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Smallthoughts: Rants and Raves

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Rants: SMU …The NCAA banned the SMU men’s basketball team from postseason play Tuesday and suspended veteran coach Larry Brown for nine games after concluding that he lied to its investigators and simply turned his back on a case of academic fraud involving one of his players. Is that a surprise? not really Larry Brown has been in trouble before in Kansas and UCLA. How soon do you think Larry Brown will be on the move again? By the way when isn’t SMU suspended in either Football or Basketball?

Rants:Derrick Rose … made news for being injured  again? When isn’t he injured this time it is his left eye socket..but he made bigger news for something he said:“This whole summer I had tunnel vision. My mindset was just making sure that I was working out every day, and spending as much time as possible with my son (P.J.). And focusing on those two things. Making sure my family is financially stable, as far as seeing all the money that they’re passing out in this league. Just telling the truth. Just knowing that my day will be coming up soon, and it’s not for me. It’s for P.J. and his future, so that’s what I’m thinking about right now.’“I’m preparing for it.’’

Rose has two years and around $41 million left on a max contract with Chicago. Asked a follow-up question later, Rose emphasized that he wants his future to be in Chicago but indicated his mind is on getting his fair share of cash in a changing financial landscape in which a massive influx of TV money is leading to rising player salaries. Rose has made it clear he wants to stay in Chicago but …“Here, it’s here,” Rose said of where he wants to play. “But when you talk about that much money, the only thing you can do is prepare for it. I’m trying to prepare, not only myself, but my family. And I’m doing this all for my son. Like I said, I’m thinking about his future. Even though we’re all right, we’re comfortable, when you talk about that x-amount of dollars, I think it raises everyone’s eyebrows, so there’s nothing wrong with being over-prepared.’’

In short his mind is on making another max contract if not with the Bulls then somewhere else.

Rants:Washington Nationals Wasn’t they favored to dominate the National League East and make it to the world series ? Instead they lost the division to the New York Mets, Matt Williams might have managed his way out of a job and the nationals are fighting among themselves Bryce Harper vs Jonathan Papelbon. Figure there to be some changes to the nationals roster during the off season with Williams and Papelbon being among the changes.

Raves: New York Mets…You would not be able to tell after the 3 game sweep in Philly but…this turned out to be a successful season after all. Winning the division and in the chase for best record vs Dodgers finally some meanful games in September and October.

Raves:MLB Playoff teams…New York Mets and Yankees, StLouis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, KC Royals, Texas Rangers,  Toronto Blue Jays congratulations and if we missed any teams as of this moment congratulations to you as well for making the playoffs

Raves:Oakland A’s…they have become the first MLB team to hire a female coach..

She’s Justine Siegal, a 40-year-old who has coached collegiate and independent baseball, and will now be a part of the coaching staff for Oakland’s Instructional League club in October.

Siegal has a history of barrier-breaking in baseball. She was the first woman to throw batting practice to MLB teams (she did so in 2011 for five teams, including the A’s). She’s also the first woman to coach pro baseball, when she was the first base coach for the independent Brockton Rox in 2009. Congratulations to the A’s for making a forward thinking move. Will this start a trend in Baseball only time will tell. But the NFL and the NBA have hire woman coaches so why not MLB?

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