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Connelly’s Top Ten – Can Anyone Beat the Fighting Farrells?

Connelly’s Top Ten – Can Anyone Beat the Fighting Farrell’s?

1.Red Sox update

* On a pace to go 162-0

* Sox players with salaries over $10mm: 2017 – 6 / 2016 – 8 / 2015 – 5 / 2014 – 4 / 2013 – 9 / 2012 – 6 / 2011 – 8

* Jackie Bradley – I have never seen a batter have his bottom hand come off the bat so much in his follow through

* International Players: Dominican – 3 / Venezuela – 3 / Aruba -1 / Puerto Rico – 1

* Chris Sale is lightest on roster at 175 pounds / tallest at 6’5”

 

2. Bruins and Celtics

* Did Marchand get a game suspension for each “boy”?

* I think Brad Stevens had to go Harry Sinden on his team Wednesday night against Cleveland – out talented is one thing – outworked is in excusable

* Al Horford in sixteen games against East playoff teams: Toronto, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago – 10.8 points / 6 rebounds – yikes he’s Brad Lohaus  

* Celtics are 27th in rebounding / 23rd in blocked shots / 3rd in Technical Fouls

 

3. Odds to win their championship (Vegasinsider.com):

Bruins……….25-1

Celtics……….20-1

Red Sox………15-2

Patriots……….4-1

 

4. Biggest off the hook moments in Boston sports (Buckner should sue)

* Tim Wakefield allowing home run to Aaron Boone

* Tuukka Rask giving up two goals in 17 seconds to Chicago for the Stanley Cup (watching the highlights – Lucic should have been cut that night – lost both battles and was coasting around)

* Danny Ainge for trading Kendrick Perkins for Green – 2011 loss to Lakers  

* Yaz for popping up to end the 1978 playoff and 1975 World Series

* Kevin McHale for dropping a rebound out of bounds giving LA the ball back for Magic’s baby hook

* Bill Lee for giving up the Tony Perez moonshot

* Gostkowski for the missed extra point in Denver

* Hagler for “coasting” in the first three rounds against Sugar Ray (then he disappeared and became an Italian actor but didn’t speak a word of Italian – things that make me go hmmm)

 

5. A stat that reader Jerry M read and shared – there were 109 drives in the NFL that were first and ten from the other team’s 22-yard line in 2016 – Falcons were the only team to punt

 

6. Players given up in trades for Ace’s – below supports the position – always go get the Ace:

* Lefty Grove……..1933 – From A’s for Rob Kline, Rabbit Warstler and $125,000

* Ellis Kinder……..1947 – From the St Louis Browns for Same Dente, Clem Dreissewerd, Bill Somers, $65,000

* Dennis Eckersley..1978 –From Cleveland for Bo Diaz, Rick Wise, Mike Paxton, Ted Cox

* Pedro…………….1997 – .From Montreal for Tony Armas Jr and Carl Pavano

* Schilling…………2003 – From Arizona for Brandon Lyon, Mike Goss, Casey Fossum, Jorge De La Rosa

* Josh Beckett……..2005 – From Florida for Hanley Ramirez, Anibel Sanchez, Harvey Garcia, Jesus Delgado

* Chris Sale………..2016 -From White Sox for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz

 

7. Amazing Stat – Patriots are only the second team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and have three different quarterbacks win games during the season – below is teams with at least two quarterbacks winning games during their championship season:

2015 – New England – Garoppolo, Brissette, Brady

2014 – Denver – Osweiler / Manning

2005 – Pittsburgh – Batch / Roethlisberger

2002 – Tampa – Johnson /Johnson

2000 – Ravens – Banks / Dilfer

1999 – Broncos – Brister / Elway

1993 – Cowboys – Aikman / Garnett

1990 – Giants – Simms / Hostetler

1989 – 49ers – Montana / Young

1988 – 49ers – Montana / Young

1987 – Washington – Rubbert / Schroeder

1985 – Bears – McMahon / Fuller

1984 – 49ers – Montana / Cavanaugh

1980 – Oakland – Plunkett / Pastorini  

1976 – Oakland – Stabler / Rae

1975 – Pittsburg – Bradshaw / Gilliam / Hanratty

1972 – Miami – Griese / Morrall

1971 – Cowboys – Staubach / Morton

1970 – Colts – Unitas / Morrall

1969 – Chiefs – Dawson / Livingston

1967 – Packers – Starr / Bratkowski

1966 – Packers – Starr / Bratkowski

 

8. Old School – One of the most under-rated seasons in Boston sports history – Ken Hodge – 1973-1974 – 50 Goals

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Al Horford makes how much more than the following:

* Tom Brady………$16,000,000 more than five-time Super Bowl champ

*  Tommy Chang… $29,740,516 more than the Boston school Superintendent

* Carol Meyrowitz..$1,461,464 more than the CEO of TJ Maxx (2014 #)

* Isaiah Tomas…….$23,412,868 more than his teammate that averages 15 more points a game

 

10. Randomocity

* I have a TV series recommendation on Netflix – 13 Reasons Why – every teacher, coach, guidance counselor and parent of a teenager should watch it – and fast

* Smart move by the NHL not going to Olympics – it makes them look bad every four years when people watch the fast pace, up and down product of international hockey and big ice surfaces

* When people take the left turn, why do they stop at the beginning of the intersection – move up to where you are taking the turn and let cars going straight get around you and cars behind you get their nose in the intersection

* Working from home is the biggest scam in employment – really that’s nothing more than checking emails and doing the Price is Right showcase

* When someone puts something sad or tragic on Facebook – are you supposed to hit Like?

* Two biggest hits of the Super Bowl – Edelman’s head butt of Amendola after the two point conversion and Edelman sticking his chest in Brady’s face after the game winner

* Was there a sadder indictment of today’s sports than the Phoenix Suns celebrating Booker’s 70 point game and losing?

* Don Rickles understated acting job in the movie Casino – RIP

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