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Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Win By Less Than a FOOT

By on December 22, 2014 at 6:49am

1.PATRIOTS:

MISC

* Gray hoodie with cut sleeves and pom pom on hat – who can beat that

* Big penalty on Bolden, taking back a nice return for Amendola

* Jets destroyed both lines of scrimmage – thank God for Revis

* The whole game was a Rex Ryan fest even thought he lost the game, he’s getting fired, has a career losing record

OFFENSE

* Offensive line terrible again as well as scheming – Brady hit 11 times

* No Blount, no Edelman – it showed

* I’m no NFL Coach BUT a hurry up offense seems to have a negative impact upon a pass rushing team

* Not Gronk’s best game – a couple of drops, not great in pass protection, was taken down by a single tackler a couple of times

* Brady another double digit yard run

* I think Tim Wright is under utilized

* I saw Vereen break a tackle

* Only one screen Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Win By Less Than a FOOT »

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If you’re a UMass fan and you haven’t hit the panic button, you’re a bit late to the game. The Minutemen are playing their worst basketball in some time and the loss at Providence on Saturday was the low point. Since blowing out Northeastern back on November 26, they have lost four of their last five with two blowouts to LSU and the aforementioned Providence Friars, two teams they defeated a season ago. One lone victory over Canisius salvaged what could have been a five-game losing streak, and even that one wasn’t pretty at times despite the final score. What’s going wrong?

The Road Less Traveled

All of the Minutemen’s losses have come away from the cozy confines of the Mullins Center. They did manage to beat Boston College and Florida State away from Amherst, but those games were both at neutral-site locations. They have now lost to Harvard, LSU and Providence on the road, plus neutral-site losses to Notre Dame and Florida Gulf Coast. It looks like the Minutemen just need some home cooking in order to get wins, but they won’t be having that anytime soon with their next game coming up at BYU on December 23. Continue reading Panic Mode in Full Effect, Minutemen are Struggling »

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Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots slides as inside linebacker Demario Davis #56 of the New York Jets defends during a game at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

The Jets gave New England all they could handle, and at times looked like they might pull off the upset, but the rumors of a blowup of New York’s office and coaching staff in the offseason persist, and New England squeaked out the 17-16 win. In fact, neither side got off to an appreciable start offensively, trading three-and-outs to start and finding difficulties for a good chunk of the 1st quarter. Tom Brady did get a first down on a quarterback sneak and marched effectively and quickly down the field, but two sacks later on the drive damaged New England’s hopes there. By the time the first frame had concluded, the two sides had combined for 60 yards of offense and four first downs.

Danny Amendola returned a punt 39 yards to start the second quarter, and it didn’t take New England long to capitalize on the great field position. Six plays later, Brady found Rob Gronkowski on the left side of the end zone, as Gronk twisted his whole body around while lunging for the catch. Continue reading Patriots Survive Gritty Challenge From Jets »

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KELSEY KRUZICH

While it was Evan Turner who got the start in Friday night’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, it was Marcus Smart who closed out the game at the point guard position in a 114–98 Celtics victory. While the commentary was very much centered on the Rajon Rondo trade and the inaugural game of the Smart era, Kelly Olynyk was undoubtedly the MVP, continuing his career week with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Olynyk, the 13th pick in last year’s draft out of Gonzaga, has exhibited sky-high confidence this week, including a 30-point outing against the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, his fellow Canadians Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, the last two number-one picks, showed little for the lottery-bound team. Wiggins, who shot just 2-for-10 last night and scored a mere five points, was the alleged prize in last year’s draft, and a supposedly valid reason to tank. While it is still far too early to criticize Wiggins, who will undoubtedly still become a solid NBA player, Smart, with his inevitable rise in minutes, may become a dark horse candidate for this year’s Rookie of the Year award. Continue reading Smart Era Gets Off to a Good Start with Win over T’wolves »

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Is Mark Sanchez the winning formula for Week 16? (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

If your fantasy football league is in the championship or the semi-finals, then Week 16 is still most likely a must-win game as money or bragging rights are on the line. Here are some players to take advantage of and to sit on the pine in this week’s matchups:

Start ‘Em

Mark Sanchez (vs. Washington): Sanchez has not been up to snuff the last couple of weeks, but the Redskins defense has been atrocious against the pass this season. If you are dealing with injuries or just need someone with a juicy matchup — Sanchez is your guy. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 16 »

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rick porcello

The Boston Red Sox are future focused when it comes to their pitching strategy. Ben Cherington, Larry Lucchino, John Henry and Tom Werner are looking for potential, not proven performance as they rebuild the five-man rotation and the bullpen.

The team acquired former free agent and pitcher in the Red Sox organization, Justin Masterson. The Detroit Tigers traded right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello to Boston for Yoenis Cespedes, right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson and minor leaguer Gabe Speier. They also acquired Zeke Spruill and Wade Miley.

None of these pitchers are household names. They have had good seasons for the clubs they have pitched for, but there is simply nothing outstanding about them.

Continue reading 2015 Red Sox Pitching Outlook (So Far…) »

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Rajon Rondo and Danny Ainge

1. Rondo

* I told Danny to trade him three years ago, now his trade value is nil (it’s not often that I’m right but…)

* 2015 first round picks – Their own, Dallas, Clippers,

* Rondo will go down as one of the 10 most dynamic players in Boston history

* Still don’t know what the love affair is with Marcus Smart – At Oklahoma State shot 41% and 29% from three point land

* Right now Dallas has the 22nd pick in the first round – nbadraftnet.com has Christian Wood from UNLV being selected there

* How much did Busing 30 years ago hurt the Celtics ability to sign free agents Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Jets Will Meet De-Feet, Rondo Brings Bricks to Dallas and Naked Gun »

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