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Connelly’s Top Ten – John Farrell Meet Grady, Jimy, John, Don, Butch, Kevin, etc.




* You know I was going to slap myself on the back – only one “writer” in this town called the Brady shoulder injury – what do those beat writers get paid for?

* According to – the list of NFL players by salary cap hit – Devin McCourty is the highest on the Patriots at $6,500,000 which is 86th in the NFL

* Snap Counts so far this year in the backfield: White 50% / Gillislee 32% / Lewis 18% / Burkhead 4%

* Patriots have covered the spread only 2 of five games / gone over in 4 of 5


2. Red Sox and playoffs stuff

* No need for a Globe hit piece on Farrell – everyone wanted him gone

* Imagine the hit pieces writers are dying to write about Pedroia but are afraid to

* Not going to be able to sell  to Boston fans – Farrell won 93 and got fired Brad Ausmus only won 64 games with a better line up

* I hate to say it but Terry Francona got outcoached by Girardi – his decision to pitch Trevor Bauer on short rest in Game 4 was dumb

* How slow is baseball – I was listening to the Cubs vs. Nationals and traveled 29.8 miles and only two outs occurred

* Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor in back to back at bats – two home runs / 7 RBI

* We all just became huge Astros fans


3. Betts compared to Mike Trout last two years

* Betts……….215 RBI / 223 runs / 52 sb / 55 HR / .292 average (380 -1300)

* Trout……….172 RBI / 215 runs / 52 sb / 62 HR / .311 average (296-1300)


4. Worst Home Losses

* 1978 – Playoff versus Yankees

* 1974 – Flyers eliminate the best Bruins team 1-0

* 1975 – Red Sox Game 7 to Reds

* 2010 – Jets beat Patriots in playoffs

* 2013 – Blackhawks win Stanley Cup in Garden Game 6


5. Best Away Victories:

*  Game 7 in Los Angeles – Bill Russell coached Celtics win championship – 1969

* Hagler defeats Englishman Alan Minter in Wembley Stadium – 1980

* Patriots Squish the Fish in Orange Bowl breaking the Jinx – 1985

* Bruins defeat the Hab in Montreal breaking the jinx – 1988

* Patriots beat Steelers in Pittsburgh on way to Super Bowl – 2000

* Celtics beat the Sixers in Game Six in the Spectrum – 1981

* Patriots beat Chargers in San Diego thanks to Troy Brown forced fumble – 2006

* Red Sox beat Yankees (not dramatic but impactful) – 2004


6. Age doesn’t matter – managers and coaches:

* Dusty Baker -Washington Nationals……..68

* Wayne Graham – Rice Baseball……………81

* Bill Snyder – Kansas State Football……..78

* Marv Levy – Coached Bills at………………..72


7. Amazing Stats – Matt Cassell with Belichick and without




8. Old School – Using Kimbrel in the middle of the 8th inning Monday reminded me of Jimy Williams asking Tom Gordon to go two innings for the first time against Cleveland 1998 Game Four elimination game:

* Pete Schourek started and went 5.1 innings / 2 hits / No runs

* Derek Lowe was unhittable out of the bullpen / 1.2 innings / no hits / 2 strikeouts

* Asks Gordon to get his first two innings save up 1-0 / 2 innings / 2 runs / 3 hits and 2 walks – loss


9. Just a Little Bit Outside – In honor of American Soccer – Great Failures:  Estimated a billion dollars spent on soccer in the United States and they can’t beat a country like Trindad Tobago – population 1.36 million (same size as Phoenix) – spoiled, unhungry brats who have been driven to AAU games their whole life with their water bottle and pacing parents

* Movie Sahara starring Johnny Depp lost upwards of $120,000,000

* Edsel – lost $250,000,000

* Titanic

* New Coke


10. Randomocity

* Last five playoff games on the road – Brady is a surprising 1-4

* Brad Marchand 4 out of 5 on penalty shots career

* Trindad and Tobago ranked 99th in FIFA rankings

* USA soccer superstar Christian Pulisic will lose an estimated $25mm to $50mm in endorsements with USA not in the World Cup

* This week Red Sox lost, Good Will Hunting boys embarrass themselves, leaves are changing and the Patriots are tied with the Jets

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

    October 13, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Good call on Brady, and Ausmus would be an awful choice, fully agree. One note: Sahara starred Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz, no sign of Johnny Depp. I actually watched it on TV. 2.5 stars out of five, mostly because I’ll watch almost anything with Penelope Cruz.

    • connelly

      October 13, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      good help on the movie – I was thinking Lone Ranger for Depp

  2. Kevin

    October 13, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Agree on correction on Sahara and Penelope Cruz. Sad how good books make bad movies, Sahara was supposed to start Clive Cussler’s run, but flopped. Same thing happened for American Assassin for Vince Flynn, whose books are AWESOME!! Also New Coke was genius. Check Coke market share one year prior launch and 1 year after. Check Coke stock price over same time frame. Failure forced people to choose, unintended consequences have outcomes.
    Red Sox need to go STEAL a good coach, not a bench guy or has been.

    • Vermontk

      October 13, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      The book was fun, in an agreeable what will he think of next kind of way.

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



NHl Fighting

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



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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