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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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Connelly’s Top Ten – Patriots Good in any Country or Sea Level

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1. PATRIOTS

OPENING THOUGHTS 

*Patriots three games up in the division

* Kraft still avoiding the barber’s chair

* Romo still good but can wear on you

BRADY

* Appreciate every game – he is amazing
* Greatest flat foot thrower ever
* Great one handed catch of the snap and then TD pass to Cook
* I was wrong with Brady getting hurt in Mexico City
* Just think Carr makes $13j,000,000 more than Brady

OFFENSE

*Touches – Lewis 13 / White 5 / Burkhead 9 (or whatever Jim Nantz called him)

* Surprised to see Burkhead fumble and come back and get a carry
* James White hurt?
* Gronk went over the eight-game mark for the third time in five years
* Dwayne Allen great fumble recovery

*Cooks on pace for 1,200 yards 

DEFENSE 

* Who is Reilly on defense – 233rd pick in 2014

* Average tattoos per defender was down significantly with Marsh out of the line up

* Elandron Roberts matching Beast mode with a couple of hard hits

* Gilmore dehydrated and comes out of game – how many full games has he played?

* Chung got hurt making a play after Gilmore missed tackle

* Jonathan Jones forced fumble – he just makes plays

BILL GARB / KRAFT SIGHTINGS

* Blue wind breaker and visor for Bill
* Bob Kraft with 13:27 left in the third quarter / 8:15 left in the 4th quarter

RAIDERS

* Del Rio will not be on Oakland sideline next year
* Ten Oakland receivers caught passes
* Raiders quit
* Derek Carr sitting on the bench by himself / receivers dropping balls / reports that black line men weren’t blocking for him earlier in the year because he wouldn’t kneel for the national anthem
* Oakland since the tuck rule – not good
* Love Raider #21 dancing after Brady incomplete pass with the Patriots up 30-8

OTHER

* Mark Davis haircut was a Shemp special

*Marshawn Lynch sat for the American national anthem but stood for Mexico – I wonder if the woman he hit and run with his Porsche even has the choice if she could sit or stand?

*With 77,000 fans at the game that meant there was like 40,000 seats empty

2. Around the NFL and College Football

* Did Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma cost himself the Heisman by being a total jerk?

* Jim Harbaugh will be jumping to the NFL – he can’t get over the hump in Big 10

* BC gets bowl eligible with a big win over 116th ranked U Conn – Dillon real deal – keep the transfer papers away from him
* Thanks Giants for beating the Chiefs
* Denver 0-3 at home last three games – amazing
* Bad week for Jamie Winston at Tampa – accused of sexual harassment and an old guy from Harvard is winning at Tampa when he couldn’t

3. Celtics and Bruins

* I’m sort of saying this in jest – Rask should have to watch the goalies in Hurling at Fenway manning up to stop 100 mph shots with just their t shirt for equipment (by the way Rask makes $8,000,000 – Hurling goalies are sometimes paid free pints)

4. Since 2010, Drew Brees and Tom Brady have played in 272 of 274 games they were eligible to play in

5. NBA three pointers ruining the sport (back to my suggestion – three pointers only in the last two minutes of the quarter). Players dribble into paint just to pass it out to three-point land.

* Rockets are attempting more three pointers than two pointers – 44.4 to 39.2
* Twelve teams attempting at least 30 three pointers a game
* Lakers are hitting 7 a game and missing 17 a game

6. Lakers / Nets record update to figure out how much of a genius Danny Ainge is:

* Lakers…6-10
* Nets…….6-9

7. Amazing Stats. – The Celtics and Patriots are a combined 20-1 on the road this year

8. Old School – On November 8th 1970 – Tom Dempsey kicked a 63 yard field goal – how did his day compare to Gostkowski:

 

*Dempsey four field goals – 63 yarder and three that added up to 64 yards – average 32 yards a field goal

* Gostkowski four field goals – 62 yarder and three that added up to 120 yards – average 46 yards a field goal

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Best former players as local analysts

1. Eck
2. Derek Sanderson
3. Geno Cappelletti
4. Tom Heinsiohn
5. Ken Harrelson
6. Johnny Pierson
7. John Pesky

10. Randomocity

* I have a lock bet for you – Flag Football will be a Massachusetts high school varsity sport within three years
* Surprised that Mike Felger on 98.5 actually said the words that Jerry Jones said about Bob Kraft – so soon after his controversy regarding Roy Halliday sounded like a guy who might want to move on
* Broadcast stations love football injuries – they make money by going to commercial
* The park the Boston Braves played at was lovingly known as the Wigwam
* Watched Spielberg documentary on HBO interesting B+

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Celtics Streaking

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Life has been immaculately great for Boston Sports fans lately. This may be a harbinger of the Apocalypse.

There’s almost nothing to whine about!

Now, notice the use of the word “almost”. There’s ALWAYS something to whine about. And I’ll traverse the most obscure bowels of the universe in order to find it.

A dichotomy has formed between the Bruins and the rest of this banner saturated sports city. Somehow every team is winning, except for the them.

The B’s have been playing like amateurs, losing 4 out of their last 5 games. So if you’re a hockey fan you’re probably seeking some sort of uplifting spin.

You’ve come to the wrong place. This team is indefensibly mediocre. 

Some followers of the Boston Bruins have implored the organization to bomb for the rest of the season, in pursuit of a high draft pick.

Soon we’re going to be throwing “perfect parades” like the laughable Cleveland Browns. No, I’m not kidding. Several fans in Cleveland have formally petitioned the city government to throw a celebration in the streets, if the Browns can successfully go 0-16.

So I ask you, Don Sweeney and Cam Neely, is this what you guys want? If you didn’t already know, Boston does not throw “losing parades”. Our teams drive duck boats down confetti littered streets, while elatedly violating plush dolls.

Go ahead and ask Gronk. It’s the bee’s knees!

The Bruins did not deserve to make the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, this week. When a franchise is writhing in a dismal pit such as this one, they receive a dishonorable mention.

Now let’s get to the Boston teams that are actually worthy of criticism. It’s time for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Connelly’s Top Ten – 14 Straight! Patriots Try to Survive Mexico City

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Patriots

1. Patriots in Mexico City

* Patriots have no defensive touchdowns
Seven Patriots with TD receptions
Patriots have two interceptions and one fumble after nine games
* Tuck rule was snow – this game will be volcano ash
* We don’t need any stinking badges
* Mexico had more murders in 2016 – 23,000 than Iraq 17,000 and Afghanistan 16,000
Just get out of the game with a win and alive

2. Celtics are 16 games into the season (20%) and are 14-2 – how did the last six Celtic championship teams start:

2007…..14-2
1985…..14-2
1982…..13-3
1981…..11-5
1975……10-6
1973……13-6

3. Went to Celtics game:
Marcus Smart should not be allowed to cross mid court – every time he got the ball the crowd was yelling don’t shoot
Terry Rozier is a good dribbler but can’t beat anyone off the dribble
Curry looks like he didn’t want to be there
Half the cars downtown are Uber or Lyft
99 in Charlestown has a shuttle to the Bruins game but not the Celtics
Crowd chanting MVP for Irving
Irving the most exciting player in this town since Pedro
Don’t like Horford bringing the ball up
Was it me or did Morris not shake Brad’s hand at a timeout
Two teams were 17-64 from three point land – they missed a three-pointer almost every minute of the game
Irving and Curry were 7-30 from field
That was a game I think Brad should have went 40 minutes with Brown

4. With Marcus Smart amazing on defensive end and painful on offensive end – other local players with only one side of the game:

* Dick Stuart – Dr. Strangeglove
* Darren Lewis – all defense
* Hal Gill – No offense (reader Bob says no offense either)
* Alex Gonzalez
* Steve Kasper
* Jose Canseco
* Don Chaney
* Hanley Ramirez
5. Red Sox are looking for a slugger like Stanton – how have past sluggers done in the first year with the Red Sox
Baylor………….31 HR / 94 RBI / .238 Avg
Esasky…………30 HR / 108 RBI / .277 Avg
Wily Mo Pena..11 HR / 42 RBI / .301 Avg
Danny Cater……8 HR / 39 RBI / .237 Avg
Jack Clark…….28 HR / 87 RBI / .249 Avg
Jose Canseco 24 HR / 81 RBI / .306 Avg

6. Odds to Win Championship

* Red Sox………10-1 / 6th tied with Nationals
* Celtics………….12-1 / 4th
* Bruins…………..28-1 / 20th
* Patriots…………3-1 / 1st

7. Amazing Stats – In Game Six of 1974 and 1976 NBA Finals – the following minutes were played in the double overtime game:

1974

* Kareem……………….58
* Oscar Robertson……58
* John Havlicek……….58
* Jo Jo White………….54

1976

* Gar Heard……61
* Jo Jo White….60
* John Havlicek..58
* Dave Cowens.55
* Curtis Perry….52

8. Old School – Bobby Doerr stuff:

* Had his best year at age 21 – hit .318
* Was first base coach on the 1967 Red Sox season
* Sixty Five years married
* Nine All Star games
* Missed 1945 because of service

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – When is Tom Coughlin gonna be considered one of the great football minds – EVER?

* Head Coach Boston College: three season 4-7 / 8-3-1 / 9-3
* First Jacksonville Coach – Four of franchise first five seasons – playoffs
* Giants Coach – Two Super Bowls
* Jaguars EVP of Operations – Season before he arrived 3-13 / first season 6-3

10. Randomocity

· * Saw two sports documentaries this week Senna – on the Formula 1 super star A- / Once in a Lifetime on the Cosmos – B
· * Toast better than bread
Who GQ could have picked for person of the year over Colin Kapernick – Stephon Willeford Texas savior or Rose McGowan

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