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Connelly’s Top Ten – On to the Jaguars!



Connelly’s Top Ten – On to the Jaguars

1. Patriots – Jaguars

* Patriots are 10-1 vs. Jacksonville / 3-1 in postseason / 1-0 in conference championship

* Get ready for the – “Coughlin has the blueprint” reports and article

* Only time they lost to Jacksonville – Scott Zolak was quarterback

* Brady’s 12th conference championship

* Spy Bortles / take away the throws on the flat on play action boot legs

* Jacksonville one sends four – so seven in coverage – need a big game from Deion Lewis

* Jacksonville two pertinent injuries – Fournette ankle (he has had foot/ankle problems) / Gipson on defense


2. Around the NFL

* Mike Tomlin should be fired for going for the onside kick with two time outs and the two minute warning

* Steelers fans are said to be the best in football – they were booing their team off the field in the second quarter

* James Harrison to AFC Championship game – Pittsburgh goes home

* The lose-to-the-Patriots jinx continues – Atlanta out

* LeGarrette Blount has nine TD’s in nine playoff games

* Its Minnesota vs Patriots in Super Bowl in Minnesota – I think that works against the Vikings

3. Patriots betting odds in AFC Championship games:

2018 – Jacksonville……….9

2017 – Steelers…………..5.5 / covered

2016 – Denver……………3.0 / lost

2015 – Colts………………7.0 / covered

2014 – Denver…………..+4.0 / lost – did not cover

2013 – Ravens……………13.5 / lost

2012 – Ravens……………..7 / did not cover

2008 – Chargers…………..14 / did not cover

2007 – Colts……………..+3 / lost – did not cover

2005 – Steelers…………….3 / covered

2004 – Colts……………….3.5 / covered

2002 – Steelers……………+10 / won – covered

1997 – Jacksonville………7.5 / covered

1986 – Miami……………+5.5 / won – covered


4. Vegas odds:


* Red Sox are 7th in Vegas to win the World Series

* Celtics are 4th at 10-1 (might be a good bet right now – Danny can go trade for someone and Hayward could come back)

* Bruins are 3rd now at 12-1

* Patriots are 1st at 7-5

* Boston College 52nd in college football


5. James White scoring


* College football at Wisconsin – 48 TD in 52 career games

* Patriots…………………………20 TD in 53 career games


6. Deaths come in three – Dick Endberg, Keith Jackson – who else should be worried:

* Vin Scully- 90, Brent Musburger – 78, Al Michaels – 73, Dick Stockton – 75, Marv Albert – 76 (hair is only five years old), Dick Vitale – 78, Don Criqui – 77

7.  Amazing Stat; If Brady throws for 561 yards next two games – he will have thrown for 10,000 in the postseason which is more than: Griese, Unitas, Len Dawson, Simms, Starr, Theisman, Tarkenton – COMBINED in postseason


8. Old School – 1997 AFC Championship versus Jacksonville:


*Patriots win 20-6 in the fog at Foxboro

* Jacksonville was 10-8 coming into the game

* Otis my man Smith and Curtis Martin with Td’s

* Patriot hater Mark Brunelle threw for 0 TD’s / 2 INT

* Interceptions by Bruschi and Clay

* Vinatieri was 2 for 2

* Bledsoe 0 TD to 1 INT


9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Murders in Boston 2017 – 52

* Twenty-six in Dorchester / Zero in Charlestown

* Chicago population – 2,700,000 / 650 murders = one in 4,153 citizens are killed

* Boston population – 670,000 / 52 = one in 12,884 citizens are killed

* Nice job Boston Police


10. Randomocity

* Matt Patricia going to Detroit – tough to figure out how much the defense is Coordinator and how much Bill

* Ugh – Lakers have won four in a row

* Hawaii missile alert – makes you ask the question – where would you go – I think you are best to grab a beer and put on the replay of Patriots-Atlanta

* I would take Astro over Dino

* Double stuff potato under-rated

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.


WEEI To Close Its Doors On Friday




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



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




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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