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Connelly’s Top Ten: Blanket Dinner Tonight!

Ten more seats to fill for Blanket Dinner tonight Doubletree in Cambridge/Boston

1. Olympic Summary

* I was rooting for Sweden over Canada (wrong)
* I was wrong on USA easy over Canada (how about an adjustment at some point?)
* Is Tuukka getting grief for being sick for the semi-final game?
* Canadian defense was awesome
* Still waiting for some advertiser to give credit to a father for driving their kid to an occasional practice
* USA just nine golds for all that money
* Putin joins FDR, Nixon and De Gaulle opening the winter Olympics

2.

Celtics

Celtics are 8-7 against other Lottery teams – that’s too good

3. Rookie shortstops:

With Bogearts looking like the starting shortstop this year – how did other Red Sox rookie shortstops do in their first year:
* Burleson (1974)…..4 / 44 /.284
* Nomar (1997)…….30 / 98 / .306
* Petrocelli…………..13 / 33 / .238
* Valentin (1993)….11 / 66 / .278
* Pesky (1942)……….2 / 51 / .331

4. Three-point shooting in the NCAA:

From the top 50 in shooting 3 pointers in NCAA – three players are shooting at least 50% (ironically they are all shooting below 50% from 2 point land)
* Kevin Pangos – Gonzaga – 36-72 (50%)
* Ethan Wragge – Creighton – 34-66 (51.5%)
* Kyle Anderson – Delaware – 36-64 (56.3%)

5. Best Bruins playoff coaches by winning %:

* Tom Johnson…………..15-7 (.682)
* Cooney Weiland………10-7 (.588)
* Claude Julien…………..50-35 (.581)
* Mike Milbury…………..23-17 (.575)
* Don Cherry……………..31-24 (.564)

6. Only three NBA rookies averaging at least ten points a game:

2nd pick – Victor Oladipo – Orlando – 13.8
9th pick – Trey Burke.. – Minnesota – 12.8
11th pick – Michael Williams…..Sixers – 17.3

7. Amazing Stats:

Top minutes per game for a season for the Celtics:
1962 – Bill Russell – 48.00
1966 – Bill Russell – 47.88
1963 – Bill Russell – 47.46
1969 – John Havlicek – 47.22
1972 – John Havlicek – 47.00
1965 – Bill Russell – 46.75
1953 – Ed MaCauley – 46.33

8. Old School:

Patriot quarterbacks with at least five interceptions in a GAME (Tom Brady had 4 an entire season in 2010):
* Babe Parilli – five times
* Steve Grogan – twice
* Drew Bledsoe – twice
* Mike Taliaferro – once

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Best prison movies (including pow camps):
1. Shawshank Redemption
2. Bridge on the River Kwai
3. The Longest Yard
4. In the Name of the Father
5. Cool Hand Luke
6. Great Escape
7. Brubaker
8. Green Mile
9. The Rock
10. Midnight Express

10. Randomocity:

* If you haven’t seen Kevin Spacey on David Letterman talking about Boston – make sure you Google it
* Saw one of my favorite movies of the last four years – Intouchables
* Is it me or is there a train crash every week now?
* Amazing March this week and seven weeks from the Boston Marathon
* How many times did Chris Slade get pushed past the back of a quarterback?
* Fighting Henry’s are in 4th place in England but only 4 points out of first

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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