Doug Clough

Some people have all the luck. One such person is fifty-three-year-old ironworker, Doug Clough. Doug is a native of Deerfield, Massachusetts, but now resides in Medford. He’s a lifelong Patriots fan. Earlier this NFL season, Doug heard a FanDuel advertisement on the radio and thought, “I’ll give this a try.” And he won. The first time he ever played any sort of fantasy sport, ever—he won.

It is one thing to have “beginner’s luck.” Before I spoke with Doug I didn’t think it was possible to be that lucky. If merely qualifying for the FanDuel Championship with zero previous fantasy sports experience wasn’t enough, Doug’s story has another wrinkle. He qualified for the FanDuel Championship in week 6, among the players he used were Tom Brady, Brandon LaFell and Brandon Lloyd. In his words, “I just picked who I liked. There wasn’t anything analytical about it.” Continue reading Medford’s FanDuel Champion: Doug Clough »

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Connellys Top Ten: Victory!

November 3, 2014 at 7:29am in Featured, Now!, Top Story

Everything is Misc:

-  You know those commercial properties that no matter what business goes in there it fails – that’s the Jets

- From ESPN - Cardinals 15-3 last 18 games

- Pats 73-0 at home when leading at halftime

- Ravens vs Steelers was the Longest Yard except both teams were the convicts

- Is it possible that Gostkowski is as good as Vinatieri? Continue reading Connellys Top Ten: Victory! »

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Just Enjoy!

October 31, 2014 at 7:59am in Featured, Now!, Top Story

1. Patriots – Denver preview:

* Denver is 25-19 against the Patriots all time  (3-1 in playoffs)

* Which is Ex-Bronco is more worthy of our hate – Shannon Sharpe or Tom Jackson?

* No one talks about Denver violating the salary cap laws, leading to their Super Bowl run in the 80′s

* Best draft pick – Bob Hayes 105th in the 1964 draft, leading to a Hall of Fame career

* John Elway ran for 3,407 yards in Denver Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Just Enjoy! »

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The World Series is over, in a thrilling Game 7 no less. That led to a hearty celebration, to be sure. Usually a starter, but with no games ahead, Madison Bumgarner got a very rare five-inning save to cap off the Giants’ third title in five seasons.

The Giants were the favored team among our experts, though nobody saw the series going the full seven games, much less concluding in such a tactical game. Still, points are points in the final round. So who ended up with the big win? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014 MLB Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series Results »

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2014-2015 NBA Expert Picks

October 28, 2014 at 9:38pm in Celtics, Featured, NBA, Now!, Opinion
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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