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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1. Patriots – Seattle Pre-Game Top Ten:

* All Patriot fans owe a debt of gratitude to the whole organization. Imagine for the sixth time in just over a decade they took us into February.

* Want to feel old? There is only one player in the game that was born in the 1970’s – Tom Brady / 32 players on the two team’s rosters were born in the 90’s

* Who is smarter – Seattle has two players from Stanford, one from Cornell, California, Duke, /// Patriot have a player from Brown, California and Stanford

* Who has fattest team – Seattle has 12 players at least 300 lbs / Patriots have 13

* How did the two teams do against playoff teams: Seattle vs. playoff teams: 7-1 / Patriots 6-1

* Russell Wilson sacked 42 times (Ninkovich and Chandler Jones have to hold the edges – need huge game from Chung against the run)

* How about flanking out Gronk right on Sherman to start the game – catch the pass and say to him: “You mad bro?”

* Please don’t start the game with the play action, fake end around they did in 2008 – Brady got killed

* In Five Brady Super Bowls – the team averaged 25 points in win / 15 points in losses

* Ugh Stat – in six playoff starts Chandler Jones has ZERO sacks / 7 tackles / 3 assists (he did have two sacks against Seattle last game) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots 24, Seattle 17 »

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Wednesday’s Super Bowl Preview Submission

1. Common Themes in Patriot’s Three losses (Buffalo game doesn’t count) – Miami, KC and Green Bay respectively:

* Patriots 3rd down Conversion – 29% / 22% / 48%
* Opponents 3rd Down Conversion – 53% / 58% / 58%
* Patriots Rushing plays: 20 / 16 /18
* Opponents Rushing plays: 38 / 38 / 29
* Patriots Rushing Yards: 89 / 75 / 84
* Opponents Rushing Yards: 191 / 207 / 130
* Gronk’s Average game in three losses: 4 receptions / 56 yards (1 TD total) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: How to Beat Seahawks »

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