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Connelly’s Top Ten: Everybody’s Working For the Weekend

1. Cliff Notes:

* Red Sox on west coast – used to love to listen to Ned Martin on the radio
* World Cup America on Sunday – should be fun against an overrated Portugal team
* No playoff hockey – ugh

2. World Cup:

* Its not the amount of diving that astounds me – it’s the amount of times officials give them the call
* Must have been blimey bad in London Thursday
* Don’t you think Landon Donovan is hoping for USA to lose?

3. Short NBA coaches:

I want to pat myself on the back about a point I made last year – its amazing how no tall players get head coaching jobs in the NBA – new coaches:

* Steve Kerr – 6.3
* Derek Fisher – 6.1
* Stan Van Gundy – 5.8
* Flip Saunders – 5.11
* Quin Snyder – 6.3

4. Red Sox:

Daniel Nava 3-30 against lefties

5. NBA / NHL – everything went my way this time:

* Rangers beat Habs – Kings beat Rangers
* Heat lose

6. Amazing Stats bonus:

When Phil Esposito scored 76 goals, he beat the previous record of 58 by Bobby Hull

7. Amazing Stats:

Over a five-year period from 1993-1997, Tony Gwynn hit .369 – 916-2,486

8. Old School:

Joe Torre MVP year in 1971?

* .363 average / .421 obp
* 137 RBI
* 34 doubles / 8 triples / 24 home runs
* Played 161 games
* Intentionally walked – 20 times

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Obama golf rounds 176

10. Randomocity:

* Great weather – finally
* Smithsonian under-rated
* Pulled pork is better than pulled chicken
* Brock Holt close to Fred Lynns catch against the Yankees in Met Stadium?

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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