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Connelly’s Top Ten: Season Over, Bye Over, Old Restaurants

By on October 5, 2015 at 7:48am

1. Red Sox conclusion

* Nice job by the Sox getting swept this weekend greatly improving their draft position to 12th (Dbacks, Orioles, Rays and Indians all jumped over them)

* The Don Orsillo tour is over – he was a big part of the Red Sox run but they have upgraded. His greatest call was Daniel Nava’s home run after the Marathon bombing. “This one is for you Boston!”

* Mookie Betts better than Jacoby Ellsbury – .291 to .260 / 68 extra base hits to 24 / 77 RBI to 33 / SB 21 to 21

* Sandoval + Hanley this year combined: 29 HR / 100 RBI / .246 average (they averaged 115 games played)

* Bradley and Castillo in September .222 / .225 – trade them if you can

* Walkoffs this year – Red Sox 3 / Opponents 8

* Games under 2:30 this year – 9

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Last night in a game against Dallas, Saints quarterback Drew Brees tossed the 400th touchdown pass of his career, joining legendary company. Seven days earlier, Tom Brady also threw his 400th touchdown pass in New England’s win over Jacksonville.

The two quarterbacks are still playing well late into their hall of fame careers with Brady opening the season on an MVP pace and Brees still leading the charge on a Saints team that has struggled out of the gates. Last night, the Patriots took to twitter to congratulate both Brady and Brees on their milestones.

Neither player appears to be slowing down and both are likely to pursue membership in the “500 Club” before their careers are over.

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Don Orsillo says goodbye during his last game at Fenway Park on Sunday, September 27, 2015.(Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

While player performance on the field remained the same, The Red Sox 2015 season came to a close Sunday afternoon with many changes off the field including the departure of NESN announcer Don Orsillo, reinstatement of manager John Farell, and hire of Torey Lovullo to bench coach position.

Continue reading Red Sox Season Finale Sees Orsillo’s Last Call, Farrell, Lovullo Announcement »

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Matthew Stafford might be in for a long night at Seattle (USATSI

It’s officially the first bye week, which means those without New England Patriots and the few Tennessee Titans players worth starting need to find some players to start in Week 4. Sure, most of these players are owned, but there could be a few surprises in the shallower leagues still out there on the waiver wire.

Here are some starts/sit for Week 4:

Start ‘Em

Cam Newton (vs. Tampa Bay): With 16 total touchdowns in six career games against the Buccaneers, Newton should be a go-to guy in Division matchups every single time this season. Sure, this is the second straight week Newton is a start, but you need to ride him while he is hot. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 4 »

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Greenville Drive third baseman, Yoan Moncada, enjoyed an electric second half to his 2015 season landing him the number one spot in Baseball America’s top prospects in the South Atlantic league.  The League has single-A affiliates from the the New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, and Baltimore Orioles major league franchises.

Continue reading Yoan Moncada Named Number 1 Prospect By Baseball America »

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Ugh – off week – get it out of the way

1. Tom Brady vs. Joe Montana postseason:

Super Bowl Victories………………Brady – 4 / Montana – 4

Super Bowl Appearances…………Brady – 6 / Montana – 4

League Championship Games…..Brady 6-3 (.666) / Montana 4-3 (.571)

Rushing TD’s…………………………..Brady 5 / Montana 2

Postseason Record………………….Brady 21-8 (.724) / Montana 17-6 (.739)

Average Yards per game…………..Brady 253.3 / Montana 250.9

TD to Interceptions………………….Brady 53 to 26 (2.03) / Montana 45 to 21 (2.14)

Completion %…………………………Brady 62.95% / Montana 62.67%

2. Red Sox vs. Yankees lineup Thursday night:

* Red Sox payroll for nine players….$18.5mm (Castillo and Craig $15mm of total) Continue reading Connelly Top Ten: Bye Week, Red Sox By Week, Woody Harrelson’s Father »

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Here is part 2 of the 2 part 2015-2016 Atlantic Division preview. To read part 1, click here.

In this part I will be reviewing and previewing the 4 teams that finished ahead of the Bruins in the division standings last season. All 4 teams made it into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

4th Place: Ottawa Senators (99 points)

Ottawa’s ’14-’15 season was defined by their 2nd half surge when Andrew Hammond, the Hamburglar, took the starting goaltender spot from Craig Anderson and absolutely took the league by storm. In the 24 games he played in he went 20-1-2 with a 1.79 goals against average. It was unfathomable. The rookie put on a superhuman performance while he was in net and the Sens fans ate it up. They started selling McDonalds Hamburglar masks at games and Hammond even got recognized by the fast food chain and now gets free McDonalds for life. Pretty cool, huh? Continue reading 2015-2016 Atlantic Division Preview for Bruins Fans, Part 2 »

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