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Connelly’s Top Ten: Bruins Advance, Sterling is Stuck and Denny McLain

1. Bruins:

* Lucic twice looking like Phil Esposito hanging around the net with stick on ice
* Reilly Smith is the ultimate – just another guy
* Is Krug the best Bruins defenseman skater since Bobby Orr?
* If Bruins win Stanley Cup is Clode in the Hall of Fame?
* Numbers retired on this Bruins team – Chara / Bergeron
* WEEI or Sports Hub should hand out diving scores placards for the series

2. Red Sox:

In Lester’s four losses the Sox have scored five runs / I will give Ben C. credit if he holds the line on Lester (he is on pace for 25 losses)

3. Around the NBA and NHL:

* Boston College’s Reggie Jackson on fire for Thunder – 32 points / 9 rebounds in 37 minutes
* That fad pick of the St. Louis Blues didn’t work out for people
* Donald Sterling proving you don’t have to be smart to make money
* Just when the Clippers had a good thing…
* Garnett – Pierce for three first round picks – brilliant. Garnett giving the Nets 13 minutes / Pierce is shooting 39%

4. Batting Average by order in lineup for Dustin Pedroia:

1st – .259
2nd – .306
3rd – .299
4th – .397
5th – .250
6th – N/A
7th – .143
8th – .237
9th – .301

5. Canadien Stanley Cups by decade:

2010 – 0
2000’s – 0
1990’s – 1
1980’s – 1
1970’s – 6
1960’s – 5
1950’s – 5
1940’s – 2

6. Most wins in a season since Denny McLain’s 31 in 1968:

* 27 – Bob Welch
* 25 – Catfish Hunter / Ferguson Jenkins / Mickey Lolich / Tom Seaver
* 24 – Vida Blue, Frank Viola, Dwight Gooden, Roger Clemens, Gaylord Perry, Jim Perry, Wilbur Wood, Wilbur Wood (again), Justin Verlander, Randy Johnson, Ferguson Jenkins, Lamar Hoyt, Mike Cuellar

7. Amazing Stats:

Denny McLain in 1968 he won 31 games, of which 28 were complete games

8. Old School:

Denny McLain on the road in 1968:

* 17-2
* 1.40 ERA
* 14 complete games / 5 shutouts
* 130 K to 29 BB

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Infamous racist moments in sports:

* Jackie Robinson saga
* Flyer Wayne Simmonds had banana thrown at him on the ice
* Racism rampant in the European soccer leagues
* Ernie Davis in the 1960 Cotton Bowl
* From Bossip.com – Riley Cooper, Imus, Fuzzy Zoeller, Floyd Mayweather,

10. Randomocity:

* Why don’t I get butter with my bread when I go out to eat – enough with fe-fe stuff
* I’m nervous with Subban in town – some drunk in the Boston crowd will justify the city racist stereotype we unfairly have received
* Monster loss by Liverpool Sunday putting the title hopes in jeopardy
* Rockie center fielder Charlie Blackmon leading baseball in average – last four years his average: .255 / .283 / .309 /.398

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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2 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Bruins Advance, Sterling is Stuck and Denny McLain”

  1. Canadian teams won the cup every year from 1984 – 1990.

    REPLY – MPC – Thanks mostly to the Oilers

    Posted by Greg | April 28, 2014, 12:48 pm
  2. Amazing that Welch had a K/BB rate that was below league avg that year. Only 127 K’s and 77 BBs. Actually ’90 his K/BB ratio was worse then his career avg.

    REPLY – MPC – Good note – I remember he just lived on the outside half the whole season and Eck was there

    Posted by Matt G | April 28, 2014, 4:24 pm

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