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Connelly’s Top Ten – Patriots are Back!



Connelly’s Top Ten – Patriots are Back!

1. Patriots

  • Cuts your ties with Cyrus Jones – he’s jinxed – got burnt for a 97-yard touchdown
  • Crazy how conscious I am looking for concussions during a football game now
  • Please put Dion Lewis in a glass jar until game 10
  • Garoppolo throws like Chad Pennington – great accuracy but the ball hangs up there for a long time – ouch for receivers
  • Defense gave up 97 yard TD pass and a 79 yard TD Run and a 42 TD pass
  • Jonathan Freeney is all of sudden a real important player on this team
  • Patriot QB’s completed 77% of their passes

2. Red Sox 15-10 since All Star game

3. Assists on Cam Neely 50 goals 1993-1994 – Oates 26 assists / Bourque 19 assists / Juneau 17 assists

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4. Running away with it – Dodgers on pace for 115 wins / Astros 103

5. Watcher Dever uses the left field wall reminds us all why Fenway is a lefty park if they use the wall. Below Red Sox lefties that won the batting title and their average between home and away that year:

1941 – Williams…….428 / 380

1942 – Williams……356 / 356

1947 – Williams…….332 / 355

1948 – Williams……368 / 370

1950 – Goodman…..376 / 336

1957 – Williams…….403 /374

1958 – Williams…….329 / 328

1962 – Runnels……..332 / 319

1963 – Yaz……………..316 / 326

1967 – Yaz……………..372 / 321

1968 – Yaz……………..284 / 316

1979 – Lynn…………..386 / 276

1983 – Boggs………..397 / 321

1985 – Boggs…………418 / 322

1986 – Boggs………..357 / 356

1987 – Boggs………..411 / 312

1988 – Boggs………..382 / 351

6. Only two time Cy Young award winners not in the Hall of Fame – Denny McClain, Bret Saberhagen, Johan Santana – Clemens doesn’t count – he cheated

7. Amazing Stat – Mo Vaughn made 15 errors at first in 85 games in 1992

8. Old School – The 1969 Celtics were on their last legs and stole an NBA championship in LA – they were the oldest team in Celtics history with an average age of 30.5

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Plane crashes:

  • Watched a documentary the other night about DJ AM – his private jet fell out of the sky and he lived – people saw him walking down the street on fire (he later died anyways OD)
  • Read a story on a Brazilian soccer team that crashed. The airport they were supposed to refuel at was closed. They showed up late because one of the players wanted to get a video game out of his checked luggage
  • Celebrities dead – Rocky Marciano, Glenn Miller, Buddy Holly, Payne Stewart

10. Randomosity

  • Amazing the job Dedham has done turning their town center into a top notch destination – restaurants and great local movie theatre
  • Saw the first back to school commercials – sorry kids
  • Harold Landry of Boston College football is ranked 9th in Sports Illustrated top 100 players
  • For all of you parents that have lived and died with your children’s sports – this video is for you! (TYRTC)

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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