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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 »

1. Olympics:

* That’s not Poland Springs over there
* I know it’s the times, but the X game sports – I’m having a tough time buying into
* I would love a reporter to ask X gamer Sage Kotsenburg, who won the gold medal and then draped the flag over him, “do you know the words to the Pledge of Allegiance”
* The figure skating team set up is so contrived
* What happened to the good ole days of Franz Klammer Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Olympics Ho Hum, Bill Russell, Good Will Hunting »

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2/24 Blanket Dinner theme announced – Sports-Medicine – Three renown leaders in orthopedics, concussions and sports psychology – checks for tickets ($50 includes dinner, entertainment and donation) or donations can be sent to StonehamBank at 80 Montvale Avenue in Stoneham 02180

1. What to look forward to during the dark days of sports:

* NHL playoffs
* NFL Draft
* Red Sox spring training
* Opening Day and raising the flag
* Celtics losing and getting in the lottery
* Boston Marathon and potentially Boston’s greatest day
* Oscars
* Masters
* 75 degree weather
* Blanket Dinner 2/24 – Doubletree in Cambridge Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Just a Bunch of Stuff »

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The Super Bowl is over, as is the 2013-2014 season. The 2014 draft should provide plenty of exciting moments, with several teams needing a franchise quarterback and several available. But that is a consolation to the fans for what was one of the more lopsided Super Bowls in recent memory. Peyton Manning and the powerful Denver offense looked like a JV squad at best for most of the game, moving up to the 31st overall pick following a 43-8 loss to Seattle.

With everyone picking the Broncos, the touchdown total was where our panelists got most of their final points in a push for positioning. Peyton Manning threw for only 280 yards, limited by two picks as well, which limited our own chances to get points out of the passing yards total.

But with multiple panelists still close together and doubled points, who came out on top? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014 NFL Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Super Bowl Results »

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With all the talent and hype going into Sunday's contest, competition is sure to be ultra fierce. (Animal Planet)

The Super Bowl is underway. The top-ranked Broncos offense takes on the top-ranked Seahawks defense. Wily veteran Peyton Manning takes on Sophomore sensation Russell Wilson. The game is full of storylines, and we’re here to bring you our selections for how the big game will turn out.

A blowout offense and stifling defense are averaging out our guesses for touchdown totals, while passing yards are predicted to be down somewhat. Naturally, quarterbacks have an advantage in MVP voting because they’re quarterbacks, though Denver’s receiving corps and both running games are pretty good too.

In addition to adding an MVP category to our predictions, all point values are doubled!! Otherwise, scoring is similar to before:

  • Picking the winner of the game is worth four points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams combined is worth two points if guessed to within one, or four points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the yards thrown for by the game’s top passer (one top-throwing quarterback only) is worth two points if guessed to within 50, or four points if guessed to within 10, or a whopping ten points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the Super Bowl MVP is worth two points.

So now that that’s out of the way, complete picks are below, and be sure to check back upon the Super Bowl’s completion for final results and standings. Continue reading 2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Super Bowl »

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1. Super Bowl preview:

* I’m rooting for pumped and jacked over Manning – don’t want him to close gap on Brady
* Seattle needs to go Manchurian Candidate – “Must knock down Manning, Must knock down Manning, Must knock down Manning”
* Sherman better come up big for his own sake
* Imagine Carroll’s post game speech – “gee willikers, good golley, the boys were really super.”
* Will Seattle be Napoleon and go to Russia in the winter? San Diego and Patriots proved the middle is Denver – got get to the edge
* Score with my heart Seattle 27-21 on an interception return by Richard Sherman Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Pumped and Jacked, Ortiz Whines, Confederates Like Manning Not Good in Cold »

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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 Jets field goal miss
* The non-call on the Gronk interference against Carolina
* The non call on Welker for a pick and then the call on Hoo Man for the phantom pick
* The interference by Cleveland on Boyce
* The interference by Colts on Edelman in the playoffs
* It shows the power of the officials as all calls favored the home team (that is a major problem)

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