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Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Halfway, Ortiz Overpaid

David Ortiz (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

1. Patriots at the halfway mark:

* Tom Brady on pace for 4,016 yards passing / 32 touchdowns / 6 interceptions
* Stevan Ridley is on pace to run for 1,432 yards / 10 TD’s
* Wes Welker is on pace for 120 receptions / 1,472 yards
* Gronk is on pace for 14 TD
* Chandler Jones is on pace for 12 sacks
* Patriots have five home games of the last eight / their eight opponents are a combined 29-27
* With Alfonzo Denard and Aqib Talib on the field it will be like watching the Longest Yard

2. David Ortiz:

* They say he’s a good clubhouse guy but he was there during the last two seasons of unprecedented mayhem and wasn’t able to turn the tide (if he even tried)
* This was Ben Cherrington’s PERFECT opportunity to show the baseball world that there was a new sheriff in town and there would be discipline – instead he fed the “monster” giving Ortiz maybe $15mm more than any other team would offer
* Reward for missing 72 games was a two-year extension for possibly $30mm
* Interesting piece by Dan Shaughnessy in which he wrote in favor the signing “Ortiz Deal: No Complaints” but then stated all the reasons they shouldn’t have signed him including a coded statement that protects him from liability of unfounded accusation when he wrote, “Then it all came back. Ortiz reversed the aging process.”

3. Around College Football:

* The BCS is throwing up in their mouth right now with five teams undefeated after nine weeks (they are lucky that Ohio State isn’t eligible)
* Chip Kelly is too aggressive to stay in the college game and not take on a new challenge
* Saturday night was the National Championship game with Alabama beating LSU, who outplayed them
* Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the closest thing to Doug Flutie since the mid 80’s / thrown for 2,527 yards and 16 TD / run for 922 yards and 15 touchdowns
* Former Boston College running back Montel Harris is running for Temple – last five games averaging 109 yards and has scored FIVE touchdowns
* ACC only has two teams in the Top 25
* Notre Dame got a huge 4th Down interference call to start their rally
* Current matchups if there was an eight-team playoff: Alabama vs. South Carolina / Kansas State vs. LSU / Oregon vs. Florida / Notre Dame vs. Georgia

4. Around the NFL:

* Who do you root for in a Steelers – Giants game?
* Randy Moss this year: 13 Receptions / 235 yards (put him over 15,000) / 2 TD’s
* BC Eagle Luke Kuechly over the last six games has averaged 12 tackles a game
* Arizona Cardinals have lost 5 straight after winning four in a row to start the season

5. Patriots Secondary during Super Bowl years:

2001 – Ty Law, Lawyer Millow, Tebucky Jones, Terrell Buckley, Je’Rod Cherry, Otis Smith, Matt Stevens
2003 – Ty Law, Rodney Harrison, Eugene Wilson, Tyrone Poole, Antwan Harris,
2004 – Ty Law, Rodney Harrison, Randall Gay, Eugene Wilson, Earthwind Moreland, Tyrone Poole, Dexter Reid

6. Big Baby:

After two games, Big Baby is averaging 26 points / 9 rebounds per game in Orlando

7. Amazing Stat:

U Mass football has been outscored this year 360-90

8. Old School – Really old – the Lakers roster:

Steve Nash – 16 years in league
Kobe Bryant – 16 years in league
Antawn Jamison – 14 years in league
Metta World (non) Peace – 13 years in league
Pau Gasol – 11 years in league

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Predictions for Oscar Movie of the Year (Indiewire):

* Argo
* Lincoln
* Les Miserables
* Life of Pi
* Silver Linings Playbook
* The Master
* Beasts of the Southern Wild
* Amour

10. Randomocity:

* Is there a Sunday that goes by that Nick Cafardo doesn’t take a shot at Theo: “the 2004 Red Sox team that Theo Epstein tweaked (tweaked?) into a World Championship”
* I don’t know if I can watch the Celtics as they allow teams to outrebound them night in and night out and get to the basket without consequences
* Head Coach Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis are a combined 2-15
* Torii Hunter would consider Boston after he called Boston fans racists?
* How long before the IRS looks into Livestrong and Second Mile

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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6 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Halfway, Ortiz Overpaid”

  1. Cs have problems, apparently. Disheartening start to the year.

    REPLY – MPC – Like the Patriots not getting a pass rush in the offseason every year – Celtics not getting a rebounder (why not Marcus Camby)

    Posted by tronburger | November 5, 2012, 7:26 am
  2. I agree totally on Ortiz. He is 37 years old and overweight, has a PED history and an Achilles injury. What a bad bet. I think he has only about a 50% chance of hitting another 20 homers as a Red Sox.

    REPLY – MPC – Unless he ponies up with a chemist again

    Posted by TimU | November 5, 2012, 8:49 am
  3. I disagree, it’s a good call to bring him back. They need his bat in the lineup and so what if it’s for more money than he might produce for, he earned it years ago. Plus who else thats a free agent should we use that money on??? He is the best choice.

    REPLY – MPC – I know its not money but why overpay when no one else we give him 75% of the money

    Posted by Martin | November 5, 2012, 10:15 am
  4. -I think the Sox bad clubhouse was too messy for one man to turnaround, especially with Bobby V at the helm. I wouldn’t fault Ortiz for that.

    -Celtics rebounding, or lack thereof, means the rook Sullinger has to grow up very fast. Remember we discussed getting Camby while you were at the Herald during there last title run? We would have won it with him!

    -Steelers over Giants every day.

    -LSUs prevent defense down the stretch against Alabama. Unreal that coaches go to this almost every time.

    REPLY – MPC – Camby was right / LSU was sad loss – parking lot must have been somber / Sull has a chance to be Rookie of the Year but won’t be a force in defensive paint (though taking charges)

    Posted by Orange Julius | November 5, 2012, 10:54 am
  5. Actually, Asante Samuel became a starter after Law and Poole were sidelined by injuries in 2004, and had an interception in the end zone that was called back in Super Bowl 39.

    REPLY – MPC – Show me the money – which should mean show me some run support

    Posted by Brian | November 6, 2012, 1:24 pm
  6. Re: Ortiz “he earned it years ago”…if I may, I’d like to introduce a little reality into the discussion…if that is your logic should DiceK, Carl Crawford, and John Lackey give their salary back to the Red Sox for prior years? Additionally, the period in which you claim he “earned it” was a time when the Red Sox took a chance on him and he was clearly on the juice during some or all of those years (take an objective look at the numbers). He’s been great to watch and thrown up huge performances in the clutch but you can’t pay him for past at bats.

    REPLY – MPC – Using the theory of past performance means we should re-attach Ted’s head and prop him up in the batters box

    Posted by Pumpkin | November 9, 2012, 9:01 am

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