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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!

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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