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Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox, U.S. Open, Other Stuff

Kevin Youkilis (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

1. Red Sox:

* Sunday night is some of the worst baseball I have ever seen (4 errors and throwing the ball around)
* 41% of the season over
* Time to think of dumping Ortiz, Beckett, Lester, Youkilis (too late, sorry to say), Shoppach (if anyone would have him), Aviles, Bard
* Sox now on pace to win 81 games
* Sox used 19 players
* Aceves has a 4.81 ERA
* By recording one out to the one batter he faced – Mark MelanconĀ dropped his ERA from 24.75 to 22.85

2. U.S. Open:

* All U.S. Opens should be on the west coast – I love golf in prime time
* Jim Furyk choked on 16
* Tiger Woods just doesn’t have that Sunday sustainability he used too – hmmm?
* Cool fog blowing in on the back nine

3. College Baseball World Series Stuff:

* Poor Stony Brook was outclassed in Omaha
* Arizona and Florida are boring
* Holy Cross won in 1952

4. EuroCup:

* Netherlands a disgrace
* It’s Portugal’s tournament to lose
* Great that Greece advanced considering the Accroplis and its economy are ready to collapse
* Arrests approaching 300

5. Patriots Countdown:

* Brady Weapons – Gronk, Hernandez, Welker, Lloyd, Stallworth, Galloway
* Amazingly, Bill Belichick is starting his 13th season with the Patriots
* Can Stevan Ridley hold on to the ball?
* I think the only weakness now is the secondary

6. Celtics and Bruins:

* Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic have their own wine locker at Mortons
* Time for Danny Ainge to pull off a blockbuster or it’s purgatory for three to five years
* Do you think Paul Pierce spends the offseason working on dribbling out the clock?
* Bruins lack goal scoring

7. Amazing Stats:

Ted Williams, average numbers per season over his first 8 seasons:

* Runs – 135
* Average – .353
* Walks 137 / K’s 47
* RBI – 130
* Extra Base hits – 79

8. Old School:

No one more excited about Tiger’s woes in the majors than Jack Nicklaus

Nicklaus (18) – Masters (6) / PGA (5) / US Open (4) / British Open (3)
Woods (14) – Masters (4) / PGA (4) / US Open (3) / British Open (3)

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

After watching Kevin Youkilis Sunday night – how about a list of players that lost it fast:

* Jim Rice
* Jeff Allison
* Dominique Wilkins
* Paul Coffey
* Rogie Vachon
* Roger Clemens (oh wait a second, somehow he found it again)
* Joe Kapp

10. Randomocity:

* Boston College Football home schedule is a good take – team will struggle – but Notre Dame, Miami, Clemson, Virginia Tech
* It was freezing this weekend
* Strange that Josh Hamilton keeps going to the hospital for “virus”
* Is Jeremy Lin ready yet from surgery?

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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