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Connelly’s Top Ten – Can Anyone Beat the Fighting Farrells?

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Connelly’s Top Ten – Can Anyone Beat the Fighting Farrell’s?

1.Red Sox update

* On a pace to go 162-0

* Sox players with salaries over $10mm: 2017 – 6 / 2016 – 8 / 2015 – 5 / 2014 – 4 / 2013 – 9 / 2012 – 6 / 2011 – 8

* Jackie Bradley – I have never seen a batter have his bottom hand come off the bat so much in his follow through

* International Players: Dominican – 3 / Venezuela – 3 / Aruba -1 / Puerto Rico – 1

* Chris Sale is lightest on roster at 175 pounds / tallest at 6’5”

 

2. Bruins and Celtics

* Did Marchand get a game suspension for each “boy”?

* I think Brad Stevens had to go Harry Sinden on his team Wednesday night against Cleveland – out talented is one thing – outworked is in excusable

* Al Horford in sixteen games against East playoff teams: Toronto, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago – 10.8 points / 6 rebounds – yikes he’s Brad Lohaus  

* Celtics are 27th in rebounding / 23rd in blocked shots / 3rd in Technical Fouls

 

3. Odds to win their championship (Vegasinsider.com):

Bruins……….25-1

Celtics……….20-1

Red Sox………15-2

Patriots……….4-1

 

4. Biggest off the hook moments in Boston sports (Buckner should sue)

* Tim Wakefield allowing home run to Aaron Boone

* Tuukka Rask giving up two goals in 17 seconds to Chicago for the Stanley Cup (watching the highlights – Lucic should have been cut that night – lost both battles and was coasting around)

* Danny Ainge for trading Kendrick Perkins for Green – 2011 loss to Lakers  

* Yaz for popping up to end the 1978 playoff and 1975 World Series

* Kevin McHale for dropping a rebound out of bounds giving LA the ball back for Magic’s baby hook

* Bill Lee for giving up the Tony Perez moonshot

* Gostkowski for the missed extra point in Denver

* Hagler for “coasting” in the first three rounds against Sugar Ray (then he disappeared and became an Italian actor but didn’t speak a word of Italian – things that make me go hmmm)

 

5. A stat that reader Jerry M read and shared – there were 109 drives in the NFL that were first and ten from the other team’s 22-yard line in 2016 – Falcons were the only team to punt

 

6. Players given up in trades for Ace’s – below supports the position – always go get the Ace:

* Lefty Grove……..1933 – From A’s for Rob Kline, Rabbit Warstler and $125,000

* Ellis Kinder……..1947 – From the St Louis Browns for Same Dente, Clem Dreissewerd, Bill Somers, $65,000

* Dennis Eckersley..1978 –From Cleveland for Bo Diaz, Rick Wise, Mike Paxton, Ted Cox

* Pedro…………….1997 – .From Montreal for Tony Armas Jr and Carl Pavano

* Schilling…………2003 – From Arizona for Brandon Lyon, Mike Goss, Casey Fossum, Jorge De La Rosa

* Josh Beckett……..2005 – From Florida for Hanley Ramirez, Anibel Sanchez, Harvey Garcia, Jesus Delgado

* Chris Sale………..2016 -From White Sox for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz

 

7. Amazing Stat – Patriots are only the second team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and have three different quarterbacks win games during the season – below is teams with at least two quarterbacks winning games during their championship season:

2015 – New England – Garoppolo, Brissette, Brady

2014 – Denver – Osweiler / Manning

2005 – Pittsburgh – Batch / Roethlisberger

2002 – Tampa – Johnson /Johnson

2000 – Ravens – Banks / Dilfer

1999 – Broncos – Brister / Elway

1993 – Cowboys – Aikman / Garnett

1990 – Giants – Simms / Hostetler

1989 – 49ers – Montana / Young

1988 – 49ers – Montana / Young

1987 – Washington – Rubbert / Schroeder

1985 – Bears – McMahon / Fuller

1984 – 49ers – Montana / Cavanaugh

1980 – Oakland – Plunkett / Pastorini  

1976 – Oakland – Stabler / Rae

1975 – Pittsburg – Bradshaw / Gilliam / Hanratty

1972 – Miami – Griese / Morrall

1971 – Cowboys – Staubach / Morton

1970 – Colts – Unitas / Morrall

1969 – Chiefs – Dawson / Livingston

1967 – Packers – Starr / Bratkowski

1966 – Packers – Starr / Bratkowski

 

8. Old School – One of the most under-rated seasons in Boston sports history – Ken Hodge – 1973-1974 – 50 Goals

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Al Horford makes how much more than the following:

* Tom Brady………$16,000,000 more than five-time Super Bowl champ

*  Tommy Chang… $29,740,516 more than the Boston school Superintendent

* Carol Meyrowitz..$1,461,464 more than the CEO of TJ Maxx (2014 #)

* Isaiah Tomas…….$23,412,868 more than his teammate that averages 15 more points a game

 

10. Randomocity

* I have a TV series recommendation on Netflix – 13 Reasons Why – every teacher, coach, guidance counselor and parent of a teenager should watch it – and fast

* Smart move by the NHL not going to Olympics – it makes them look bad every four years when people watch the fast pace, up and down product of international hockey and big ice surfaces

* When people take the left turn, why do they stop at the beginning of the intersection – move up to where you are taking the turn and let cars going straight get around you and cars behind you get their nose in the intersection

* Working from home is the biggest scam in employment – really that’s nothing more than checking emails and doing the Price is Right showcase

* When someone puts something sad or tragic on Facebook – are you supposed to hit Like?

* Two biggest hits of the Super Bowl – Edelman’s head butt of Amendola after the two point conversion and Edelman sticking his chest in Brady’s face after the game winner

* Was there a sadder indictment of today’s sports than the Phoenix Suns celebrating Booker’s 70 point game and losing?

* Don Rickles understated acting job in the movie Casino – RIP

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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