1. Patriots – Minnesota:


* I know they won but that was a real bad opponent

* Crazy amount of penalties – 22 accepted for 221 yards

* Bill went with blue hoodie

* Why even watch kickoffs which are touchbacks, extra points and now field goals must be at 90% under 50 yards (Old Patriot John Smith was 28 for 63 from over 40 yards / 1-5 from 50 yards plus – Gostkowski is 12 for 16 from 50+)

* Jenny Dell in the house – in the CBS truck there were certainly calling for the camera man to pan out Continue reading Connelly Top Ten: Patriots Average Team – 10-6 »

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Prior to the Patriots-Vikings fan, a tailgater was spotted wearing an Adrian Peterson jersey while holding what we can presume to be a ‘switch’ or stick:


Peterson, as you probably know, was deactivated after his indictment for child abuse, involving the ‘switch’ technique of disciplining a child.

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1. Patriots Preview: @ Minnesota:

* Like the Dolphins, the Vikings have a superior wide receiver corp to Patriots: Jennings, Patterson, Rudolph

* Adrian Peterson first four years running for 100 plus yards – the Vikings were 14-5 / Last three years they are 10-8-1

* If Patriots are losing Sunday, just think about how annoying that mascot with his Viking horn will be

* Bud Grant was boring

* Think Adrian Peterson is tossing and turning in bed worried about Joe Vellano

2. Bledsoe-Brady:

Bledsoe’s opening day in 2001, compared to Brady’s last week: Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Must Win? Not Yet »

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With a one-point victory, Turkey moves on to the Quarterfinals. (Gary M. Stolz/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Round of 16 is over. Spain and the United States each moved on, while Greece couldn’t stay undefeated. Three other games were decided by no more than five points. It was a tough round for the countries involved, but since all our experts picked the same winners, it didn’t matter for us.

Still, there’s plenty of time left for someone to make a move in the standings. Updated results are below, and be sure to check back on Tuesday for the quarterfinal picks. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 Results »

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1. Patriots Review:


* Patriots are now 1-2 after trading a team leader the weeks before the opener

* No Hoodie

* Brady could have got 15 yards for leading with the helmet on Gronk after Gronk’s TD

* Blocked punts and stuff like that usually don’t happen to the Patriots

* Might need to make Dante Scarnecchia a Godfather offer to comeback


* I think Josh McDaniels is the most overrated play caller in the game (any level). ALSO, I will break my TV this year watching him and Brady sitting together on the bench like no one else will sit with them at lunch looking at pictures on the sideline and not figuring it out! Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Passive Patriots get Bitc* Slapped in South Beach »

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Mexico just made it into the knockout stage, but has the unenviable task of taking on the Americans in the Round of 16. (wwe.com)

The knockout stage is here. Things kick off with Mexico looking to down the United States, a most unenviable task. Fellow unbeatens Spain and Greece face Senegal and Serbia respectively, with some great action in between.

For the knockout stage, picking a winner successfully is worth two points. Not that it matters at all now, because all eight games featured unanimous winners. But with eight competitors remaining after the Round of 16, there’s still plenty of time left.

Check below for who we all picked to win each game, and come back when the first knockout round is over for updated point totals. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 »

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Greece impressed as one of three unbeaten teams; how far can they take it? (http://www.greek-mythology-pantheon.com/)

The group stage is over in the World Cup, and to nobody’s surprise, the United States cruised. Spain also moved through handily, but what nobody saw combing was how well Greece did, winning all five games and helping push group favorite Argentina all the way down to third place. At least one team in each group made it through with a losing record as well, so it was a tough race for many teams.

With similar picks, our Pick ‘Em is neck-and-neck, so far relying on bonus points from picking the correct place finishers to open up leads. The results so far are below, and be sure to come back Saturday for the Round of 16 selections. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Pick ‘Em: Group Stage Results »

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