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Connelly Top 10 – All Star Break – Ugh as Boring as a Baseball Game:

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Connelly Top 10 – All Star Break – Ugh as Boring as a Baseball Game:

1.Red Sox

* If you are making $30mm a year and don’t make the All-Star team – shouldn’t you have to donate 10% of your salary to the Boys Club – ie. David Price 2016 and 2017

* Price ERA by team: Tampa 3.18 / Detroit 2.90 / Toronto 2.30 / Boston 4.00

* Red Sox have a chance to do something this year – I would trade Price and eat $8mm, Trade Hanley eat $5mm (hitting .261), cut a check for Panda, fire Farrell.

* Can we not say the half way point at All-Star break seeing the Red Sox have played 55% of the season

* On a pace to win 91 games

* Top five in Red Sox salary didn’t make the All-Star game – Price, Hanley, Porcello, Panda, Pedroia

* How psyched were the Red Sox players to end in Tampa so they could fly right to the Bahama’s for the All-Star break

 

2. Celtics Summer Ball

·Never seen so much excitement over a Summer League game as Saturday against Ball and the Lakers – $25 tickets were going for $250

·Love the one foot fall away from Tatum reminds me of Bobby Dandridge or John Havlicek

·Danny has to make a huge trade – starting line up right now – Rozier, Thomas, Heyward, Morris and Horford – coming off the bench Brown, Smart, Crowder

 

3. Around the MLB

* Balls juiced? 5’6” Dustin Pedroia hit a one-handed home run to the opposite field

* Mike Scioscia the last three years with the Angels 203-212

* Altuve will have 1,200 hits before age 28

* Twins have a winning record of 45-43 but have given up 60 more runs than opponents

* Astros and Dodgers combined have scored 325 more runs than their opponents (that would be a fun World Series)

 

4. Tom Brady running the ball versus crybabies LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk in the playoffs:

*Brady playoff rushing TD’s – SIX

*Tomlinson playoff rushing TD’s – SIX

* Marshall Faulk playoff rushing TD’s – SIX

 

5. In the 1975-1976 season – Celtic Charlie Scott fouled out of 17 regular season games and 11 playoff games

 

6. I’ve been saying this for six months – trade Isaiah – he is supposed to be the leader of this team and he says you better back up the Brink truck to pay him – isn’t that the polar opposite of Tom Brady?

 

7. Amazing Stat – The 1947 All-Star game was played in 2:19:

·Featured -Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Stan Musial, Warren Spahn, Johnny Sain

·American League won 2-1

 

8. Old School – Saturday’s 8.5 innings 1-0 game took 2:41 – how about the final game of the 1973 season?

* Red Sox lost 1-0 to the Indians

* Bill Lee pitched in the 1:57 game

* Attendance 1,453 in Cleveland

* Red Sox roster had four hall of Famers – Yaz, Orlando Cepeda, Carlton Fisk, Luis Aparicio

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Ways to make All-Star game better

* Pot of $10,000,000 for the players or $400,000 a player

* Losers have to donate a combined $1,000,000 to a charity (ie. Pete Frates cost)

* Baseball donates $5,000,000 to the cities of the winning team for inner city baseball

* Losers spend next day in city at various baseball camps around the city of the game

* Continue the losing team loses home field advantage in playoffs

* Put all the speed up rules into play

 

10. Randomocity

* Would you say more people in this country know Sam Adams for beer instead of historical significance

* I think they said this on ESPN – the 1978 All Star game was watched by 36,000,000 people / last year by 9,000,0000 and they still make no changes

* Great stretch of weather after a terrible spring

* Mike Barnicle disrespecting the Frates family by prematurely announcing his death – should compel the writer to sincerely apologize (which he hasn’t yet) and donate $50,000 to ALS research seeing he and his wife are worth millions (live next to Kennedy’s in Hyannisport)

* Loved the Impossible Dream special on MLB Network – great memories – Ken Coleman, Don Gillis, Yaz’s insane year and Jim Lonborg not backing down from anyone hitting 19 batters that year

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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