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And The Oscar Goes To ... The Rangers?



    And The Oscar Goes To ... The Rangers?

    Tuxedos were sharp. Carpet was red. Smiles sparkled. And Neil Patrick Harris was clever, funny and …

    Wait, something was missing from last night’s Oscars. Um, where was sports?

    The annual movie awards should be a natural confluence of America’s silver screen and America’s pastime. I’d rather see the Oscars hosted by Gamble or De La Hoya or Robertson or even Madison.

    But as I watched the nominees for Best Picture, I was forced to only daydream of a world where sports was the leading actor. And where the plot lines were a foreshadowing of a Rangers’ season to come …

    Boyhood – Epic tearjerker about a talented prospect named Jurickson Prosper who peaks at age 20 and never fulfills his manly potential.

    Birdman – Desperate for pitching help, Texas spins a comedic yarn by turning to 54-year-old former Tigers’ sensation Mark Fidrych.

    Whiplash – Suspenseful thriller focuses on re-tread Jamey Wright, who suffers a neck injury watching homer after homer sail over the fence.

    American Sniper – In a feel-good release on the Fourth of July, Rangers introduce their local secret weapon: Joey Gallo.

    The Theory of Everything – Asked in this gripping documentary about his opinion of using the sacrifice bunt, manager Jeff Banister opines on everything from minor-league bus rides to his bizarre love of fortune cookies.

    The Grand Budapest Hotel – Trying to change their bad luck and horrible record at Boston’s Fenway Park, the Rangers take viewers on a fantasy, animated detour to a different hotel … in Romania.

    The Imitation Game – Attempting to pull off an impossible feat, general manager Jon Daniels stars in this sci-fi thriller and attempts to clone Madison Bumgarner, Bruce Bochy and Hunter Pence.

    Selma – Looking for an inspirational boost in the midst of a long season, the Rangers bring in African-American motivational speaker named Ron Washington.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.