Connelly’s Top Ten: Weekend!

July 18, 2014 at 8:54am in Featured, Now!, Top Story

1. Cliff Notes:

* Seven summer weekends left – enjoy
* Tom Brady soon to take the field again – life is good
* No soccer, no College World Series, Red Sox stink – August 30th Ohio State – Navy!
* They should have a charity competition to see how many slap shots Bobby Schumatz could put on net from blue line

2. Red Sox second half schedule:

* They play in Jeter’s last game at home (surprised Major League Baseball didn’t have Jeter’s last game in Yankee Stadium)
* They play in Pittsburgh, which will be a fun match up with that outfield
* Why not move Lester, Peavy, Lackey, Napoli, Gomes, Ross Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Weekend! »

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Cole Hamels (Michael Perez/AP)

Red Sox beat writer Nick Cafardo wrote an article yesterday for the Boston Globe saying that Cole Hamels might be a viable trade option for the Boston Red Sox and would make “perfect sense” for the Sox to pursue him.

Blasphemy. Blasphemy, I say.

Hamels, the hard throwing southpaw from San Diego, has had a successful 9-year career so far and has been a quiet ace all season long, despite his 3-5 record on a terrible Phillies team. He led his team to a World Series championship in 2008 and won the World Series MVP award. This is a very good pitcher with a long track record of success and he’s got an affordable contract.

That said, the Sox would be foolish to make a trade for him. Continue reading Red Sox Interested in Cole Hamels: Would This be a Mistake? »

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Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola (Jared Wickerham, Getty Images)

With the start of training camp just one week away, it’s time to look at the state of the Patriot’s wide receivers heading into the 2014 season. The group was the subject of much criticism last season. While Julian Edelman emerged into a solid replacement for Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and rookie Aaron Dobson struggled to stay on the field for the Pats.

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The receiving core is relatively the same group that contributed to the league’s third ranked scoring offense a year ago. The one notable addition during the off-season was ex-Panther Brandon LaFell. The former Carolina receiver had a solid campaign in 2013, netting 627 yards on 49 receptions with 5 touchdowns. At 6’3″ LaFell offers tremendous versatility at the position, as he can play both in the slot and on the outside. Continue reading Patriots 2014 Wide Receivers Preview: Edelman, Amendola, LaFell, Dobson »

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Peter Chiarelli (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has caught a lot of flak from B’s fans this summer for what has amounted to an uneventful offseason since being soundly beaten by the Canadiens in the second round. Arguments have been tossed around that he his too loyal to his “core” guys and that a few bad contracts are hurting the B’s cap situation. While there may be some validity to these arguments, in truth Chiarelli has done a masterful job in piecing together an elite roster.

As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Just because the Bruins got bounced in the second round by their kryptonite Montreal doesn’t mean that they have something fundamentally wrong with their line-up. This is a team that finished first in the regular season and made a solid playoff push despite starting four rookie defensemen. Continue reading Quiet Off-Season Best Option for Bruins »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Tiger Woods is second in odds in Vegas to win the British Open
* Brilliant no lose move by Lebron and he picks up $21mm a year
* Tour de France – 90% juice?

2. World Cup:

I was right (I never get to say it so….)

* You will be happy to hear that this is the last World Cup update
* Almost half the games in the elimination round had no goals in regulation
* Brazil most over-rated team since any Dean Smith team
* Still can’t believe how many players miss the net
* FIFA should rate the biggest divers the tourney and suspend them Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: All-Star Game Week… Time to go to Movies »

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Kelly Olynyk (Photo: NBA.com)

The Orlando Summer League came to an end on Friday, with the 76ers taking the top honors on Championship Day, while the Celtics lost to the Indiana Pacers and finished with a 3-2 record. For the second straight year, Kelly Olynyk was Boston’s best player, although most of the focus was naturally on the sixth pick in the Draft, guard Marcus Smart, who struggled early but eventually settled down and put up respectable numbers.

Olynyk, who played in four of the Celtics’ five games, ranked fifth in the League with 17.5 points per game and eighth with 7.3 rebounds. He also played 32.5 minutes on average, second only to Sergey Karasev, who was acquired by the Nets in Thursday’s three-team deal with Boston and Cleveland and played just one game. Not surprisingly, none of the eight top scorers was a 2014 Draft pick, as Olynyk and his fellow “veterans” showed off their experience in dominating their younger competition. Continue reading Olynyk Shines, Smart Shows Flashes at Orlando Summer League »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Weekend is here – old beer list Schlitz, Narraganset,
* There is not one Sox other than Pedroia I wouldn’t trade
* Rumors of Tiger’s PED use starting to be heard
* Imagine the level you must lower yourself to beg these NBA stars to come to your team?
* I can’t believe that the Pats have Revis

2. World Cup:

* You gotta give me some love for picking Germany-Argentina final before the tournament – with Germany winning
* Having seen so much diving since Wide World of Sports (refs are giving it less late in tourney)
* Is Michael Ballack and other hard to understand analysts going to be doing Sports Center after the tourney?
* Now what do you look forward to in Brazil? Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Surf’s Up! »

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