Editorial Connelly Top 10 – Half Way there and the Sox still Bore Me Share Tweet Published 5 months ago on July 7, 2017 By Michael Connelly 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 Related Topics:Boston Red Soxfeatured Up Next Spell Your Favorite Boston Team without an ‘S’? and other unusual facts Don't Miss Connelly Top Ten – Punishable by Death Michael Connelly 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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PATRIOTS OPENING THOUGHTS *Patriots three games up in the division * Kraft still avoiding the barber’s chair * Romo still good but can wear on you BRADY * Appreciate every game – he is amazing * Greatest flat foot thrower ever * Great one handed catch of the snap and then TD pass to Cook * I was wrong with Brady getting hurt in Mexico City * Just think Carr makes $13j,000,000 more than Brady OFFENSE *Touches – Lewis 13 / White 5 / Burkhead 9 (or whatever Jim Nantz called him) * Surprised to see Burkhead fumble and come back and get a carry * James White hurt? * Gronk went over the eight-game mark for the third time in five years * Dwayne Allen great fumble recovery *Cooks on pace for 1,200 yards DEFENSE * Who is Reilly on defense – 233rd pick in 2014 * Average tattoos per defender was down significantly with Marsh out of the line up * Elandron Roberts matching Beast mode with a couple of hard hits * Gilmore dehydrated and comes out of game – how many full games has he played? * Chung got hurt making a play after Gilmore missed tackle * Jonathan Jones forced fumble – he just makes plays BILL GARB / KRAFT SIGHTINGS * Blue wind breaker and visor for Bill * Bob Kraft with 13:27 left in the third quarter / 8:15 left in the 4th quarter RAIDERS * Del Rio will not be on Oakland sideline next year * Ten Oakland receivers caught passes * Raiders quit * Derek Carr sitting on the bench by himself / receivers dropping balls / reports that black line men weren’t blocking for him earlier in the year because he wouldn’t kneel for the national anthem * Oakland since the tuck rule – not good * Love Raider #21 dancing after Brady incomplete pass with the Patriots up 30-8 OTHER * Mark Davis haircut was a Shemp special *Marshawn Lynch sat for the American national anthem but stood for Mexico – I wonder if the woman he hit and run with his Porsche even has the choice if she could sit or stand? *With 77,000 fans at the game that meant there was like 40,000 seats empty 2. Around the NFL and College Football * Did Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma cost himself the Heisman by being a total jerk? * Jim Harbaugh will be jumping to the NFL – he can’t get over the hump in Big 10 * BC gets bowl eligible with a big win over 116th ranked U Conn – Dillon real deal – keep the transfer papers away from him * Thanks Giants for beating the Chiefs * Denver 0-3 at home last three games – amazing * Bad week for Jamie Winston at Tampa – accused of sexual harassment and an old guy from Harvard is winning at Tampa when he couldn’t 3. Celtics and Bruins * I’m sort of saying this in jest – Rask should have to watch the goalies in Hurling at Fenway manning up to stop 100 mph shots with just their t shirt for equipment (by the way Rask makes $8,000,000 – Hurling goalies are sometimes paid free pints) 4. Since 2010, Drew Brees and Tom Brady have played in 272 of 274 games they were eligible to play in 5. NBA three pointers ruining the sport (back to my suggestion – three pointers only in the last two minutes of the quarter). Players dribble into paint just to pass it out to three-point land. * Rockets are attempting more three pointers than two pointers – 44.4 to 39.2 * Twelve teams attempting at least 30 three pointers a game * Lakers are hitting 7 a game and missing 17 a game 6. Lakers / Nets record update to figure out how much of a genius Danny Ainge is: * Lakers…6-10 * Nets…….6-9 7. Amazing Stats. – The Celtics and Patriots are a combined 20-1 on the road this year 8. Old School – On November 8th 1970 – Tom Dempsey kicked a 63 yard field goal – how did his day compare to Gostkowski: *Dempsey four field goals – 63 yarder and three that added up to 64 yards – average 32 yards a field goal * Gostkowski four field goals – 62 yarder and three that added up to 120 yards – average 46 yards a field goal 9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Best former players as local analysts 1. Eck 2. Derek Sanderson 3. Geno Cappelletti 4. Tom Heinsiohn 5. Ken Harrelson 6. Johnny Pierson 7. John Pesky 10. Randomocity * I have a lock bet for you – Flag Football will be a Massachusetts high school varsity sport within three years * Surprised that Mike Felger on 98.5 actually said the words that Jerry Jones said about Bob Kraft – so soon after his controversy regarding Roy Halliday sounded like a guy who might want to move on * Broadcast stations love football injuries – they make money by going to commercial * The park the Boston Braves played at was lovingly known as the Wigwam * Watched Spielberg documentary on HBO interesting B+ Continue Reading Editorial The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Celtics Streaking Published 3 days ago on November 19, 2017 By Jackson Kelley Life has been immaculately great for Boston Sports fans lately. This may be a harbinger of the Apocalypse. There’s almost nothing to whine about! Now, notice the use of the word “almost”. There’s ALWAYS something to whine about. And I’ll traverse the most obscure bowels of the universe in order to find it. A dichotomy has formed between the Bruins and the rest of this banner saturated sports city. Somehow every team is winning, except for the them. The B’s have been playing like amateurs, losing 4 out of their last 5 games. So if you’re a hockey fan you’re probably seeking some sort of uplifting spin. You’ve come to the wrong place. This team is indefensibly mediocre. Some followers of the Boston Bruins have implored the organization to bomb for the rest of the season, in pursuit of a high draft pick. Soon we’re going to be throwing “perfect parades” like the laughable Cleveland Browns. No, I’m not kidding. Several fans in Cleveland have formally petitioned the city government to throw a celebration in the streets, if the Browns can successfully go 0-16. So I ask you, Don Sweeney and Cam Neely, is this what you guys want? If you didn’t already know, Boston does not throw “losing parades”. Our teams drive duck boats down confetti littered streets, while elatedly violating plush dolls. Go ahead and ask Gronk. It’s the bee’s knees! The Bruins did not deserve to make the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, this week. When a franchise is writhing in a dismal pit such as this one, they receive a dishonorable mention. Now let’s get to the Boston teams that are actually worthy of criticism. It’s time for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Continue Reading Editorial Connelly’s Top Ten – 14 Straight! Patriots Try to Survive Mexico City Published 5 days ago on November 17, 2017 By Michael Connelly 1. Patriots in Mexico City * Patriots have no defensive touchdowns Seven Patriots with TD receptions Patriots have two interceptions and one fumble after nine games * Tuck rule was snow – this game will be volcano ash * We don’t need any stinking badges * Mexico had more murders in 2016 – 23,000 than Iraq 17,000 and Afghanistan 16,000 Just get out of the game with a win and alive 2. Celtics are 16 games into the season (20%) and are 14-2 – how did the last six Celtic championship teams start: 2007…..14-2 1985…..14-2 1982…..13-3 1981…..11-5 1975……10-6 1973……13-6 3. Went to Celtics game: Marcus Smart should not be allowed to cross mid court – every time he got the ball the crowd was yelling don’t shoot Terry Rozier is a good dribbler but can’t beat anyone off the dribble Curry looks like he didn’t want to be there Half the cars downtown are Uber or Lyft 99 in Charlestown has a shuttle to the Bruins game but not the Celtics Crowd chanting MVP for Irving Irving the most exciting player in this town since Pedro Don’t like Horford bringing the ball up Was it me or did Morris not shake Brad’s hand at a timeout Two teams were 17-64 from three point land – they missed a three-pointer almost every minute of the game Irving and Curry were 7-30 from field That was a game I think Brad should have went 40 minutes with Brown 4. With Marcus Smart amazing on defensive end and painful on offensive end – other local players with only one side of the game: * Dick Stuart – Dr. Strangeglove * Darren Lewis – all defense * Hal Gill – No offense (reader Bob says no offense either) * Alex Gonzalez * Steve Kasper * Jose Canseco * Don Chaney * Hanley Ramirez 5. Red Sox are looking for a slugger like Stanton – how have past sluggers done in the first year with the Red Sox Baylor………….31 HR / 94 RBI / .238 Avg Esasky…………30 HR / 108 RBI / .277 Avg Wily Mo Pena..11 HR / 42 RBI / .301 Avg Danny Cater……8 HR / 39 RBI / .237 Avg Jack Clark…….28 HR / 87 RBI / .249 Avg Jose Canseco 24 HR / 81 RBI / .306 Avg 6. Odds to Win Championship * Red Sox………10-1 / 6th tied with Nationals * Celtics………….12-1 / 4th * Bruins…………..28-1 / 20th * Patriots…………3-1 / 1st 7. Amazing Stats – In Game Six of 1974 and 1976 NBA Finals – the following minutes were played in the double overtime game: 1974 * Kareem……………….58 * Oscar Robertson……58 * John Havlicek……….58 * Jo Jo White………….54 1976 * Gar Heard……61 * Jo Jo White….60 * John Havlicek..58 * Dave Cowens.55 * Curtis Perry….52 8. Old School – Bobby Doerr stuff: * Had his best year at age 21 – hit .318 * Was first base coach on the 1967 Red Sox season * Sixty Five years married * Nine All Star games * Missed 1945 because of service 9. Just a Little Bit Outside – When is Tom Coughlin gonna be considered one of the great football minds – EVER? * Head Coach Boston College: three season 4-7 / 8-3-1 / 9-3 * First Jacksonville Coach – Four of franchise first five seasons – playoffs * Giants Coach – Two Super Bowls * Jaguars EVP of Operations – Season before he arrived 3-13 / first season 6-3 10. 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