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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jack Nichlaus

Jack Nicklaus is the standard in which golfers are compared including Tiger Woods.

He is widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, winning a total of 18 career major championships, while producing 19 second-place and 9 third-place finishes in them, over a span of 25 years. Nicklaus focused on the major championships (Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, Open Championship, and PGA Championship), and played a selective schedule of regularPGA Tour events, yet still finished with 73 victories, third on the all-time list behind Sam Snead (82) and Tiger Woods (79).

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Jack Nicklaus.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Arnold Palmer

This week’s Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday is taking a different turn by spotlighting Golf in light of the passiing of Arnold Palmer. Admittedly I don’t follow Golf but like many we all have heard of and seen Arnold Palmer on television. Arnold Palmer is regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history. He won numerous events on both the PGA Tour andChampions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed “The King“, he was one of golf’s most popular stars and its most important trailblazer, because he was the first superstar of the sport’s television age, which began in the 1950s.


Smallthoughts: Jose Fernandez …What a Tragedy

The news was both stunning and speechless. There are no words to express the emotions that both the Miami Marlins and Jose Fernandez’ family must feel today and going forward. To say no one saw this coming is an understatement. This goes beyond sports this is real life. If you lost a loved one then you know the pain the Fernandez family is feeling right now, the speechless tribute by his teammates says a lot about Jose Fernandez as a person.

I watched some of the pregame and post game and it was emotional, I don’t know the player and I wanted to cry that’s how emotional it was. The Marlins and the Mets played a game that in some respects was erie similar to the Mets playing the Braves after 9-11-2001. The mood was surreal just like this night when the Marlins honored one of their own. The Mets were respectful and embraced the Marlin players maybe both teams couldn’t bring themselves to play but one the first pitch was thrown , the adrenaline took over and the emotions for the Marlins ran high, you can tell by the way they played it was an outer body experience for the Marlins.  Even when the game was over which the Marlins won 7-3 there no dry eyes on the field they gathered at the pitcher’s mound and in one circle prayed and one by one left their caps on the mound and engraved their initials on the mound. Again the pain was there for all to see and while this hurts the Marlins ,  for the Fernandez family the pain has to be that much more. My condolences to the family and hope you find comfort in your loss  days, weeks, and months ahead


Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …Louisville Cardinals

Can somebody get the license plate of the truck that ran over Florida State and left them for dead? Louisville put the eyebrow raising hurt on Florida State 63-20 this past Saturday. in the process they jumped big time in the College polls and made themselves a force to be reckoned with this season.

Louisville was ranked 15th in the country and by the time they were done with Florida State …they are now ranked 2 in the country …

And in the process they unveiled a star in Lamar Jackson

Who is Lamar Jackson? He is part of the wrecking crew that completely dismantled Florida State .The dual-threat (meaning  passing and running the football) quarterback threw for 216 yards and a touchdown with one interception, but did the majority of his damage (and Louisville’s) on the ground, dissecting the Seminoles’ defense for 146 yards and four scores on 17 carries.  He’s pushed himself to the front of the line as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

I know what you’re thinking isn’t early to heap this much praise this soon? Sure. And there is a lot of football left to be played with a lot more twist and turns, but be honest …isn’t this fun to watch so far? In the meantime here is courtesy of you tube, highlights of Florida State vs Louisville.


Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week …Cross the Goal before you Flip the Ball

My apologies for being late in posting. This week rant of the week doesn’t go to just one person but to all who celebrate waaaayyyyyy to early when running back the football. It’s bad sportsmanship whether it is at the High School , College or Professional Level. And it not only is it bad sportsmanship but it cost your team in loss of points for you and in more points for your opponents. Check out the two following videos to see my point. Ask yourself …what were they thinking???

One rule of thumb when it comes to playing sports something I was taught early …act like you been there before. Apparently in both videos they weren’t.


Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Harold Carmichael

I can only imagine what his career totals would be if he played in today’s NFL with all the rules favoring the offense …with his height and his skills …the receiving records he would have set.

Early in his career, Carmichael showed his significant physical tools but struggled with injuries and being moved between the tight end and wide receiver positions before eventually finding his place as a wide receiver.

He was elected to four Pro Bowls in his NFL career, and led the league in receptions and receiving yards during the 1973 season. He finished third in receiving yards in 1978 with 1,072 and was second in receiving touchdowns in 1979 with 11.

In 1980, he set an NFL record at the time by catching passes in 127 consecutive NFL games. He was also the Eagles’ top receiver of Super Bowl XV, with six catches for 91 yards.

In 1984, he was cut by the Eagles and then by the New York Jets before signing with the Dallas Cowboys. He caught only one pass that season before being cut by the Cowboys and retiring.[3]

He ended his career with 590 receptions for 8,985 yards with 79 career touchdown catches, along with 64 rushing yards on nine carries. He currently ranks 25th all-time in career touchdown receptions, but he was 7th all-time at the time of his retirement. At 6 foot 8 inches, he is believed to be the tallest wide receiver in the history of the NFL.

Carmichael was selected to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team by voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Harold Carmichael.


Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Wilbert Montgomery

Before Marshawn Lynch there was …Wilbert Montgomery …beast mode before beast mode. Montgomery played for nine years with the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions.Montgomery was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 1977 NFL Draft. Wearing number 31, Montgomery played eight seasons with Philadelphia, shattering almost all of the Eagles’ rushing records and leading the club in rushing six times. Montgomery, who concluded his NFL career with the Detroit Lions in 1985, holds or held seven Philadelphia rushing records, including career attempts (1,465), rushing yards (6,538, broken by LeSean McCoy in 2014), attempts in a season (338 in 1979), rushing yards in a season (1,512 in 1979, since broken by LeSean McCoy in 2013), career 100-yard rushing games (26), 100-yard rushing games in a season (8 in 1981), and touchdowns in a game (4). In 1979, Montgomery led the NFL with 2,012 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, returns). Over his NFL career, he accumulated 6,789 yards rushing, 2,502 receiving, 814 kickoff return yards, 57 touchdowns (45 rushing, 12 receiving, 1 kickoff return), and two Pro Bowl invitations (1978–79).

Smallthoughts: Old school Tuesday spotlights…Wilbert Montgomery.

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Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 6,789
Rushing average: 4.4
Rushing touchdowns: 45