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Connelly’s Top Ten: Final Four, Red Sox Opener, Other Stuff

Eliot Tatelman (left of Jordan's Furniture) and Bobby Valentine. (Photo Credit: Jordan’s Furniture)

1. Red Sox:

* Bobby Valentine now doing Jordan’s commercial and Ocean Edge – is that supposed to help those companies?
* See where the Red Sox sold out every spring training game
* Red Sox actually have a tough schedule – Detroit on the road, Toronto on the road then Tampa, Texas and NY at home – if they are 8-7 after the first 15, they did well
* Red Sox pitchers on their roster right now making OVER a million dollars (per ESPN): Beckett $15mm / Lester $7.6mm / Andrew Bailey $3.9mm / Clay Bucholz $3.5mm / Alfredo Aceves $1.2mm / Matt Albers $1.0mm / Andrew Miller $1mm
* Countries Red Sox players are from other than USA: Mexico, Venezuela, Japan, Dominican (only one player)

2. Bruins Scorers:

What the top five Bruins goal scorers are being paid per goal (goals pro-rated to end of season)…

  • Brad Marchand: 27, $ 74,074 a goal
  • Tyler Seguin: 27, $ 33,333 a goal
  • Milan Lucic: 25, $160,000 a goal
  • Patrice Bergeron: 21, $280,952 a goal
  • David Krejci: 21, $190,476 a goal

3. Most pitches thrown in a postseason game (since 1970):

  • Steve Carlton (1980) – 159 (58% strikes)
  • Luis Tiant (1975) – 155 (56% strikes)
  • Britt Burns (1983) – 150 (59% strikes)
  • David Cone (1995) – 147 (59% strikes)
  • Curt Schilling (1993) – 147 (67% strikes)

(Info from

4. Bruins that have played every game:

Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly, Dennis Seidenberg

5. Massachusetts pitchers pitching for Vanderbilt:

* Tyler Beede – 0-3 / 6.46 ERA
* Kevin Ziomek – 2-3 / 3.82 ERA
* Adam Ravanelle 0-0 / 0.00 ERA – 3.1 innings

6. Rays:

Over the last four years, the Tampa Bay Rays have been to the playoffs three times and have averaged 21,855 fans a game / during the same time period the Cubs have been to the playoffs once and have averaged 38,857 fans a game

7. Amazing Stat:

Most Rebounds in a game for a player not named Russell or Chamberlain:

* Jerry Lucas – 40
* Neil Johnston – 39
* Maurice Stokes – 38
* Nate Thurmond / Moses Malone / Tom Boerwinkle / Walt Bellamy / Nate Thurmond – 37

8. Old School:

Average QB Rating of the leaders in the category from each year in the respective decade:

1970-1979 – 93.6
2000-2009 – 106.9

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

University of Florida player Taylor Gushue is a high school senior but graduated in December by accelerating classes and has 5 home runs already for the Gators.

10. Randomocity:

* Cool YouTube of Ray Lewis firing up the Stanford basketball team before NIT
* Its great to be able to keep playing but wouldn’t you be embarrassed winning the NIT?
* I’m curious: does anyone know how many pitches Roger Clemens threw in Game 6 -1986?
* Keep Rick Pitino out of closets in restaurants this weekend
* The other night, Lakers center Andrew Bynum took a pull-up three pointer and was immediately benched by his coach – he took a seat on the bench and laughed about it

About Michael

Lifelong Boston resident who finds equal enjoyment in celebrating the local team's success as I do complaining about their failures. I have been writing the Top Ten for the last decade as well as five sports books: 26 Miles to Boston, Rebound, The President's Team, The Great Book of Boston Sports Lists and NBA List Jam.

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One comment for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Final Four, Red Sox Opener, Other Stuff”

  1. According to, Clemens threw 139 pitches in 7 innings before being replaced by Calvin Schiraldi in the 8th.

    Posted by Brian | March 30, 2012, 12:27 pm

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