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Connelly’s Top Ten: Thank You Veterans and All Who Serve

Danny Woodhead (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

1. Patriots are average team:

OFFENSE

* Welker two big drops
* If Woodhead got stopped before his first touchdown – I would have said they are overusing him, but he scored after his third straight play (just to be fair when I complain about him when it doesn’t work)
* Brady screaming at Welker and Edelman (Brady – Welker is a love/hate thing)
* Brandon Lloyd actually stayed on his feet for a couple of catches
* An effort by Brady to target Deion Branch
* They did that stupid play action/fake the end-around thing and Brady almost killed (it has never worked)
* With the goal of running clock – why did Brady rush the team up to the line for a rush at 2:55 – instead of two plays bringing under 2 minutes?

DEFENSE

* I submit with Mayo, Wilfork, Jones, Spikes and others the Patriots have sufficient talent on defense – it’s schemes and coaching
* Personal fouls on Mayo, Spikes (bad call – ref reacted to helmet coming off), Denard
* If a ball is on the ground and Chandler Jones falls on it and a Bill touches him doesn’t he have possession and down by contact as opposed to a Bill ripping the ball from him
* Who is Justin Francis?
* I want the Patriots blitzing – but not when the ball is on their own two and the QB will be getting rid of the ball quick anyways
* Seemed like the Bills were going after Denard
* Patriots only allowed 9 yards on the Bills first drive – for a change

OTHER

* Bob Kraft being shown streak alive three fold: 6:04 of the first / half time with Kevin Faulk / 1:30 left in the third quarter
* Every time a defensive back drops an interception, an announcer says “that’s why he’s not a receiver”
* With the ball on their own two in the 4th quarter – why punt – they can’t stop anyone once they have the ball?
* Bills had 148 yards in penalties 231 in total for the game – too much (replacement refs would have got killed)
* Need to change review of blown calls (shouldn’t be up to the coach to prove they are wrong – the league should prove they are right if close – college rules)
* Speaking of challenges – nice red flag throw by Bill
* With 1:50 left in the game and Buffalo driving toward a win – the camera scanned the stadium to show 40% of red seats empty
* Time of possession: Bills 33 / Pats 26
* Patriots have allowed 919 total yards in two games to Bills

2. Around the NFL:

* Falcons loss means Mercury Morris is partying until 1999
* Hats off the Peyton Manning – better than I thought he would be
* Yahoo being down from 12 to 1 before kickoff is a nightmare for millions of fantasy football players

3. Around College Football:

* Why not to bet reason # 1 million – 4-5 Syracuse was only 3.0-point underdog to undefeated Louisville and Syracuse won – trap city
* Louisiana-Lafayette can’t allow Florida to block a punt with seconds left to win the game
* Good effort by Boston College but the fact is that the AD let the basketball and football program depreciate to a level that they are an embarrassment to the school (effort was sincere though)
* BCS got lucky with Alabama losing – down to three teams with undefeated records
* I did give you a heads up on Texas A&M Johnny Manziel – he makes plays like Flutie

4. Baseball:

Interesting situation occurring now in baseball with caught steroid users now becoming coaches – so much for example (Rockies almost hired Giambi / Dodgers just picked McGwire)

5. David Ortiz:

Happy to say one week has passed and David Ortiz hasn’t complained about his contract yet.

6. Top War Movies in honor of Veterans Day:

1. Deer Hunter
2. Battle of the Bulge
3. Patton
4. Platoon
5. Best Years of Our Lives

7. Amazing Stories:

College Game Day had a story on Clemson wide receiver AND Purple Heart award winner Daniel Rodriguez Saturday which personified the brutality of war (talking about keeping a bullet in his pocket to kill himself if Taliban completely took over his camp)

8. Old School:

Ted Williams missed 1943 / 1944 / 1945 seasons completely – look what he did the year before he left:

1941 and 1942 – 73 home runs / 257 RBI / 276 Runs / AVG of .379 / OBP of .528 (2nd twice in MVP)

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Great monologues in a movie – Spencer Tracey’s monologue at the end of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is daring and profound for its time (17 days before his death).

Other speeches of note:

1. Patton
2. Network – Peter Finch
3. Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday
4. Jack Nicholson in Few Good Men

10. Randomocity:

* By the way, the Showtime series Homeland is one of the best seasons ever (up there with the second year of the Wire) – I thought the first year was overrated, but not this year
* SI.com had worst athlete commercial ever – Milan Lucic for MTW Community Credit Union
* Do you think 80% of athletes are juicing and when a guy like Brandon Bolden gets caught they are laughing at him calling him an “idiot!”

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

2 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Thank You Veterans and All Who Serve”

  1. -Pats better than average – they are headed for 12-13 wins

    -Mayo, Wilfork, Spikes, Love.. all players that excel against the run but struggle against the pass. But it is a pass-first league! Are there two D-tackles in football that generate less pressure on the passer? So it isn’t all scheme, it is also personnel.

    -Gallipoli; Saving Private Ryan; Paths Of Glory

    REPLY – MPC – Saving Private Ryan is insane at beginning but then turned into formula movie – i think there is more talent on D than is being utlized

    Posted by TimU | November 14, 2012, 9:51 am
  2. Oh geez – Das Boot!

    REPLY – MPC – Subtitles?

    Posted by TimU | November 14, 2012, 9:52 am

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