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Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …Cleveland Indians

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The winning streak began back in August against the Boston Red Sox and now at mid September the Indians now hold the American League record for 21 straight wins. When we last saw the Indians they were up 3 games to 1 in the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Apparently losing the World Series hasn’t slow down the Indians or have them feeling sorry for themselves instead …they just keep winning.

The major league record is 26 straight wins by the New York Giants in 1916, though there was a tie during that streak as well. To claim that record, Cleveland will have to sweep the Kansas City Royals at home before taking two games from the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif.

Can they do it? It will be fun watching to see if they can.

As of this posting the Indians stretched their winning streak to 22 wins in row with a 10 inning walk off win against the Kansas City Royals.


Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday

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How did you do with this week’s question?

If you answered …Harold Grange…you are correct.Image result for harold grange

Hall of Famer Harold Grange, All-American running back at the University of Illinois in the early 1920’s, then for the Bears until 1935, was known as “Red Grange” or “The Galloping Ghost.” He was so dominating in a 1924 game against Michigan–gaining 262 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns in just 12 minutes–that he inspired Grantland Rice to write the following poem which spawned his famous nickname:

A streak of fire, a breath of flame
Eluding all who reach and clutch;
A gray ghost thrown into the game
That rival hands may never touch;
A rubber bounding, blasting soul
Whose destination is the goal.

Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday

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Welcome back to this week’s Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday here is this week’s question:

The answer will be posted on Friday along with Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week and Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks

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Michael Spinks had been undefeated coming into this fight ..he had scored wins against Larry Holmes (Highly controversial wins) yet here he was in the ring for the heavyweight title vs Mike Tyson. Could the slick boxer be the first man to upset Tyson? Spinks vs Tyson… warning …don’t turn away …you’ll miss it!

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Mike Tyson ve Trevor Berbick

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Trevor Berbick was known as the last man to fight the legendary Muhammad Ali in which he beat the then faded former champion. Could he beat the upcoming undefeated at that point challenger …Mike Tyson? Tyson was knocking fighters out in 27 fights to the point 25 ended by knockout…could Berbick withstand the rage and fury that was Mike Tyson? Could Tyson become the youngest man (20 years old)to win the Heavyweight title?

Challenger Mike Tyson vs Champion Trevor Berbick



Smallthoughts: Jet Fans It Will Be a Painful Year…With a Purpose

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The predictions are in …the Jets are listed as a team that will finish on the high end of 3 wins …if that many.  Honestly I think 3 wins is a lot it’s either 0-16 or 1-15 3 wins 4 wins even 5 wins is really reaching. For this franchise it’s either 0-16 or 1-15 for the number one pick in 2018 NFL draft. Anything else and the plan is ruined.

You don’t gut your team have few players on the offensive side of the ball unless you are planning to be 0-16 or 1-15 otherwise you could have kept everyone you got rid of and done 5 or 6 wins maybe 7 . But as you are aware in sports now it’s either be really good or be really bad …mediocrity is unacceptable. Being really bad should be at this point a good thing for the Jets why? because it positions them to be no worse than the number 2 pick in the 2018 draft. If both projected quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen or even Josh Allen are there for the taking then the pain of 0-16/1-15 will be worth the grief Jet fans will endure.

This is a franchise that has been quarterback starved since Joe Namath was traded to Los Angeles back in 1976. With rare exception (Vinny Testaverde and Chad Pennington) the list of QBs that the Jets have  been left wanting. None have delivered only in recent memory have one QB come close to getting Gang Green to the Super Bowl (Mark Sanchez) and we know Jet fans how that turned out. Now here is the key …whether the Jets pick 1st or 2nd they have to get this pick right! No we think he could be …this is what they said about Christian Hackenberg and we know …he isn’t the answer. Not even close, so they really need to get this pick right . Not right 4 years down the road but get it right now. All this is helped by being really bad (0-16/1-15) so that you can get really good and have that sustained success that …I hate saying this that the New England Patriots have.

So Jet fans keep your heads up this gets better because the pain of being really bad has the purpose of putting you in position to be really good for a long time to come.

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It will get better.

Smallthoughts: Did the Patriots get the Name of that Truck that Hit Them?

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The last time we saw the New England Patriots the made an unbelievable comeback in the Super Bowl down 28-3 to come all the way back to win and stun the Atlanta Falcons. Well the NFL calendar has turned and as Thursday night proved …the Chiefs served notice that they aren’t the Falcons…(I know Ouch) Patriot defense had no answers for Kareem Hunt …final score 42-28…

By the way did the Patriots get the License plate of that truck that hit them in their building?