1. Patriots vs. Jets:

MISC

* I love the coin toss decision – Patriots were shutting down the Jets offense and only had to hold them to switch field position and only need a field goal to win

* Patriots lost to the Jets on the road without Lewis, Blount, Devlin, Edelman, Amendola, Dobson, Chandler, Vollmer, Solder, Wendell, McCourty, Chung, Easley

* Game was a success – Gronk and Brady leave New Jersey in one piece

* Fouts and Eagle should give their check back – clueless on the coin toss in overtime

* Injuries – Vollmer, Coleman, Waddle, Richards

* I’ve said this before – how refreshing to see the Patriots sitting tall on the bench giving their positional coaches full attention

BIGGEST PLAYS OF THE GAME

* Pic play went uncalled in overtime (third time in the game)

* Touch interference call on Butler, which would have switched possession Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Jets Beat Patriots JV »

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Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been linked to the distribution of human growth hormone, according to a bombshell report from Al Jazeera.

The HGH was shipped from an Indiana-based anti-aging company to the NFL legend’s wife, Ashley Manning. Manning himself flatly denied that he ever used performance-enhancing drugs, but his agent did not deny that the shipment did indeed occur, citing personal medical reasons.

Other athletes named in the report include Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Tyson.

The documentary airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. on Al Jazeera.

Read the full report from the Huffington Post here.

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1. Patriots vs. Titans:

MISC

* How happy were gamblers with the Patriots covering the spread and over with a meaningless field goal kick

* With Brady’s illness and all – just take the win and get out of there

* I know Belichick is right almost always but why is Gronk in the game up by two scores to the Titans with three minutes left (he tweaked something falling out of bounds in the end zone)

* Amazing how many times Gostkowski is close to hitting that bulls eye in the stands

* Interesting camera angle today at Foxboro – thought it was lower

* Do your job – Is Gronk responsible for helping Brady with high fiving

* Injuries – Hightower, Chung and Amendola – ugh

OFFENSE

* How about Joey Iosefa trucking Coty Sensabaugh Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Send Gamblers Home Happy »

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David Price (left) & Dave Dombrowski (Winslow Townson/Associated Press)

The Boston Red Sox had a variety of options in finding an ace this offseason. The free agent market featured several top of the rotation pitchers, and the trade market (allegedly) features other pitchers who would easily feature as any team’s ace. The Red Sox ended up making David Price the richest pitcher in history and they were smart to do so, as Price made the most sense of any available ace. While the contract is obviously exorbitant, signing Price cost the Red Sox nothing but money; no prospect cost in trade, and no draft pick loss since Price was traded in-season.

Another pitcher in that tier is Johnny Cueto. Cueto, like Price, would have cost the Red Sox nothing but a sizeable financial commitment since he was a free agent that also was traded during the season. Some are saying that the Red Sox would have been better off signing Cueto since his agreement with the Giants came in $87 million shorter than the Red Sox commitment to Price. Adding to that sentiment is a report that the Red Sox were Cueto’s preferred destination, due in large part to his admiration of Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez.

Continue reading Red Sox Smartly Chose Price Over Cueto »

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1. Patriots vs. Titans:

* Remember the Titans over-rated / Varsity Blue under-rated

* Last time the Patriots played Tennessee in the cold – 59-0 / Titans quit / Brady 5 TD passes in one quarter

* Skilled players Brady has lost this year – Lewis, Edleman, Blount, Gronk, Amendola, Dobson

* Tennessee has a – 9 takeaway differential

* Mariota sacked 35 times – maybe Chandler Jones can fall on him and get a 1/2 sack

* Titan punter Brian Kern has punted 68 times this year

2. Update on the local teams:

* Patriots on pace to go 13-3 / Superbowl Odds 4 to 1 (1st) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Remember the Titans – Stink »

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There was no one happier to see Rob Gronkowski back than Tom Brady as the two connected on a touchdown pass.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

After losing two games in a row you knew there was no way the Patriots were going to lose Sunday against the Texans. With Belichick and Tom Brady involved the Patriots haven’t lost more than two games in a row since 2002. Offensively the team is still banged up but the return of Rob Gronkowski made an immediate impact. Julian Edelman returned to the practice field much earlier than anyone expected, granted it was light work but still a positive sight nonetheless. Both of those only added to the fact that the Bengals lost the game and Andy Dalton for potentially the rest of the season and the Broncos blew a 12-0 lead at home against the Raiders. The Patriots took the opening and now control their own destiny.

– Sunday night was the most balanced offensive game plan that they’ve used all year. Tom Brady finished with 30 pass attempts while the team as a whole ran the ball 31 times. They finally decided to stick with the run and it paid dividends. LeGarrette Blount looked to be having his most productive game of the season rushing 10 times for 53 yards. Unfortunately his day and season were ended early. Brandon Bolden showed a good burst for his first extended look of the season finishing with 51 yards on 16 carries. James White started to make more of an impact in the passing game gaining 27 yards on a screen pass. It’s a shame that one of the best rushing games for the year is marred by the loss of Blount. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 14: Patriots Take Control of The AFC, Defeat Texans 27-6 »

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1. Patriots – Texans:

* MISC

* Great day for Patriots – they win, Denver and Cincy lose (and Rex)

* The curse of Houston’s turf which ate up Wes Welker’s knee – Freeney, McCourty, Chung, Easley, Blount

* Patriots have a higher winning percentage when Ebner doesn’t kick off

* Brady should have overthrew a receiver and buzzed Houston owner McNair like Ebby Laloosh hitting the bull or Burt Reynolds throw into the lower region of prison guard Bogdanski (played by Ray Nitschke) in the Longest Yard

* Why was Gronk catching a seam pass up 27-6 late in the 4th quarter?

* What makes the Patriots great – special teams players Slater and King despite the ball going through the end zone still sprinted the entire length of the field to see who was first to touch the returner

* Vince looks heavier

* REFS

* Took away two touchdowns on the first scoring drive and they still scored Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Get Business-Like Win in Houston »

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