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Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …World Baseball Classic

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When the World baseball Classic was first introduced I wasn’t a big fan of it, still not. But whether you are or not don’t tell the players it ‘s not legit or that it doesn’t matter.  It matters to them. Watch how they play with passion and pride and you see it matters. That’s not to say that there aren’t issues with this tournament, there is , managers and general managers hold their breath and hope their players don’t get hurt  or if they do they don’t miss any serious amount of time. But for the most part , they players do what they do best…play! They are playing hard and again with passion. There  those who don’t like the rules like Adrian Gonzalez who had no problem with voicing his displeasure:

He says he will never play in the WBC again: “It’s good to be the hell out of that tournament.” “They’re trying to be the World Cup. But they’re not even the Little League World Series.” His most stinging remarks he saved for the MLB brass…”You have no integrity. Everything you guys are doing is a bunch of BS.”

Again while some aren’t thrilled with the WBC , don’t tell everybody else that this tournament doesn’t matter …to the players around the world and in the classic…it matters.


Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday

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How did you do with this week’s question?

If your answer is the Kentucky Wildcats with 8 National Titles …1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012 then you are correct.

Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week…Adrian Peterson


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Anyone want to take a look at these stats and tell if you wouldn’t want a player like this on your team?
4× First-team All-Pro (2008, 2009, 2012, 2015)
NFL rushing yards leader (2008, 2012, 2015)
These stats belong to Adrian Peterson one of the best running backs in the NFL. Part of the problem is his timing. This free agent market always included until recently Eddie Lacy who signed a one year deal with the Seattle Seahawks and this is after Lacy is said to be a robust 260 pounds!!! Peterson was suspended for the 2014 season and yet in 2015 he led the NFL in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns so it’s not like he doesn’t have anything left in the tank. He is coming off a 2016 season in which the right knee had torn meniscus. On September 22, Peterson underwent successful surgery to repair the meniscus. It was also revealed that the knee had a mild LCL sprain, but it did not need surgery. Having missed most of the season he returned on December 17th against the Colts and he had six carries for 22 yards against the Colts. It’s a short sample size as how much he has left but give the guy a one year deal same like Lacy got from Seattle. At least you know Peterson won’t show up at 260 pounds like Eddie Lacy.

Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday

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Welcome to this week’s Trivia Thursday. In light of this being the beginning of March Madness In college Basketball, this week’s trivia question is on …College basketball. Are you ready? Here is the question…

Check back in on Friday when we post Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week and Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week for the answer for this week’s trivia question.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Mike Gale

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Like Willie Wise, in league not known for defense Mike Gale was a solid defensive player throughout his career in both the ABA and the NBA.
He was drafted in the third round of the 1971 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls and by the Kentucky Colonels in the 1971 American Basketball Association draft. Gale opted to play for the Colonels.Gale played in the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association as a member of the Kentucky Colonels (1971–1974), the New York Nets (1974–1975), the San Antonio Spurs (1975–1980), the Portland Trail Blazers (1980–1981), and the Golden State Warriors (1981–1982). He tallied 6,203 career points and 3,146 career assists, and he won the 1974 ABA Championship while with the Nets.

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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Mike Gale.

Career history
19711974 Kentucky Colonels
19741975 New York Nets
19751980 San Antonio Spurs
1980–1981 Portland Trail Blazers
1981–1982 Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 6,203 (7.4 ppg)
Assists 3,146 (3.7 rpg)
Steals 1,349 (1.8 spg)

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Willie Wise

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A 6’6″ forward from Drake University, Wise earned a spot on the American Basketball Association‘s (ABA) Los Angeles (later Utah) Stars in 1969. He would prove to be one of the best all-around players in the league, as he was both a proficient scorer (19.2 points per game during his ABA career) and a highly esteemed defender. Indeed, while playing for the Stars, who won the 1971 ABA Championship, Sports Illustrated described him as “the best two-way performer in pro basketball”.[1] Wise later played with the Virginia Squires.

After the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, Wise played one full season and part of a second in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Denver Nuggets and Seattle SuperSonics.

Career history
19691974 Los Angeles / Utah Stars
19741976 Virginia Squires
1976–1977 Denver Nuggets
1977 Seattle SuperSonics
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 9,727 (17.6 ppg)
Rebounds 4,578 (8.3 rpg)
Assists 1,594 (2.9 apg)

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Zelmo Beaty

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He was selected with the third pick of the 1962 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft by the St. Louis Hawks. Beaty was named to the inaugural NBA All-Rookie Team in 1963. He averaged more than 20 points per game in three different seasons, and over ten rebounds per game in six of his seven seasons with the Hawks. A physical player, Beaty led the NBA in personal fouls in 1962–63 and 1965–66, and tied for the league lead in disqualifications during the 1963–64 season. Beaty made two NBA All-Star Game appearances in 1966 and 1968 before leaving the NBA to play in the rival American Basketball Association (ABA)
In his first season in the ABA, Beaty led the league in field goal percentage, was third in the league in rebounds per game, helped lead the Utah Stars to the 1971 ABA title, and was awarded the ABA Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award. He played a total of four seasons with the Stars, being named to the All-ABA Second Team twice and making the ABA All-Star Game three times, before returning to the NBA as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. If you look closely on one video he was teammates with Miami Heat President …Pat Riley when Riley had a full mustache and not so slick back hair.
Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday spotlights…Zelmo Beaty.
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 9,107 (16.0 ppg)
Rebounds 5,949 (10.4 rpg)
Assists 839 (1.5 apg)