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Connelly’s Top 10 – NBA who cares

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Connelly’s Top 10 – NBA who cares

1.Red Sox

* Bogaerts last two May’s 89-238 = .374 (don’t forget he hit .253 after All Star game last year)

* Chris Sale on a pace for 20 wins / 344 strike outs

* Season 35% over

* Another Sunday game over 3:00

2. Only two of the top 20 NBA salaries are in the finals – LeBron first at $33mm and Durant 6th at $28mm.

3. Around the MLB

* Jon Lester in his last 14 decisions at Wrigley: 14-0

* Rich Hill ERA with Red Sox 2015 – 1.55 / Dodgers2016 – 1.83 / Dodgers 2017 – 4.15

* Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen – 9/9 saves / 40 K to ZERO BB / 0.65 WHIP

4. Yankee Aaron Judge is 90 pounds heavier than Yaz was

5. Marlins have thrown four no hitters over the last two decades at home – what was the attendance at those games

Volquez…6/3/17…………21,548

Alvarez….9/29/13………..28,315

Sanchez…9/06/06………..12,561

Leiter…..5/11/96………….31,549

6. Things that only happen in one sport

·Hockey interviews between periods

·Baseball managers wearing uniform

·Baseball managers coming on the field of play and getting thrown out of games

·Hockey fights and stay in the game

·Basketball substitutes have to report into the game

·Hockey – substitutes can come onto playing arena while play is going on

7. Amazing Stat – Pitchers who gave up a first home runs:

Clemens gave up Sammy Sosa’s first home run

Warren Spahn gave up Willie Mays first home run

Fergie Jenkins gave up George Brett’s first home run

Tom Gordon gave up A Rod’s first home run

Mark Langston gave upGary Sheffield’s first home run

Goose Gossage gave up Craig Biggio’s first home run

Denny McClain gave up Rod Carew’s first home run

8. Old School – You can’t let Machado kill you 6 home runs in 50 at bats – how did Babe Ruth do vs Red Sox:

* 1,030 at bats

* 90 HR / 272 RBI

* 240 BB / 139 K

* .337 AVG / .464 OBP

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Baseball related stuff kids never do these days: aau

* Automatics

* Flipping baseball cards

* baseball cards in your spokes

* Stick Ball

* Half Ball

* Three flies out

* Throwing a ball up in the air to your self

* Listening to a game on a transistor radio while chewing gum from a pack of baseball cards

* Using a pitchback to play catch with yourself

10. Randomocity

* House of Cards is a sad shadow of itself

* Give Subban credit he went all Messier and delivered on promise of win

* ESPN had an article asking how many teams would want the Patriots second team over their first team on offense

* Of the 300 or so terrorist that have inflicted pain – I hope they are doing an analysis and connecting common dots especially that most are second generation coming to their host country

* Some form of rain or overcast almost every day

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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How the NBA has Posterized the Modern Age

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Nobody watches sports on TV anymore, right? The instant gratification, that technology offers us, overpowers our interest to consume sporting events in their entirety.

It’s like choosing a home-cooked meal over astronaut food – consuming highlights on Twitter is SO much more efficient than watching the whole game.

Analysts have deduced, from declining NFL TV Ratings, that the audience for sports is dwindling. Excuses manifold have been made in an attempt to explain this seemingly inexplicable phenomenon.

You hear things like social media, those darn video games and even Reefer Madness. Others point to rule changes and a degrading “on the field” product. Some have even conjectured that recent political controversies have dissuaded a large portion of the NFL audience from watching telecasts of the game.

There are no days like the good ol’ days!

But the NFL is not the only sports league to be afflicted with declining ratings.

In fact, America’s favorite pastime, baseball, has all but lost the viewership of the younger demographics. This is the part of the population that will buy merchandise. They actually care about who’s “in”.

The average MLB fan is now 100 years old.

I joke, but this is not a huge exaggeration. The average MLB fan is now 53 years old, while the NFL’s average fan is not much younger – at 47 years old.

Two of the major sports leagues have hopelessly seen their popularity diminish, over the past few decades. So one would presume that this trend has spread across the rest of the Sports World. But the NBA has actually prospered during this window of media volatility.

The NBA’s season-opener has increased, in Nielsen TV Ratings, by about 63% since 2015. And the average basketball fan is only 37 years old. 

Somehow basketball has managed to appeal to the younger audience that is umbilically attached to electronic distractions. Yes, the very same distractions that have syphoned away the attention of these fans from the other sports leagues.

This must suggest that the NBA is communing with some wizard who is giving Adam Silver and his subordinates total clairvoyance, right? Well, the NFL and the MLB should stop searching for their Magic 8-Ball. It’s not out there.   

The NBA’s continued success is easy to explain: It is the league of Pop Culture. Therefore the NBA is both the cure and the symptom. And it is the only institution that is impervious to the ever-changing winds of digital time.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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This weekend promises to be the greatest weekend of the year. Just look at the sheer quantity of sporting events. The World Series, the NFL and the NBA are all in full-swing – it’s the Autumn Trifecta.

You’d need screens inestimable, in order to consume all of these contests at once. I know that, come Sunday night, my living room is going to contain enough wires and hardware to jack into the Matrix, if I wanted to (and I do).

So make yourself some nachos (or whatever you kids eat nowadays) and crack open a sodie pop. It’s time for a super special installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly – the Greatest Weekend Ever Edition.

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Boston Celtics

The Good, the Better and the Best

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Jayson Tatum

Well if this wasn’t the worst week in Boston Sports history then I don’t what is. Now that I think of it, this month of October has arguably been the worst month ever, for Boston fans. The Sox are done, the Pats are neck-and-neck with the Jets in the AFC East and the Celtics are currently 0-2. There’s just no salvation to be found!

By now, all of us have fully absorbed the magnitude of Gordon Hayward’s injury. And the prognosis will certainly not put a smile on your face, nor will the trajectory of this Celtics team, as they are still searching for their first win. If that’s not frustrating enough for you, Marcus Smart is out for tonight’s game with an ankle injury.

Man, New England is in dire need of a pick-me-up. Have no fear. I am here to answer the call.

Rather than doing another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (where I mostly enumerate the worst things in Boston Sports) let’s do something a little more positive. This city needs a big injection of enthusiasm and I’ve come to provide it.

It’s time for the first ever (and probably only) edition of The Good, the Better and the Best.

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