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Connelly’s Top Ten: Opening Day Almost Here

1. Longest winning streaks in a season:

NBA – 1971-1972 Lakers at 33 finished – Lakers win championship behind former Celtic Bill Sharman who was their coach
MLB – 1916 NY Giants 1916 at 26 games – Red Sox win World Series
NFL – 2007 Patriots at 18 games – Giants win Super Bowl
NHL – 1993 Penguins at 17 games – Canadians win Stanley Cup

2. Best Resurrections (other than the Big Guy):

* Tony C returns to Fenway to make 1975 Opening Day Roster
* Bill Buckner makes the 1990 Red Sox roster
* Wes Welker returns from ACL tear for 2009 season
* Larry Bird comes out of locker room against Indiana after hitting his face on the parquet
* Cam Neely is able to play 49 games in 1993-1994 season (after just 22 in the last two years) and proceeds to score 50 goals
* Gerry Cheevers comes back from the WHA in 1975 to guard the Bruins net

3. A belated Passover theme:

Sports players or themes the local teams missed out on:

* Jackie Robinson not taken by Red Sox after tryout
* South Boston for professional stadium
* Hartford for Patriots stadium
* Suffolk Downs for everything including new Celtics arena
* Boston College football lost out on Frank Beamer
* Philadelphia was voted most historic city over Boston
* Jerome Iginla picks Penguins

4. Number one draft picks:

* Celtics – 1950 – Chuck Share
* Bruins – 1997 –Joe Thornton / 1982 Gord Kluzak / 1966 – Barry Gibbs
* Patriots 1993 – Drew Bledsoe / 1984 – Irving Fryar / 1982 – Ken Sims / 1971 Jim Plunkett / 1964 – Jack Concannon
* Red Sox – never

5. Tubby Smith:

Why is college coach Tubby Smith snubbed so many times? Career record of 511-226 including a national championship

6. MLB Expert Picks:

Seven SI.com experts made picks for MLB season – not one of seven picked the Red Sox to make the playoffs / 3 picked Victorino to be the Free Agent flop of the year / 4 picked Nationals to win it all / 3 picked Mike Trout as MVP – 4 picked Joey Votto as MVP National / 3 picked Darvish to by Cy Young / 4 picked Kershaw as Cy Young National /

7. Amazing Stat

Most games played by the top two picks of the Patriots in any draft:

1977 – Raymond Clayborn and Stanley Morgan 404
1996 – Terry Glenn and Lawyer Milloy 371
1971 – Jim Plunkett and Julius Adams combined for 363
1993 – Drew Bledsoe and Chris Slade 336
1976 – Mike Haynes and Pete Brock 331
1995 – Ty Law and Ted Johnson 338
2001 – Richard Seymour and Matt Light 319
1984 – Irving Fryar and Ed Williams 317

8. Old School:

On April 21, 1934, Babe Ruth was the first opposing to player to hit it over the Green Monster (Memories and Dreams Hall of Fame)

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

In honor of the Easter bunny – some Bugs Bunny talk (Wikipedia):

* Bugs Bunny was born in 1940
* Voice Mel Blanc
* Has a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
* TV Guide called him the number one animated character
* Might have had a thing with Lola Bunny

10. Randomocity

* A safari is on the bucket list
* Franklin Park Zoo Gorilla habitat is worth an hour (first Saturday of the month is free I’m pretty sure)
* Are the North Korea headlines the same as 1939?
* Who is the worst American General – Custard or Westmoreland?
* Naval Academy is the best take of the service academies because of the seaport town of Annapolis
* Isn’t spring supposed to be warm
* Cadbury eggs over-rated

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: Opening Day Almost Here”

  1. Willie Mays had a Sox tryout. From baseball-fever.com:
    “The general manager of their AA team in Birmingham, Alabama alerted them to a phenomenal prospect on the Birmingham Black Barons whose contract could be bought for only $5,000. Even though the Red Sox’ local scout echoed the rave reviews, GM Joe Cronin wasn’t interested…and so Willie Mays became a Giant.”
    Passover, indeed…

    REPLY – MPC – Good one imagine him in center, Yaz in left and a healthy Tony C for the 60′s

    Posted by vermont k | March 29, 2013, 8:31 am
  2. over-rated..bucket list.

    Agree on Beamer. Va. Tech did nothing before he arrived.Bruce Smith only player from Va. Tech before Beamer arrived. Beamer has had issues with players in the police blotter.

    Remember, Tubby Smith won that national title because of slick Rick.

    Best moment for Buckner in 1990. His HR off of Kirk McCaskill (played hockey at Vermont) and Claudell Washington ended up in the seats and Buckner gets an inside-the-park-home run.

    REPLY – MPC – Amazing Buckner got around on those ankles / Tubby was a recipient of talent but he seems to do well everywhere / no doubt on Va Tech police issues

    Posted by Brian | March 29, 2013, 9:15 am
  3. Best Resurrection addition:
    - Luke Jackson, after eating 50 hard-boiled eggs

    Worst General:
    - Major General (U.S>)/Brigadier General (England) Benedict Arnold

    - Re: McCaskill (comment section): he was both all-ECAC in hockey & baseball. I was sitting in the dorms at UVM hoping for him to lose in ’86. But a great Catamount nonetheless; little trivia – The Rooster, Burleson, DH-ed for the Halos in that playoff series…

    REPLY – MPC – Good General / Luke Jackson excellent / did not remember Burleson hitting for them nice note

    Posted by Holt | March 29, 2013, 3:28 pm

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