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Connelly’s Top Ten: Bad Weekend In Boston

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Bad Weekend In Boston

1. Not the best of Boston sports weekends – Red Sox swept / Isaiah hip gonna delay Celtics for a year / Edelman toast

2. Red Sox

* A 2-1 game took 3:22

* Moreland was the best Red Sox pitcher this weekend

* Can’t believe how many times Tom Werner played commercials of himself during Red Sox game about his coming show playing golf
* Sandy Leon bad throw gets Nunez hurt

* What was more difficult – Red Sox losing / Orioles orange uniforms / Salty’s play by play

* Was counting the seconds between E Rod’s pitchers – 30 seconds
3. Slow games – do pitchers coming out of the bullpen really have to warm on the same height mound and distance in the bullpen?

4. Dustin Johnson of the PGA wears NetJets advertising on his shirt which seems eerie considering how Payne Stewart died

5. Dodgers are going to win 120 games and Vin Scully is missing it

6. If you still have Patriots tape – watch Edelman’s first two catches – something was wrong with his knee then

7. Amazing stats – Washington Nationals have nine different pitchers with saves this year

8. Old School – Per the MLB Network – in 1919 Ray Caldwell was hit by lightening twice but came in and won the game after being revived

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – here is a great piece on a bucket list – this could make the world a better place –   https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ARMFn5GHnBg

10. Randomocity

* Watched a number of documentaries this weekend – Letter to Zachery B+ (sad as can be) / Lawrence Phillips – C+ – a ticking time bomb / 3 Days in September – terrorist take over russian school a-

* For Friday Night Lights fans watch the most recent 30 on 30 on the team that beat them

* Great commercial in the Little League World Series from Dicks Sporting Goods – old school at a little league field taking a team picture

* I love the trumpets in the 13th round of Rocky – when the fight is really on

* i heard – all seven college football coaches in Florida have a national championship as either a player or coach

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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Fighting In NHL Is Still A Largely Misunderstood Part Of The Game

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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.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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John Farrell

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.

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Boston Bruins Season Just Started No Need To Jump Ship

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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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