Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves


Rants: Pat Riley…  Please stop complaining already about LeBron leaving for Cleveland, you weren’t complaining when he dumped Cleveland to come play for you in South Beach. In case you missed it here is Pat’s whine about LeBron…”So maybe I’m dealing with a contemporary attitude today of, ‘Well, I got four years here, and I think I’ll go up there for whatever reason I went.’ You know, the whole ‘home’ thing, I understand that. But what he had here, and what he had developed here, and what he could have developed over the next five or six years here, with the same team, could have been historic. And usually teams from inside…”

Enough already you got Nine count’em NINE Championship rings you have been to the NBA finals four straight years with Lebron , let it go already.

Rants: Stephen A. Smith…Is this a case of say anything just to be controversial? Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless were discussing the Eagles’ moves, and whether they left the team better or worse. During the back-and-forth, Smith said, “What has elevated my level of trepidation even more so? How in the hell do you lose DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin … but you keep Riley Cooper?”

 The first three players cited are, of course, black, while Cooper is not only white, but he was caught on video in 2013 dropping an N-bomb. A few minutes later, Smith revisited that implication of racism, prefacing his remarks with, “Can I say it? It’s going to be controversial.”

“Chip Kelly makes decisions over the last couple of years that, dare I say, leave a few brothers feeling uncomfortable,” Smith said.

“You could say that,” Bayless replied.

“I mean, we’re sitting here, looking at some of the decisions that Chip Kelly makes,” Smith continued, “and I’m like, ‘What’s up with that?’ I mean, it looks like you got to be his kind of guy, and I’m like, ‘Riley Cooper’s your kind of guy?’”

Here is what Stephen failed to realize while Kelly did send Macklin, Jackson and McCoy elsewhere..he did the same with Todd Herremans and James Casey both players are white. He also brought in Demarco Murray who is black, Mark Sanchez (Mexican) and Kiko Alonso. And he traded Nick Foles who is white. It seems that Stephen A. is misinformed about Chip Kelly’s intentions. it’s not to stock the Eagles with white players but players that fit his system and his way of doing things, coaches are about whatever it takes to win and if you can help them fine if not then they will get someone in who can. Smith should know better than to imply the race card here. Can I say it?, It’s not going to be controversial.

Rants: Dallas Cowboys …for being tight when it came time to pay for DeMarco Murray. Yes I know the NFL has little regard in terms of value for running backs but no one in Dallas was complaining whe he was racking up uards and dallas was winning. Now he’s headed to division rival Philly so dallas will get to see Murray twice a year and for what the difference of a 2 million dollars? What’s that to Jerry Jones?

Raves: Antrel Rolle nothing but class all the way. Stand up guy. Didn’t have a good year but always spoke to the press and always enjoyed listening to him on the radio in New York with Joe Benigo and Evan Roberts. On his way out the door to Chicago he said the following to the fans of New York: “I just want to take this time to tell the organization., coaches, media department, cleaning staff, cafeteria staff, THE FANS,& more than ANYTHING MY TEAMMATES that I love u all dearly. This was the hardest decision that I ever had to make in my life. It’s never easy when u have so many emotions involved and u have sooo much love for a place. NY is the only place that I call home away from home. You all have been so great to me and honestly I love you all to death for it. You all have me so many priceless memories that will never ever be forgotten. Once a Giant always a Giant and I sincerely believe in that. Moving on is a part of life and it’s a part of business. I had to do what was best for my family and I. I want to make my son proud of his father and to continue to do that I had to go forward with my plan! NY is tattooed on my chest so just know I will be a Giant and a New Yorker forever. Love u all. See you on the other side. #WhereTrel@ #flipagram made with @flipagram. Antrel at the end of the day you are one classy guy.

Raves: Amar’e Stoudemire …for speaking his mind about the attitude of his Dallas Mavericks teammates after they just got blasted by the Cavs…”We can’t cheat the game, we can’t screw around in games and practices and joke around all the time and figure we’re going to win games. This is the pros, it is the highest levelof basketball. We’ve got to act that way!” Bravo Amar’e! someone who gets it.

Raves: New York Jets …for doing what needed to be done …sign Darrelle Revis. And they did. They still have a lot of work to do but the pieces are falling into place. They got a big time receiver in Brandon Marshall, they traded for Ryan Fritzpatrick and sign former Cleveland corner Buster Skrine andbrought back Antonio Cromartie. Not bad for a new GM coming in. Plus he resigned David Harris and Bilal Powell. Too bad a big time QB isn’t available but …this is a better team now than the one that finished the 2014 season.

Published by bklynboy59

Welcome to Smallthoughtsinasportsworld. We keep it fun and we keep interesting and informative. On Tuesdays we go back in time with Old School Tuesdays, on Thursdays we keep it fun by Smallthoughts Trivia Thursday and on Fridays is Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week and Smallthoughts:Rave of the Week and we also post the answer from Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday. I am a lifelong New York Mets, Knicks and Jets and Giants fan. I root hard for my teams and have rooted for them even when it wasn't and in some cases still isn't easy. I enjoy talking sports, and on here I get to write about it as well. I have my thoughts hence Small thoughts, we will not always agree, but respectfully speak about what we feel. I invite your comments and feedback as well. You can also follow me on twitter @bklynboy59 and facebook Jerry bklynboy Small

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