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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Willie Naulls


 

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He played 10 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he was a four-time NBA All-Star with the New York Knicks, and won three NBA championships with the Boston Celtics.

Naulls grew up in California, where he was named the state’s Mr. Basketball in high school. He played college basketball with the UCLA Bruins, and earned All-American honors as a senior in 1956. Naulls was selected by the St. Louis Hawks (known now as the Atlanta Hawks) with the ninth overall pick of the 1956 NBA draft. He played briefly with St. Louis before being traded to New York, where he spent most of his career. With the Knicks, he became the first African American to be named a captain of a professional team in a major American sport. After a brief stint with the San Francisco Warriors (now the Golden State Warriors), Naulls finished his career with the Boston Celtics. In December 1964, he was part of a Celtics unit that became the first all-black starting lineup in NBA history.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Willie Naulls.

Career history
1956 St. Louis Hawks
19561962 New York Knicks
1962–1963 San Francisco Warriors
19631966 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 11,305 (15.8 ppg)
Rebounds 6,508 (9.1 rpg)
Assists 1,114 (1.6 apg)

 

 

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Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday


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Welcome back. How did you do with this week’s question?

If you answered Fran Tarkenton you are correct.

Tarkenton played his career from 1961-1978. His first six seasons were with the Vikings, then five with the Giants before moving back to Minnesota for another seven seasons. He reached the 3000 plateau in 1976 with the Vikings, and retired with 3686 passes caught. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame 10 years later.

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Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday


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Welcome to Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday. Are you ready for this week’s question? Here it is

The answer will be posted on Friday.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Cris Collinsworth


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For those of you that only know Cris Collinsworth as a broad caster …he was a very good wide receiver before …the NFL re wrote the rules to allow more offensive freedom. Just imagine his stats if he played in today’s NFL.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Cris Collinsworth.

Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 417
Receiving yards: 6,698
Yards per reception: 16.1
Receiving touchdowns: 36

 

 

Smallthoughts: Wow Did you see that game? Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Rams


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Normally this is Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday and you will get your Old School Tuesday …but did you see that game last night? Wow this was a Monday Night Football game that people will be talking about for a long time. Did you see??? It will be noted for having both teams scoring 50 points or more …and if you didn’t watch the game at all and saw the score right away you would be saying where was the defense ??? You my dear reader missed out if you didn’t watch this game at all. It had everything defense, offense, sacks, strip sacks, interceptions. So as I said …you missed out. Check out the highlights and see for yourself. What a tight rope of a game as seen by the last touch down catch. Take a look when you see the highlights.

By the way can anybody stop Tyrek Hill?

Smallthoughts: Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Champions


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What can you say about the Boston Red Sox  that hasn’t been said…when you win 108 games with a first year manager it certainly gets everyone’s attention. Now as you know it’s quite another to not only get the attention but to hold everyone’s attention…Boston did just that by beating their long time division rival the New York Yankees, then beat  last year’s champ the Houston Astros. This then set up last years runner’s up the Los Angeles Dodgers vs the Red Sox. Each time when it look like the Dodgers had the advantage or the momentum …Boston had the answer. And then last night’s clincher. Check out the highlights …enjoy! Congratulations Boston Red Sox …you earned it.

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Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …Alex Cora


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Is Alex Cora this good of a manager or is this a case of the having the players? I think it is a little of both. The first year manager led the Boston RedSox to a 108 win season then beat the New York Yankees, then beat the defending champs Houston Astros to get to the world series, now he is just 2 wins away from winning a championship to add to Boston’s trophy case. There have been several first year managers this season to various degrees of success (Aaron Boone of the Yankees) and to a much failed degree Mickey Callaway of the New York Mets. In this era or error of analytics Cora manages more with his gut (What a novel concept) and use both analytics and a feel for the game. The RedSox responded playing with emotion.

They’ve outscored opponents 68-41 in the postseason. They are 9-0 when scoring first in October. They are undefeated in five games on the road in October, with all of those wins coming against teams with 100 or more wins. As a team, they have a .261/.345/.404 slash line in these playoffs while opponents are batting only .209/.305/.333.

Throughout the entire postseason they have scored 36 of their 68 total runs with two outs on the board. That’s clutch hitting dear reader and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to believe this will stop iin Los Angeles as the series shifts to Dodger Stadium. Maybe the Dodgers will win one game but this series belongs to Alex Cora and the Boston Redsox.