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Connelly’s Top Ten: Dark Day of Sports

* February 24th Blanket Dinner – Doubletree Cambridge – Everyone bring someone please
1. Patriots had 18 first drives this year – stats:
* Two touchdowns / two field goals / 12 punts / two turnovers
* Nine drives of five plays or less
* Kicked off eight times to start the game and received ten times
2. Update on winter players that used to play in Boston:
* Horton……3 goals in nine games
* Pierce…….13 points per game / 3.1 assists – 2.5 turnovers
* Seguin……21 goals in 48 games
* Garnett…..6.9 points / 21.9 minutes / 6.8 rebounds

3. We talked a week before the game on Patriot playoff absolutes:
Brady has to throw for less than 225 to win – he threw for 277
Running game has to run for at least 115 yards to win – they ran for 64 yards
They have to outrun their opponents to win – they didn’t 107 to 64 (now 2-5 when outrushed)
4. Injuries this year in Boston:
* Dennis Seidenberg
* Vince Wilfork
* Jerod Mayo
* Brandon Spikes
* Sebastian Vollmer
* Gronk
* Rondo
5. The NFL Network has these punks on their network: Warren Sapp, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Darren Sharper
6. 2006 receivers compared to 2013 receivers:
2006
Chad Jackson…………13 rec / 152 yards / 3 TD
Reche Caldwell………61 rec / 760 yards / 4 TD
Troy Brown……………43 rec / 384 yards / 4 TD
Doug Gabriel…………25 rec / 344 yards / 3 TD
Jabar Gaffney………..11 rec / 142 yards / 1 TD
2013
Julian Edelman………..105 rec / 1,056 yards / 6 TD
Danny Amendola…….54 rec / 633 yards / 2 TD
Aaron Dobson…………37 rec / 519 yards / 4 TD
Kembrell Thompkins..32 rec / 466 yards / 4 TD
Josh Boyce……………….9 rec / 121 yards / 0 TD
Austin Collie……………6 rec / 63 yards / 0 TD
7. Amazing Stat – Rondo
* When Rondo takes at least 18 shots – 7-12
* Record with him last two years -18-22 (.450)
* Record without him last two years 38-47 (.447)
8. Old School – Bill Lee game times of his shutouts:
* 7/9/73 – Twins…………2:17
* 5/8/74 – Yankees……..2:02
* 5/20/75 – A’s……………1:51
* 5/24/75 – Angels………1:48
* 7/27/75 – Yankees…….1:59
* 8/19/75 – Royals……….2:20
* 4/9/78 – White Sox….. 2:29
* 4/16/79 – Cubs…………1:54
* 5/30/79 – Phillies………1:53
* 7/9/79 – Dodgers………1:55
9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Lowest grossing Oscar movies over the last thirty-five years (mojo):
Hurt Locker………..$17mm
Last Emperor……..$44mm
The Artist…………..$45mm
Deer Hunter……….$48mm (my favorite all time movie)
Amadeus……………$51mm
Ghandi……………….$52mm
Crash…………………$54mm
Ordinary People….$55mm
10. Randomocity
* Lester said he would take a hometown discount – you know that means $25mm (how charitable) – I would trade him
* Justin Bieber has been trying to get arrested for months and you know he has been practicing his mug shot picture
* Mayor Marty Walsh is 0-1
* Amherst basketball is 69-8 over the last three years
* On Barstool they compared Welker’s hit to Karate Kid when Johnny was ordered to “sweep the leg”
* Interesting that only the NFL Network didn’t show Kraft
* Love the Yankees spending money – makes their collapse that much sweeter

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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