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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 – Brady Target, 300 K’s, Raging Bull

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1.Patriots

* Marcus Cannon and probably Gronk out – here comes JJ Watt

* Tom Curran is guaranteeing that Brady won’t complete 50% of his passing – ugh

* 8-1 lifetime against Houston – six straight

* Romeo has been able to confuse the Patriots offense

* Patriots 27-10 over Texans

2. Red Sox

* I like the decision to let Chris Sale go deep into the game Wednesday and get 300 strikeouts – now they can rest him over the next two weeks – one more start not to exceed 80 pitches

* Red Sox have a pitcher leading in wins and another leading in losses – 17 and 17

* With all the Red Sox extra-inning success (15-3)– I’m guaranteeing if they get in an extra-inning game in the playoffs they will lose (could be the first game)

* Has David Price scheduled his surgery yet and vacation spot for 2018 summer?

* Not only has Porcello given up the most home runs in baseball (35) amazingly he’s given up the most doubles (51)
3. Manny and Ortiz in 2004:

Manny…..43 HR / 130 RBI / .308 AVG / 175 Hits

Ortiz……..41 HR / 139 RBI / .301 AVG / 175 Hits

4. Playoff wins since messing with Patriots

* Raiders since whining about the Tuck…………0 wins

* Rams since whining about video of practice…..0 wins

* Jets since snitching on video……………………0 wins

* Colts since snitching on football air pressure…..0 wins

* Ravens playing a role in deflategate……………0 wins

5. Mt Rushmore of Patriot haters: Marshall Faulk, Bill Polian, Tom Jackson, Merrill Hodge

6. Around the MLB

* Altuve on a pace for 209 hits which would be four straight years with 200 hits

* Bryce Harper is averaging 127 games played a year

* Who is better catcher – Joe Mauer or Buster Posey: .308 / 33% caught stealing versus .308 avg / 33% caught stealing

* Todd Frazier is the Yankees version of 2004 Kevin Millar

* 24 hitters are on pace to knock in 100 runs – only five of them won’t strike out 100 times – Betts, Pujols, Rendon, Votto, Rizzo

* Tim Anderson of the White Sox is leading baseball with 26 errors           

* Five pitchers have an absurd strikeout to walk ratio over 5.00 / Kluber, Sale, Samardzija, Kershaw, Grienke 

7. Amazing Stat – In 1982, Ricky Henderson stole 130 bases. He attempted 14 stolen bases against Angles catcher Bob Boone who threw him out seven times.  

8. Old School – The 1939 NHL semi-finals, Rangers versus Bruins:

Former Ranger, Mel Hill scored three sudden-death goals for the Bruins including Game 7 clincher in a four-hour, triple-overtime thriller in front of 17,000 Boston Garden fans (netting the owner Brown family $5,500) – Boston Globe wrote: “Fans were dancing in the aisles, kissing each other, whooping like Indians”

9. Just a Little Bit Outside –  Jake LaMotta died this week – the source of the great movie Raging Bull:

* LaMotta fought 20 times in 1941 alone (5 times in April)

* Fought Ray Robinson five times beating him once

* Scorsese only agreed to do the film after he almost died from an overdose

* Deniro gained 60 pounds for the movie (145 to 215)

* Deniro fought in three fights to get ready and won two of them – LaMotta who trained him said he was a top twenty middleweight

* Budget of $18mm and made $23mm in box office receipts

10. Randomocity

* I like the Geico commercial with the football official ordering his dinner with his field microphone

* From the documentary Vietnam – Ho Chi Min was a pastry chef at the Boston Parker House

* Bogut to Lakers doesn’t help the Celtics cause in their quest for a high draft pick NFL and College Football Preview

* Picks for the weekend – Oklahoma State favored by 13 over TCU – like Ok State / Navy – Cincy – like the over 52

* Games of the week: Georgia vs Mississippi State / Air Force vs. San Diego State / Oakland at Washington

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 Connelly’s Top Ten – Brady Great, Gronk Fragile, Sox Boring, BC Losers

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* OPENING THOUGHTS

* Other than the hand injury, I’m going to say that most of Gronk’s injuries occur running after the catch. Turn him into a Red Zone specialist where he is just catching the ball

* I’ve said this before – being a wide receiver in the Brady offense is dangerous – Injuries to Edelman, Hogan, Dorsett, Amendola, Gronk and Hawkins would rather go to Columbia than get hurt

* Is Ryan Allen off to a bad start? Gostkowski another missed extra point

* Patriots have lost back to back coin tosses

* How great is Belichick – just watch the Patriots kicking team run onto the field and line up for the end of the half kick – amazing thing everyone was involved – offensive players were spinning their index finger around while they ran off/ McDaniel was waving a towel over his head – amazing.

 

* BRADY

* Treasure every game with him representing you as your quarterback

* He won two arguments with officials and Romo was reading his mind – first time was the pick/rub at the line of scrimmage that got overturned / second was the too many men on the field (see #9 below for more Romo thoughts)         

* Brady will “love” watching film when Hogan points to where he should have thrown the ball in the end zone

 

* OFFENSE

* Running back touches – Gillislee 18 / White 10 / Burkhead 5 / Lewis 5 / Devlin 1

* Nice game plan by McDaniel – more creativity and diversity

* Austin Carr is on the Saints but got no play on Sunday – Patriots should offer them a 7th round draft pick – he knows the system

 

* DEFENSE

* Former Razorbacks – Wise and Flowers are going to make a nice pair

* McCourty is an amazing tackler

* Chung chasing in coverage

* Gilmore looked confused again on a ball down the right sideline

* Jonathan Jones just seems to make plays

* Ninkovich traveled to New Orleans?

* No Hightower – he is fragile

 

* KRAFT SIGHING / BILL’S GARB

* Mr. Kraft with 27 seconds left in the second quarter – he didn’t look good, put some weight on and needs a hair cut

* Bill going with the blue windbreaker with short sleeves

 

* OTHER

* Be prepared to hear this on sports radio some morning – “the Patriots have called for an impromptu press conference – word out of Patriots camp is Rob Gronkowski is retiring.”

* Gronk’s fluorescent underwear waste strap must have distracted the defenders

* It’s painful when a cameraman keeps the camera on a cheerleader for too long – once she goes through the pom poms, the “Go team” and throwing a kiss there isn’t a lot of material left in her routine.

* I have a funny feeling there will be some extra sprints this week after Dwayne Allen jogged off the field and got the team flagged for too many men

* Saints receiver Michael Thomas couldn’t stand on his own after hitting his head and then was cleared to come back in the game

* Gronk will be joining Bobby Orr, Cam Neely and Larry Bird for careers that ended too soon

2. Red Sox

*  Tampa used 19 pitchers in the three game series

* Pedroia played in two games and went 0-12 losing 10 points off his average!

* Red Sox have played 15 games this summer over 4 hours – insane

* Red Sox analyst hit a new low Saturday with Saltlimacchia talking about ghosts that he has seen and telling the viewing not to be scared of them

* Averages since All Star game – Bogaerts .217 / Young .187 / Hanley .206 / Leon 194 (153 point lower than Vazquez)

* If Devers played a whole season – his errors would be pro-rated to a Butch Hobson level 44

* Betts and Benitendi have a high number of 10 combined errors in the outfield

* Here is a bad stat – from the ten Red Sox third basemen this summer they have more than double the errors than home runs 30 to 14 – ugh

* Sale needs 13 k for 300 – has two starts left


3. AROUND THE NFL

* I think the AFC Title comes down to the Steelers backup quarterback

* Jacoby Brissette decent numbers – 20 for 37 / 216 yds     

* From the I miss Tom Brady column – No carries for Blount in Philly

 

4. AROUND COLLEGE FOOTBALL

* Michigan has 280 plays in its playbook / Ole Miss has 28

* Freaky watching a game played at Cal Berkley – there is an earthquake fault that runs through the football field – so there is a spot behind the end zone they can’t use turf because the shifting plates constantly rips it

* Gary Pettis of California Angels son Dante of Washington ran back his 8th punt return for a TD Saturday tying Wes Welker’s record

* Best games of the Day – USC 27 – Texas 24 / Memphis 48 – UCLA 45

* Why is a back up kicker wearing Tim Tebow’s number at Florida – can’t believe it wasn’t retired upon graduation

 

5. BOSTON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

* The worst thing you could say about a coach is that his team quit

* What a message Addazio sent to his team with 18 seconds left in the first half and the ball on the Notre Dame 44-yard line and two time outs and he virtually took a knee – how ironic that the school who threw the most famous Hail Mary pass in college football history doesn’t even trust their team to throw a ball into the end zone – how did the team respond – they were outscored 35-10 in the second half before Notre Dame decided to stop scoring (BC should play big games with a nothing to lose dangerous attacking spirit)

* BC gave up 515 yards rushing (515!) to a team that last week ran for 55 yards on 37 carries

* Defensive end Harold Landry finished last year with 7.5 sacks in four games – could have went into the draft and made millions – came back to play for Addazio and has one sack in three games and his future less green

* BC last eight games against opponents ranked in the top 25 – 0-8

* Has recruited one four-star player  

* Central Michigan is a must win in two weeks – because they play top 15 teams Clemson, Louisville, Florida State and Virginia Tech over the next 6 weeks

* Take a chance and hire a coach that needs a job – Mack Brown (old doesn’t matter), Les Miles, or how about this – hire despicable Art Briles and make him donate his entire contract to Rosies House and put insane restrictions on his tenure and player’s behavior

 

6. Since 1980 Mt Rushmore – Brady, Bird, Neely, Pedro

7. Amazing Stat – Quarterback Luke Falk of Washington State’s in his last 28 games has thrown 85 TD passes / Boston College last 75 games – has thrown 83 touchdown passes

 

8. Old School – A stat from MLB Network – Yankees completed their 25th straight year with a winning record which is fourth behind the Bruins’ 29 straight years 1967-1996 – thank you Bobby Orr

9. Just a Little Bit Outside –  Wow – Tony Romo – his voice wasn’t perfect but his insights were superb and a lot of them:

* Talking about Brady’s flat-footed throwing
* Brandin Cook and Brady not being on the same page and that Brees didn’t fight to keep him
* About Brees trying to add yards to his stats at the end of the game like he used too

* He read Tom’s lips talking to the trainer about Gronk

* Belichick running a certain defensive front to throw off game prep for future teams – really interesting

 

10. Randomocity

* Ironic David Ortiz is doing a documentary on Ted Williams seeing Ortiz has gone out of his way to say the red seat in the bleachers is fiction

 * What has John Henry done with the Boston Globe – it shows up later and doesn’t have up to date scores or stats – with today’s technology this should be the easiest thing he does over there

* Colin Kapernick – Never seen a quarterback who has won 9 of his last 31 games get so much attention – Tebow fans aren’t as insane

* Great stretch of weather – should rent a cottage in September not August

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Connelly’s Top Ten – Patriots Must Win to Keep Tobin Bridge from Being a Launching Pad

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1.Patriots

* When Brady lost in two openers he came back and won the next games outscoring his opponents 61-17 / 4 TD to 0

* If Hightower can play this week then he shouldn’t have sat the other night

* How many tattoos did Marsh get this week – should get one of toast

* What is the over- under of Patriot fan arrests on Bourbon Street

*Patriots 38-17

2. Red Sox

* David Price has made $454,545 an inning this year

* Pedroia needs two hits for 1,980

* I would say that Hanley’s helmet falling off to hits ratio has to be 5 to 1

* Red Sox on pace to win 92 games
* Sam Travis should start getting bats over Hanley who is under .240 now
* Pedroia 45 strike outs / 45 walks

* Betts 72 strikeouts / 72 walks

3. Players or sports personalities we hated to see leave:

* Danny Ainge

* Terry Francona

* Phil Esposito

* Isaiah Thomas

* Leon Gray

* Michael Haynes

* Carlton Fisk

* In retrospect – Sparky Lyle

* Bill Parcels

* Theo

* In retrospect – Paul Westphal

* Paul Silas

* Andy Moog

* Frank Lahey, Gary Williams, Tom Coughlin, Dr. Tom Davis (and the bounce pass)

4. The attendance for the last five home games of winning streak in Cleveland

Win 18 vs. Baltimore – 21,259

Win 19 vs. Detroit – 18,521

Win 20 vs. Detroit – 24,654

Win 21 vs. Detroit – 29,346

Win 22 vs Royals – 30,874

5. Rick Porcello giving up home runs as compared to a guy whose nickname was – Way Back

* Porcello given up 35 home runs this year or one every 5.1 innings

* Wasdin gave up a home run every 6.2 innings when with the Red Sox

6. First three years David Pastrnak scored 59 goals in 172 games

* Seguin 56 goals in first three years – 203 games

* Kessel 66 goals in first three years – 222 games

7. Amazing Stat – Drew Brees has thrown 466 TD’s to Tom Brady’s 456

8. Old School – Fisk vs. Munson (less at bats for Munson)

Fisk – .269 average / 23.3 at bats per HR / threw out 34% of runners / Rookie of Year

Munson – .292 average / 45.8 at bats per HR / threw out 44% of the runners / Rookie of the Year and MVP

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Racism sign dropped from the green monster – what signs should have been dropped:

* Players AND manager – Stay off the sideline reporters

* Someone wake up John Henry

* Is the bat boy eligible for social security

* You could buy a 12 pack for the price of one Fenway beer

* How do we get down from here

* Was that from North Korea or is Porcello pitching

10. Randomocity

· Joe Montana crossed the picket line

* Indians are 31-5 since Jay Bruce arrived

· How does Japan know if the North Korean missile had a nuclear warhead. And was there any defense systems in play over there?

* Lynn Swann went to Brady’s high school

* ESPN ranks Al Horford 40th best player and shockingly Jae Crowder 38th (Irving 25 / Hayward 20)

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