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Connelly’s Top Ten – Treasure Every Tom Brady Game!

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1.Patriots

OPENING THOUGHTS

·         Great win – but the Patriots have major problems on defense – there are no playmakers

·         Love that punk owner McNair celebrating in the box and then having the game stolen from the person he claims is bad for the league

·         Does Gronk play today without an incentive laden contract?

·         Didn’t waste any time putting Amendola and his fragile head back for punts

·         Similar to the Super Bowl – the Patriots were in better shape than their opponents

BRADY

·         Treasure every game he is your quarterback – what a treat every Sunday

·         Ball security not great for Tom on Sunday – 3 fumbles

·         When Brady tripped and was lying on the ground – Clowney took a free shot at him

·         Does Brady have his own water bottle or is that Foxboro’s best?

·         Can’t believe Brady didn’t separate his shoulder on the Clowney sack

·         Insane pass to Gronk while falling to the ground – put it the hall of fame video montage

OFFENSE

·         Running back touches – Gillislee -12 / White – 6 / Lewis – 5

·         A drop for Dwayne Allen and no catches

·         On the crossing route touchdown to Cooks – amazing to watch him accelerate

·         Patriots failed on another short yardage play at a crucial point in the game

·         I hope Dante Scarnecchia raises his voice this week

 DEFENSE

  • Patriots have given up 95 points in three games
  • Gilmore gave up his usual negative play per game – stupid interference
  • The Patriots starting linebacker corps of Roberts, Van Noy and Marsh make a combined $2.3mm a year
  • Signing a fragile Hightower after his Super Bowl sack is like signing a declining Mike Lowell after 2007 World Series

 BELICHICK GARB / KRAFT SIGHTING

  • Bill going with blue windbreaker and John Thompson towel
  • Kraft with 0:23 left after Cook’s TD / following Gilmore’s interception

 STATS

  • Patriots three opponents have committed 30 penalties for 234 yards in three games

MISC

* Announcers were on Watson for not calling a timeout why didn’t O’Brien?

* Another bad game for Ryan Allen  

* How about Marsh the nutty tattoo linebacker jogging off the field and being physically grabbed and tossed back toward the bench by a coach

* The Patriot fan with the silver paint on his face looked like he was melting

* What is funnier – Zolak giggling behind Bob Socci on a big play or Gino cheering while Gil calls a big play?

2. Red Sox

*  Mookie Betts should fire his agent – that kid should own this city – where are his endorsements?

* Red Sox will win the East without a 20 game winner / a 25 home run hitter / hitting under .260 as a team

* No Grand Slams this year

* Opponents are .132 off Kimbrel

* Hanley gets a $22,000,000 option if he has 1,050 plate appearances 2017 and 2018 combined – so far this year he has 529 which means next year 521 and we are stuck with him for 2019


3. NFL and College Football Preview

* Florida State is 0-2 but is ranked in the top 25 of the Coach’s Poll

* U Mass has lost their last six games by a total of 40 points

* Gotta love Steelers and Denver losing as cherry on top

* Blount 12 carries / 67 yards / 1 TD

* Brissette 2 rushing TD / 1 passing TD

* Jets not going 0-16

4. Travis Shaw compared to Red Sox third basemen

31 HR / 99 RBI / .274 / 9 Errors        

16 HR / 69 RBI / .252 / 32 Errors

5. Mt Rushmore of Red Sox closers – Papelbon, Foulke, Radatz, Gordon (Kimbrel not there yet)

6. Former Red Sox – Yoan Moncada average and home runs by month: July – 1 / .105 – August 2 / .238 – September 5 / .306

7. Amazing Stat – From Business Insider – In 39 different states, the highest paid public employee is either a football or basketball coach

8. Old School – Stanley Morgan had 19 touchdowns of 50 yards or more

9. Just a Little Bit Outside –  The Rocky movies grossed $672,000,000 at the box office

10. Randomocity

* Aaron Hernandez girlfriend has a lot of nerve suing anyone after she skated from conspiracy to murder charges (by the way if you are going to sue for hits to the head – doesn’t his college, high school and Pop Warner programs have to be co-defendants)

* Could Dennis Rodman play a significant role in preventing World War III and be awarded a Noble Peace prize?

* To honor both the sacrifice of our armed services and validate the sanctity of constitutional rights – Shouldn’t every person who takes a knee be compelled to articulate their stance?

* Remember when our symbols meant something to us –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbr1hNp-nI4

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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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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