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Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Bring Talent to South Beach

Tom Brady (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

1. Patriots vs. Miami:

* Patriots are 43-50 lifetime vs. Dolphins
* All day Friday, Patriot fans will begin the pilgrimage to Miami to support their team – some won’t come back
* Tight End Anthony Fasano hurts the Patriots
* I put the over-under at 3 for plays over 20 yards by Davone Bess
* Cameron Wake has 9.5 sacks already
* Marcus Thigpen is a good return man with two TD’s so far
* Kicker Dan Carpenter is 0-3 from 50 yards and out
* Punter Brandon Fields is averaging 50.5 punt yards a game
* Dolphins have allowed 43 pass plays over 20 yards / Patriots have allowed 55

2. Alex Smith:

49ers QB Alex Smith lost his job (Gerry Callahan mentioned this comparison the other day):

* Alex Smith the two games before losing his starting job: 25-27 (92.6%) – 4 TD to 0 INT / 1-0-1 record
* Drew Bledsoe the two games before losing his starting job: 40-66 (60.6%) – 2 TD to 2 INT / 0-2 record

3. Hershel Walker:

In three seasons with the New Jersey Generals, Hershel Walker ran for 5,562 yards

4. Good back of the rotation pitchers for the Red Sox:

* Al Nipper
* Reggie Cleveland
* Oil Can Boyd
* Tim Wakefield
* Bronson Arroyo
* Marty Pattin
* Joey Hesketh
* Roger Moret

5. More USFL talk:

average game attendance of the Boston Breakers in 1983 – 12,817

6. Former Red Sox eligible for Hall of Fame in 2013:

* Lee Smith (no way that guy was on the juice with that body)
* Roger Clemens
* Curt Schilling
* David Wells
* Aaron Sele
* Royce Clayton
* Mike Stanton
* Todd Walker

7. Amazing Stat:

Despite the fact that Jack Taylor scored 138 points for Grinnell College – the most assists one of his teammates had was five

8. Old School:

The % of votes the first Baseball Hall of Fame class received in 1936:

Ty Cobb – 98.2%
Honus Wagner – 95.1%
Babe Ruth 95.1%
Christy Mattewson – 90.7%
Walter Johnson – 83.6%

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Crazy things I have predicted or noted:

* Rondo will eventually flip out and get suspended for the season – trade him
* A broken bat will kill someone
* Paul Pierce shouldn’t even be on the floor at the end of a game
* No owner has ever been shown every game for years like Bob Kraft
* Robert Parish was overrated
* Dennis Drinkwater doesn’t flinch on purpose on fouls back to the screen
* The running back option pass is unstoppable (i.e. Andy Johnson)
* Len Bias’s death cost the Celtics at least two championships and cost Larry Bird three seasons

10. Randomocity:

* From Peter King’s Monday morning QB – the Manning family has 750 combined touchdown passes: Eli 200 / Archie 125 / Peyton 425
* Good for spoiled Jon Lester to think that he’s on the trading block
* Dave Cowens underrated in Boston sports lore
* The Jets, Fireman Ed and Mark Sanchez have turned sad and pathetic
* LSU Students are allocated 14,400 tickets for home football games – you must have a GPA of 2.00 to be eligible
* What do the Bruins do with all those bear claws they aren’t selling?
* FM Station 102.5 WKLB plays the national anthem at noon
* From reader Steve – Paul Pierce has to live with that Joe Johnson move the rest of his career:

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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2 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Bring Talent to South Beach”

  1. Rondo getting suspended must have made your week… Still think we should trade him for Bynum??

    REPLY – MPC – If I could back out the injuries absolutely. I could find someone else to run the point and shoot 60% from the free throw line

    Posted by Wally | November 30, 2012, 7:46 am
  2. So Parish was overrated but Cowens was awesome?

    REPLY - MPC - So we're on the same page finally

    Posted by El Presidente | November 30, 2012, 3:07 pm

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