Editorial Connelly’s Top 10 Share Tweet Published 2 months ago on August 7, 2017 By Michael Connelly Connelly’s Top 10: Red Sox Looking Up 1. Red Sox * Love the game time 2:36 * I guess it is almost time to start giving Dombroski his due – Sale, Pomerantz, Kimbrel, Nunez, Young, Moreland * The ball Bradley hit Friday twenty rows deep over the bullpen – tells me that the ball is more than wound tight something has allowed the flight of the ball to go farther * Sox on pace for 91 wins * I get pumped up when Vazquez pumps his fist * Sale, Price, Rodriguez, Pomeranz = 14 losses / Porcello = 14 losses 2. Patriot QB’s with winning record * Brady 183-52 * Grogan 75-60 * Bledsoe 63-60 * Parilli 44-32 * Eason 28-21 * Cassel 10-5 * Flutie 8-5 3. MLB not going to have a pitcher win 20 – Only Clayton Kershaw is on a pace for 20 wins – but he is hurt 4. Kimbrel on pace for 39 saves which would be 6th in Boston history * Gordon 46 * Lowe – 40 * Papelbon – 41 * Reardon – 40 * Urbina – 40 5. In 1970-1971 – John Havlicek averaged 45.4 minutes out of 48 minutes a game 6. Ray Bourque had more power play goals for the Bruins than Phil Esposito – 164 – 153 7. Amazing Stats – Steve Grogan threw 208 interceptions compared to Brady’s 152 – how do their attempts match up – Brady 8,224 / Grogan 3,593 8. Old School – In 1966, brothers Felipe and Matty Alou were one / two in baseball in hitting – .342 / .327 (side note – the brothers along with Jesus combined for 5,094 hits) 9. Just a Little Bit Outside – I can’t think of David Price mouthing off to Eck and not wish Will McDonough was there – September 9, 1979 – * Raymond Clayborn started elbowing reporters who were near his locker * Yelled at McDonough to move or he would bury him * McDonough promised him “you’re not going to bury me” * Grabbed McDonough ripping his shirt and then scratched the reporter’s eye * McDonough then laid out Clayborn into his locker * Clayborn was fined $2,000 by the NFL to add insult to injury 10. Randomosity * Four weeks from Labor Day * Panda was booed in his return to San Fran * London Bridge was the finish line for the World Championship marathon this weekend – just weeks after terrorists murdered innocent people * Washington National’s announcers – home run call straight from Ralph Kramden- “Bang – Zoom” * Bad stretch for NESN – Eckersley verbally accosted, Steve Lyons involved in domestic abuse charges, ratings are plummeting, their sideline reporter got a concussion * I’m so sick of Kapernick – why not Tebow – Miami chose Cutler over him – ugh – swim with losers you are a loser * Hats off to the bike riders this weekend! Related Topics:featured Up Next How Can We Make Baseball Watchable Again Don't Miss Connelly Top 10: Devers, Ted Cox Reincarnated 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. Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Gordon Hayward Likely Out For Season, Celtics Looking For Answers The “Green” Lining Fantasy Football Talk: Who Is Injured This Week Gordon Hayward Goes Down With Serious Injury Celtics Talk: The Little Guys TV And Live Stream Info: Boston Celtics Kick Off Season In Cleveland Editorial Fighting In NHL Is Still A Largely Misunderstood Part Of The Game Published 3 days ago on October 16, 2017 By Justin Doyle Fighting does have a place in the NHL Many people believe that fighting does not belong in the NHL. Hockey is in a whole different universe than any other sport in the world. First, it is played on ice. The sport is also more than a sport your teammates are family. Many people who say fighting does not have a place in the NHL has never played the sport themselves and/or does not understands the meaning behind the fighting. There is a code among the players in hockey and if it is crossed there are consequences. There is even an etiquette to the game. The game of hockey is more than a game it is about respect of your peers and the enforcers get just that from their teammates. There is even an etiquette to the game. The game of hockey is more than a game it is about respect of your peers and the enforcers get just that from their teammates. The “rules” are that if you cheap shot someone you better be willing to accept the consequences which are usually a fight. If fighting is removed the rats will be able to get away with anything and you will see even more injuries. Fighting keeps the game in line as counter-intuitive as that sounds. Not one enforcer in the NHL was forced to fight his way there. He accepted it and went through with it all on his own, From Juniors, ECHL, AHL then the NHL. If he said no then that meant no shot at the NHL. The question they asked themselves is do I want to play in the NHL? Anser NHL no-brainer. Rule Changes Have Changed The Way Fighting Happens The staged fighting needs to leave. It has no place in the game but there may be a reason for it. Fighting started to happen right at the faceoff because players were afraid to get the instigator penalty and put their team down. The league did that themselves. This happened more frequently after the instigator penalty was enacted into the league. Here is the rule: 46.2 Aggressor – The aggressor in an altercation shall be the player who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflict punishment on his opponent who is in a defenseless position or who is an unwilling combatant. A player must be deemed the aggressor when he has clearly won the fight but he continues throwing and landing punches in a further attempt to inflict punishment and/or injury on his opponent who is no longer in a position to defend himself. A player who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct. A player who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation will have this recorded as an aggressor of an altercation for statistical and suspension purposes. A player who is deemed to be both the instigator and aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed an instigating minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting, a ten-minute misconduct (instigator) and a game misconduct penalty (aggressor). It does not make sense to give the player who threw the first punch extra minutes when he only threw the punch in defense of his teammate. The guy who ran the enforcers teammate should be getting the penalty. I understand the idea of the rule was to keep the players safer and cut back on fighting. Enforcer Not “Goon” In order to fully understand the mind of an enforcer then watch the movie ICE Guardians on Netflix. The movie is very well done and really helps you get into the mind of these guys. These men are not “goons” in fact that is a derogatory name. “Goon” implies that the man is just a fighter and cannot play the actual game. Also, it insinuates that the man is an idiot. Two of the best enforcers to play in George Parros and Kevin Westgarth both graduated from Princeton University. Parros is also now the commissioner of player safety for the NHL. A goon is a player that comes up for one shift of one game and then is gone. Enforcers are the guys who played for 10 fifteen years. Tie Domi, Dave Semenko, Shawn Thornton and many others like them. These guys could still play the game of hockey. That is why they were in the NHL. They are all part of their team. Many fans of the NHL believe that fighting needs to stay, and the payers themselves do not want it gone. So if people saying it is not enough. Maybe it will be coming from the people who actually play the sport. Enforcers are there to enforce the “code”. These guys allow the stars like Wayne Gretzky play his game and not have to worry about injury. He knew that Semenko would have his back. Also, Semenko played on the same line as Gretzky so the guy could play. Every single guy in the documentary was asked if they would do it all over again if they could. Their response was yes. People Still Do Not Understand Why Before every player in the NHL started playing they knew the risks. They saw the game on tv and were told about from other people to not play. These people say no it’s dangerous. the answer to that is that is why I play the game. It is an adrenaline rush like no other. competing against our fellow man. Coming from someone who has actually played the sports fighting is necessary. I never played the game when fighting was allowed but there was still that code in place. If someone took a run at my goalie that guy would be looking at the ceiling pretty quick. Nothing dirty but that guy would think twice before he did that again. That is just how the sport is played. Continue Reading Editorial The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Published 5 days ago on October 14, 2017 By Jackson Kelley For the Red Sox, vacation came early this year. And former manager John Farrell (that has a nice ring to it) will be taking the longest vacation of them all. He has been terminated. This past Monday we saw the second consecutive first-round exit, from this Red Sox team. The players and the coaches should be mortified by their respective failures. Dave Dombrowski certainly was, as illustrated by his no questions asked firing of the manager. We now enter into a new age; the Farrell-era has officially reached its end. For the Sox the season is over. Boston can now turn its undivided and impassioned attention to the C’s, the B’s and the Pats. Let’s attempt to gather ourselves at this exciting juncture. I can think of no better time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Continue Reading Boston Bruins Boston Bruins Season Just Started No Need To Jump Ship Published 6 days ago on October 13, 2017 By Justin Doyle The Fans Need To Relax Boston Bruins fans have already started to jump ship after just three games. It is only three games and it the start of the season. We knew this could happen. Can the Bruins find their game? Off To A Tough Start The main problem is the B’s have been missing star center and “captain” Patrice Bergeron to a lower-body injury. Bergeron has been the centerpiece of the team for a long time now. The only problem with that is he is getting old. His age and injury history is starting to put more pressure on other guys like Ryan Spooner, David Krejci who also has a history of injuries as well as being up there in age and the rookies. This has shown in the past two games against Colorado, especially defensively. This a very young Bruins team, the average would be on of the lowest in the league if it was not for old guys like Zdeno Chara and David Backes. Which means mistakes are going to happen. Now, these mistakes have to lead to two loses but that does not mean that this is a bad team. We need to remember that this is Bruce Cassidy first full year as Head coach. He and the players need to build confidence in each other as well as the players with the other players. Hockey is a game of chemistry and the Bruins are clearly lacking some. What also has not helped them is the missing David Backes who would have served as the number one center in place of Bergy. With him out the B’s are really lacking that veteran leadership on the ice and in the locker room. This has made Cassidy make a bunch of line switches which messes with the chemistry. This lack of chemistry is what has led to the defensive breakdowns and the missed passes and goals. Now is not the time to jump ship tough as it is still early and the team is developing that chemistry. Bergeron is rumored ready to go for Saturday so if that happens it should bring a spark to the lineup. When To Panic The time to panic would be late November early December and the ten is under .500. Then Panic and jump ship. When the defense continues to be sub-par. These past two games the defense has just not been there leaving Tuukka Rask out to dry. There has been to many second opportunities for the opposing team. The offense is not doing any better. The forwards seem to lack sharpness in their play. The passes are often not on target and not crisp. Hopefully the Black and Gold can get their act together sooner rather than later. This is starting to become a very interesting season. 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