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Connelly’s Top Ten: Random Sports Stuff

Pedro Martinez (Courtesy of Soxteaparty.com)

1. Coolest things to see in Boston Sports:

* Bobby Orr end to end rush
* Larry Bird look away pass
* Mack Herron punt return
* A Dewey throw to third
* Ray Bourque sliding at the puck carrier breaking up a 2 on 1
* Rajon Rondo fake behind his back pass and lay in
* A Pedro strikeout and stare down
* A George Scott home run into the bleachers
* Alex Gonzalez turning two
* Freddy Lynn diving catch
* Yaz playing the wall

2. Three point shooting is ruining basketball:

Attempts per game by decade:

1980 – 1989…….3.45
1990 – 1999…….11.42
2000 – 2009……..15.76
2010 – 2013………18.57

3. Top five in attendance for NCAA basketball in 1970:

1. Illinois…….14,291
2. Purdue…….14,123
3. New Mexico..13,673
4. Iowa……………13,399
5. Dayton…………12,978

4. MLB No. 1 Picks:

No first picks in the MLB draft are in the Hall of Fame – those likely to make it:

1987 – Ken Griffey
1990 – Chipper Jones
1993 – A Rod (if they start letting in druggies)
2001 – Joe Mauer

5. NFL No. 1 Picks:

Number one picks in the NFL draft that were quarterbacks that won a Super Bowl:

Eli Manning – 2004
Peyton Manning – 1998
John Elway – 1983
Troy Aikman – 1989
Jim Plunkett – 1971
Terry Bradshaw – 1970
Joe Namath – 1965

6. Patriots WRs running the ball (10 attempt minimum):

Darryl Stingley………..28………..8.7
Wes Welker……………18………..8.1
Terry Glenn……………11………..7.3
Troy Brown…………….29………..6.1
Stanley Morgan………21………..6.0
Julian Edelman……….12………..6.0

7. Amazing Stat:

Pete Maravich scored at least 50 points in a game 28 times at LSU without a three point line

8. Old School:

In 1970-1971, Phil Esposito, John Bucyk, Bobby Orr and Ken Hodge combined for 207 goals / 512 points / PLUS 283

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Oscar Pistorius is being charged with murder of his girlfriend – other athletes involved with death:

* OJ Simpson
* Rae Carruth
* Uggie Urbina
* Ray Lewis
* Jayson Williams (International Business Times)
* Mike Danton

10. Randomocity:

* French Connection – under-rated movie and cool name for the Buffalo Sabre line – Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert
* Be careful at work pulling up SI.com on your computer
* I’m guessing the rollercoaster at Nantasket wasn’t up to code
* One week away from 30 inches of snow
* Drakes – please help someone

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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  1. Ha – laughed at the SI.com comment. I know exactly how you feel.

    REPLY – MPC – Crazy that SI.com is compelled to push the testestrone from multiple angles

    Posted by tronburger | February 15, 2013, 8:51 am

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