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Connelly’s Top Ten: Rory, Tony Stewart and Vin Scully

1. Cliff Notes:

* Amazing weather weekend (starting to get dark earlier / leaves falling in some places)

* Cool ending to PGA in the dark

* Patriots first game getting closer

* Bruins and Celtics have had a bad offseason so far

2. Red Sox:

* You see Pedroia steal second and third Saturday night on the same play with the shift on Ortiz

* Jackie Bradley average by month: April .247 May .174 June .208 July .278 Aug .000

* 4-5 since trades

* 72% of season over / Sox on pace for 72 wins

* Don’t you move Brock Holt at his highest value in the offseason

* Victorino has played in 152 of a possible 280 ganes

3. Rory McIlroy:

He hit a nine iron 192 yards Sunday – are you kidding me!

4. Love trade:

I think Minnesota got a steal in the Kevin Love trade – they got virtually three first round picks for a guy who has averaged 56 games over the last five years

5. Long-time baseball announcers:

(from unclemikemusings.com):

Vin Scully – 57 years

Denny Matthews (KC) – 46 years

Bob Ueker (Brewers) – 44 years

Mike Shannon (St. Louis) – 43 years

Marty Brennaman (Reds) – 41 years

(Joe Castiglione is 32 years)

5. Yankees:

* Aare the only team over .500 who has scored less runs than their opponents and doesn’t have a winning record at home

* Sunday’s line up and starting pitcher equaled $134mm in payroll

6. Great vs. Great:

Wade Boggs versus pitchers with at least 225 wins:

Jack Morris……30-104 -.349

Jamie Moyer….21-59 – .382

Mike Mussina…15-54 – .278

Bert Blyleven….11-43 – .256

Tommy John……8-14 – .571

Roger Clemens…6-23 – .261

Tom Seaver……..9-29 – .310

Phil Niekro……11-27 – .407

Nolan Ryan……4-14 – .286

Don Sutton…..8-38 – .211

Randy Johnson……2-18 – .111

Frank Tannana……19-65 .292

Gaylord Perry…….5-16 – .313

Greg Maddux…….1-13 – .077

Bob Gibson………1-6 – .167

Joe Niekro………..5-5 – .1000

Jim Palmer……….3-5 – .600

7. Amazing Stat:

Steve Nash has as many MVP’s as Oscar Robertson and Shaq combined – 2

8. Old School:

Bruins scoring from defense in 1973-1974 season:

Orr…………………….32

Carol Vadnais………16

Dallas Smith………….6

Al Sims…………………3

Darryl Edestrand…..3

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Batmans since Adam West:

* Michael Keaton

* Val Kilmer

* George Clooney

* Christian Bale

* Ben Affleck – soon

10. Randomocity:

* How many race drivers have said that someday Tony Stewart will end up killing someone the way he drives

* Is it a bad sign when you go to a restaurant and its so dark you can’t see your food?

* For coming in second place at the PGA Open – the loser gets $1,080,000

* Johnny Manziel name is getting overbearing – let him play a down in the NFL 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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Discussion

4 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Rory, Tony Stewart and Vin Scully”

  1. Rory McIlroy:
    He hit a nine iron 192 yards Sunday – are you kidding me!

    I know, I use a 5 wood for that distance

    REPLY – MPC – I hit driver – five iron

    Posted by Bill B | August 11, 2014, 8:55 am
  2. Boggs played against Bob Gibson?!? I thought they missed each other by like 7 years.

    REPLY – MPC *- my bad

    Posted by El Presidente | August 12, 2014, 9:15 am
  3. Looks like Boggs faced a player named Bob Gibson, who pitched four seasons for the Brewers and one for the Mets during the 80s: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gibsobo02.shtml

    So no, not THAT Bob Gibson. He retired after 1975.

    REPLY – MPC – That’s good help thanks

    Posted by KC Downey | August 12, 2014, 6:29 pm
  4. the kevin love stat is a little skewed due to NBA lockout in 11-12 season. also, loves major injuries have been hand-related… not like ACL, back or ankles. freak accidents. lastly, love was on pace to play all 82 games in the 10-11 season but had a groin pull with 9 games to go. MIN was terrible (17 wins all season), no point in rushing their new franchise player back so they held him out.

    in case you can’t tell, i completely disagree on your point about the trade. MIN did not get a steal. instead, the league saw another star player hold a franchise hostage, force their hand and go exactly where he wanted to go. anthony bennett SUCKS. wiggins may be great, but who knows. and the other 1st they are getting will be the 28th or 29th pick. it may as well be lit on fire now.

    REPLY – MPC – We will see on Love – he is a really good player but lets see him in a complementary role

    Posted by tronburger | August 13, 2014, 9:39 am

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