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Connelly’s Top Ten: Bye Week Blues

1. Playoff Preview and Predictions:

* Cincy 7 point favorite over hot San Diego? Vegas knows something
* Alex Smith last 38 games (30-8) / Andrew Luck (22-10)
* Philly at 8:10 at night should be fun – Santa Claus better be wearing a vest
* Woodhead vs. BGJE
* Green Bay is 4-2 versus Niners in playoffs

2. College Football Bowls:

* Johnny Manziel amazing
* Helped themselves in the draft – Manziel, Marqise Lee USC, Carey Arizona, Bridgewater, Zumwalt of UCLA, Crowder of Duke
* Hurt in the draft – Andre Williams, Evans of A&M selfish,
* Andre Williams last two games going into the draft – 35 carries / 104 yards / 2 TD
* Ken Griffey and Jerry Rice’s sons had touchdowns
* Penn State can upgrade at coach if they hand the reins to Greg Schiano (Bill O’Brien should get a statue at Penn State for what he just pulled off)
* Anyone see the Navy game vs. Middle Tennessee – yikes Middle Tennessee out of control – gauged QB’s eyes
* Stanford showing they are about probability and not creativity on their last two play-calls in loss to Michigan State
* I say Mack Brown does not retire

3. Chandler Jones first ten games the last two years versus last six:

Games 1 thru 10 in both 2012-2013 – 91 tackles / 15.5 sacks
Games 11 thru 16 in both 2012-2013 – 34 tackles / 2 sacks

4. Willie Mays:

In 1955 Willie Mays had 51 home runs and 60 strike outs for $12,500 / In 2013 Adam Dunn had 34 home runs and 189 strike outs for $15mm

5. Massachusetts players that made the Olympic Hockey teams:

Men’s – None
Women’s – Kacey Bellamy – Westfield / Michelle Picard – Taunton / Alex Carpenter – North Reading / Meghan Duggan – Danvers /

6. Vereen vs. Woodhead:

* 635 total yards / 47 receptions / 4 TD
* 1,035 total yards / 76 receptions / 8 tD

7. Amazing Stats:

Johnny Manziel versus Hershel Walker in college:

* Manziel – 26 games – 7,820 yards passing / 2,169 rushing / 65 td passes / 30 td runs
* Walker – 33 games – 5,259 yards rushing / 52 TD

8. Old School:

Vince Lombardi does not have the most wins in Green Bay history – Curly Lambeau 209 (Lombardi 122)

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Local Super Heroes – March 6, 1922 – Two children walking on the ice of a Dedham pond broke through and were drowning until Charles Gove ran out of his house and also fell through the ice. He placed the two on his back and continued to break off ice until he got to a solid spot then pulled the three of them to safety. In the meantime motorist pulled to the side of the road and made a human chain to pull them to the shore.

10. Randomocity:

* Peyton Manning was SI’s Sportsman of the Year and he didn’t win one playoff game last year
* Celtics lost another 4th quarter Tuesday and thus the game
* Crazy to watch a blizzard out your window and a bowl game with people with shorts on in the crowd

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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