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Connelly’s Top Ten – Denver Quits – Patriots Take Win





*Cardona recovers punt on Veterans Day weekend
* Patriots loss another coin toss
* Burkhead had a TD, blocked punt and a tackle on Special Teams


*Appreciate every game – don’t take any win for granted
* His three TD passes were for a combined 31 yards
* On pace for 28 TD passes and 3 Interceptions
* He seemed much more comfortable this week knowing that his backup quarterback doesn’t have nicer hair than him anymore


*Dorset and Allen coming into the game had 4 combined catches – they had three Sunday night
*Gronk made a great catch for a TD that didn’t count
*More inefficiencies in the Red Zone
* Lewis 14 touches / Burkhead 13 touches / White 5 touches
* Nice job offensive line although Denver just picked up their paycheck


*Malcom Butler is losing more and more money every week – teams are actually picking on him
*Roberts hits hard – doesn’t always shoot the right gap
*Gilmore good game – but did have another penalty to extend the drive
*Patriots might have the worst and smallest linebacker corps in NFL
*Butler got destroyed on the first Denver play by Sanders and got up and hugged him


*Kraft – Late showing in the 4th quarter but came up big from the owner’s box and taking a picture with Brady and Bledsoe
* Bill going Obi Wan Kenobi with hood


*Christmas ads already – ugh
*Al Michaels does a nice job but voice is starting to sound older


*NFL concerted efforts to reverse the kneeling debacle with Veterans Day events
* Simmons from Denver and Boston College can really hit
* Always good to see old friend Walt Coleman from Tuck Rule fame with the whistle
* Green Bay team and fans must be out of their mind watching Bennett catching balls
* Never heard Denver get booed

2. Around the NFL

* Patriots win over the 7-2 Saints is looking bigger each week
* Jamie Collins – 1 tackle
* Brandon LaFell – six catches / 95 yards / 1 td – for Cincy
* Seattle going to get fined after violating the concussion protocol following the abuse of the injury report last year?

3. Around College Football

* BC football coach Coach Addazio in has last 11 games versus top 25 teams – 0-11
* Army and Navy both won on Veterans Day (they are a combined 14-5 midway through November)
* Mississippi State lost to Alabama even though they won the time of possession – 38:56 / 21:04
* If the playoffs in college football were top eight – the first round right now would be: Alabama vs. Ohio Stat / Miami vs. Georgia / Oklahoma vs. Auburn / Clemson vs. Wisconsin

4. Celtics

* Celtics finding a way to win games
* Won Friday without Horford, Irving, Hayward
* Tatum is the best slasher to the hoop since Cedric Maxwell
* Marcus Smart has attempted at least nine field goals in ten games – he has shot over 33% once in those ten games – painful
* Larkin looks like the little brother that some older brother got stuck bringing to the park
* Bench 9 for 32 shooting Sunday night
* Horford shooting 63.2% over the last eight games
* Garnett started a fad blocking shots taken after the whistle
* It’s amazing watching NBA players not try shots at the end of the quarter so not to hurt their shooting % – at the end of the third quarter a Raptor player didn’t shoot from the Celtics side of half court
* Marcus Morris not fitting in – not making extra pass, lot of complaining to refs, not great on help defense

5. Bruins

* Pastrnak 10 goals but a MINUS 8 –
* Beleskey points per game for the Bruins: 2015 – .46 / 2016 – 0.16 / 2017 – 0.00
* Rask 3-6-2 this year
6. Bruins goalie winning % – regular season and playoffs:

Cheevers – 229-101(.693) – playoffs….53-34 (.609)
Gilbert……155-73 (.679)…playoffs….17-14 (.548)
Moog…….136-75 (.645)….playoffs….36-32 (.562)
Thomas….196-121 (.618)…playoffs….29-21 (.580)
Rask………207-129 (.616)..playoffs….30-23 (.566)

7. Amazing Stat – More proof that Orr was greater:

Gretzky last 38% games of his career – MINUS 98
Orr last 38% games of his career – PLUS 98

8. Old School – Coldest November 11th in 110 years – thanks Al Gore

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Appalachian State basketball beats Toccoa Falls 135-34 Saturday:

* Tocco stats – 15% from the field / 21 turnovers to 6 assists
* Outrebounded 76 to 24
* With 1:36 left in the game and up 98 points – Nick Hough from Appalachian State hit a three pointer

10. Randomocity

* Donna Brazile dedicated her book to Seth Rich of the Democratic National Committee whose murder was never “solved”
* The studio team of Shaq, Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie is the best ever assembled
* Daniel Flores death of testicular cancer brings to attention the number of catchers that are susceptible to this disease – foul tips off the ground and up under the cup most dangerous
* The Roy Halliday SI article years ago on how to reinvent yourself was special
* Josh Beckett beer and chicken again – arrested for attacking a country singer on stage

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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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out



A Case of Behind The Scenes



Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.


It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.


However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:


Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl



Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story




Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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