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Connelly’s Top Ten: Old Celts Back, Officials Ruining Sports, Villians

Blanket Dinner – February 24th – Why Can’t You Come Talk Sports? Get a three course meal, entertainment, small donation 1. Someone mentioned this on WEEI and it got me thinking – what do all five of these officials’ calls have in common in the Patriots season: * The push in the back on the […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Dark Day of Sports

* February 24th Blanket Dinner – Doubletree Cambridge – Everyone bring someone please 1. Patriots had 18 first drives this year – stats: * Two touchdowns / two field goals / 12 punts / two turnovers * Nine drives of five plays or less * Kicked off eight times to start the game and received ten times 2. Update […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Welker Picks Broncos to Super Bowl

Looked like a heartless team who was deflated after Talib was cheap-shoted – in the end they looked like they were content making it to the AFC game 1. Talib Injury: * That was not only a pick on Talib by Welker but actually a dirty play that injured a player (should be a fine […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Omaha This

February 24th Blanket Dinner – DoubleTree – 1. Patriot Positive: * Patriots 27-24 in overtime after Manning gets ball to start and has to punt * Patriots are 7-2 in AFC Championship Games * Patriots are 3-1 on the road in Conference Championships * Patriots are 3-14 in Denver * Crazy play by Ben Watson to […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Going to Denver

1. Patriots Run Over Colts: 8 Conference Championship games amazing – thank you Bill Belichick and Tom Brady BRADY * I like the not giving up on plays and keeping his feet moving in the pocket (old Brady – maybe inspired by Aaron Rodgers) * I give him a B- * Missed Vereen for a […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Bring on the Colts

Blanket Dinner February 24th – Double Tree in Cambridge 1. Colts Preview: * Colts lost to the Bengals, Rams, Chargers, Dolphins and Cardinals * Against playoff teams, including last week, they are 5-2 with wins over Seattle, Chargers, 49ers and Broncos (yikes!) * Against playoff teams on the road 3-1 * After the Cardinals loss, […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Bring on the Colts

1. Patriots vs. Indy: * 2-0 versus Colts in playoffs at home * Patriots are 10-3 in their first playoff game at home * Brady started 10-0 in playoff games – since 7-7 * Bring Ty Law out as honorary captain 2. Around the NFL: * If I was a Green Bay fan I would […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Bye Week Blues

1. Playoff Preview and Predictions: * Cincy 7 point favorite over hot San Diego? Vegas knows something * Alex Smith last 38 games (30-8) / Andrew Luck (22-10) * Philly at 8:10 at night should be fun – Santa Claus better be wearing a vest * Woodhead vs. BGJE * Green Bay is 4-2 versus […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Get Out the 2001 Playoff Playbook, Run and Brady Manage

1. Patriots: Tom Brady * Not one completion of Brady’s was thrown more than ten yards * Yet another bad QB with a better QB rating than Brady – 95.0 to 68.4 * Last two games COMBINED (yes, they won both): 28-50 – 56% / 294 yards / 2 TD to 1 INT * Passes […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Now You Have to Take Down the Tree

1. Bills preview: * Has won three of last five with one of the losses coming in overtime to Falcons * EJ Manuel has a QB rating of 58.8% there is no way another QB can outperform Brady? * Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller need 164 and 178 yards for a 1,000 respectively * Jeff […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Huge Win in Poe Land

1. Patriots: Officials * First half: Fifteen flags, three injuries, one long replay of Amendola fumble, Twelve penalties, four timeouts, * Second half: long replay on Ryan interception * Missed catch by Pitta another replay * Refs influenced three times to change calls * Crew should be suspended Tom Brady * He managed the game […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Ravens Hate Patriots (Especially Brady)

1. Patriots preview vs. Ravens: * Patriots are 6-1 versus Ravens in regular season / 1-2 in playoffs * The three games played in Baltimore, Patriots are 2-1: 46-38 / 27-24 / 30-31 * Since the first week, the Ravens have lost five games by a total of 17 points * Flacco and Brady have […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Fish Squish

1. Patriots – Gronk’s injury leads to a loss very first game – 1-4 in Red Zone Tom Brady * A good game – B+ * Yet another game the other QB has a higher QB rating (120.6 to 85.7) * 19 incompletions OFFENSE * McDaniel D- : No screens, no reverses, no hurry up, […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Squish the Fish

1. Patriots vs. Dolphins preview: * Tannehill is on pace to be sacked 48 times * Tight End Charles Clay the last four weeks: 24 receptions / 3 TD / 294 yards * Cameron Wake and Oliver Vernon have combined for 19 sacks * Dolphins have no return touchdowns * Caleb Sturgis has missed eight […]

Connelly’s Top Ten – Patriots Stink but Exciting; Poor Gronk

1. Patriots Gift of interference evens out the non-fumble call at beginning of game, which was a 10-point swing and changed the entire complexion of the game Scoring * Failed to score in the first quarter six times this year * Didn’t score a touchdown in the first half six times this year * Failed […]