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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Archie Griffin


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In 1972, Griffin was a T-formation halfback, and from 1973 through 1975, he was the team’s I-formation tailback. He led the Buckeyes in rushing as a freshman with 867 yards, but his numbers exploded the following year with the team’s conversion to the I-formation. He rushed for 1,428 yards in the regular season as a sophomore, 1,620 as a junior, 1,357 as a senior. Griffin is the only back to lead the Big Ten Conference in rushing for three straight years. Overall, Griffin rushed for 5,589 yards on 924 carries in his four seasons with the Buckeyes (1972–1975), then an NCAA record. He had 6,559 all-purpose yards and scored 26 touchdowns. In their four seasons with Griffin as their starting running back, the Buckeyes posted a record of 40-5-1. Griffin is one of only two players in collegiate football history to start four Rose Bowl games, the other being Brian Cushing.

As a junior at Ohio State Archie Griffin was named to every All-American team and was called “the greatest football player I’ve ever coached” by Woody Hayes. Combining power, speed and an uncanny ability to break four or five tackles on a single play, he smashed the all-time record for running backs in the Big Ten, amassing 4,064 yards. As a senior, Archie extended his record of consecutive 100-yards plus games to 31, his overall yardage to 5,176 and became the only player ever to win the Heisman twice.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Archie Griffin.

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Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week…Yoenis Cespedes


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This falls under the category of you can’t make this up. While addressing the state of Mickey Callaway’s job status, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen announced that Yoenis Cespedes fractured his right ankle in a fall on his ranch and no he didn’t fall off his horse. Cespedes was recovering from surgery on both heels and the team was looking forward to having Cespedes by mid-season but with this injury and surgery …Cespedes is now done for the season.Cespedes signed a four-year, $110 million contract with the Mets after the 2016 season.After stellar seasons in 2015 and 2016, injuries limited Cespedes to only 81 games in 2017 and 38 games last year.With today’s news that he’s not expected to play in 2019, Cespedes will have only played 119 games total in the first three years of his contract.

Can’t make this up!

Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …New York Mets


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What a week it has bee for the boys in Flushing, Queens. They come home on Monday after getting their clocks cleaned by the Miami Marlins (Awful) in a 3 game sweep, 5 games under 500 which sparked rumors of manager Mickey Callaway’s demise. General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen called a press conference to basically give a vote of confidence to Callaway and took responsibility for the moves that were placing the team in the mess that it was in. That was Monday. Today…the Mets completed a 4 game sweep of the Washington Nationals, the Mets are 1 game under 500 and they are only 4.5 games behind the first place Phillies. What started out as doom and gloom early in the week, has now given way to hope that at least at this point they hav some fight in them , haven’t given up and at least for now quieted talk of replacing Mickey Callaway as manager. Next the Amazin’s face the woefully awful Detroit Tigers. The Mets are on a roll keep it going…Let’s Go Mets!

Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday


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How did you do with this week’s question?

If you answered Archie Griffin you are correct.

As a junior at Ohio State Archie Griffin was named to every All-American team and was called “the greatest football player I’ve ever coached” by Woody Hayes. Combining power, speed and an uncanny ability to break four or five tackles on a single play, he smashed the all-time record for running backs in the Big Ten, amassing 4,064 yards. As a senior, Archie extended his record of consecutive 100-yards plus games to 31, his overall yardage to 5,176 and became the only player ever to win the Heisman twice.

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Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday


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Welcome to Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday. Here is the trivia question for today…

The answer will be posted on Friday.

Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week… New York Jets


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The rant was all set…I was going to blast the hype over Knick fans going bananas in the draft lottery but before my fingers hit the keys…The New York Jets came to Knick fans rescue. The Jets fired their general manager …Mike Maccagnan. Why? Why now? There were rumblings that Mike MacCagnan and newly hired head coach Adam Gase were not getting along …mind you MacCagnan led the search to hire Gase. Yet a power struggle began leading to Owner Chris Johnson to fire not the head coach or even tel both men to play nice in the sandbox but fired MacCagnan. The problem is Johnson’s timing. The firing came after Mac Cagnan hired Gase, after MacCagnan spent 120 million dollars in bringing in free agents, after  overseeing the NFL draft. According to Johnson he had concerns about MacCagnan…really? then why not fire him when you fired former head coach Todd Bowles if you felt that way?

“The more I looked, the more I realized that I wanted to move on,” Johnson told reporters. “It was only through diving deep into the organization, it was only through going through this particular offseason deeply that I understood how this organization was lacking in certain ways.

“This isn’t a decision that I could’ve made at the end of the season. I could with Todd. I could not with Mike.” “I’m not going to get into a lot of specifics about why we’re moving on from Mike” — but did add that the Jets, under Maccagnan’s supervision, did a “great job” this offseason. “This is more than Mike. It’s more than Adam. This is about the team moving forward,” Johnson said.

This is so Jets.

The power structure is set up that both the coach and the GM report to the Owner which means the head coach doesn’t answer to the GM and can by pass his way around the GM directly to the Owner which Gase did in this case to MacCagnan. This is not to say that MacCagnan was this great GM because at best he was spotty on his drafts and his signings to some free agents bombed badly (see Muhammad Wilkerson, Darrelle Revis) but the timing of the firing and the fact that Gase is now the interim GM leading the search to hire the permanent GM is the classic example of insanity.

Johnson is looking for, the owner said the GM must be more than a “talent evaluation guy” and should be a “strategic thinker.”

“I think this is going to be a really attractive job,” Johnson said. “I don’t think we’re going to find any trouble finding a good GM here. I think this is an excellent spot.”

This owner is delusional if he thinks that having a newly hired head coach sand bag a GM is going to make an excellent spot and thinks he will not have any trouble finding a good GM.

Again this is so The Jets ugh!

Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday


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Welcome back, how did you do with this week’s question?

If you answered…Pete Carroll and Dick Vermeil you are correct.

Pete Carroll won the Super Bowl in 2014 with the Seattle Seahawks and won the Rose Bowl in 2003, 2006,2007,2008.

Dick Vermeil won the Super Bowl in 2000 with the StLouis Rams and won the Rose Bowl in 1975.