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Connelly’s Top Ten: Davis Love, Meet Grady Little

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1. Ryder Cup:

* Davis Love had the hottest tandem in the world, in Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, and he sits them Saturday afternoon, costing the team points then and getting them out of their groove – they both lose Sunday
* Doesn’t get much more exciting and tense in sports than the Ryder Cup
* I give Davis Love credit for benching Tiger on Saturday, but should have done it Friday afternoon
* Something funny about Rory McIlroy showing up late – did someone kidnap him like in that awful movie Celtic Pride?
* NBC did a better job with coverage than ESPN
* Must be some heavy negotiations on who’s ball a pair will use in alternate shot with the endorsement ties
* Other than two players – the USA had an average height of 6’3″
* Two US players I don’t want to go on a pub crawl with – Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk
* The first tee with Bubba Watson was cool (but if you’re going to do that you gotta put the ball in the fairway)
* I would want Ian Polter on my team for any competition
* Jim Furyk was a sad sight crouched over the green after missing the last putt to add to his horrendous year of chocking away two majors
* Tiger shut out – no birdies on back nine Sunday
* Surprised in such critical matches how many putts were conceded
* The team of Stricker and Woods finished 0-7-1

2. Patriots:

Offense

* Gronk fumble, Welker fumble, Gostkowski on way to therapist and they still win
* Gronk two big drops
* Two hundred yard rushers – it was like Sam Bam Cunningham and Don Calhoun
* I wonder if the Patriots have ever had two players run for 100 yards and two players receive over 100 yards in same game?
* Doesn’t the running of Bolden and Ridley make 15 carries by Woodhead last week seem silly?
* Patriots had 19 rushing first downs, compared to 4 for Bills
* Patriots are averaging 33 points a game

Defense

* I would like the Patriots to hire Buddy Ryan and be aggressive the whole game (I know Buddy Ryan of 1985)
* Nice game by McCourty with two interceptions (he held on to ball this week)
* Buffalo had eight receptions over 15 yards
* Vince Wilfork’s wife got more air time than he did

Other

* Patriots back in first place
* Gostkowski did get the extra point through the uprights
* Dan Dierdorf can be tough, but with a cold, even tougher
* Long Patriot kick off return – 20 yards
* Bob Kraft’s streak is alive being shown on TV – twice shown
* One penalty on Patriots

3. Around the NFL:

* Cardinals 4-0
* The refs don’t deserve full-time benefits but it was nice not to hear about the officials
* Mark Sanchez – QB rating of 39.9
* Tim Tebow had a tackle

4. Red Sox:

* I’ve been watching the Liverpool documentary on Fox World – and it appears that Tom Werner and John Henry picked the wrong coach yet again
* Interesting that Baltimore playing for nothing last year played their hearts and knocked out the Red Sox – not so this year in the reverse
* Red Sox rookies had to dress like cheerleaders – don’t you think once you lose 90 games that the fun and games should be put on hold (never mind the hazing)
* Over-under stupid things Bobby V. says in New York – 3

5. Around MLB:

* Doc Halladay and Cliff Lee were 17-16 this year for the Phillies
* Kevin Youkilis in September as the White Sox fold – 3 HR / 8 RBI / .220
* Maybe the best chance to maintain Yaz’s triple crown belt is the average: Cabrera .325 / Mauer .323
* The two batting champions could be catchers: Mauer .323 / Posey .337
* With Baltimore on the verge of their best season in years – the Orioles averaged 11,758 fans against White Sox in a series in late August

6. Around College Football:

* Hey how about some love for me being 4 for 4 on my college picks I gave you in Friday’s Top Ten (doesn’t happen often)
* The Baylor defensive coordinator should be fired not making adjustments on West Virginia who scored 70 points
* Last two night games for Harvard have been downpours – gods are telling them they should have stayed old school
* I heard a ESPN announcer say that Bill O’Brien is now putting himself in the Coach of the Year conversation at Penn State
* Interesting game next week – Miami vs. Notre Dame – get the fatigues out

7. Amazing Stats:

Geno Smith of West Virginia has 20 TD to ZERO Int

8. Old School:

Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson were 4-0 as partners in Ryder Cup play

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Ships sunk by German U-Boats off the coast of Massachusetts during World War II:

* SS Alexander Macomb (7/3/42) – ten died (200 miles from Boston)
* SS Pan-Pennsylvania (4/16/44) – twenty-five died (off coast of Nantucket)

10. Randomocity:

* Wow, Everett High lost in football this weekend to Barnstable (they had won 28 in a row)
* I watched all but two hours of Ryder Cup
* When does the drought talk start
* Doesn’t Kevin Garnett have better success against Dwight Howard than he does Andrew Bynum?
* Enjoyed the hour long piece on Tom Coughlin on the NFL Network
* Sports are funny – USA got every break and seemingly every ball drop on Friday and early Saturday – only to have it completely reverse late Saturday afternoon through Sunday

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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Discussion

3 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Davis Love, Meet Grady Little”

  1. Calling Celtic Pride an awful movie is by far the most innaccurate thing written in this blog of all time. A true classic Bostonian movie.

    Posted by Charlie | October 1, 2012, 7:47 am
  2. Poulter single-handedly won the whole thing. And on I think 15 he didn’t concede a 2 foot putt when Simpson missed a 20 footer for birdie and the crowd started booing, his response was just great–it’s the Ryder Cup, man. Rory had to be in some other hotel than the team hotel, there is NO way that his caddie and 15-20 other people would have let him be late if they knew where he was.

    REPLY – MPC – I agree on Poulter / I agree on he wasn’t in his hotel room

    Posted by Curly | October 1, 2012, 8:12 am
  3. On the point of 100 yard rushers and receivers in the same game:

    I’m pretty sure CBS said it’s only happened a couple times EVER. Should check on that though.

    REPLY – MPC – I could see that being the case

    Posted by Jeff C | October 1, 2012, 10:30 am

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