1. Boston success:

Since 2002, the Boston teams have been 20 Conference Finals (or an amazing 1.54 every year for 13 years): What other four-sports-team cities are close?

* Detroit……..14

* Philly……….10

* Chicago……..8

* New York…..8

2. Bruins stuff:

* David Krejci is on pace to average 63 games over the last three years Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: I Miss the Patriots »

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1. More Patriots / Super Bowl stuff:

* Funny that Rutgers Football did a congratulations ad in the special Boston Globe issue Sunday

* Running game who needs a running game: Leader rusher on Super Bowl champion Patriots – Jonas Gray 412 yards / 22 of the top 33 rushers in the NFL did not participate in the playoffs

* Talk about inequitable – Gronk has to pay 86% of the fine punk Bruce Irvin got for the Super Bowl fight in which Gronk had to defend himself against two punks

* How long before the lawsuits starting pouring in on Gronk – puck hits someone in the eye, paternity, etc?

* In the sound bites from NFL Films Josh McDaniels sounds like a little kid with Brady telling him which end is up

2. Five Patriots have salary cap slots next year in excess of $5mm:

* Revis…………$25mm

* Brady………..$14mm Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Sports Purgatory is Here »

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1. Some more Patriot stuff:

* On 98.5, they were calling Edelman Teen Wolf after he was surfing the duck boats

* People are outraged about Gronk drinking but not Seattle’s disgusting behavior

* Patriot QB’s postseason wins: Parilli – 1 / Eason – 3 / Bledsoe – 4 / Brady – 21

* Patriots all time record withOUT Tom Brady: 290-330 / With 160-47

* Patriots all time playoff record withOUT Tom Brady 7-9 / With 21-9

* All-time Patriots Receptions: Gronk 9th at 308 / Edelman 12th at 266

* All time Patriots receiving touchdowns: Stanley Morgan 67 / Gronk 54 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: We’re Still Champs! »

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1. MISC:

* Six Patriot Super Bowls all decided by four points or less – yikes

* Third straight Super Bowl Brady handed his defense a lead with under four minutes to play (1-2 record)

* What’s the over under on snowballs thrown at Wednesday parade?

* What a beautiful day Monday – no work or school because of snow allowing all to stay home and watch media members squirm and justify

* I’m so pumped and jacked

2. Brady vs. Montana debate is a knock out:

* Brady 21-8 (.724) in playoffs – 53 TD to 26 INT /// Montana 16-7 (.696) 45 TD to 21 INT Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: The Day After… »

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"Pro Wrestling," NES

With an incredible game in the books, filled with circus catches and debatable play calling, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions. The Pats were down by 10 in the 4th quarter and came back, but still gave up multiple big plays to Seattle. And with nobody expecting a pass play, that could have been a great play call to end the game; it just didn’t happen to work out (maybe not lining up in the gun would have helped).

Such back-and-forth action really put our Pick ‘Em up for grabs. But when the dust settled and the Patriots had emerged victorious, who reigned supreme atop our standings? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014-2015 NFL Playoff Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Super Bowl Results »

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1. MISC – You Mad Bro?

* Ya Baby! Might be my favorite championship.

* Blue hoodie with sleeves safe, strong call

* Giselle jinx? No more

* Classy – the Seattle and Patriot-haters booing Belichick during the National Anthem

* Anthem went over at 2:04 – two seconds over

* Bad omen – didn’t like them losing the coin toss and Seattle deferring

* Turnover battle is always the difference maker – not this time (1-2)

* Bruschi 7-0 as honorary captain

* I love that Patriot hater Kurt Warner brought the Super Bowl trophy up and handed it to Commish Goodell who tried to set up the Patriots to overcome his Ray Rice mess and then he had no choice but to hand it to Kraft!

* Just think ESPN picked the edge in coaching to Seattle – Pete Carroll’s staff made the worst play call in the SPORT’s history!

* Bill Belichick got one vote for Coach of the Year (three less than his rings)

* The Patriots might be hated but they couldn’t be classier in victory letting the win speak for itself Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: The Patriots Dynasty Lives! »

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The Patriots and Seahawks duke it out for the Lombardi Trophy on everybody's favorite day of the year, Puppy Bowl Sunday. (AP Photo/Animal Planet, Keith Barraclough)

Welcome to Super Bowl XLIX. The Patriots and Seahawks are ready to fight for the Championship in Arizona. Everything has come down to this one game, both for these two franchises and our panel of experts. With odds makers not making either team favored, it’s pretty much a pick the winner scenario. That caused a split in our panel in choosing whether the unstoppable force in New England’s offense or the immovable object in Seattle’s defense will emerge victorious.

There’s also a disagreement as to how high-scoring the game will be, though the passing attack is thought to give way somewhat with Marshawn Lynch and LeGarrette Blount giving an explosive element on the ground. And for the Super Bowl, in such a quarterback driven league, only one pick set has a quarterback as the game’s MVP.

Scoring will be largely as before, with the addition of choosing the game’s MVP. Furthermore, ALL POINTS WILL BE DOUBLED! In addition, in the event of a tie, we’ll also be guessing the length of the game’s longest drive, in minutes and seconds.

  • Successfully picking the winner of each game is worth four points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams COMBINED in each game is worth two points if guessed to within one, or four points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the MVP of the game is worth two points.
  • Picking the total number of yards thrown in each game by WHICHEVER quarterback throws the most is worth two points if guessed to within 50, or four points if guessed to within 10, or ten points if guessed exactly right.
  • Guessing the length of the game’s longest drive, IN MINUTES AND SECONDS, is for tiebreaking purposes only.

So with that out of the way, pick sets are below. And be sure to come back post-game for the final results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Expert Picks: Super Bowl »

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