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Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday

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Welcome Back to Trivia Thursday… this week’s question is on Baseball.

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

Have fun!




Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Greg Ballard

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He was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 1977 NBA draft and won an NBA Championship with the Bullets in 1978. He played for the Golden State Warriors for the 1986 and 1987 seasons. He finished his career with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1989 with career stats of 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

He worked as an assistant coach and an advance scout in his post playing career in the NBA.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Greg Ballard.

Career history
19771985 Washington Bullets
19851987 Golden State Warriors
1987–1988 VL Pesaro
1989 Libertas Forlì
1989 Seattle SuperSonics
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 9,953 (12.4 ppg)
Rebounds 4,858 (6.1 rpg)
Assists 1,733 (2.2 apg)

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Walt Bellamy

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In his final college game, Walt Bellamy set Indiana and Big Ten Conference records that still stand with 33 rebounds (and 28 points) in an 82-67 win over Michigan. Bellamy was named an All-American in both his junior and senior year (1960 and 1961). Bellamy was the first Hoosier taken No. 1 in the NBA draft and the first Hoosier named NBA Rookie of the Year.

Bellamy had a stellar 14-year career in the NBA, and was the NBA first overall draft pick in 1961. Bellamy was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1962 after having arguably one of the three greatest rookie seasons in NBA history (along with Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson). His 31.6 points per game average that season is second all-time for a rookie to Wilt Chamberlain’s 37.6, and the 19 rebounds per game he averaged that season is third best all-time for a rookie (to Chamberlain’s 27 and Bill Russell‘s 19.6).

Bellamy also led the NBA in field goal percentage in his rookie season, and had a 23-point, 17-rebound performance in the 1962 NBA All-Star Game. Bellamy played with the Chicago Packers, which became the Baltimore Bullets, for his first four seasons before he was traded to the New York Knicks for Johnny Green, Johnny Egan, Jim Barnes, and cash a few games into the 1965–66 season.

Due to trades to teams with offset game schedules during the 1968–69 season when he was traded (with Howard Komives) from the Knicks to the Detroit Pistons for Dave DeBusschere, Bellamy set a still-standing record for NBA games played in a single season with 88 (He played 35 games with the Knicks, 53 with the Pistons). He later played for several seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, and finished his career with the New Orleans Jazz.

Bellamy ended his NBA career with 20,941 points and 14,241 rebounds, and is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, being inducted in 1993 for his individual career, and in 2010 as a member of the 1960 United States men’s Olympic basketball team. Despite being one of the league’s top rebounders, Bellamy never made an All-NBA team.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Walt Bellamy.

Career history
19611965 Chicago Packers / Zephyrs / Baltimore Bullets
19651968 New York Knicks
19681970 Detroit Pistons
19701974 Atlanta Hawks
1974 New Orleans Jazz
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 20,941 (20.1 ppg)
Rebounds 14,241 (13.7 rpg)
Assists 2,544 (2.4 apg)

Smallthoughts: I Am Embarrassed to Be A Knick Fan

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My first NBA game I ever attended was when my grandfather took my father and I to Madison Square Garden to see the Knicks play I believe the Cincinnati Royals. It was during the championship season. I have been a Knick fan since. I have seen the Knicks win one more championship after that one (1973-74) I was in junior high school then. Since then  I have seen the Knicks be real good and real bad and the bad is embarrassing  but the off the court drama is worse. I could see not being good on the court it happens to every franchise at some point, but there is no excuse for bad behavior off the court. The worse was the Isaiah Thomas era…I still held hope out for the Knicks as a team as a franchise. I still rooted for them when Thomas gave money away for underwhelming players like Eddy Curry and Jerome James and Stephon Marbury…this season for the first time I believed this team was looking like it could do something playoff wise, wow was I so off on that but still nothing and I mean nothing is as bad or as embarrassing as what happened the other night with Charles Oakley at the place known as the Mecca of Basketball, The World’s Most Famous Arena. I will now refer it as Dolan’s House of Horrors. How else can I look at it? I am not excusing Charles Oakley putting his hands on the security personnel in that situation but what did they think was going to happen when they surrounded Oakley in full view of on lookers? There was no other way to handle things? I knew Dolan was thin skinned but do you mean that the very thought of Charles Oakley sitting behind Dolan made Dolan that uncomfortable that he had security toss Oakley? There was no better way to handle this? I’m embarrassed as a Knick fan, I am saying this after all the moments that Isaiah Thomas did and could do to be embarrassing as a executive, Phil Jackson is walking dangerously close to being just as embarrassing …what team president tweets that they break up with their finace’? But nothing is more embarrassing as seeing Charles Oakley who by the way showed more fight in that moment with Garden Security than the Knicks did all season on the court, get hauled out of the Garden and then banned from coming back in, having him arrested, just on spite. You know Dolan must have thought or knew he was wrong, why else would he fire the head of security for doing what he asked him to do basically get Oakley out of the arena. Oakley was the Knicks muscle for years kept teams off Patrick Ewing, made sure everyone understood when you drive the lane it’s the last time you drive the lane, he gave the Knicks toughness, grit and went all out on the court gave it all. Was he a great player no but he was an intangible player that you need that the current Knick team could use .For James Dolan to even hint that Oakley has a drinking problem smacks of spite. Seriously Dolan who himself has a drinking problem should go there with someone else? Why?Is he going to offer Oakley assistance if Oakley said he had a problem? This is embarrassing on so many levels. Just when I thought that as bad as Phil Jackson has been, James Dolan has made it worse and made it about his sensitive feelings. I usually wear my Knick hat, watch Knicks listen when I can on the radio but after this…I am not watching Knick games the balance of the season I can’t do this, my hat stays in the closet and I can’t invest emotionally when the franchise becomes a joke an embarrassment beyond what happens on the court. Dolan doesn’t deserve my viewing of this team. It is shameful that not only Oakley is now banned but Dolan has never made room at the Garden in some capacity of the franchise’s greatest player …Patrick Ewing. It is shameful, so now he isn’t welcoming Oakley to the Garden , but he welcomes back Latrell Spreewell shameful and down right embarrassing.  I am done.

Smallthoughts:Rant of the Week…Atlanta Falcons

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Up 21-0 and 28-3 t was all there for the taking …the Falcons had this game under control all they needed to do is score one more time to put the game out of reach and make the Patriots ride to glory one of crushing defeat. Then out of seemingly no where …the Football gods played a crude trick on the Falcons they decided to allow the Patriots to score and score again then when the score was 28-20 it was truly gut check time, if you are a Falcon fan you had to believe  if you can score 28 points what’s 7 more to put this game out of reach yet …the Football gods had other ideas …call it the Fickle Finger of Fate… not only did the Patriots come back and tie it …but scored in overtime. Full disclouser… I am not a Falcons fan, yet I feel every bit the pain a Falcon fan feels up 28-3 and looking for all likelihood to achieving your first championship then have the cruel sense of humor by the football gods yet it from them.

Does this take away from the great year that the Falcons had? No, but to be honest neither the players or their fans want to hear that and aren’t looking for a consolation prize either, this was all there for the taking …they scored 28 on the patriots all that was need was 7 more points game set match.Done. Now its’ an off season of doubt and questions …first being how did it happen? There are questions about the game calling in the second half, 3 pass interfere calls didn’t help, this will stick in a craw for a while and it should …it was there for the taking …Fickle Finger of Fate  indeed.

Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday

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How do you think you did with this week’s question?

In addition to being drafted in Baseball Dave Winfield was drafted to play in two other major sports. What were the two other sports?

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In 1973 Dave Winfield was drafted by 4 teams in 3 sports in Basketball both the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) and the Utah Stars (ABA) drafted him. In Football he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 17th round of the NFL draft and was selected by the San Diego Padres.

So if you picked Basketball and Football as the other sports that Dave Winfield was drafted in other than Baseball…you were correct.

Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week…Morten Anderson

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There were only 3 place kickers in the Football Hall of Fame, now there are 4 add Morten Anderson to the list. The previous three were

George Blanda (Also QB) 1949-1958, 1960-1975
Lou Groza (Also T) 1946-1959, 1961-1967
Jan Stenerud 1967-1985
Anderson is only the second of those on that list that was exclusively a place kicker. In his career (1982-2007) Anderson had the following achievments:
  • Most games played (career) – 382
  • Most consecutive games played by a placekicker – 248
  • Most field goals attempted (career) – 709
  • Most field goals (career) – 565
  • Most points (career) – 2,544
  • Most seasons, 75 or more points (career) – 24
  • Most consecutive seasons, 75 or more points (career) – 23
  • Most seasons, 90 or more points (career) – 22
  • Most game winning field goals (career) – 103
  • Games with 1+ field goals (career) – 299
  • Games with 2+ field goals (career) – 178
  • Oldest player to score 14 points in a game – 47 years, 133 days (for Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks, December 30, 2007)
  • Oldest player to kick 4 field goals in a game – 47 years, 42 days (for Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans, September 30, 2007)
  • Oldest player to kick 5 field goals in a game – 46 years, 43 days
  • Most field goals (50 or more yards) in a game – 3 (vs. New Orleans, December 10, 1995) (tied with several players)
  • Most consecutive games scoring (career) – 360
  • Most games scoring (career) – 379
  • Most consecutive seasons scoring (career) – 23 – tied with Gary Anderson
  • Most consecutive calendar years scoring (career)

That is definitely quite an accomplished career. Congratulations on being inducted into the Hall Of Fame.