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Connelly Top 10 – All Star Break Survival

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Connelly Top 10 – All Star Break Survival:

1.Babe Ruth’s Last Home Run:

* 5/25/35 for the Braves against Pittsburgh

* He was 4 for 4 with THREE home runs on the day / 6 RBI’s

* Longest ever hit at Forbes Field

* Head Usher, Gus Miller said in an AP report: “Ball landed on a housetop…he said the distance from home plate to the first house is 600 feet…..A newsboy is said to have recovered the ball and dashed away.”

* The Globe wrote the next day (they don’t write like this anymore): “The great Ruth took Pittsburgh to his massive bosom and sent 10,000 gabbing fans out of the ballpark convinced that the Bam’s legs might be spavined, his body reaching the age of senility and his glorious major league career in its sunset stage, but his eagle eye, his coordinated swings are just as effective as they were in the days when he was the greatest home run king of them all.”

2. Red Sox minor league teams are mediocre:

Pawtucket…..44-44

Portland…….41-44

Lowell……..10-10

Greensboro….8-9

 

3.Before and After the arrival of Orr:

* Year Before Bobby Orr………21-43-6

* 1st year 1966-1967……………17-43-10

* 2nd year……………………….37-27-10

* 3rd year………………………..42-18-16

* 4th year…………………………40-17-19 (Stanley Cup)

 

4.Only three of the Red Sox last forty-two first round picks have made it to an All-Star game:

2005 – Jacoby Ellsbury

2005 – Clay Buchholz

2011 – Jackie Bradley

 

5. Best pictures in sports history from Sports Illustraed.com featuring local players:

* Rodney HarrisonDavid Tyree – ugh

* Bill Russell vs Wilt

* Bobby Orr Stanley Cup

* Havlicek stole the ball

* Bob Cousy

* Ted Williams talking hitting

* Pau Gasol celebrating in front of Rondo

* Manny head first slide

* Magic look away pass against Ed Pickney

https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2017/07/13/100-greatest-sports-photos-all-time-hot-clicks

 

6. Red Sox last two centuries between years ’03 to ’18 versus other years:

  • 1903-1918 And 2003-2018 – 8 World Series
  • 1919-2003 – Zero World Series

 

7. Amazing Stat – In 1982, Ricky Henderson stole 41 bases in the first inning alone of games

8. Old School – Best Red Sox replacement managers in the middle of the year (minimum 40 games):

* S. O’Neil – 1950 – 63-32…………663%

* Joe Morgan – 1988 – 46-31……….597%

* Bill Carrigan – 1913 – 40-30……. .571%

* Don Zimmer – 1976 – 42-34…… ..552%

* Bill Jurges – 1959 – 44-36…………550%

* Pinky Higgins – 1960 – 48-57…….457%

* Joe Kerrigan – 2001  – 17-26………395%

* M McManus – 1932 – 32-67………323%

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Larry Bird’s first contract $3,000,000 for five years – in Leigh Montville’s article he quoted Bird as saying “I’d probably live better without money. Now I have to worry about losing it.”

 

10.Randomosity

* Can’t believe Matt Ryan agreed to do a commercial about being a loser

* Who is this Celtic Jabari Bird out of U Cal who is their best player this summer? Last three games 21 for 29 from the field

* How quick is the world gonna be sick of Connor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather

* Really liked the HBO documentary Defiant Ones – on the relationship between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre

* Strange interview on Howard Stern show with Joe Buck who said he was addicted to hair plugs and during one surgery his vocal cords were almost ruined

* Al Gore update – July 13th – 58 degrees – man the lifeboats

* Enjoy Game of Thrones Sunday!

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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