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Spell Your Favorite Boston Team without an ‘S’? and other unusual facts

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Spell Your Favorite Boston Team without an ‘S’

Some of us writers have a tendency to be up late at night pondering ten thousand ideas. As was the case with me a few nights ago. I was up late contemplating a few stories in my head and I began to research some history about some of our beloved teams.

What I found were some weird and not-so-well-know facts. I find some of them very entertaining and I wanted to share them with our readers and fans. Here are 10 of the most unusual acts I found.

1. Boston Whirlwinds? Unicorns?

According to team owner Walter Brown, the name was chosen because “Boston is full of Irishman,” But it was the other considered names that deserve highlighting: Whirlwinds, Olympians, and Unicorns, among them.

2. The Red Sox have a patent on a color
Fenway Park is another American icon found in Boston. It’s Green Monster is so renowned, The Red Sox have actually patented the shade “Fenway Green.”

3. Among Ted Williams’ many records, he set a student gunnery record as a World War II pilot. The test emphasizes reflexes, coordination and visual reaction time and still stood, as of 2002.

4. Boston gave us candlepin bowling
In 1880, Candlepin bowling was invented in Boston. Candlepin bowling is similar to the tenpin bowling most are familiar with, with a few key differences in equipment.

5. The Boston Bruins name is spelled “BQSTQN BRUINS” on the Stanley Cup for their 1971-72 title.

6.Bill Buckner had more hits than Ted Williams

7.    Spell your favorite Boston Teams nickname without an S?
Most teams in the top-four North American professional sports leagues have nicknames that end with the letter “S.” Here are the clubs that don’t: The Miami Heat, the Utah Jazz, the Orlando Magic, the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox, the Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning. All NFL team names end with the letter “S.”

Major League Soccer, as you’ll see, goes against that trend, having more non-S nicknames than the other leagues: DC United, New England Revolution, Columbus Crew, New York City Football Club, Orlando City Soccer Club, Toronto FC, Chicago Fire, Montreal Impact, LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, Sporting Kansas City, and Houston Dynamo.

8. The Historic Danny Heap
Who? Heep will forever be part of Major League Baseball history for more than one reason. He was officially the first ever designated hitter in the history of the New York Mets, picking up that distinction in the 1986 World Series when the Mets famously defeated the Boston Red Sox. Heep was the first player in World Series history to be a designated hitter who also had the initials “D.H.” Last but certainly not least, Heep was on the wrong side of baseball history when he was the 4000th recognized strikeout of all-time great and Hall-of-Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.

9 & 10, and more.!
Boston is the only city in professional sports in which all facilities are privately owned and operated. The Patriots own Gillette Stadium, the Red Sox own Fenway Park, and TD Garden is owned by Delaware North, owner of the Bruins. The Celtics rent TD Garden from Delaware North.

In the 2000s, Boston’s professional teams had arguably the most successful decade in sports history, winning ten championships (five by the Patriots, three by the Red Sox and one each by the Celtics and Bruins).

[4] When the Bruins won the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, the city of Boston became the first city in the 21st century to have all four of its major professional league teams win a league championship, and it is the only city ever to have championships in all four major professional leagues within a ten-year span (from the Patriots’ victory in February 2002 to the Bruins’ in June 2011).

[5] In that same time period, Boston’s teams completed what Sports Illustrated dubbed as the “Grand Slam of North American sports.”

[6] With the Patriots’ victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, the four major Boston-area sports teams completed a grand slam in six years (the 2008 Celtics, the 2011 Bruins, the 2013 Red Sox and the 2014 Patriots). Beyond that, several of the teams were league finalists: the Revolution four times, the Patriots twice and the Bruins and Celtics once apiece.

With the Bruins reaching the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, this allowed Boston to join Philadelphia as being the only cities to have had all of their teams play in each of the four major North American professional sports leagues’ title rounds since 2000, following the Patriots in Super Bowls XXXVI in 2002, XXXVIII in 2004, XXXIX in 2005, XLII in 2008, XLVI in 2012, XLIX in 2015, and LI in 2017 and winning all of them, except Super Bowl XLII and XLVI, the Red Sox winning World Series titles in 2004 (ending the Curse of the Bambino), 2007, and 2013, and the Celtics in the NBA Finals in 2008 and 2010 and winning in 2008.

[7] In addition, Boston beat out Philadelphia for playing in all of the “big” league championship rounds in the shortest time in the new millennium, as it took 9 years for Philadelphia to achieve this feat; Boston needed only three years and eight months. From 2004 to 2015, all four Boston major league teams have each reached the championship rounds two times or more.

Small Town Boy from Oklahoma, I grew up writing poetry and short stories from an early age. Moved up North in later years and love my Red Sox and Celtics.
I am self employed and an avid online poker player. I am very excited to be joining the Trifecta team! I will be writing about Celtics and Red Sox,, as well as all other Boston sports. I am looking forward to finidng and writing the unusual stories. You our readers are why we are here. Have a story you want told? My ears are always open.

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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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