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Connelly’s Top Ten: Big Day for Celtics, Bruins, Final Four & More

Rajon Rondo, LeBron James , Chris Bosh (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

1. Final Four:

* That was personal for John Calapari and Rick Pitino – they were four steps on the court the entire game and more demonstrative than ever
* Calapari looks terrible with weight gain – could drop on sideline
* Kentucky is favored by 6.5 they will win by at LEAST 10
* Ohio State loss falls at feet of Coach Thad Matta – no adjustments and lost to a team not as talented
* Anthony Davis might be the best skilled big man since Bill Walton – Field Goal % over the last 18 games is at 65%
* Kansas Jayhawk Tyshawn Taylor from three-point land in the tournament: 0-21
* Great coaching job by Pitino to get that team to the Final Four

2. MLB Season:

* Red Sox Record Prediction – 90-72
* Wins for pitchers – Lester 17 / Beckett 15 / Buchholz 15 / Bard 6
* Kevin Youkilis won’t play in 135 games
* Cody Ross will give you some Darren Bragg / Trot Nixon
* People are getting excited about not giving a chance to Jose Inglesis – it’s nothing more than not using up an option year. He’ll be back early June.
* The team is amazingly better without Carl Crawford, John Lackey, Dice K and J.D. Drew ($64mm)
* If Ellsbury is 80% of what he was last year, he will sign at least a $75mm contract
* Bailey won’t be closer by August 1st – I’m saying 15 saves out of 22 opportunities
* Does Jason Varitek stick pins in the Kelly Shoppach and Salty dolls at home?

3. Celtics:

* Rondo in the last two home games on ABC – 34 points / 34 assists / 28 rebounds
* I am admitting that I was wrong on the Celtics not making the playoffs – they might even win the first round series
* The Heat just sent their coach a big message. If Pat Riley is smart, he’d pull a New Jersey Devils and take over as coach ASAP
* Hats off to the Celtic coaching staff for developing Avery Bradley and Greg Stiemsma
* Speaking of Stiemsma – he better stop complaining, because back up white centers will never get a call
* Has Sasha Pavlovic ever hit an outside shot?
* Ray Allen could be better coming off the bench in the playoffs

4. Masters Odds:

  • Tiger 7/2
  • McIlroy 9/2
  • Mickelson 10/1
  • (I’ll take Graeme McDowell 50-1)

5. Patriots First Round Picks:

All-Pro Appearances for Patriots first round picks this century (actually not bad):

2011 – Nate Solder – 0
2010 – Devin McCourty – 1
2009 – None
2008 – Jerod Mayo – 1
2007 – Brandon Merriweather – 2
2006 – Laurence Maroney – 0
2005 – Logan Mankins – 4
2004 – Vince Wilfork – 4
2003 – Ty Warren – 0
2002 – Daniel Graham – 0
2001 – Richard Seymour – 5
2000 – Adrian Klemm – 0

6. Great coaches that have NOT won a Coach of the Year Award:

* Jerry Sloan
* George Karl
* Les Miles (LSU
* Mike Krzyzewski
* Dean Smith
* Lute Olsen
* Rick Pitino
* Chuck Noll
* Mike Holmgrem

7. Amazing Stats:

In 1986 at the Masters, Jack Nicklaus shot his best nine holes on the Sunday back nine with a 30 at age 46

8. Old School:

Box score from Patriots-Raiders Snow Bowl on January 19, 2002 – fun facts:

* Wind Chill 18 degrees
* Surprised that the Patriots had beat them so badly in statistics: Total yards – 365 to 230 / First Downs 22 to 14 / 82 plays to 61 (felt like Oakland had outplayed them)
* Brady was 32-52 for 312 yards
* Receivers – Patten 8 for 107 / Jermaine Wiggins 10 for 68 / JR Redmond 4 for 43 / Troy Brown 4 for 43
* Larry Izzo had a huge fumble recovery on a late Troy Brown fumble
* 15 plays / 8:25 drive to win it

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Can’t believe how old these Celtics are (I feel old):

* Bob Cousy – 83
* Bill Russell – 78
* John Havlicek – 71
* Hank Finkel – 69
* Don Chaney – 66
* Dave Cowens – 63
* Cedric Maxwell – 56
* Larry Bird – 55

10. Randomocity:

* Big win in Madison Square Garden for the B’s
* On February 6, 1970, Earl the Pearl Monroe scored 13 points in one overtime period
* Doesn’t Jeremy Lin have to play with a torn meniscus (or is it best to go out on a good note for contract purposes)?
* The past winner of the Masters gets to pick the menu for the following year’s Champions Dinner – Ben Crenshaw, in 1996, ordered a Texas BBQ – Angus beef brisket, St. Louis Style Ribs, Hill country sausages, Peach Cobbler (info from
* When was the last time two Massachusetts golfers were in the top ten of a PGA event? Keegan Bradley (Hopkinton) was 4th with $236,250 and James Driscoll (Brookline) was 8th with $168,000.
* Jerry York finally got some ink – Sunday Globe piece
* Ryan Leaf, meet Steve Howe
* If you didn’t notice, Michael Ryder has 35 goals for Dallas
* By the sound of the spring game – Boston College football is on pace for last place in the ACC

About Michael

Lifelong Boston resident who finds equal enjoyment in celebrating the local team's success as I do complaining about their failures. I have been writing the Top Ten for the last decade as well as five sports books: 26 Miles to Boston, Rebound, The President's Team, The Great Book of Boston Sports Lists and NBA List Jam.

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One comment for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Big Day for Celtics, Bruins, Final Four & More”

  1. no Bruins love? hugh win yesterday. They’re more popular than Celts at this time in Boston sports.

    REPLY – MPC – it was the timing of the game more than anything – I’m very happy for your Bruins

    Posted by Bob | April 2, 2012, 8:12 am

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