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Connelly’s Top Ten – Patriots thriller / Red Sox Average Team / Norman Rockwell better than Renoir

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Connelly’s Top Ten – Patriots thriller / Red Sox Average Team / Norman Rockwell better than Renoir

1.Brady can do it with any supporting cast:

• Seven Super Bowl Appearances – Brady had seven different top receivers for those seasons – Troy Brown, David Givens, Deion Branch, Edelman, Gronk, Moss and Welker
• Seven Super Bowl Appearances – Brady had six different top running backs for those seasons – Antowain Smith (2), Jonas Gray, Dillon, Blount, Maroney and BJ Green-Ellis

2. Red Sox

• Why is Leon getting as much time as Vazquez – Average .235 (Leon) to .294 / throwing out runners 32% (Leon) to 37%
• Benitendi 18 stolen bases – 9 in August (he is looking at Ellis Burks 20/20 rookie year)
• Dustin Pedroia only has two triples over his last 2,043 at bats – back to 2013
• Surprised that Vazquez has only picked off one runner this year
* Does anyone look worse in a baseball helmet than Frazier
* If umpires get four calls wrong in a game that have to be replayed and take time and get reversed – whats the consequences?

3. Celtics Trade

• Celtics give up a second round pick to make the trade happen – I know that means nothing in NBA – but I hate just on principle that Cleveland held the Celtics feet to the fire
• Would you trade Tatum, Brown and Laker pick and your own first pick for Anthony Davis – I would (Imagine starting five – Davis, Horford, Morris, Irving, Hayward /// bench – Smart and Rozier)

4. Dustin Pedroia’s start:

• 2012 and start in April of 2013: 28-151 = .185
• Rest of 2013: 154-458 = .336 – Rookie of the Year

5. Legendary college basketball coaches – Rollie Massimino (82) and Jud Heathcote (90) died within days of each other – both won NCAA championships

6. Jim Rice versus pitchers:

• Dan Petry got him to ground into 7 double plays in 50 at bats
• Jim Palmer struck him out 24 times in 87 at bats / 3 walks
• Against Nolan Ryan – 40 at bats / 19 strikeouts
• Against Eck 38 at bats / 16 strikeouts / 0 walks
• Jim Palmer gave up the most home runs to Rice – 9 in 87 at bats
• He was 21-37 against Steve Stone .568
• Had 4 triples off Dennis Martinez
• Had 8 doubles off Doyle Alexander

7. Amazing Stats – With Moreland going 3-7 as a pinch hitter this year – how about a flash back to Red Sox pinch hitter Rick Miller:

• Career as pinch hitter – 227 plate appearances / 54 hits and 35 walks / Average .283 / OBP .382
• As a non-pinch hitter he hit .268
• Intentionally walked five times as a pinch hitter

8. Old School – Last four goal scorers for the Bruins:

10/28/99 – Dave Andreychuck vs Tampa – (on four shots)
12/14/95 – Adam Oates vs Florida (added an assist)
02/09/92 – Vladimir Ruzicka vs. Pittsburgh (added an assist / 11 shots / empty netter
03/27/84 – Barry Pederson vs. Quebec (empty netter / coach Gerry Cheevers moved Ray Bourque to left wing with Pederson and Middleton)
04/02/78 – Wayne Cashman vs. Rangers (McNabb got his 40th in same game)

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Horse, Joe Cotton the 1885 Kentucky Derby winner ran at Mystic Park in 1888 in South Medford:

• Joe Cotton – named after a bookie – tripped over fallen horse was reportedly killed – but he actually was sold to a Medford man who put him out to stud
• The Boston Globe wrote the next day about the crowd of 10,000 (couldn’t do this these days): “Fair men, dark men, Handsome men, ugly men, straight men and crooked sports…Ladies there were, but no one would say there was anything but pretty ones among the lot….it is safe to say that everyone went away satisfied with the racing.”

10. Randomosity

* Officially best time of the year – best weather, college football, Patriots around the corner, baseball playoffs
* If Game of Thrones put all six of this seasons shows at the movie theatre they would make billions (sell one ticket for $50)
* Regular season records during the Super Bowl seasons: 14-2 / 14-2 / 14-2 / 12-4 / 11-5 (two losses 11-5 / 11-5)
* Debbie Reynolds Estate has put her Norman Rockwell painting of Ben Franklin (5/29/1926 Saturday Evening Post) up for auction – other Rockwell painting sales this century: Saying Grace – $46mm / Breaking Home Ties – $15mm / The Gossips – $8.5mm / Walking to Church – $3.2mm / Tough Call (baseball umpires) $1.6mm
* Patriot stuff – Great game believe is or not – Brissette made himself some money with some NFL team – poised, going through his progression 4 TD’s 28-39 — 341 yards / cool that the Hollister twins each caught TD passes / 23 separate players caught passes / Gostkowski 55 yarder would have been good from 70 yards

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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WEEI To Close Its Doors On Friday

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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

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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

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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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