Thinking out loud

Providence coach Ed Cooley
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John Rooke
October 18, 2019 - 1:05 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering what the next big thing in the competitive sports world might be? The anticipation is building for the start of the college hoop season, but why does it seem like we’ve been waiting too long to get started? I’ll say this – when everyone started on or about October...
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John Rooke
October 11, 2019 - 3:11 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to The Boz? Rocco Baldelli’s team, the Minnesota Twins, won 101 games and hit a major-league record 307 homers. Should be at least good enough for strong consideration as Manager of the Year, amiright? But the Twins hit only one dinger in the last...
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John Rooke
October 04, 2019 - 12:34 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering where common sense, or cents, has gone…when it comes to the NCAA… SMH on a lot this week, for certain. Must be the madness on the horizon. It’s known as “SB 206” in California, but it could soon mean a “KO” for schools, administrators, athletes and fans all across...
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Bill Belichick
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John Rooke
September 27, 2019 - 1:07 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering what Rudy Ruettiger is up to these days? There’s a sports broadcasting power couple-in-the-making getting married this weekend – the radio voice of the Celtics’ Sean Grande and CBS’ Dana Jacobson are tying the knot. Can’t imagine there will be too many nights at...
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Antonio Brown
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John Rooke
September 20, 2019 - 2:44 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to Peter Frampton… Two thoughts from the late T. Boone Pickens, a business magnate, oil tycoon and huge Oklahoma State booster who passed away a couple of weeks ago, that ring true and seem especially appropriate today: 1) “A good work ethic is...
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Antonio Brown
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John Rooke
September 14, 2019 - 12:13 am
Thinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to Ryan Mallett… Friday the 13th AND a full moon? First time since 2000 for the two to be in sync. Hope you survived – and it won’t happen again for 30 years, in 2049. Time to start howling. So, Antonio Brown? Not even sure where to begin at this...
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John Rooke
September 06, 2019 - 5:55 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to Butch Patrick? One thing is certain – there’s a Friday night in Kingston, Rhode Island coming up in the not-too-distant future that will be one wild ride. And for a 7th straight year, national eyes will be privy to the Ocean State version of...
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John Rooke
August 30, 2019 - 2:45 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering about what the next, new corporate logo will be to appear on pro uniforms… Andrew Luck was booed by his own fans in Indianapolis last weekend when word of his retirement leaked out through social media. How many of those “fans” will never admit to that now? All of...
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John Rooke
August 23, 2019 - 2:10 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering about pie.Yup, pie. A shortfall in projected annual gambling revenue for the Ocean State? Maybe not for long. Our buddy Dan McGowan at the Boston Globe reported this week mobile sports betting should start in Rhode Island just in time for the NFL regular season. No...
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John Rooke
August 16, 2019 - 10:36 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to those wunderkinds from Cranston Western… THE dumbest proclamation of THE week came from Ohio State, or rather, THE Ohio State University. THE school applied for a trademark to THE word “THE” last week, so that it must be used whenever...
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