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Connelly Top 10 – Half Way there and the Sox still Bore Me

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Connelly Top 10 – Half Way there and the Sox still Bore Me

1.Red Sox

* 3rd base production so far – 7 HR / 38 RBI / .224 / 17 Errors

* Did Vazquez’s arm never truly recover 20 stolen bases in 30 attempts so far

* Who took a bigger cut – Yaz, Boomer or Plantier

* Moreland on pace for 60 extra base hits – Ortiz had 87 last year

* In a year and a half – Price has a very Al Nipper like 21 wins

* Ugh if only Fred Lynn stayed – hit .347 career at Fenway

* John Farrell ruined Steven Wrights entire career

 

2. Gordon Heyward to the Celtics – I love it – the Celtics have their best one–two scoring punch in years (by the way I love the Marc Gasol rumors):

2016-2017 – Isaiah and Heyward combined for 3,800 points

1985–1986 – Bird and McHale combined for 3,563 points

 

3. So far in the Major League there have been 17 complete game shutouts combined in the first half a year – Bob Gibson had 13 by himself in 1968

 

4. Jim Rice in back to back years 1977-1978 – combined for:

* 30 Triples

* 54 Doubles

* 85 home runs

* 269 RBI

* 419 hits

* 1,456 plate appearances

 

5. In the 1972 Super Bowl – the champion Cowboys had two receivers catch passes that would later go on to win Super Bowls as head coaches – Mike Ditka and Dan Reeves

 

6. Manning cheating again:

·His teammates ratted him out for using ear pieces for amplified signal calls

·They piped in crowd noise

·So they say – He had steroids sent to his house and then used muscle men to intimidate witness

·The Colts lost on purpose to get Andrew Luck

 

7. Amazing Stat – Lexington High All-Scholastic Sal Frelick didn’t strike out this year – he is quarterback too

 

8. Old School – Jimmy Piersall and Gene Conley die within five weeks of each other – each responsible for a bizarre moment in Red Sox history:

* 1962 Gene Conley gets off the Red Sox bus in New York and goes to Israel

* Piersall climbed backstop at Fenway

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – In honor of a recent picture of Amelia Earhart – how about some Boston athletes that disappeared:

* Roger Clemens and the Ninja Turtle shoelaces against Oakland in playoffs – got himself tossed

* Mo Vaughn and Jose Canseco in the 1995 playoffs versus Cleveland 0-27

* Chuck Fairbanks leaves after Houston Oilers playoff loss

* Three years ago – Hanley Ramirez just took off the rest of the year

* Irving Fryer left a Patriots game at halftime hurt and crashed his car into a tree

* Logan Mankins held out for multiple games in his walk year – Bill traded him

* Suffolk Downs, Wonderland both disappeared

* Going got tough in Boston and Doc Rivers took off

 

10. Randomocity

* The ESPN nude pictorial is absurd and inappropriate – does Edelman really need to fawn over himself?

* When do the Bruins run for the eighth playoff spot begin

* How long before Terry Francona put his name on the list for a heart transplant?

* Venus Williams is found responsible for killing someone in a car accident and she’s off playing tennis at Wimbledon?

* Sneaky Pete on Amazon – grade B

* War Dogs – B+ and legit performance by Jonah Hill

Michael has written for the Boston Herald and other sites in the past and his top ten column is now housed on Trifecta Sports Network. Connelly's Top Ten releases on Monday's and Friday's.

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WEEI To Close Its Doors On Friday

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Boston sports radio station WEEI is set to close its doors on Friday amidst some highly controversial storylines.

The station is going to be stopping all broadcasts this Friday between 6 am- 6 pm with the entire company attending an all-day mandatory sensitivity training.

The company claimed in a press release that it is trying to put in place policies and procedures that are more align with their listeners and the City of Boston. This move comes after two major national incidents portrayed the station in a highly negative light with Alex Reimer calling Tom Brady’s daughter a “pissant” and Christian Fauria imitating Brady’s agent Don Yee.

These two incidents are not truly isolated though with morning show host Kirk Minihane always stirring the pot and going after anyone he dares too including media giant Boston Globe which is owned by Red Sox owner John Henry who has a radio contract with WEEI.

WEEI’s decision to go dark and refocus their staff has been met with some serious controversy with some supporting the decision but the general feeling is negative. The people who are looking at this in the negative light are seeing it as a serious form of censorship, a censorship that was clearly heard on the airwaves on Wednesday with Minihane saying repeatedly that they are going to do the worst radio show in America and hope they finish last in the rating book.

Ultimately this will likely kill WEEI as a radio station once again which is unfortunate since the Kirk and Callahan program has helped the station launch itself back into relevancy.  At this point, it looks like Minihane might be thinking of greener pastures.

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Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Title Should Be Vacated For Illegal Play

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The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII but they did so illegally.

According to the NFL rulebook, former officials, and common sense the Eagles ran an illegal play on the Nick Foles touchdown catch trick play. Philly lined up illegally on the play with the officials during the game going with the wrong judgment call on the play. With the play being in the trick variety the officials during the game should have been even more aware of what is legal and what isn’t legal.

While this particular play didn’t decide the game it did result in points for the Eagles and impacted the final outcome of a Super Bowl.

Generally, when the Patriots are accused of doing something illegal it becomes a massive national story that doesn’t die with calls of win and to have their title stripped from them.

For that reason, I have taken it upon myself to demand that the Eagles have their title vacated and a long painful investigation with massive reports and then have counter reports with the team’s notes released.

None of this will happen, and it shouldn’t. But in the pursuit of being fair, it may be necessary.

If you haven’t guessed it at this point I am not actually serious about any of this, but the purpose of this was to point out the hypocritical nature of the media and their hatred of the New England Patriots.

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WEEI Censoring Kirk And Callahan With Station Advertisers Pulling Out

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The number one morning program in Boston is getting a makeover.

That program is, of course, WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan program that has been number 1 in the rating book for the last 6 months. Much of the show’s success can be attributed to Kirk Minihane who is widely known as a host that is willing to say anything and go after anyone. But now it is looking like WEEI is putting a muzzle on their prized horse in a move that might tank the station.

WEEI’s bosses have allegedly directed the show’s personalities to tone down the rhetoric and avoid certain subjects like attacking the hypocritical Boston Globe and their writing staff.

The reason for this censorship is unclear but with some advertisers pulling out from WEEI it could be the primary reason for WEEI’s change of heart. Advertisers have been pulling out for a variety of reasons with national incidents occurring with Alex Reimer calling Tom Brady’s daughter a “pissant” and Christian Fauria making a poor impression of Brady’s agent Don Yee.

Both incidents occurred at different times but within weeks of each other. The Boston Globe among other media outlets have crucified WEEI for these incidents.

Interestingly enough the Globe and their writers have gone out of their way to write negative outlook articles on WEEI which may or may not have attributed to censoring of radio personalities whose main job is to drive in ratings.

Always interesting to see a station running away from ratings by killing the only product that has them in first. Can’t imagine this will end well for the personalities involved or the station which is owned by Entercom.

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