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Connelly’s Top Ten: Guinness is Good

1. Red Sox:

* I know that concussions are nothing to fool around with but Stephen Drew’s lingering injury is sounding all too familiar
* Was in the Globe Saturday – minor league catcher Christian Vazquez is 5 for 5 throwing runners out this spring and picked someone off – lets see him July please
* John Lackey lost a lot of weight – he might stink skinny and fat
* John Tomase in the Herald Sunday predicted a loss season for David Ortiz but that the team makes the playoff – I’ll take that bet
* Spring Training is way too long
* They can’t come north with Satan
* Move Ellsbury sooner than later

2. Celtics:

* Again – why don’t the Celtics have a home game in the Garden every St. Patrick’s Day like the Red Sox on Patriots Day?
* Too bad that Garnett won’t be able to break the Heat’s winning streak
* Celtics have two players on their active roster from their championship season
* Better buy a program to figure out who is playing for the home team

3. Bruins:

* Most overpaid – Milan Lucic at $4,083m
* Most underpaid – Brad Marchand at $2,500m
* Boston is tied for 25th in power play goals – can’t score on power play, Pats can’t rush the quarterback, Red Sox can’t get a shortstop, Celtics can’t get a center
* Boston is tied for 3rd with fighting majors with 21

4. Patriots:

* Tom Brady is now the oldest player on the team at 35 – he has turned into George Blanda with a moat
* What is the over / under for receptions for Welker against the Patriots (Arrington is going to earn his $16mm that day)
* Get someone to rush the quarterback and trade for Larry Fitzgerald and now we are talking

5. Red Sox Rookies:

Red Sox have had a Rookie of the Year in every decade but the 80’s

2000’s – Dustin Pedroia
1990’s – Nomar
1970’s – Carlton Fisk and Fred Lynn
1960’s – Don Schwall
1950’s – Walt Dropo

6. NBA Scoring Leaders:

Update on leading career scorers in the NBA and where they fall in league history:

5. Kobe Bryant……….31,297
19. Kevin Garnett……25,201
23. Dirk Nowitzki…….24,712
25. Paul Pierce………..23,777
27. Ray Allen…………..23,612
28. Tim Duncan……….23,515
33. Vince Carter……….21,975
40. Lebron James……..20,745

7. Amazing Stats:

I know they are not done yet but, current Patriots receivers – Amendola, Slater and Donald Jones have combined career receptions of 277. Wes Welker had 285 after December 1st.

8. Old School:

Top scorers on the Bruins 1990 Stanley Cup finalists team (5 of the 8 from New England):

1. Cam Neely – 55
2. Bob Carpenter –25
3. Craig Janney – 24
4. Bob Sweeney -22
5. Ray Bourque – 19
6. John Carter – 17
7. Randy Burridge – 17
8. Andy Brickley – 12

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

In honor of yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day – some fun facts on my favorite meal – Guinness:

* Moved into St. James Gate – 12/31/1759 (it is a 1,000 year lease – some say 9,000)
* Most Guinness sold to countries in this order – England, Ireland, Nigeria, United States, Cameroon
* 10 million glasses of Guinness are enjoyed a DAY
* The color is a function of roasted barley
* Only 198 calories a pint – much less than most beers
* The perfect pour should last 119.50 seconds

(from Guinness site and Rauncie Kinnaird)

10. Randomocity:

* Since 1985 – the Oakland A’s have had seven Rookie’s of the Year
* Herbert Hoover was so hated after the depression – he was not invited to the dedication of the Hoover Dam (Presidents Club)
* Revolution started Saturday – they are on pace to score no goals this year
* Most under-rated scorer in the NBA – Alex English 25,613
* Hot Air Ballooning and Carnival Cruises are not on a good roll

* Make sure you read Thursday’s Wes Welker submission and Friday’s top ten that came out late

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: Guinness is Good”

  1. $2 Guinnesses are even better! Despite the low calories, I’ll probably need nothing but water and lettuce for the rest of the week… :-)

    REPLY – MPC – Know the feeling

    Posted by Alan | March 18, 2013, 12:13 pm
  2. Pats finished 4th in passing yards and 29th in passing yards allowed. Yet they got rid of all their WRs and brought back all their DBs! Go figure

    REPLY – MPC – I think after Talib though the numebrs were much approved especially on big plays – I think they are now as constituted right in the middle of the pack – WR they need a star

    Posted by TimU | March 18, 2013, 1:55 pm
  3. Alex English suited up for the Celtics one time because of a movie. It was a pre-season game at the old Garden.

    REPLY – MPC – Good note

    Posted by Brian | March 22, 2013, 8:55 am

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