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Connelly’s Top Ten: Less Than a Week to Opening Day!

By on September 1, 2014 at 1:28pm

1. Patriots 2011 Draft in Review:

1st – Nate Solder – (B+) Played in 47 of 48 games, solid not dominating

2nd – Ras I Dowling – (F) Reach when taken and proved to be a reach

2nd – Shane Vereen – (B) Has only played 26 regular season games out of 48 and has only been a game changer when Gronk on field at same time

3rd – Stevan Ridley – (B+) Ya he fumbles but he is excellent value. He was the 7th running back taken and only Demarco Murray has more yards than him (2,681 to 2,477)

3rd – Ryan Mallett – (F) it was a complete miss when you trade a third round pick for a 6th round selection

5th – Marcus Cannon – (A -) To get 37 games out of a fifth round pick who can play a number of positions is a win

* The rest didn’t play, so let’s give them C’s – Lee Smith, Markell Carter, Malcom Winters

2. Pink Hats Means Green Money:

Red Sox teams finishing at least 20 games outs and attendance that year (back to 1967): Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Less Than a Week to Opening Day! »



It’s true. The 2014 season has been a complete nightmare for the Boston Red Sox. As the team’s winning percentage hovers around .440 with a dismal 29-40 record at Fenway Park, it’s no secret that 2014 has already been dismissed as a lost cause.

However, this should only make the 2013 World Series Championship taste even sweeter.

The reason?

This implosion could have easily have been what happened last season as well.

Aside from the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury, the 2014 Red Sox roster ended up looking almost identical to the 2013 Red Sox roster. However, when all is said and done, the 2013 Red Sox will have won around 30 more games than their 2014 counterparts. Continue reading Why 2014 Should Make Red Sox Fans Smile »

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Carol Vadnais

Carol Vadnais, a six-time all-star who played more 1,000 career games, has died. He was 68.

Vadnais played for the B’s from 1971-1976 and was a key cog on the B’s 1972 Stanley Cup-winning team.

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Red Sox Manager John Farrell (Source: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)

In 2013, it seemed like everything Red Sox Manager John Farrell touched turned to gold.  2014 hasn’t nearly been the same, and Wednesday night’s loss to the Blue Jays was no different.

Joe Kelly and the Red Sox were up 2-1 in the 7th in Toronto when Edwin Encarnacion hit a lead off double on Kelly’s 86th pitch.  Farrell had seen enough.  Instead of letting the former Cardinal to work his way through the inning, Farrell called in lefty reliever Tommy Layne to face switch hitting Dioner Navarro.  After a base hit, Farrell opted to make another pitching change — this time for Junichi Tazawa.

Tazawa, whose career ERA against the Blue Jays is now 6.87 with 7 home runs, allowed the fairly predictable to happen: a three-run pitch hit home run off the bat of Danny Valencia. Continue reading John Farrell’s Second Season Unlike his First »

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Tom Brady throwing

Fantasy football is fickle. It is a game of chance where the best laid plans can regularly crumble before your tear-filled eyes. In the most basic sense, it is a game of risk analysis. Drafting your team is easily the most important part. Which players are most likely to score the most points? Which players have the greatest chance for injury or regression?

But, really, it’s a game of chance. Nevertheless, due to hype, rumors, or general Internet frenzy–come draft day, there are always NFL players who are wildly undervalued while others are wildly overvalued.

Continue reading Overvalued and Undervalued 2014 Fantasy Football Players »

Ryan Malllett is heading to Houston (Jim Rogash)

The Ryan Mallett era in New England has come to an end.

The Patriots have traded the fourth year quarterback to the Houston Texans for a sixth-round draft pick.

Mallett failed to impress in this his fourth training camp, and has never really been a good fit for the Patriots system.

With the Texans starting mediocre veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, Mallett could be given a shot to start by mid-season if the Harvard alum struggles. Mallett will be reunited with former Patriots assistant Bill O’Brien, who is now the head coach in Houston. Continue reading Patriots Trade QB Ryan Mallett to Houston Texans, report says »

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With the 2014 FIBA World Cup underway, the USA will look to overcome Paul George's injury to defend their crown. ("Family Guy," 'The Perfect Castaway,' 2005)

The FIBA Basketball World CUp is underway. The USA will attempt to defend their title, but will have to do so without Paul George following his horrific injury. In the meantime, several nations should put up quite a fight, especially late in the knockout stages. But for now, the Americans will have to deal with Turkey, the team they beat in the Finals last time, as well as four others. For the tournament, we’re here to to present predictions for how things will turn out.

Correctly picking a team to advance past the group stage is worth one point. Furthermore, picking the #1 team from each group exactly is worth four points, followed by three points for exactly guessing each group’s #2 team, and so on.

So check below for the Group Stage picks, as well as a list of the teams in each group. The first four teams in each group will advance to the knockout stage. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Pick ‘Em: Group Stage »

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