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Connelly’s Top Ten: Yankees Costing Fans Sleep

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Yankees Costing Fans Sleep

1.Red Sox

* Red Sox – Yankees played eleven hours over a 26 hour period

* I was wrong about David Price contributing this year – he looks fresh and sharp

* Why would anyone throw anything but a slider to Hanley?

* Don’t look now by Rick Porcello is on a pace to lose 21 games – see #7 below:

* Team has to give Dennis Eckersley a Godfather offer to do 80% of the games – he was still great in the 15th last night

* Do people really have five plus hours to give to sitting at Fenway in one helping?

* Tampa Bay is the best team in the East

* Dustin Pedroia at 1,770 hits he needs 2,300 and another two Gold Gloves for the Hall of Fame – that’s three solid seasons

* I’m seeing Judge as much as Connor McGregor

 

2. From 1967 to 1975 – Bobby Orr won every Norris trophy and finished in the top 4 of the MVP – winning it three times

 

3. Around the MLB:

* From Sports Illustrated – Mike Trout has never won a playoff game

* Dodgers are on pace for 112 wins

* Parity – Eleven teams have win totals between 44-47

 

5. How about some Inside the Park home run stuff: On July 25th, 1956 – Roberto Clemente is the only player in baseball history to hit a walk off / inside the park / grand slam – to beat the Cubs 9-8 in front of 12,861 at Forbes Field in a game that took 2:20 (from reader Bill O)

 

6. The last player to have two inside the park home runs in a game – Greg Gagne of the Twins on October 4, 1986 (one was lost in the white roof at the Metrodome)

 

7. Amazing Stat – From Cy Young to potential 20 plus losses for Porcello – who holds Red Sox record for losses – how about Red Ruffing who lost a combined 47 losses in 1928 and 1929:

 

8. Old School – In the Yankees home opener in 1961, the lost to the Minnesota Twins 6-0 in front of 14, 607 fans – for the rest of the season at home they went 65-15.

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Matt Siegel (36 years) has been on the air for more years than Jess Cain (34 years) and almost as long as Dave Maynard (40 years)

 

10. Randomocity

* What’s more irrelevant – the Revolution or the WNBA?

* Still furious over the casting of Thornton Mellon’s son in Back to School

* I give the nod to the gum in baseball cards over Bazooka

* Who left a worst legacy on this earth – the designer of the car the Pacer or the script writers for One Day at a Time?

* A sinkhole in Florida – what a state?

* What’s this thing about half-way to Christmas being celebrated every where?

* Game of Thrones – B+ – good opening show

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 – Take in every second – Enjoy it!

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1. Patriots-Jaguars

Gronk last six playoff games – 37 catches / 512 yards / 7 TD

* Jacksonville went from 25th in offense and 25th in defense in 2016 to 5th in offense and 2nd in defense this year

* Plus 10 in turnovers (Patriots plus 6)

* 10 for 13 on 4th down (Patriots 8 for 13)

* Blake Bortles has run for 123 yards in the two post season games

* Back up is Chad Henne who in his last two games versus Patriots threw for 764 yards (and lost both) / Brian Hoyer last two games versus Jacksonville 551 yards

* Kicker Josh Lambo was 19 out of 20 this year and 6 for 7 from 40 yards and out

* Jacksonville does have a punt return for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown

* Jacksonville has 5 TD’s on defense to Patriots ZERO

* Jacksonville has four players have at least eight sacks (Patriots have zero)/ Campbell has 14.5

* Cornerback AJ Bouye has 6 interceptions and 18 pass deflections (Harmon leads Pats with 4 Interceptions / Butler leads with 12 deflections)

* I like Patriots 16-10

 

2. NFL 2017 Team Stats

* 12 of the top 13 teams in number of punts did NOT make the playoffs (only Jacksonville)

* There were only 11 blocked punts in the NFL this year

* Eighteen teams didn’t have positive turnover differential – only three made it to the playoffs (Carolina, Atlanta, Tennessee)

* Six of the top ten teams in sacks made the playoffs

* Bottom 13 teams in Field Goal percentage did not make the playoffs

* Only 7 kickoffs returned for a TD – 1,008 kick offs

* Nine of top ten rushing teams made the playoffs

* Of the top 14 teams in 4th down attempts only one made playoffs

* 11 of the bottom 12 teams in 3rd down success did NOT make the playoffs

 

3. Brady doesn’t go for an X-Ray unless he is hurt – how about other Boston stars limping in the playoffs:

* Larry Bird – 1985 fight at Chelsea’s Bar – Playoff games before fight 29.1 points per game / After fight 22.2 points per game (Lose to Lakers)

* Irving Fryar finger sliced by wife wielding a knife – 1985 Super bowl – 2 receptions 24 yards

* John Havlicek shoulder – 1973 Knicks playoffs – Before being injured he was averaging 28.22 points per game in playoffs / Post Mallachi Crunch – Game 5 and 6 he averaged 6 points on 4 for 13 shooting

* Gronk’s foot / ankle – 2011 Super Bowl – 2 receptions / 26 yards

* Schilling – Bloody sock   2004 Game 6 –  7 innings / 1 run / 4 strikeouts / 99 pitches

* Tuukka Rask comes down with sniffles 2016-2017 playoffs – 2-4 record / 2.24 goals against

– Pedro Shoulder – 1999 – comes out of bullpen in Cleveland – 6 innings / 0 hits / 8 strikeouts

 

4. Only seven Patriots in team history have returned punts for touchdowns

Edelman…………4

Irving Fryar………3

Troy Brown……….3

Mike Haynes…….. 2

Dave Meggett…….1 (look at him go)

Roland James…….1

Stanley Morgan…..1

 

5. AJ Foyt championships:

 

·         Won Indy 500 – four times

·         Won the 24 hour of Le Mans (no one has won both)

·         Daytona – 1972 (no one has won all three)

 

6. Boston College football 2018 non-conference schedule next year and their rpi rankings:

* Holy Cross……….200th

* U Mass……………117th

* Syracuse………….75th

* Temple…………….57th

* Purdue…………….53rd

 

7. Amazing Stat –  Since 2001 Nick Saban and Bill Belichick have combined for 11 championships 407-104 record (.796) – SI article

 

8. Old School – Jo Jo White Stuff – RIP

 

*Red Auerbach drafted him knowing he had military commitment but had him transferred to base near Boston so he could play – 9th pick first round 1969

* Seven All Star games

* MVP of 1976 Finals

* Averaged 46.5 minutes in the 1976 finals

* Two championships

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Civil War Casualties stuff (civilwar.org)

* The 26th regiment of Georgia at Gettysburg – 800 soldiers / 714 casualties

* From Ole Miss – 139 students enlisted / 135 casualties

* Christian family from Virginia – 18 members of the family were killed

 

10. Randomocity

* The Celtics need a bench scorer to win the championship – would you trade the Laker pick and your first pick to get back Isiah (three months only) and the Jersey pick 9th

* Remember Hogan and Bolden are lefty throwers of the ball – might need a non QB to make a big play in throwing game

* Madden fans are smiling with Brady daring the gods by being on the cover

* Xaverian just gulped – How about the greatest high school football coach in state history – Everett’s John DiBiaso signing up to coach Catholic Memorial

* Shouldn’t Michigan State athletics get the same death sentence of Penn State for having that creep doctor on their staff?

* NFC Championship – In Philly – let the hating begin – duck Santa!

* Creamsicles stink

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Connelly’s Top Ten – On to the Jaguars!

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Connelly’s Top Ten – On to the Jaguars

1. Patriots – Jaguars

* Patriots are 10-1 vs. Jacksonville / 3-1 in postseason / 1-0 in conference championship

* Get ready for the – “Coughlin has the blueprint” reports and article

* Only time they lost to Jacksonville – Scott Zolak was quarterback

* Brady’s 12th conference championship

* Spy Bortles / take away the throws on the flat on play action boot legs

* Jacksonville one sends four – so seven in coverage – need a big game from Deion Lewis

* Jacksonville two pertinent injuries – Fournette ankle (he has had foot/ankle problems) / Gipson on defense

 

2. Around the NFL

* Mike Tomlin should be fired for going for the onside kick with two time outs and the two minute warning

* Steelers fans are said to be the best in football – they were booing their team off the field in the second quarter

* James Harrison to AFC Championship game – Pittsburgh goes home

* The lose-to-the-Patriots jinx continues – Atlanta out

* LeGarrette Blount has nine TD’s in nine playoff games

* Its Minnesota vs Patriots in Super Bowl in Minnesota – I think that works against the Vikings

3. Patriots betting odds in AFC Championship games:

2018 – Jacksonville……….9

2017 – Steelers…………..5.5 / covered

2016 – Denver……………3.0 / lost

2015 – Colts………………7.0 / covered

2014 – Denver…………..+4.0 / lost – did not cover

2013 – Ravens……………13.5 / lost

2012 – Ravens……………..7 / did not cover

2008 – Chargers…………..14 / did not cover

2007 – Colts……………..+3 / lost – did not cover

2005 – Steelers…………….3 / covered

2004 – Colts……………….3.5 / covered

2002 – Steelers……………+10 / won – covered

1997 – Jacksonville………7.5 / covered

1986 – Miami……………+5.5 / won – covered

 

4. Vegas odds:

 

* Red Sox are 7th in Vegas to win the World Series

* Celtics are 4th at 10-1 (might be a good bet right now – Danny can go trade for someone and Hayward could come back)

* Bruins are 3rd now at 12-1

* Patriots are 1st at 7-5

* Boston College 52nd in college football

 

5. James White scoring

 

* College football at Wisconsin – 48 TD in 52 career games

* Patriots…………………………20 TD in 53 career games

 

6. Deaths come in three – Dick Endberg, Keith Jackson – who else should be worried:

* Vin Scully- 90, Brent Musburger – 78, Al Michaels – 73, Dick Stockton – 75, Marv Albert – 76 (hair is only five years old), Dick Vitale – 78, Don Criqui – 77

7.  Amazing Stat; If Brady throws for 561 yards next two games – he will have thrown for 10,000 in the postseason which is more than: Griese, Unitas, Len Dawson, Simms, Starr, Theisman, Tarkenton – COMBINED in postseason

 

8. Old School – 1997 AFC Championship versus Jacksonville:

 

*Patriots win 20-6 in the fog at Foxboro

* Jacksonville was 10-8 coming into the game

* Otis my man Smith and Curtis Martin with Td’s

* Patriot hater Mark Brunelle threw for 0 TD’s / 2 INT

* Interceptions by Bruschi and Clay

* Vinatieri was 2 for 2

* Bledsoe 0 TD to 1 INT

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Murders in Boston 2017 – 52

* Twenty-six in Dorchester / Zero in Charlestown

* Chicago population – 2,700,000 / 650 murders = one in 4,153 citizens are killed

* Boston population – 670,000 / 52 = one in 12,884 citizens are killed

* Nice job Boston Police

 

10. Randomocity

* Matt Patricia going to Detroit – tough to figure out how much the defense is Coordinator and how much Bill

* Ugh – Lakers have won four in a row

* Hawaii missile alert – makes you ask the question – where would you go – I think you are best to grab a beer and put on the replay of Patriots-Atlanta

* I would take Astro over Dino

* Double stuff potato under-rated

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Connelly’s Top Ten – Another Treat!

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Connelly’s Top Ten – Another Treat

1.KICKOFF

* Cherish every game / every moment

* Seven AFC Championship games in a row – IN A ROW!

* Interesting won the coin toss but took the ball

* You came out of the game with a win and a healthy Gronk and Brady

 

2. BRADY

* He did his thing – what a treat – we have been the beneficiaries of his genius, will, courage and drive for excellence

* He looked grumpy early – an F Bomb after an incompletion – they confused him the first couple of drives with a lot of men in coverage

* Brady needs 569 yards in the next two games for 10,000 in just the postseason – think about that

* Brady is much more engaged with Hoyer on the sidelines than he was with Jimmy G (granted Hoyer’s years gives him something to offer in advice)

* Amazing throw by Brady in 4thquarter – running right and throwing left all the way across the field to Amendola

 

3. OFFENSE

* James White six touchdowns in the last 41:40 of playoff football – wow!

*Is every catch by Amendola huge – he is one of those special players that played in Foxboro during the dynasty (who would you take Amendola, David Patten or David Givens)

* Cooks can’t win the ball in the air – all those balls that Moss caught for Brady

* 53 pass attempts – no sacks – nice job line (Solder retirement around the corner)

* Romo said it a couple of times – McDaniels scheming was great – had defenders outnumbered all night

* Patriots haven’t scored in the first quarter last two post season games

* Lewis 24 touches / White 8 touches / Bolden 4 touches

* How much better is Brandin Cooks than sprinter Renaldo Nehemian (or Bethel Johnson)

* If Mitchell comes back – don’t you go with Mitchell, Hogan and Amendola

 

4. DEFENSE

 

* Defense has allowed over 17 points in a game just twice in the last 13 games – wow

*Getting after the quarterback – great schemes and efforts – draft position of players with sacks – Flowers 212 /Grissom 97th / Butler – free agent / Jean Francois 277 / Wise 131st

* Everytime I see someone catch a pass on Malcom Butler – I see a cartoon with dollar signs going out the window (teams seem to actually be picking on him)

* Gilmore nice game – two pass deflections and filled the hole on the 4thdown run by Titans

* Twenty-two players with a tackle / eight players with a tackle for a loss

 

5. BELICHICK GARB / KRAFT SIGHTING

 

*Bill blue hoodie with blue Patriots winter coat / made an adjustment at halftime and came out with scuba mask – completely scaring the Titans / surprised he didn’t go to gloves late

* Huge day for Kraft – he was actually included in the pre-game promo / then again in the pre-game hand shake of players / he got more air time than the players – 9:20 left in second quarter / 1:52 left in second quarter “Robert Kraft is excited – he put this whole thing together” / 2:01 left in the third quarter to 0:29 in the third with three different cameos

 

6. BROADCAST

 

* A CBS decision to push the “end of the dynasty?” theme

* Geico going to the well too often with the Sloth playing Pictionary

* Shouldn’t Tony Romo shave around 2 PM to lose the shadow

* Anything stupider than the Dr. Pepper ad with the mini looking Steven Tyler guy

* Romo couldn’t get off the two penalties the Patriots got

* Romo said the Patriots got the benefit of the time keeper at the end of the first half – I think the league is in charge of the scoreboard

* Romo pointed to offensive lineman Conklin going out of the game as a game changer – really it was a 35-14 game

* Halftime show talked about the Decker push off and 4th down punt call

 

7. TITANS

 

*Someone said on the radio this week if Luck and Watson at Houston aren’t hurt – Titans come in last in that division

* Logan Ryan led them in tackles with 12

* 4th down call of a passive run is not how you beat the champ

* End of the first half explains it all – Amendola gets down and calls timeout but Logan Ryan touched him when down helping to stop the clock instead of letting him lie there

 

8. OFFICIALS

 

*Biggest call was the reverse of the illegal motion to encroachment on the punt – Patriots special teams coach yelled Bullshi* and they changed the call leading to a TD drive

*Nationally the country is going crazy about Patriots getting calls

* The replay on the Lewis TD on the screen – should have taken 10 seconds not five minutes – see butt hit the ground / New York should already have reviewed what yard line / whats time on the clock? – lets go

*Patriots third TD drive – three first downs by penalty

*Tennessee fans complaining about James White TD that his knee was down – while that could have been answered if the Rules Committee listened to Bill who said there should be a chip in the ball.

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – *Watched the game at a bar – what a howl the bar was going crazy in the last seconds hoping Tennessee would score so they would win the bet for OVER 48

 

10. Randomocity

* Gottta love Bill – throwing the red flag on a maybe reception up 35-7 in zero degree weather

* Hogan and Bolden throwing balls into the crowd after TD’s will cost them a league fee and more if someone was texting and not paying attention and gets drilled in the face

* No turnovers in a game with 0 degrees

* Shouldn’t Patriots security confiscate the D and picket Fence from fans – Patriot fans are better than that

  • * The win on Saturday makes Sunday viewing that much funner

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