in five games. One was declined last week is not included.

*Hug your Mom. Or maybe just answer one of her daily, multiple phone calls?

https://twitter.com/richiewhitt/status/1580588567343947776

*Happy Birthday, Jerry Jones. Wondering if the 80-year-old multibillionaire gets nervous when a story surfaces about one of his peers/friends having “dirt” on him? I think so. By the time you’re 80, you likely have dirt on all the folks who have dirt on you.

*Graduated from Duncanville High School 40 years ago. Since then our class of 652 has lost 57 people. Being old is a blessing.

*This Weekend? Friday and Saturday let’s rejoice in high-school reunion festivities. Sunday, let’s forget about all the people we only temporarily remembered and dive into Cowboys – Eagles. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Rangers’ rooting in baseball playoffs, role reversal for Cowboys’ coach, power of three for Mavs’ MVP candidate and 40-year reunions, all in this week’s DFW sports notebook.

WHITT’S END 10.14. 22

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

*Since the Texas Rangers are long gone, who do you root for in the Major League Baseball playoffs? We will always hope Ron Washington, currently the Atlanta Braves’ third base coach, gets his ring.

But the San Diego Padres have a distinct Rangers flavor, as they feature A.J. Preller is in the front office, Yu Darvish in the outfield and Jurickson Profar on the mound.

Those three were together in Arlington in 2012-13 on Rangers teams that won 93 and 91 wins but had zero postseason success.

*The knee-jerks are having a rough year. Remember just a month ago when the Dallas Cowboys started the season by not scoring a touchdown, losing quarterback Dak Prescott to a broken thumb and somehow burning dinner before the oven even reached 375 degrees? In the wake of the 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coach Mike McCarthy was saddled with the best (worst) odds of being the first coach fired during this season. Now? McCarthy is back as a leading candidate after four consecutive wins. His clever game plan relies on the league’s best defense and caters for Cooper Rush’s limited strengths. But – with the 8th-best odds – he’s in line to instead win Coach of the Year. Everyone, take a deep breath. The NFL has a 1-yard line between stupidity and sage. McCarthy’s hot seat suddenly becomes a cool, comfortable recliner.

*Luka Doncic has a pristine chance of winning 2023 NBA MVP. Mostly because the Dallas Mavericks’ star is an elite, ball-dominant player. But also partly because he’s not Nikola Jokic. Like how People magazine never picks a repeat winner of the “Sexiest Man Alive” – do dudes get unsexy overnight? The NBA is fickle about its MVP winner. Jokic’s wins in the last two seasons means that he has no chance of winning it again this season. The league began awarding MVPs in 1956. You don’t know anyone who won three consecutively: Karem Abdul-Jabbar 26, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone and Tim Duncan. They won two of the three, but not the third. The short list to win three straight MVPs: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird, the last to do it 1984-86. It’s more appealing to voters to have a player win the award twice than it is to have them win it once in the NBA’s flawed “best players” contest.

*Welcome to the Texas State … Fare! $20 parking. $8 for a corndog. $12 to ride the Ferris wheel. Went to Texas-OU last weekend and the Fair was crowded with what felt like 100,000 people all meeting in Big Tex’s shadow. Don’t try to inflate me. People have money. Discretionary income. Spend enough to buy things you don’t consider necessary.

https://twitter.com/richiewhitt/status/1578846216833486848

*Give Rush his props, but no astute sports observer thinks he’s in the same stratosphere as Prescott or believes there is anything remotely close to a Cowboys’ quarterback controversy. Let Dak complete only 10 passes for 102 yards in a game – as Rush did last week in Los Angeles – and see if anyone just shrugs and calls him a “winner.” Dallas’ defense is great. Dallas’ game plan works well. Rush is not great. It’s amazing how quickly we forget that it was only last Summer that we didn’t think Rush was any better than Will Grier, or Ben DiNucci. Give him a new contract at your peril.

*Hot.

*Not.

*92 percent. According to history, that’s the chance the Cowboys have of making the playoffs with their 4-1 start. Only twice in 24 years – 1984 and 2008 – has winning four of the first five not led to the postseason.

*Get ready for J.J. Barea 2.0. The diminutive dynamo was a key in the Mavs’ 2011 NBA championship run. Now the Mavs are cloning him, signing veteran journeyman Facundo Campazzo to be an alternate playmaker to Doncic. The 5-foot-9 Argentinian Campazzo is a pest that you hate… unless he plays with your team. He was a Denver Nuggets player for the past two seasons. But much more importantly, he was Luka’s teammate on Real Madrid when it won European championship titles in 2017-18.

*Thieves recently smashed a window at a Dallas 7-Eleven and dragged out the ATM. Those things can be stocked with up to $200,000 cash, but apparently are almost impossible to break into. ATM stands for Automated Teller Machine. It can be stocked with up to $ cash, but are almost impossible to break into. But I digress. I think I have mastered the art of digression.

*If you enjoy the challenge of bikini-waxed greens, enough sand traps to serve as a South Padre Island reserve and 600-yard Par 5s into the southerly Summer breeze, get yourself out to the new PGA headquarters golf course in Frisco. If not, wait until next year’s Senior PGA or the big-boy PGA in 2027 and watch the professionals try it.

https://twitter.com/richiewhitt/status/1579902980228550656

*Leftovers from another lousy Rangers season: Nate Lowe is the first Texas player to hit . 300 since 2016 … They were 30-26 in starts by pitchers Martin Perez and Jon Gray; 38-68 in all others. Pitching, anyone?

*Fact that will drive some Texans crazy: The current “Miss Texas USA” is R’Bonney Gabriel, an Asian-American. Averie Bishop, an Asian-American, is the current Miss Texas America. Fact that drives this Texan crazy: We really need a Miss Texas USA and a Miss Texas America to be two different women?

*Came across a stat last week that feels surreal: Cowboys’ eight-year veteran offensive lineman Zack Martin has more Pro Bowl appearances (seven) than holding penalties (six). He’s played more than 4,000 NFL snaps. Six holding penalties. Rookie Tyler Smith has three this season … in five games. One was declined last week is not included.

*Hug your Mom. Or maybe just answer one of her daily, multiple phone calls?

https://twitter.com/richiewhitt/status/1580588567343947776

*Happy Birthday, Jerry Jones. Wondering if the 80-year-old multibillionaire gets nervous when a story surfaces about one of his peers/friends having “dirt” on him? I think so. By the time you’re 80, you likely have dirt on all the folks who have dirt on you.

*Graduated from Duncanville High School 40 years ago. Since then our class of 652 has lost 57 people. Being old is a blessing.

*This Weekend? Friday and Saturday let’s rejoice in high-school reunion festivities. Sunday, let’s forget about all the people we only temporarily remembered and dive into Cowboys – Eagles. Don’t be a stranger, as always.

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