Losing the Dallas Cowboys to Canton? History Says NFL Playoffs Are Next: Laptop
Whether you are at the end of your coffee, your day, your week or even your rope, welcome to Whitt’s End… WHITT’S END: 8.6.21
*Need a silver (and blue) lining Take away from Thursday night’s snoozefest of a Dallas Cowboys 16-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers? The Cowboys have lost the Hall of Fame Game, which – according to their history – means they will go to the playoffs.
Dallas is now 3-4 all-time in Canton. In the three seasons they’ve won, no playoffs. All three seasons they lost (1968, 1979 and 1999) ended with a playoff berth. Definitely a stretch. But potentially a harbinger.
*Let me guess, the old Dallas Mavericks management left the new Dallas Mavericks management with gag gift bag filled with… dry powder? After countless frustrating summers swaying and missing the NBA’s greatest free agents, the Mavs are back this summer. Where GM Donnie Nelson, star Dirk Nowitzki and a slew of head coaches have inexplicably failed to attract first-time players to Dallas, new GM Nico Harrison, star Luka Doncic and coach -Chief Jason Kidd are also in trouble.
Where are the many connections of Harrison’s Nike players?
Where are the stars desperate to play with Luka?
Where is the influence of the Kidd Hall of Fame?
On their way to this week’s NBA free agency, the Mavs were linked with… Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, John Collins, DeMar DeRozan, Mike Conley, Richaun Holmes, Kemba Walker and Spencer Dinwiddie. Final result ? The Mavs promoted Michael Finley to assistant general manager, re-signed Tim Hardaway Jr., signed Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown, and traded Josh Richardson (which cost them Seth Curry last summer) for the draft. 7 foot 2 inch Moses Brown.
In other words, they’re no better today than when they left the field after losing Game 7 to the Los Angeles Clippers two months ago. Different group, signing the same sad song.
*This week – August 4, to be exact – was the 28th anniversary of Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan, 46, puts Robin Ventura in a headache and heads to town on his head. Iconic moment, without a doubt. But there are Rangers fans – the majority of them, sadly – who cherish this date but cannot determine the exact day their team won a division title or won the match that made it. move on to the World Series.
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*An unconventional proof that you don’t have to be successful to be profitable, I present to you the NFC East. In Forbes‘Sports Franchise Ratings 2021, the division dominated NFL finances with all four teams in the Top 10 despite not producing a single record for wins in 2020. The Cowboys – The Most Franchise league prized for 15 years – worth $ 6.5 billion, followed by the New York Giants (No.3, $ 4.85), Washington football team (No.5, $ 4.2) and the Philadelphia Eagles (No.9, $ 3.8).
Jerry Jones has his detractors, but in 1989 the man bought the Cowboys and Texas Stadium for $ 140 million.
Not bad a small ROI of 4.542% over 32 years.
*I dabbled in tennis, marathons and spartan races and in 2019 I have completed a Tough Mudder. Next adventure? One of my high school friends trapped me in the “rucking”. It is a military style endurance event based on the march lonnnnnng distances between strenuous exercises, while being yelled at by an executive. Oh, and carry a 35 pound weight in your backpack. I went rucking for a few hours this week at 5pm in Lakewood and came home soaked in sweat to see that the Tokyo Olympics were considering reducing the women’s golf event to 54 holes due to ” extreme heat conditions ”with heat indices close to 100 degrees.
How do you say that as politely as possible? GTFOH
*Is it more heartwarming or disturbing that the Luka we saw with the Mavs be the same Luka that we saw playing for Slovenia at the Olympics? The 22-year-old dominates games with his vision, passing and bizarre ability to slow the bull down to fight his way to any edge against any defender. But he too – whether in Dallas or Tokyo – is one of the biggest whiners on the planet.
Advised on several occasions by former head coach Rick Carlisle to channel his energy into his game and not the referees, Doncic at the Olympics committed a technical foul in every game. And after Slovenia’s heartbreaking point loss to France in the semi-finals, they were asked to explain the game and repeatedly replied with “FIBA happened”, implying that the game was somehow “arranged” by the officials.
By the way, he averaged a triple-double of 24 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in the event.
*I fully expected it from Deion Sanders. But what about you, Jason Garrett? The former Cowboys coach this week stunned Giants media members by demanding they simply call him “coach.” When a writer said, “It’s good to finally see you in person, Jason,” Garrett replied, “We say ‘Nice to see you, coach.’ This is how we do it. ”
Not really. Unless, that is, you want to start referring to all other human beings not by name but only by profession. “Coach” is no more a profession that commands respect than a plumber or scientist or teacher or, of course, a writer.
Hopefully Garrett meant everyone to greet each other warmly, not that he is “titled”.
*It’s all criticism and screaming … until you see HBO’s official trailer for Hard Knocks. Then it’s chills. The series highlighting the Cowboys camp will launch Tuesday night.
*Bad news: Rangers have 53 games to play in this forgettable 2021 season. Good news: Only 238 days until they welcome the New York Yankees to Globe Life Field on opening day 2022.
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*Last reminder why – like any other group – throwing a blanket of support on the police is a bad idea. A fight breaks out in Dallas. Police officers show up to keep the peace, but an officer ends up pushing a man to the ground and repeatedly punching him in the face. Back to blue? Not blindly, no.
*NBC’s Peter King visited five NFL training camps last week and left most impressed by a rookie.
He writes, “I expect Micah Parsons to start opening day and play linebacker Mike and play big.”
*The Internet’s first website went live 30 years ago. Prepare to be disappointed, it still is today.
*Wait, why is Emmitt Smith peddling his personal memorabilia on eBay? Is it a negative? No. It turns out that one of Emmitt’s companies has developed some really awesome software and the majority of the proceeds from the sales will go to his charity.
We’ve known Emmitt for a long time. We should have known from the start that it was positive.
*Do Harlem Globetrotters Still Exist? I liked them when I was a kid, but I haven’t thought about them in years. They perform at the American Airlines Center on August 14. This “Spread Game Tour” promises to be a “joint collaboration with award-winning Broadway professionals”. Color me skeptical.
*Why do bikes built for boys have this extra bar? You know, the one that crushes your trash if you have to go down and down too quickly. Not that hitting that bar between their legs would be wonderful for the girls, but it looks like the bike builders have pushed it back. And don’t tell me the bar isn’t on girls’ bikes because it makes it easier for them to get on the saddle. You don’t tell me that, do you? Thin !
*RISK FOR RANGERS: We all think the Texas Rangers are going to be putrid this season. Our little roundtable revealed predicted win totals between 61 and 78, but no one thinks 0.500 is plausible. Let’s put our money where our mouth is. I will bet virtual $ 100 vs the Rangers in every game this season and, after six months and 162 games, see where I end up. I’ll be keeping a running tab there every Friday and in September I’ll hand out (wink) my profits to my most loyal readers. RECORD: 39-70 TOTAL: +1 385 $.
*Toldja here last week we should be worried about Dak Prescott’s shoulder pain. While the Cowboys immediately said it wasn’t a big deal and the quarterback was on a day-to-day basis, head coach Mike McCarthy now admits the team has taken a step back with his treatment. When Prescott returns, will he be on some sort of throwing account?
For what it’s worth, an injury to a muscle under Prescott’s armpit is more common in baseball pitchers, and Cowboys medical staff reached out to the Rangers this week for advice on a treatment plan.
*This weekend? Friday is for a trip to the DFW Golf Show at Dallas’s Market Hall. Saturday is for tennis and then spending time by the pool with friends. Sunday is for visiting mom in her 80se birthday. As always, don’t be a stranger.