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Connelly’s Top Ten – Gronk Makes Enemies / Pats Win / One half plus One Quarter equals Three Quarter 



*What fan would wear a Patriots shirt in Buffalo?
*Pats won a coin toss for a change
*Nice to see a new punt returner back there – save Amendola’s head #
*Patriots can clinch next week – we are spoiled
*He was grumpy
*When you watch NFL films its apparent that Brady likes to be massaged a little bit – as soon as I saw McDaniel point out to Brady that he missed his read – I knew it wouldn’t go well
*With that said he is awesome
*Would be interesting for CBS to put down little Fred Astaire dancing school footsteps for Brady when he moves in the pocket – like his completion to Gronk in 4th qtr
*Dion Lewis – last three games – 50 carries for 264 yards / 5.28 per carry
*Dion Lewis – team record 27-2 record when he plays
*Running back touches Lewis 15 / Burkhead  15 / White 9
*Has White lost a little burst?
*Dwayne Allen has receptions in four straight games and is now only 270 games behind Jerry Rice for consecutive games with a reception
*Passing first downs: Pats 15 / Buffalo 3
*Solder multi penalty game
*Eric Lee – How does Bill find these guys – interception / 1.5 sack / two pass deflections
*Gilmore nice game again
*Butler got pulled off the field for the holding on 3rd and 10
*Bill has a guy like Eric Lee playing with a chip on his shoulder and a veteran like Chung pacing like an animal trying to get back into the game
*Bill with a blue Yukon Cornelius winter coat
*Bob Kraft with 1:53 left in second quarter (his sweet spot – the two minute warning)
*Bills had two drives of at least 13 plays: a 14 play drive 7:09 = no points // 13 play drive = no points
*Romo on his game again
*Shaq Mason should send Romo flowers

*The way Butler helps opponents up and taps them on the helmet or backside looks like a guy who knows he could be playing with them next year

*Gronk will be fined – shouldn’t be suspended – part of that is on the refs – he gets abused and gets no calls and then he has three penalties called on him
*Patriots should send film of every offensive interference call on Gronk to the league

2. Around the NFL

*Jimmy Garoppolo has a better winning percentage and completion percentage than Tom Brady: 3-0 (100%) / 91-133 (68.4%) / Brady a mere .781 winning % and 64% completion percentage

*Rooting for Cincy’s criminals over Pitt’s punks on Monday night

*Sad to watch Jet fans going crazy over their 5-7 record

3. Around College Football

*The terrible conference championships is bad for college football (Pac 10 Championship was less than 50% attended)  – go with eight team playoff: Clemson vs USC / Oklahoma vs. Auburn / Georgia vs Wisconsin / Alabama vs. Ohio State
*I hate indoor games
*If you haven’t seen the Shaquem Griffin story – linebacker with one hand dominating at U Central Florida – youtube him
*JT Barrett playing QB for Ohio State six days after getting scoped on his knee is insane (tops Joan Benoit running US qualifying marathon one month after)
*Bad news for Clemson – Alabama will be getting their linebackers back

4. Teams the season after losing to the Patriots in the Super Bowl:

2017 – Atlanta on pace for 9-7

2014 – Seattle – 10-6 lost in Division playoff game

2005 – Philly – 6-10

2004 – Carolina – 7-9

2002 – Rams – 7-9

5. Flutie and NFL playoff snubs:
*Wade Phillips chose Rob Johnson over Doug Flutie in the playoffs – their career record at Buffalo: Flutie…….21-9 / Johnson…9-17

*Raymond Berry chose Tony Eason over Flutie in 1988: Flutie record in 1988 6-3 / Eason’s 1988 record 1-2

6. Gronk had 147 yards but no TD’s – Gronk 100 yard game stuff:

*Twenty-eight games over 100 yards
*Six of the 28 games against hometown Buffalo
*147 yards is fourth highest with 162 the most
* No TD in 100 yard games – 4 times
*24-4 in games over 100 yards

7. Old School – With Georgia in the playoffs – how about some stuff about the greatest College Football running back every – Hershel Walker:

*Averaged 159 yards over 33 game career

*Had 52 TD over 33 games

*Ran for 3,167 yards his senior year in high school

*His Sophomore year he averaged 35 carries a game

8. Amazing Stats – Michael Jordan back to back games in the 1986 Playoffs versus Devon Booker in the back to back games in the Garden:

*Jordan in back to back games at Garden: 112 POINTS / 40-77 (51.9%) FG / 19-23 (82.6%) FT /  9 R – 8 A

*Booker in back to back games @ Garden: 108 POINTS / 37-69 (53.6%) FG / 27-29 (93.1%) FT / 12 R – 11 A

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – In honor of Everett winning the Super Bowl – How about a thank you to Everett: During World War II – Everett sent 5,833 citizens to war (13% of its then population).

·         * That included SEVEN Moore brothers (one fought in World War I as well)

·         * SIX Haroutunians – five boys and a sister / SIX Coogans

·         * FIVE Smiths, FIVE Nickersons

·         * FOUR O’Donnells – Two came home despite their ships being sunk and another was awarded the Bronze Star

·         * THREE Rocco’s

10. Randomocity

*Squirrels were crazy this weekend
*Went to the deli this weekend and ordered 3/4 of pastrami – the girl behind the counter couldn’t figure out 3/4 so she gave me a 1/2 pound in one bag and a 1/4 in another bag
*So much fun to see Tiger on the TV hitting greens and fairways
*Watch how many times Celtics center Aron Baynes gets profiled as clumsy back up white center and refs just default to giving him fouls because they assume he is not athletic enough to make certain plays

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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  1. vermont k

    December 4, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Couldn’t agree more on the 8-team playoffs, Michael. It’s a complete joke to have a four-team playoff with five major conferences – this year no Big 10 or Pac 10 champions? Pathetic. Vested interests in the existing bowl and championship game structures speak louder than fairness and the bigger money that could be made with an expanded playoff. For the record, last year in D2 28-team playoff, D3 32-team playoff. Just sayin’…

  2. TimU

    December 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Aron Baynes currently ranks 49th among qualifying NBA Centers in fouls per minute played, so I’m not sure what you think you are seeing. And I sure don’t know what his race has to do with it. Come on.

    • mconnelly

      December 4, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      I’m not saying its racist – I saying that back up white centers are profiled by refs – white or black refs – because they feel like they can’t make athletic plays so blocks or fighting for rebounds defaults to a foul

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Get Smoked




*Team looked content to show up and get ready for next Sunday

*Not good that they were out-toughed

*Duron Harmon yelling at the defense close to hitting Matt Patricia with his flailing arms

*Patriots played like they didn’t want to show Pittsburgh anything

2. Brady

*Remember last year Brady had the first four games off – is he hitting a wall – last two games – 1 TD to 3 INT

*Looked indifferent

*Was off all game
*Took another beating
*Brady completes pass to Cooks with 2:17 left in game and couldn’t hustle team up for snap before two minute warning

3. Offense

*I don’t get it – no hurry up at all – Miami is getting off on the snap – why not run them off the field

*Cooks got his ass kicked the entire game – he didn’t win or compete all night

*Offensive Line over matched

*Running back touches – Burkhead 10 / Lewis 10 / White 3
*Hogan rushed back – if that’s the effort the team is going to put in – just sit him out for Pittsburgh

4. Defense

*Miami did what every team should have done after the Carolina game – run confusing sets and stack receivers and make the secondary decipher who has who

*Secondary- Butler beaten often (could have been worse if not for drops)/ Gilmore chasing across the field / Rowe only show up

*Roberts shooting the wrong gaps on rush defense and lost in coverage

*At one point – linebackers was Freeney and Reilly – they wouldn’t start in the college football playoffs

*Richards missing one on one sack with freakin’ Jay Cutler

*Chung got 360 spinned by Drake

*Amendola and Cooks had as many tackles as Malcom Brown

5. New England fans go to Miami – it was cold, they spent money, they had to listen to Miami fans, they are hung over, they have to fly home to winter

6. Bill Garb and Kraft Sighting

  • Bill with cutoff gray hoodie
  • Kraft with 10:58 left in third quarter / 12:08 left in fourth quarter

7. Injuries

*Offense – No Edelman, Gronk, Waddle, Cannon, Bennett, Mitchell

*Defense – No Hightower, Van Noy, McClellin, Flowers, Langi

*Special Teams – Ebner,

8. Special Teams

*Worst on side kick in football history

*Hold on punt in 4th quarter cost the Patriots game – they go from midfield to their own 15

9. Just a Little Bit Outside

*Tuukaa Rask led Bruins only local team with a winning streak

10. Randomocity

*Patriots get screwed by scheduler this year – they play on Monday night away – then they have to travel home and then travel Sunday to play the biggest game of the year

*Sidenote -Michael Wilbon didn’t say anything about a cheap shot by Michael Bennett of Seattle being racist after going at white players knees during the kneel down at the end of the Seattle game
*How about Phil Castinetti of Sports World getting Stan Jonathan and Pierre Bouchard together at Sports World in Saugus

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Connelly’s Top Ten – Are You Ready For Some Football!




1.Patriots vs. Miami

* Head to Head Patriots are 51-53

* By Decade 60’s 3-4 / 70’s 7-13 / 80’s 11-10 / 90’s 7-14 / 00’s 12-9 / 10’s 12-3

* Patriots were on an 0-16 streak in the Orange Bowl when they Squished the Fish

* Brady is 7-7 in Miami / Cassel is 1-0

* Brady’s first game lost 30-10 / he was 12-24 for 86 yards with 4 sacks

Monday night football in Miami brings back memories of John Smith kicking and Howard Cosell announcing John Lennon was dead (not to be confused his drooling over Russ Francis- Cosell not Lennon)

* Night game in Miami – Pats fans drinking all day – over under on fights in the crowd 77

* Who has a dirtier shot – Alonso or Suh (and don’t sleep on Wake he likes put his weight into Brady on the ground)

2. Around the NFL

* Wow Red Zone

* Really – CBS gives us Giants vs. Cowboys instead of Jimmy G who is now 5-0 as a starter

* Is this the time of the year that NFL coaches are piling on weight – long season, long film sessions, lots of snacking

* Anyone see Adam Vinatieri kick a 43-yard extra point in the snow – bringing back memories 

3. Local teams last ten games:

* Patriots……9-1

* Bruins………8-2

* Celtics……..8-2


4. Patriots are 12-0 over the last two seasons without Gronk:

5. What’s ruining each sport:

Basketball – three pointers, officials (Celtics and Detroit shot 21-63 Sunday night)

Hockey – goalie equipment, blocked shots, they don’t promote their sport

Baseball – Game times, strikeouts

Football – Pass interference, commercials

Soccer – offsides outside of the box, theatrics in diving (should be post game review and yellow cards)

Tennis – rackets are too powerful – too many points off serve

Golf – Clubs are too powerful making the game just driver, wedge, putter – very little skill and strategy


6. People are already comparing the Stanton trade by Jeter to the Yankees to the McHale trade of Garnett to Boston – BUT – I think people undervalue Al Jefferson in this deal:

Garnett with Boston………….6,233 points / 3,301 rebounds

Al Jefferson after Boston….12,117 points / 6,627 rebounds


7. Amazing Stats – MT Union Football crazy record:

* Haven’t lost more than one game in a season since 1994

* Record since 262-9

* Twelve DIII championships

* 14-0 this year going for another championship


8. Old School – I love that the Yankees got Stanton – 2017 strikeouts (including Stanton) vs. 1950 Yankee strikeouts (top nine batters in at bats):


·         1950 (303 K in 4,085 at bats – one every 13.5 at bats) – Rizzuto 39 / Berra 12 (!) / DiMaggio 33 / Coleman 38 / Woodling 31 / Bauer 41 / Mapes 61 / Billy Johnson 30 / Brown 18

·         2017 – (1,085 K in 4,422 at bats one every 4.07 at bats) – Gardner 122 / Stanton 163 / Judge 208 / Gregorius 70 / Headley 132 / Sanchez 120 / Castro 93 / Holliday 114 / Ellsbury 63


9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Year Christmas specials were first introduced:

*Christmas Carol……….1951 Alastair Sims movie (1843 -published)

* Wonderful Life………..1946

* Grinch……………………..1966

* Rudolph…………………..1964

* Frosty……………………..1969

* The Christmas Story..1983

* Christmas Vacation….1989


10. Randomocity

*I think the Queen TV series on Netflix is the best quality show ever broadcast

* I finally finished the four-hour Tom Petty documentary on Netflix – you forget how many hits he had (Not as good as the Eagles four hour documentary or the Jimmy Iovine documentary)

* I’m still shocked that there isn’t a great seafood restaurant in Boston (closest is Turner’s in Melrose)

* Great win for Boston College hoops – first victory over a ranked team in 24 tries – football team is 0-11 (side note they couldn’t have had worse uniforms)

* Not quite Tom Harmon parachuting into WWII – The Heisman Trophy was won by a guy that over the last nine months was arrested for resisting arrest and had his captaincy stripped by his coach

* How cool were the Army Mountaineer uniforms in the snow (not great for TV though)

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Connelly’s Top Ten – Gronk Abused by NFL / Bobby Orr End to End / Pinky Higgins Meet Alex Cora




1. Is this Tom Brady’s best year of his career:

* He has been pretty much without his top FOUR receivers from last year: Edelman, Bennett, Hogan, Mitchell

*Without the top two scorers from last year: Blount, Bennett

* Has been hit 65 times already this year and is on a pace to be sacked 36 times (4th most in career with age 40 body)

* Throwing for his second highest completion % – 68.5%

* On pace for 36 TD / 4 INT


2. Other Brady Stuff:

* Brady is 126-30 (81%) over his last 156 regular season games

* Update since people said he needed deflated footballs: 40-8 (.833) record / 110 TD to 22 INT

* Brady is the greatest NFL player in the history of the sport and only has two MVP’s


3. Teams the Patriots have an under .500 record against since 1960:

*Dolphins, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Eagles, Steelers, Seattle, Washington, Chiefs, 49ers

4. My list if I had a chance to see an athlete do his thing just one more time – in order:

* Bobby Orr go end to end

* Pedro Martinez strike out a Yankee

* Larry Bird dagger three pointer – followed by a fist pump

* Tom Brady game winning drive with no timeouts left

* A Luis Tiant strikeout with the crowd chanting Looooie!

* A Cam Neely hit in the corner

*A Doug Flutie scramble and throw

* Mack Herron punt return

*Gerry Cheevers skating with the puck

*A McHale drop step

*A Plunkett to Vataha long bomb

* A Don Cherry explosion at refs or press conference


5. Alex Cora Joins a List of Red Sox Drinkers / Drugs:

* John McNamara reportedly drank beers before the game

* Terry Francona reportedly hooked on pills while players were drinking beer and eating chicken during game

* Dick Williams exposes himself (maybe drunk)

* Pinky Higgins killed a man drunk driving and went to prison (baseballprospectus)


6. Worse football hits than Gronks (and yes – he deserved a game suspension)

*Jack Tatum on Daryl Stingley

*Charles Martin on Jim McMahon

* Joe Turkey Jones on Terry Bradshaw

* Ryan Clark on Wes Welker

* Albert Haynesworth stomping on Andre Gurode

* Burfict on Antonio Brown

* N. Suh – Too many times to mention

* Raven Antoine Barnes on punter

* Antonio Brown kicking punter in the face

* Ray Rice on his wife

* Don Hasselbeck on Joe Klecko


7. Amazing Stats – – Offensive Interference – Gronk versus other Tight Ends last three years:

* Gronk………………………………………34 Games….152 Targets……8 Offensive Interference Calls

* Doyle, Witten, Graham, Kelce..170 Games…1,002 Targets…2 Offensive Interference Calls


8. Old School – Football Violence:

* “Brutality and foul play should receive the same summary punishment given to a man who cheats at cards or who strikes a foul blow in boxing” President Teddy Roosevelt

* In 1909 and 1910, 52 players DIED in football

* At Staunton College in 1909 – running back Edward Schmidt was tackled after a twenty-yard run – he told the other players, “I can’t see you any more – I’m dizzy”. He was taken by a buggy to a doctor’s office but died on the way – his teammates took off their shirts and lit them on fire and then the goal posts.  

* 1909 injury reports following implementation of safety rules in college football: 65 broken collar bones, 40 broken legs, 37 broken noses, 30 broken ribs, 20 broken ankles, 17 broken fingers, 13 broken shoulders, 11 broken wrists


9. Just a Little Bit Outside – From documentary Hard Day’s Night – on April 4th, 1964 – the Beatles had the top five songs on Billboard:

1. Can’t Buy Me Love / 2. Twist and Shout / 3. She Loves Me / 4. I Want to Hold Your Hand / 5. Please, Please Me

10. Randomocity

*I once went to an office Christmas party with a guy who was fired for drunkenness – classic!

* Never forget – Pearl Harbor attack began at 7:55 / the first plane on 9/11 took off from Boston at 7:59

* How long before ISIS claims responsibility for the LA fires

* Anyone injecting the race card in the Gronk hit is actually guilty of racism because they are responsible for stoking fires for their own personal benefit and quest for attention

* Speaking of that – interesting words chosen by Buffalo players that the “Hood” is going to go after Gronk – code word perpetuating racist snowball

* Jimmy G playing well is actually hurting Pats draft position on the pick they got

* A football player will die on national television in the next two years

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