Grady Sizemore

26.2 Miles to Boston – now available on Amazon

1. Red Sox Opener:

* Over/Under for Red Sox is 88 wins in Vegas – under would be a sad season (I will be consistent and go under)
* Red Sox were were pardoned from paying $26.5mm in salary with Dempster walking away and Drew getting misguided advice by Boras
* Great story in Grady Sizemore – get the bubble wrap out
* How would you like to be Brian Rose, who lives wondering about his unfulfilled career only to pick up the Sunday Globe and see a doll of himself and the words “Huge Expectations – Zero Results”
* Victorino over / under games 125 – Under
* I would not extend Lester (Kershaw already on DL) – Capuano will win 13 to Lester’s 16 for $18mm less
* Did I really read in Nick Cafardo’s Sunday article that Ortiz might be “kicking himself” for signing the contract extension?
* When does Ortiz ask for another extension / crash into Farrell’s press conference Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Back from Writers Rehab – Opening Day and Snow on the Ground »

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Michael Kennedy and Eric Walsh

Tragically, two firefighters were killed battling a tremendous fire in the Back Bay area of Boston on Wednesday:

Lt. Ed Walsh, 43, was a 9 1/2 year veteran. He was married with 2 boys, 1 girl – all under 10.

Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, was with the department for 6 1/2 years. He was single and a veteran of the Marine Corps.

May they rest in peace. Continue reading 2 Boston Firefighters Killed in Back Bay Fire; Tom Brady Watches From Afar »

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1. MISC:

1. Taking a month off see you at the end of Spring Training
2. Book 26.2 Miles to Boston will be out in the next week – if anyone wants a signed book let me know
3. Blanket Fund success – speakers were amazing: Dr. Oh great insight about his days with Dr. Andrews / Eric Cressey talking about his program and the importance of not specializing in one sport / Dr. Stern’s presentation on concussions was eye opening and compelling – thanks to everyone that helped keep the Blanket Fund helping others!

2. How about West Roxbury’s James Mulry striking out Big Papi and Pedroia back to back?

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: James Mulry Dominates Sox, Going Into Hibernation »

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Ten more seats to fill for Blanket Dinner tonight Doubletree in Cambridge/Boston

1. Olympic Summary

* I was rooting for Sweden over Canada (wrong)
* I was wrong on USA easy over Canada (how about an adjustment at some point?)
* Is Tuukka getting grief for being sick for the semi-final game?
* Canadian defense was awesome
* Still waiting for some advertiser to give credit to a father for driving their kid to an occasional practice
* USA just nine golds for all that money
* Putin joins FDR, Nixon and De Gaulle opening the winter Olympics

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Celtics

Celtics are 8-7 against other Lottery teams – that’s too good Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Blanket Dinner Tonight! »

Blanket Dinner – three days – can you make it? Let me know

1. USA 5 – Canada 2 – I don’t think it will be close. Better skaters, better goalie

2. Unheard of an hockey history for a team to be given a two player advantage never mind that the second penalty was a complete phantom

3. Celtics do nothing – you couldn’t get second round picks for Bass and Humphries? Danny in the second round:

E’twaun Moore – 166 NBA games
Luke Harangody – 70 NBA games
Lester Hudson – 52 NBA games
Semih Erden – 69 NBA games
Ryan Gomes – 487 games
Justin Reed – 136 games Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: USA Cruises to Gold Medal Game, Blanket Dinner Needs You! »

One week to go to Blanket Dinner – awesome panel

1. USA Hockey:

* How about the insane shot blocking by the Americans specifically McDonough and Kessler
* if the NHL learns one thing from Olympic hockey – no commercials adds to the flow to the game and maximizes the advantage of the sport that is “the fastest on feet” – increase time between periods
* I like Ryan Miller over Quick in the finals versus Canada – better chance to steal one
* Shoot out rules favored the Americans – Russia was loaded with shooters (they didn’t even use Ovechkin)
* The punk that was in the box for the Russians twice for power play goals looks like a cold war holdover with gold chain and demented teeth – Alexander Radulov
* The Russians were much better when they knew Siberia was their destination if they lost Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Oshie Should Go To Blanket Dinner Week from Monday »

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Blanket Dinner – 2/24 Doubletree on Storrow Drive – Speakers all set: Baseball Strength and Fitness guru Eric Cressey / Ortho surgeon superstar Dr. Oh / Nationally Renown Concussion expert Dr. Robert Stern

1. Olympic update:

* Hockey – Americans look fast / Kane is a player / Nets are too tight can be a problem later in the tournament / Canadians bored right now
* 65 degrees the other day
* Worst winter Olympics ever?
* Bob Costas poisoned by Matt Lauer?
* I miss Jim Mckay

2. Larry Bird senior season at Indiana State, 1978-1979:

* Averaged 28.6 pts / 14.9 rebounds / 5.5 assists
* High points in a game 48 against Butler
* High rebounds in a game 22 at Tulsa
* Semi-Finals against Depaul led team to victory 35 points (16-19) / 16 rebounds / 9 assists
* Ended season 33-1 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Blanket Dinner 11 Days and Other Stuff »