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2014-2015 NBA Expert Picks

By on October 28, 2014 at 9:38pm
The NBA season is here, and LeBron James leads a series of moves that will change the landscape greatly. (http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/) The NBA season is here, and LeBron James leads a series of moves that will change the landscape greatly. (http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/)

The NBA season is underway. Cleveland made the biggest splash in the offseason, landing LeBron James and Kevin Love. Paul George is out for the Pacers after breaking his leg during a Team USA scrimmage. Paul Pierce is in Washington. Many draft and free agent moves, not to mention potential trades, are sure to turn the standings around from a year ago, and that’s what we’re here to predict. Scoring for our annual Pick ‘Em is as usual:

  • Picking a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points for correctly guessing a division winner instead.
  • Correctly guessing the #1 seed in each conference exactly is worth eight points, then seven points for the #2 seed, and so on.
  • Correctly guessing which #1 seed will finish with the NBA’s best record is worth two point.
  • In the even of a tie, we’ll also be guessing which team will wind up with the NBA’s worst record, then second-worst, then third-worst.

Our picks are below, so be sure to look them over. And be sure to come back when the season is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NBA Expert Picks »

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1. Patriots:

MISC

* You know it’s an announcer that doesn’t have the Patriots much when he says “Brady has so many weapons.”

* Lot of empty seats at kickoff and many of them got a quick jump on halftime actually missed two touchdowns

* Like Chara too much of Gronk in October doesn’t bode well for playoff time

* Surprised no one from Cambridge is petitioning the State House for stricter gun laws with all the musket fire in Foxboro

OFFENSE

* Pats scored on their first drive again Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Brady Throws A Bunch »

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Da Bears

October 24, 2014 at 6:49am in Featured, Now!, Top Story

1. Patriots-Bears Preview:

* Look at Jay Cutler’s weapons – Alshon Jeffrey 45th pick on pace for 1,152 yds / Martellus Bennett 61st pick on pace for 9 TD / Brandon Marshall on pace for 11 TD

* Willie Young has 7 sacks / Kyle Fuller 3 interceptions

* Kicker Robbie Gould is 3-3 from 40 yards out

* The-e-e-e Bears Super fans appeared on Saturday Night Live nine times

* Best draft pick – Richard Dent 203rd in 1983

*Walter Payton ran for more than double the yards of the second place Bears career runner – Payton 16,726 / Forte 7,114

* Three of the top four receivers in Bears history are from the 60′s: Johnny Morris 5,099 yds / Harlon Hill 4,616 / Ditka 4,503

* William Perry – 8 rushing attempts / 5 yards / 2 TD

2. Around College Football:

* Picks of the week – Cal getting 18.5 from Oregon / Kentucky getting 14 from Miss State / Over 59 Kentucky – Miss State / Colorado getting 14 from UCLA / Ole Miss giving 3 to LSU Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Da Bears »

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San Francisco and Kansas City will square off in the Fall Classic. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The World Series is here. Kansas City has won eight straight games to start the postseason (an MLB record) while San Francisco has won nine straight postseason series. San Francisco sends NLCS MVP Madison Bumgarner to the mound, while Kansas City’s three-headed monster at the back of their bullpen forces opponents to take an early lead. A balanced set of bats for both teams make it difficult to plan for either.

For the final series, we’re introducing the scoring category of home runs hit by both teams combined in the final game of the series. Furthermore, all points are doubled! Ties will be broken by guessing the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game. Otherwise, scoring is the same:

  • Picking the winner of each series is worth four points.
  • Picking how many games each series will last is worth two points.
  • Picking the MVP of each series is worth two points.
  • Picking the home run total of both teams combined in the final game of the series is worth two points.
  • Picking the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game is for tiebreaking purposes only. Combined ERA will refer to taking the total number of earned runs given up by both pitchers put together, then dividing it by the total number of innings thrown by both put together, then multiplying by nine to adjust for nine innings.

So with that out of the way, our World Series picks are below. Be sure to see how everyone’s doing, and come back once a champion is decided for the final results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series »

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1. Around the NFL:

* I hate the Patriots not playing on Sunday afternoon

* Hats off to the Rams coaching staff for taking risks – fake punt and a tricky punt return scheme

* Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan is the most overrated coach in the NFL

* Redskins have two playoff wins since Daniel Synder bought the team in 1999 / They had twelve playoff wins and two Super Bowls in the previous fifteen years

* The NFC South has a combined record of 8-17-1 / 2-12 outside their Division

* The curse of the Tuck continues – Raiders 0-6

2. Around College Football:

* Playoffs right now is Miss State vs. Alabama / Florida St vs. Ole Miss (though the Miss teams play each other and one will get knocked off) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Off – Winter is Coming »

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The Royals and Giants were each bubbly in celebrating World Series trips. (http://theferventshaker.files.wordpress.com/)

The World Series is set. The Giants and Royals, both of the Wildcard teams, advanced past the LCS round in quick fashion. The Royals are four wins away from end a very lengthy drought, while the Giants look to continue their streak of biennial championships. Choosing the Royals to get there was simple enough for our panel, though the Giants had to split votes with St Louis. In addition, it was difficult for most to see such quick series coming, ditto for guessing Lorenzo Cain and Madison Bumgarner as ALCS and NLCS MVPs respectively.

But it’s not over yet, as anyone can still win. Updated results are below, and be sure to check back Tuesday for the World Series picks. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: League Championship Series Results »

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1. Patriots:

MISC

* Not close to a Super Bowl team – they are on pace for 12 wins but I don’t think they win a playoff game with this team

* Time of Possession 41 to 19 wow!

* I don’t have a problem with the 15 yarder Devy took defending Brady BUT a number of penalties in the Red Zone knocking them backwards

* Imagine how mad New England would be if the kick was good and Rex Ryan pumped his fist and jumped up and down

OFFENSE

* Patriots scored on first drive – hip, hip hooray! Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Hang On, Save Our Weekend »

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