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Connelly’s Top Ten – Red Sox RIP!




* 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


* 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?


* 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


* 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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  1. vermont k

    October 10, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Agree with most here, but I would give ERod another shot. Look at early years for some top lefties and they didn’t set the world on fire, either. Not comparing him to Koufax or Johnson, but maybe Ojeda and Tudor, who Sox gave up on too early. And subsidize $15M of Hanley contract and move him out (and I like the guy, think he gets a bad rap, but Sox need a better DH).

  2. michael c

    October 10, 2017 at 8:29 am

    For the money E Rod can come back but his inconsistency / fragile body is bothersome / also why do you like hanley he had like 62 RBI and hit under .250 for $22mm – Yaz most smoke a pack of Marlboro’s everytime he sees that

    • vermont k

      October 13, 2017 at 8:48 am

      I didn’t say I liked his production this year, I said they need a better DH! I just think the stuff about his attitude is overblown.

  3. Mike LaFerrara

    October 10, 2017 at 10:00 am

    4 more years of Pedroia and he’s done now! UGH!

    Moreland getting thrown out at home was one of the worst decisions to send a runner that I’ve seen in a long time. He wasn’t even at 3rd when the ball go to the left fielder.

    Was at the game on Saturday and must admit even though very long was very entertaining. The fans getting on Reddick in the bleachers after the JBJ homerun was awesome.

    • Michael connelly

      October 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Someone mentioned with Raji Davis on the bench – that could have been a close play with him running

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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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