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Connelly’s Top Ten: Bring on the Colts

1. Patriots vs. Indy:

* 2-0 versus Colts in playoffs at home
* Patriots are 10-3 in their first playoff game at home
* Brady started 10-0 in playoff games – since 7-7
* Bring Ty Law out as honorary captain

2. Around the NFL:

* If I was a Green Bay fan I would be furious at my coach – last year Kapernick ran for 181 yards on the Packers in the playoffs and this year they don’t put a spy on him and he runs for 98 yards
* Kapernick rushes for 42, 24, 16, 11
* The fumble pick-up and touchdown by Andrew Luck will be shown at his Hall of Fame induction
* From Fox Sports – Dalton in three playoff games – 1 TD, 6 INT
* Official for TV’s Mike Pereira has a KFC endorsement are you kidding me
* How come officials never really measure anymore and just give the first downs?
* Question – there was an incomplete pass by the 49ers but the play clock ran out but no flag was thrown – could the 49ers throw a red flag on themselves and get another play?

3. Around College Football:

* How would you like to be around the houses of Nick Saban and Urban Meyer during the offseason – over their last four combined games they are 0-4!
* If not NCAA restrictions, Chip Kelley should go back to college
* What am I going to do with my Saturdays with no Game Day?
* I like Florida State – although Heisman winners have not fared well in bowls

4. Here is the Rivals.com ratings of BC football stars while in high school:

Montel Harris…………….2 star
Nate Freese……………….2 star
Anthony Castonzo……..2 star
BJ Raji……………………….2 star
Alex Amidon……………..2 star
Mark Herzlich…………….3 star
Luke Kuechly……………..3 star
Andre Williams………….3 star
Will Blackmon……………4 star

Only 5 Star player in last ten plus years – Brian Toal

5. The top three receivers of the teams in the playoffs, ranked:

1. Denver – Wes Welker, Julian Thomas, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker
2. 49ers – Bolden, Davis, Crabtree
3. Philly – DeSean Jackson, Riely Cooper, Brent Celek
4. Cincy – AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Jermaine Gresham
5. Saints – Graham, Colston, Stills
6. Chargers – Gates, Allen, Royal
7. Green Bay – Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb
8. Seattle – Tate, Baldwin, Miller
9. KC – Bowe, Avery, McCluster
10. Carolina – Greg Olsen, Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell
11. Colts – TY Hilton, Fleener, Reggie Wayne
12. Patriots – Edelman, Amendola, Dobson

6. New York teams records and payroll this year:

(Mike Lupica did this on WEEI I think recently – here is an update):

Yankees…………85-77……….$229mm
Mets……………..74-88……….$89mm
Giants……………7-9………….$114mm
Jets………………..8-8…………$98mm
Rangers…………21-20………$63mm
Devils……………17-18………$65mm
Islanders………..14-22……..$52mm
Knicks…………….10-22……..$86mm
Nets……………….12-21…….$102mm

7. Amazing Stats:

At the second round of the 2009 Buick Open, Tiger Woods STARTED: Birdie, Birdie, Eagle, Birdie, Birdie (six under after five holes finished with 63 (from his website)

8. Old School:

We need Denver to lose in Denver yet again – like Jacksonville beating them on 1/4/97:

* Score 30-27
* Broncos favored by 12.5
* Jaguars 18 penalty yards – Denver 64
* Natrone Means 166 total yards
* Elway good numbers: 25-38 226 / 2 TD
* Jaguar Mike Hollis 3 for 3 on FG

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Local Super Heroes – October of 1972 – Herbert Fraser of Revere was driving by an Everett rooming house when he noticed smoke and flames. He ran from his car and rescued sixteen elderly women including eight he carried out himself on his eight trips up and down the stairs until he was overcome by smoke and sickened. The house was completely destroyed

10. Randomocity:

* Hershel Walker and Sam Bam Cunningham have nothing over Michelle Pritchett at the goal line
* The one bank charter granted last year was for a bank in Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania. Their drive-thru is big enough for a horse and carriage for the Amish and there are a
* Not for nothing if its either Will Middlebrooks or Jenny Dell – I’ll send the car service for Will
* Celtics lose fourth quarter again they haven’t won their last nine fourth quarters
* Animal House then Caddy Shack then Stripes
* A tip of the cap AGAIN to all that make Boston safe – murder rate was under 50 (Chicago had 415)

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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