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Connelly’s Top Ten: Now You Have to Take Down the Tree

1. Bills preview:

* Has won three of last five with one of the losses coming in overtime to Falcons
* EJ Manuel has a QB rating of 58.8% there is no way another QB can outperform Brady?
* Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller need 164 and 178 yards for a 1,000 respectively
* Jeff Hughes, Kyle Williams and Mario Williams have combined for 33.5 sacks
* Kiko Alonso, Aaron Williams, Jarius Byrd, Jim Leonhard all have four intereceptions

2. Bowl season:

This the season for sending home misbehaving players:

* Boise State – Quarterback Joe Southwick for allegedly urinating off balcony
* Michigan State – Max Bullough team rules
* Washington State – Kalafitoni Pole because of grades (probably didn’t go to one class)

3. WR stats:

Great wide receiver stats from sportingcharts.com

* Most Drops NFL – Cecil Shorts, Wes Welker, Brandon Marshall – 10
* Targeted the Most – Pierre Garcon and Andre Johnson – 172
* Targeted passes caught % – Pierre Thomas 91.6% (caught 76 of 83) and Danny Woodhead 86.3% (caught 69 of 80)
* Patriot drops – Edelman 8, Thompkins 7, Dobson 7, Vereen 6, Bolden 3
* Patriots Targeted – Edleman 140, Amendola 80, Thompkins 70, Dobson 69
* Patriots passes caught % per targeted balls: Edleman 68.6%, Amendola 66.3, , Dobson 52.2%, Thompkins 45.7%

4. James Harden:

Houston Rocket James Harden line the other night versus Memphis: 2-9 from the field / 22-25 from the line for 27 points

5. In the Boston Globe after drafting Ray Bourque in 1979:

* Harry Sinden compared 19 year old Bourque to Doug Harvey
* Also drafted was Brad McCrimmon prompting Sinden to say, “The future of our defense turned around in one hour.”
* Bourque: “I’m real happy to be chosen by Boston …..I think I’m a good offensive player and can handle myself on defense.”

6. Tiger:

Tiger Woods has made over $100,000,000 in just golf winnings not including endorsements

7. Amazing Stats:

Since the Music City Miracle when Wade Phillips chose head band wearer Rob Johnson over Doug Flutie in 1999, the Bills have:

* Not been in a playoff game
* Had one winning season
* 88-145
* Had 7 head coaches

8. Old School:

Baltimore Orioles that have died from the 1970’s World Series run and their age (this seems like a big number for athletes):

47 – Jim Hardin
49 – Roger Freed
54 – Mark Belanger
58 – Johnny Oates
58 – Marcelino Lopez
59 – Chico Salman
60 – Dave McNally
64 – Mickey Scott
64 – Elrod Hendricks
64 – Pat Dobson
65 – Frank Bertaina
67 – Dave Boswell
68 – Dave May
69 – Paul Blair
69 – Curtis Motton
70 – Moe Drabinsky
72 – Mike Cuellar

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Super Heroes – In 1956, John McLay of Lawrence dove into the Charles River to save a drowning man whose car had crashed into the river – what makes this feat so amazing was that three years earlier he had done the same exact thing saving three children.

10. Randomocity:

* Videos this week – Broken City C / Gangster Wars C- //// Movie – American Hustle B (too goofy) – I would give Oscar nominations for Christian Bale and Amy Adams
* Sanitation workers worst month – wrapping paper and boxes this week – trees next week
* Poor Salty – Red Sox averaged 34,979 fans a game / Marlins 19,584
* Tuuka’s record regular season – 85-53-18 (.615)/ Tim Thomas with Bruins 196-121-0 (.618)
* Every parent of an athlete should watch State of Play – Trophy Kids – yikes not sure why these parents allowed themselves to be filmed
* Can’t believe Blackhawks won Game 6
* Patriots down to fifth to win Super Bowl behind Seattle, Denver, San Fran and Carolina (Second behind Broncos to win AFC)

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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