General Thoughts 

General Thoughts

Another outstanding sports week has happened and for the Miami Heat, it may be the end of the road. The Spurs, behind Manu Ginobli’s 24 points and 10 assists, defeated the Miami Heat 114-104 in front of a boisterous crowd in San Antonio. As a result of the win, the Spurs are now one win away from winning the NBA title and the Miami Heat are beginning to feel the pressure again. The team that most thought would repeat this season is now on the brink of elimination as they head back to South Beach. Plenty have already began to write off the Miami Heat and their championship hope, but what has to be remembered is how this team has responded to adversity. Whenever it seems like it’s over for them, the resiliency of their stars comes out.  So with that being said, expect the Big Three of the Miami Heat to come out with energy and fight. They will not only be fighting for the title but for their legacies. It should be interesting to see how the Spurs respond to a desperate Heat team.


doc riversAlso in the NBA, the Clippers and the Celtics have been posturing back and forth trying to get a trade completed that would send veteran Kevin Garnett to the Clippers and young center Deandre Jordan to the Celtics. Also in this deal, Doc Rivers would be let out of his deal in Boston to join the Clippers organization as head coach. There will definitely be some other parts to this trade if it happens, but Doc and KG going to the Clippers gives them a championship-winning coach and a veteran big man that is as competitive as they come. But if this deal doesn’t happen, then what happens to Doc Rivers? Does Doc reconsider his thoughts on helping the Celtics rebuild, continue to look for a another place to coach or does Doc decide to take some time off from coaching to spend time with his family? We don’t know what will happen, but Doc, the Clippers and the Celtics all have some decisions to make and everyone will be watching to see what happens.

In the NFL, Donald Driver recently retired from the NFL after a quiet last season in Green Bay. He got a street named after him and he was donald driverrecently hosting a celebrity softball game. All seemed to be going well in his retirement, but apparently the recently retired wide receiver said he would come back to play if Green Bay called him. It’s interesting that he would say those comments while hosting a celebrity softball game with the Packers two newest wide receiver draft picks, Kevin Dorsey and Charles Johnson, participating in the game. I understand the loyalty that Driver has to the organization and his willingness to come back for them, but his time has passed. He is 38 years old and the Packers would have used him last season if they still felt he could perform at the level they needed him to. Driver has had a great career, but Father Time is undefeated and he lets you know when its time to call it a career.


The show Hard Knocks has always been an interesting watch for some football fans. Well, over the recent years, the popularity of the show has fallen off and they have struggled to find a team that wants to be on the show. After being turned down numerous times, the Cincinnati Bengals have decided to do the show a second time. If I were the Bengals organization, I would have turned this opportunity down. Even though the show is good TV for fans, it isn’t exactly good for teams. It disrupts what teams have going on and can be a distraction to preparation for a season. Maybe Hard Knocks needs to end soon because it is becoming harder and harder to find teams that even want the show around. It was good for a minute, but like all things, they eventually run their course. If NFL teams get their wish, this will be the last season for Hard Knocks.

Johnny ManzielTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel went from nowhere to somewhere this past football season. The quarterback went from winning the quarterback position in the spring of 2012 to winning the Heisman all within a year’s time. And with that, he became the first freshman to win the Heisman in its illustrious history. With the incredible season and the Heisman, Manziel has received a ton of attention from fans and media this offseason. He has been seen at professional baseball and basketball games along with other various places and apparently the instant fame seems to be getting to him. Manziel recently tweeted  something to the effect of being ready to leave College Station whenever that may be. And instantly, the media took his comments and ran with it, saying that their may be trouble. Honestly, there is definitely an overreaction going on in regards to his comments. Of course his comments weren’t exactly the smartest to say, but remember that he is still a young man and he is still growing up. Hopefully he learns his lesson from this instance and realizes that he is in the public eye at all times.

These are my thoughts and these are my words. Until next time………

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2 Thoughts to “General Thoughts”

  1. Johnny Manziel’s comments were unfortunate, but his actions (going to Heat games, playing at Pebble Beach, etc.) are not due to illegal benefits or arrogance (as many assume). Manziel comes from an affluent family, and can afford these perks.

    1. But he needs to be MUCH more careful about his comments through social media (i.e. Twitter).

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