Thinking out loud

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John Rooke
June 07, 2019 - 4:08 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering what a guy like Tony Romo does in his off-season? I don’t know about you, but Woonsocket, RI and Hendricken Hawk original Rocco Baldelli is making his Minnesota Twins the story of the year in baseball – and has anyone really noticed yet? Baldelli is a first-year...
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John Rooke
May 31, 2019 - 11:15 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to Becky Ball? “Immortality and eternal life? The only sure shot at that was the memories of those you left behind – (to) your friends and family...” ― Brian Keene, Dead Sea This past week was a tough one, with a number of notable deaths from...
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Providence coach Ed Cooley
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John Rooke
May 24, 2019 - 11:33 am
Thinking out loud…while wondering if St. Louis gets tired of facing Boston in the playoffs… Let’s start out by stating the obvious: “Never say never.” Yes, I am surprised that Ed Cooley considered another college program to coach. Even if it was almighty Michigan. Even if they offered a salary...
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John Rooke
May 17, 2019 - 3:28 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering how many Friars have their names etched on the Stanley Cup… Honestly, it’s almost criminal – and comical – at the same time. 18 finals’ appearances for Boston/New England teams since 2001. And before you commence hatin’ again, consider what we went through to get...
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John Rooke
May 10, 2019 - 4:35 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering how we really came to celebrate Cinco de Mayo… Tweet of the Week I, from @tkyles39: “By my count, 32 players on the current roster have been to at least two Super Bowls as Patriots. 27 have multiple rings with the team. They know what it takes to get back to the...
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NFL Draft
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John Rooke
April 27, 2019 - 11:57 am
Thinking out loud…while preparing myself for the next piece of my foundation to crumble… Tweet of the Week I, from @darrenrovell: “This Day in 2010 – Patriots, concerned that the Ravens are going to take Rob Gronkowski at No. 43, get the 42nd pick from the Raiders for their 44th pick & pick No...
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Tiger Woods wins Masters
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John Rooke
April 19, 2019 - 3:49 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to commitment in college athletics, from college athletes? Tweet of the Week I, from @MattVautour: “A 43-year old won the Masters. A 41-year old won the Super Bowl. Take that, millennials.” Tiger Woods’ win at The Masters was certainly one for the...
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John Rooke
April 12, 2019 - 1:46 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering what Johnny Football’s next move might be? Late night hoops weren’t what I was looking for when it comes to college basketball’s national championship game. A 9:20 start? No desire to try and attract a younger – or perhaps only moderately interested crowd, NCAA and...
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John Rooke
April 05, 2019 - 3:50 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering what took so long for Ernie D to reach the College Basketball Hall? Six straight years in the NCAA Tournament. A realistic chance at a 2nd national title in five years, by participating in next week’s Frozen Four. Sure, it’s great that the Commonwealth’s flagship...
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John Rooke
March 29, 2019 - 4:04 pm
Thinking out loud…while wondering if the Red Sox can wipe that smirk off of Yankee faces – and repeat this year? Got brackets left in good standing? Thought this might be coming. With the unpredictable nature of the college basketball regular season being what it was, “chalk” was likely to prevail...
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