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Connelly’s Top Ten: Blustery Boston

1. Michael Jordan turns 50 – fun facts:

* In 1986-1987 season he averaged 27.8 shots a game in 40 minutes
* At age 39 he played in all 82 games for Washington averaging 20.0
* Only averaged 19.6 points a game his junior season before entering NBA
* In 1986-1987, Jordan took 2,279 shots – only 66 were three pointers
* In 1987-1988, he registered 3.2 steals a game and 1.6 blocks

2. Celtics:

C’s assists in the nine games without Rondo = 24.77 / nine previous games with Rondo = 22.33

3. How did the A Rod / Alfonso Soriano trade work out

A Rod with Yankees – 1,249 games / 302 HR / 960 RBI / .292 average / $247mm
Soriano with Yankees – 1,256 games / 274 HR / 765 RBI / .268 average / $170mm

4. Terry Francona:

Is Terry Francona a Hall of Fame Coach? Below are managers with at least 1,000 wins and two World Series wins that are not in the Hall of Fame – only two are eligible:

MANAGER…………WINS / World Series Titles
Tony Larussa……..2,728 / 3
Joe Torre…………. 2,326 / 4
Ralph Houk……….1,619 / 2
Bruce Bochy………1,454 / 2
Tom Kelley………. 1,140 / 2

5. UNC Players:

Top Ten scorers in the NBA from University of North Carolina (amazing only four Hall of Famers out of UNC – Jordan McAdoo, Cunningham, Worthy):

1. Michael Jordan…………32,292
2. Vince Carter……………..21,796
3. Antawn Jamison……….19,649
4. Walter Davis……………..19,521
5. Bob McAdoo……………..18,787
6. Jerry Stackhouse………..16,357
7. James Worthy……………16,320
8. Billy Cunningham………16,310
9. Rasheed Wallace……….16,004
10. Sam Perkins……………..15,324

6. Reggie Smith was traded after 1973 season (21 / 69 / .303) with Ken Tatum for Rick Wise and Bernie Carbo

7. Amazing Stat:

On September 4, 1973, Luis Tiant went 12 innings in a 2-1 victory over Jim Palmer (he went 11 innings)

* Tiant gave up a run in the first inning and then threw 11.3 shutout innings
* Ben Oglive hit a walk off home run off Palmer in the 12th
* Brooks Robinson and Carlton Fisk combined to be 0-10
* Tiant gave up 9 hits / 3 walks
* Pitch count had to be over 150

8. Old School:

Providence basketball upset Notre Dame Saturday bringing back memories of their good days:

* Final Four – 1973 / 1987
* Elite Eight – 1965 / 1973 / 1987 / 1997
* Providence standouts – Ernie D, Jimmy Walker, Lenny Wilkens, Marvin Barnes, Ray Flynn
* My favorite Ernie D clip – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4QQVJwvuZ8

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Was that a meteorite in Russia or was it:

* Tony Perez shot off Bill Lee in 1975
* Carl Everett getting mad
* Shrapnel from a Greg Kite free throw
* A Jim Plunkett to Randy Vataha bomb
* The careers of Lance Armstrong and Oscar Pistorius

10. Randomocity:

* Why wouldn’t Jordan come back – what else does he have to do
* Is Derrick Rose’s comeback the normal time for ACL recovery when you don’t take drugs?
* First round prospect Alec Ogletree arrested DUI two months before the NFL draft – idiot
* Celtics streaks – they have had losing streaks of six, four and three game / win streaks of seven, six and three games
* TV – Downton Abbey finale – amazing TV and acting / Banshee on Cinemax is wild and out of control
* Three teams in Southeast Conference – Charlotte, Orlando and Washington are a combined 42-113
* Laurent Rivard of Harvard basketball is 188-461 (41%) in three point shooting last three years
* Can’t remember the last time it was as cold wind chill as it was 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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