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Connelly’s Top Ten – Red Sox RIP!

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1.Management

* Someone explain to me why Sale didn’t start the game if you were going to burn him anyways?

* Why aren’t you pinch hitting for Jackie Bradley or Pedroia in the ninth

* Farrell’s last game

2.Baserunning

* Someone in Red Sox audio video club should provide Benintendi a tape of him running into outs all season – doubled off in an elimination game – please freeze on a line drive – next hitter double

* Why is Devers holding up coming around third for his inside the park home run?

3.Stats

* 339 total pitches or a pitch every 44.07 seconds – painful

* Pedroia and Bogaerts hitting 1-2 in the line-up hit a combined 3-33

* Astros hit .343 as a team / 7 home runs in four games

*Red Sox have won one postseason game in four years

4. Who should be gone:

* Leon, Price, Moreland, E Rod, Bradley, Chris Young, Fistr, Holt, Abad,  

* I would move Devers – he has trade value and I think his game has holes in it

* Carl Willis

* Obviously Farrell – I’m for Joey Cora

* Next years locked in salaries: Price $31mm / Hanley $23mm / Pedroia $16mm / Porcello $21mm / Rusney Castillo $12mm / Kimbrel $13mm / Sale $13mm

5.Pedroia

* Watching Pedroia pathetically end the game brought back memories of an old Yaz popping up to end the 1978 playoff game

* 2-16 for the series

* Pedroia really owes Farrell an apology – Pedroia had his say with home plate umpire and should have went back to the dugout – now Farrell gets tossed defending his strike out and has to spend his last game as a Red Sox checking out sideline reporters

* Pedroia almost wanted to get thrown out of the game – ie. Clemens vs. Cooney

* Not a good look when the General Manager is shaking his head when Pedroia chased a ball in the dirt in the 9th

* Pedroia did the same thing every at bat – ground out weakly, shake his head and then watch the at bat on the big screen

* Someone called the talk show after the game and said – Enough with the Laser Show

*Pedroia’s worst season as a professional – he ruined his knee and reputation 

* I remember when Nomar left town all those coward Boston reporters all of sudden started sharing stories that he was a jerk but never said anything while he was here

6.Old Foggie Section

* Benintendi 29 seconds to get around the bases – ugh

* Hats and shirts and champagne for every round of the playoffs is insane

* Chris Sale can’t tip his cap to a appreciative crowd

7. Broadcast

* I thought Cone and AJ Pierzynski were actually pretty good

* I love when AJ said about the Astro pitcher Morton – “He found five mph somewhere” code – juicing

* Do they need five people in the Fox studio

8.Time of Play

4:09 – painful – catchers visits, Porcello picking at the outside corners, the whole thing is a bad product

1:33 – the first three innings

* Second inning alone was 40 minutes – that’s an out ever six plus minutes

* Second inning with a 1-2 count on McCann I timed how long it took Porcello to throw the next pitch one minute and two seconds – insane

9. John Henry Better be Careful

* Might have been the smallest crowd I’ve seen at Fenway in fifteen years – empty seats everywhere – people are would rather pay and not show up and watch this drawn out product  

* John Henry better read up on Polaroid, Blockbuster Video and Taxi Medallions because the people are sick of paying top dollar for jack ass players

10.Random Stuff

* Hanley getting away with a throat slash after every hit?

* Expect surgeries to be announced on Pedroia and Betts soon (and maybe Price)

* I love the New England sarcasm with the mock cheers for Porcello when he finally threw a strike and the umpire when he finally called a ball for a Red Sox hitter

* I Love Christian Vazquez but he can be lazy behind the plate allowing pitches to get by him – 2 wild pitches cost the Red Sox a run in what turned out to be a one run game  

* Speaking of Christian Vazquez when he bangs the glove on the ground to fool the hitter near their feet – doesn’t he know that they watch video and that means the pitch is coming on the outside half

* Bregman was Bucky Dent

* Springer crashed into the centerfield wall where Fred Lynn was hurt in the 1975 World Series

* Is it part of having the tickets next to the dugout that you get your hand slapped after a home run?

* Ortiz must be bored offer him $15mm to come back

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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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Patriots, Must-Win Edition

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Rob Gronkowski, NFL Tight End For The Patriots

Here in New England, it’s not that we don’t want to lose – we need to win. As a fan a loss is a hamstringing injury, the effect of which can be felt in every facet of your life.

So after the superlative of winners, the New England Patriots, lost to the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, it took the fan-base quite some time to recover. This was not how we wanted to start our week.

But as the days evaporate in the steam of our heated despondency we draw ever closer to Sunday. The Pats find themselves in a must-have must-win situation, going up against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. This will be a facsimile playoff game. And if New England loses this one, I don’t think fans will be able to recover.

But let’s not entertain that impossibility. It ain’t happening. Right? Tom Brady’s peeved; Bill Belichick is crimson with professional rage. This is the formula for a Patriots victory.

So rally the troops and grab your beverages (adult or unadult). It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Must-Win Edition.

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Ham Isn’t Walking Through The Door

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Connelly’s Top Ten – Jack Ham Isn’t Walking Through that Doo5

1.Patriots vs. Steelers Stuff

*Brady and Roethlisberger have thrown 983 of their team’s 987 passes
*Patriots record by decade vs Steelers: 70’s – 1-3 / 80’s 2-3 / 90’s 2-6 / 00’s 5-2 / 10’s – 5-1
* Brady against Pittsburgh: 7-2 / 70% completion / 24 TD to 3 INT
*Brady in playoffs vs Pittsburgh: 3-0 / 5 TD to 0 INT / 58-81 (72% completion)
* Roethlisberger is 3-5 lifetime versus Patriots
*Steelers kicker Chris Boswell is 3-3 from 50 yards or further
*Antonio Brown over the last six years has averaged (AVERAGED!) 121 receptions a year
* Antonio Brown was the 195th draft pick in 2010 / Brady 199th

2. The top eight scorers on the Celtics 1962 team are still alive:

*Bob Cousy………89
*Frank Ramsey…86
*KC Jones…………85
*Sam Jones………84
* Bill Russell……..83
* Tom Heinsohn..83
*Tom Sanders….79
*John Havlicek…77

3. Last two years coaching (regular season):

*Belichick…….24-5 (.828)
*Cassidy…….33-18 (6.47)
*Stevens……..77-45 (.631)

4. Tuukaa Rask:

*Versus Washington, Ducks, Montreal and Colorado……….10-37
*Versus Flyers, Florida, Calgary, Arizona, Nashville……………41-7

5. While Brady sits 6,493 yards from Peyton (71,940 to 65,447) – quietly Drew Brees will eclipse 70,000 before the end of the year (69,680)

6. Longest Brady to Moss TD passes: 71 yards / 65 / 63 / 63 / 55 / 51 / 50 / 46 / 45 / 45/ 43

7. Amazing Stats – Scott Boras major league hits – ZERO – net worth $175,000,000

8. Old School – Luis Tiant didn’t get into the Hall of Fame – lets compare him to Hall of Famers Catfish Hunter and Jim Bunning:

· Tiant……..229-172 (.571)…..3.30 ERA / 49 Shutouts / 1.19 WHIP
· Hunter….224-166 (.574)…..3.26 ERA / 42 Shutouts / 1.13 WHIP
· Bunning..224-184 (.549)……3.27 ERA / 40 Shutouts / 1.18 WHIP

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Old School Boston restaurants–

· Locke-Obre………………….1875-2012
· Scotch and Sirloin………..1973-1991
· Pier 4…………………………..1963-2013
· Jimmy’s Harborside……..1942-2007
· European……………………..1917-1997
· Joe Tecchi……………………..1948-2011

10. Randomocity

*Wicked cold out
* My father said this twenty-five years ago after watching his first t-ball game – they’re not teaching kids skills. This month on HBO Real Sports – they talk with an American that turned Japan into a soccer world power by teaching skill and footwork. USA Soccer is virtually ignoring him
* Have the Patriots ever knocked out a QB?
*The angle of Marchand’s overtime goal Wednesday reminded me of a Bobby Orr put back against the Rangers
*Every week another football player is being taken off on a stretcher (Colt last night)– every week more mothers are saying no to their sons – invest in flag football leagues

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Get Smoked

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Patriots

1.Kickoff
*Team looked content to show up and get ready for next Sunday

*Not good that they were out-toughed

*Duron Harmon yelling at the defense close to hitting Matt Patricia with his flailing arms

*Patriots played like they didn’t want to show Pittsburgh anything

2. Brady

*Remember last year Brady had the first four games off – is he hitting a wall – last two games – 1 TD to 3 INT

*Looked indifferent

*Was off all game
*Took another beating
*Brady completes pass to Cooks with 2:17 left in game and couldn’t hustle team up for snap before two minute warning

3. Offense

*I don’t get it – no hurry up at all – Miami is getting off on the snap – why not run them off the field

*Cooks got his ass kicked the entire game – he didn’t win or compete all night

*Offensive Line over matched

*Running back touches – Burkhead 10 / Lewis 10 / White 3
*Hogan rushed back – if that’s the effort the team is going to put in – just sit him out for Pittsburgh

4. Defense

*Miami did what every team should have done after the Carolina game – run confusing sets and stack receivers and make the secondary decipher who has who

*Secondary- Butler beaten often (could have been worse if not for drops)/ Gilmore chasing across the field / Rowe only show up

*Roberts shooting the wrong gaps on rush defense and lost in coverage

*At one point – linebackers was Freeney and Reilly – they wouldn’t start in the college football playoffs

*Richards missing one on one sack with freakin’ Jay Cutler

*Chung got 360 spinned by Drake

*Amendola and Cooks had as many tackles as Malcom Brown

5. New England fans go to Miami – it was cold, they spent money, they had to listen to Miami fans, they are hung over, they have to fly home to winter

6. Bill Garb and Kraft Sighting

  • Bill with cutoff gray hoodie
  • Kraft with 10:58 left in third quarter / 12:08 left in fourth quarter

7. Injuries

*Offense – No Edelman, Gronk, Waddle, Cannon, Bennett, Mitchell

*Defense – No Hightower, Van Noy, McClellin, Flowers, Langi

*Special Teams – Ebner,

8. Special Teams

*Worst on side kick in football history

*Hold on punt in 4th quarter cost the Patriots game – they go from midfield to their own 15

9. Just a Little Bit Outside

*Tuukaa Rask led Bruins only local team with a winning streak

10. Randomocity

*Patriots get screwed by scheduler this year – they play on Monday night away – then they have to travel home and then travel Sunday to play the biggest game of the year

*Sidenote -Michael Wilbon didn’t say anything about a cheap shot by Michael Bennett of Seattle being racist after going at white players knees during the kneel down at the end of the Seattle game
*How about Phil Castinetti of Sports World getting Stan Jonathan and Pierre Bouchard together at Sports World in Saugus

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