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Connelly Top Ten – Punishable by Death

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Connelly Top Ten – Punishable by Death

1. Red Sox Stuff

* Hanley has missed 87 games in three years
* Panda has played in 161 games in three years (Jim Rice played in 163 in 1978)
* Gary Disarcina (1-0) joins Tony Luvollo as bench coaches with a better winning percentage than the head coach
* David Price hasn’t pitched into the 8th inning since 2015
2. Red Sox Minor Leagues Stuff
* Rafael Devers has 16 home runs in Portland in 255 at bats
* ERA of Portland’s starting pitching: 4.42 / 5.11 / 5.03 / 5.81 / 5.66 / 6.51 / 11.21
* Some guy named Beeks (not from Trading Places) has an ERA of 2.19
* Sandoval is 6-32 at Pawtucket (.188)
3. Most beloved former Boston athletes:

·Pedro

·Orr (because he lives here)

·Bird

·O’Reilly

·Grogan

·Millar

·Yaz – Greta Garbo

·Ortiz – will move up the list soon

·Wakefield

·Varitek

4. John Lackey 32-30 since leaving the Sox

 

5. I’m making a declaration – This is Tom Brady’s last year. Reasons why:

   *  Smart move saying five years left – so people aren’t bothering him through the year

   *  Gisselle’s comments about concussions seemed strange

  *  Why would you not take a top ten pick for a back up quarterback unless you are going to need him

 *   They loaded up this year

 

6. Pawtucket Red Sox site has top twenty prospects BUT its from 2014 and hasn’t been updated. Not a good idea since Dombrowski has traded them all: including Margot, Travis Shaw and Michael Kopech

 

7. Old School – Old Red Sox that were league leaders when at Pawtucket:

Batting Champion – Juan Beniquez (1973) / Jim Rice (1974) / Wayne Harer (1977) / Gary Hancock (1977), Wade Boggs (1981)

Home Run Title – Jim Rice (1974) / Jack Baker (1976) / Sam Bowen (1979) / Phil Plantier (1990) / Rick Lancellotti (1991), Izzy Alacantra (2001), Early Snyder (2004)

 

8. Amazing Stats – 1957 Willie Mays had a 20 / 20 / 20 / 20

*20 Triples

* 26 doubles

* 35 Home Runs

* 38 Stolen Bases

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Update on things that should be punishable by death

*       Talking in a movie theatre

*      Texting while in the speed lane on the highway

 *       Telemarketing by phone

*        When I can’t tape a game on the other channel because the scroll on the bottom of my TV keeps giving me the score

*        Dog owners that allow their dog to walk and pee on my lawn

*        Bikers who think they are a car and ride down the middle of the street and make me miss a light

*        When you get caught in an endless cycle answering the robot’s questions on a phone call – can’t I talk to a person (and not from India with broken English)

 

10. Randomocity

* Recently an American travel agency suspended its  North Korean Travel company affiliate – you mean there was a need for such a business

*  A favorite sports sign – after Robert Parish got in trouble for marijuana – someone held up a sign at the Garden – “All inhale the Chief”

* is Cookie Dough ice cream just a little bit over-rated?

* Haven’t been to a Red Sox game in three years – since opening day 2015 – no interest

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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