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Connelly’s Top Ten: Great Sports Weekend

1. Cliff Notes:

* Amazing Weekend for Sports – College World Series, World Cup, NBA Finals (who cares), NHL Stanley Cup, US Open,
* The only difference between Stephen Drew & Scott Boras and Bonnie & Clyde – direct deposit

2. World Cup:

* Early dive by Brazil and awarded penalty kick is the last thing soccer needed
* Why aren’t they reviewing diving after the game and awarding Yellow Cards post game?
* Klinsmann is Glum from Gulliver’s Travels or Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh
* They are telling travelers – if you are getting robbed just hand them what they want – no one is coming to help

3. US Open:

* Golf is in big trouble – Tiger better get back to the Waffle House and the expanded back with tight shirt sleeves and save golf
* Four scores on Saturday over 80 including Japanese golfer Toru Taniguchi – 88 which features four double bogeys and one triple
* NBC ratings had to be worst with good weather, a blow away and no compelling characters

4. Red Sox:

* 43% of season over – on pace to go 73-89
* Brock Holt has 15 multi hit games out of 34 played
* Brock Holt only Red Sox hitter hitting over .280
* Victorino will not play 100 games this year
* Only one Red Sox player is projected to hit at least 15 home runs this season – Ortiz
* Red Sox 17-19 at home
* Over the last four years Clay Buchholz has won 31 combined games (Adam Wainwright has 62 wins)

5. NBA / NHL:

* I watch playoff hockey like what I saw Friday and wonder how hockey isn’t the most popular viewing sport in the world
* I have yet to watch a second of NBA playoffs
* I like the sound of the Marchand – Marleau trade
* NBAdraftnet.com has the Celtics taking Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton out of Louisiana Lafayette

6. Around MLB:

* How aren’t the Tigers undefeated?
* Yankee closer David Robertson is on pace for 39-saves and blown saves 5 blown saves / Last year Mariano Rivera had 44 saves and 7 blown saves
* Boston is 21st in runs and average / 24th in home runs / 28th in stolen bases / 2nd in hitting into double plays

7. Amazing Stats:

Forbes Magazine estimated that Tiger Woods prior caddy Stevie Williams made over $10mm carrying the bag for Woods

8. Old School:

Cedric Maxwell shooting percentage before and after Larry Bird

* Before – 57% (642-1,124)
* First year with Bird – 61% (516-843)

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Average household incomes from the six towns that played for the state lacrosse championships:

* Duxbury………………….$218,542
* Dover Sherborn……….$212,125
* Cohasset…………………$147,222
* Medfield…………………$139,247
* Acton……………………..$135,000
* Hingham…………………$134,637

10. Randomocity:

* Good cover for SI – Why the NHL is hot and the NBA is Not
* How come Sunday’s weather is now the exception?
* Watched Old School again this weekend – underrated – Vince Vaughn comic genius
* College baseball better bring in the walls in Omaha too deep – not enough scoring
* Games times for College Baseball 2:56 / 3:40 / 2:44
* Pedroia had his third boy – that must be like a live version of Rugrats
* Must have been uncomfortable for Jerry Remy to call the game on Father’s Day

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

3 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Great Sports Weekend”

  1. Sports fans have quite a different view on NBA v. NHL than you do,of course. NBA finals ratings/viewership was essentially double that of the NHL – 10-12 million viwers per game for the NBA, 5-6 million for the NHL.

    Posted by TimU | June 16, 2014, 9:40 am
  2. I watched last night’s game, it was legit ball. Fun to watch the smothering D of the Spurs, and of course I enjoyed the shaudenfrade of watching Lebron go down again. (that is 4 finals losses for him.)

    Posted by El Presidente | June 16, 2014, 10:04 am
  3. i think MPC’s point on NHL vs NBA is that ratings are climbing for NHL and NBA numbers are down for the sport. This year’s NBA finals ratings are some of their poorest in history. The NHL just did the best numbers ratings-wise since the the last time the Rangers were in the Cup finals. Yes, the NHL is going to get less viewers than the NBA, but it’s all about growth in each sport… people’s interest in hockey seems to be growing nationally.

    Beyond that… Friday night’s game in LA was the most exciting game in any sport I’ve watched in the last 5 years, without a vested interest in either team. It was that good. Rick Nash’s shot and subsequent deflection by Voynov was an absolute all-time missed chance, non-goal. Then, the Kings fans can tell their team is getting a bit tired and so they start to chant, “We want the Cup!” and literally as the chant is happening, the Kings score. Ridiculous.

    I’m no Lebron defender, but he’s only lost 3 times in the Finals. He’s lost plenty of other times, of course, in earlier rounds. He is a quitter.

    Posted by tronburger | June 16, 2014, 11:56 am

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