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Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves

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Rants: Glen Taylor Owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves for ripping his once franchise player, Kevin Love after trading him to Cleveland on his being a third wheel on a good team and critizing his defense of lack thereof…I question Kevin if this is going to be the best deal for him because I think he’s going to be the third player on a team. I don’t think he’s going to get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he’ll get the blame if they don’t do well. He’s going to have to learn to handle that. I think he’s around a couple guys are awful good. Now I’m not saying that Kevin’s not good, but I think where maybe he got away with some stuff, not playing defense on our team, I’m not sure how that’s going to work in Cleveland. So I would guess they’re going to ask him to play more defense. And he’s foul-prone,” Taylor said.

Rants: ESPN for irresponsible reporting about Michael Sams showering habits…seriously? Who cares? really? This is from the leader in worldwide sports? Shouldn’t this be about Sams play on the field not about his showering habits? Good for Chris long for saying something …Dear ESPN,

Everyone but you is over it.

Rants:Josh Shaw…Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.

The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication.”
The story nearly took on a life of it’s own when the original story that shaw told got USC excited and wanted to make a big deal out of it until other sources stepped forward to contradict his story. No one is saying at USC how he really injuried his ankles, which leads to this question…was it worth all the trouble in the first place?

Raves: Kansas City Royals…It is late August and the calendar is about to turn to September and look at the standings. Who is in first place in the American League Central with a 74-59 record?…The Kansas City Royals…yes the same Royals who have been awful since George Brett walked out the door… are now in First palce in the central with a game and a half lead over the Tigers. The question is can they seal the deal with meanful games in September?

Raves:Baltimore Orioles …Look who has a 7 game lead in the American league East …Yes the Baltimore Orioles. It’s the Buck effect. Showater has them playing and believing they will win the division. While it is true that at somepoint Showalter usually wears out his welcome, he does build winners. Maybe this time is his time to bring one home.

Raves: Juan LaGares…New York Mets centerfielder…in a season with not many bright spots he has been nothing short of star in the making. Add clutch hitting to his list of things he can do in addition to the outstand play in Centerfield, and he is one player the Mets need to continue to build around for the forseeable future.

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