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Connelly’s Top Ten: Just a Bunch of Stuff

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1. What to look forward to during the dark days of sports:

* NHL playoffs
* NFL Draft
* Red Sox spring training
* Opening Day and raising the flag
* Celtics losing and getting in the lottery
* Boston Marathon and potentially Boston’s greatest day
* Oscars
* Masters
* 75 degree weather
* Blanket Dinner 2/24 – Doubletree in Cambridge

2. NHL Goal Scoring History:

From 1960 to 1975, Bobby Hull and Phil Esposito combined for 13 of 16 goal scoring titles

3. Seguin:

Takes a while to find the bars and chicks in a new town:

* Tyler Seguin first 38 games……………..21 goals – goal every 1.8 games
* Tyler Seguin in the next 17 games – 3 goals – goal ever 5.6 games

4. In 2001, the two Rookies of the Year were Albert Pujols and Ichiro:

* Combined for 5,089 hits
* Combined for .320 average
* Combined for 19 All Star games

5. Orr:

Bobby Orr won the Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Norris Trophy in 1970 – he earned a bonus of $5,000

6. Mannings:

Eli Manning and Peyton Manning have now combined for 100,309 yards

7. Amazing Stats:

In 1969 and 1970, Willie McCovey was intentionally walked 85 times

8. Old School:

May 26, 1935 – Babe Ruth hits three home runs versus the Pirates, hitting the longest ball in Forbes Field history – released one month later. The Globe wrote that day after his three home runs: “Bam’s legs might be spavined, his body reaching the stage of senility and his glorious career in the sunset stage, but…..”

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Three of the five actors nominated for the Oscar in 2005:

* Philip Seymour Hoffman
* Heath Ledger
* Joaquin Phoenix

10. Randomocity:

* Great basketball seen in Along Came Polly with Philip Seymour Hoffman
* Henry Fonda under-rated
* Pink lemonade better
* Ruth’s Chris best steak franchise joint
* Johnny Unitas – most famous football footwear
* Best college tailgate – LSU then Wisconsin
* Dunking wasn’t allowed in the NCAA – forty years ago – and it was a better game
* College hockey doesn’t get enough attention
* Snow off the top of your car is like tacks left by Speed Racer
* Archie Bunker’s chair greatest prop in sitcom history

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

2 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Just a Bunch of Stuff”

  1. Oscars??

    Do you really think that it means anything at this point. Not one nod for any movie that doesn’t toe the Hollywood liberal line for years.

    Agree on Ruth’s Chris. Bone in Cowboy Rib Eye the best.

    REPLY – MPC – That’s why Zero Dark Thirty was ignored

    Posted by David H | February 7, 2014, 8:05 am
  2. Dark days of sports, maybe every three years, but not now, the Olympics are starting. So do you think Pujols was juicing, what about Ichiro? I would bet Albert juiced, but he got his pay day

    REPLY – MPC – I don’t think there is any question on it – a lot of rumors his trainer and Jack Clark – the more time passes the more Canseco was right 80%

    Posted by Kevin | February 7, 2014, 9:26 am

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