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Connelly’s Top Ten: JJ Watt Coming to Town

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1. Subset of the set:

Red Sox pitchers from Asia – Hideo Nomo, Jin Ho Cho, Byung Hyun Kim, Sun-Woo Kim, Sang Hoon Lee, Bill Lee, Dice K, Tomo Okha, Hideki Okajima, Takashi Saito
Bruins players from Finland – Mikko Elorantra, Antti Laaksonen, Tuukka Rask
Celtics from Notre Dame – Luke Harangody, Troy Murphy
Patriots quarterbacks drafted in the sixth round: Tom Brady, Kliff Kingsbury

2. Gap between local championships, four years or more:

1986-2002 – 16
1981-1986 – 5
1976-1981 – 5
1941-1957 – 16
1929-1939 – 10
1917-1929 – 12

3. Boston College:

New Boston College coach, Steve Addazio, was paid $535,000 as an assistant at Florida. It will all come down to recruiting – Boston College is currently ranked 53rd in recruiting with 11 three-star recruits and zero four- or five-star recruits

4. Red Sox biggest annual salaries ever (one per individual):

1. Adrian Gonzalez……….$21,857m
2. Carl Crawford……………$20,357m
3. Manny Ramirez………..$18,929m
4. Pedro Martinez…………$17,500m
5. Josh Beckett……………$17,000m
6. John Lackey…………….$15,950m
7. David Ortiz………………$14,575m
8. Curt Schilling……………$14,500m
9. JD Drew………………….$14,000m
10. Shane Victorino………$13,000m
10. Mike Napoli……………$13,000m

5. Matt Young?

Speaking of Mike Napoli – the Red Sox should flash back to the Matt Young signing in to remember the danger of signing someone who played well against you:

* Young against the Red Sox – career: 3-1 / 2.54 ERA
* Young against everyone else in baseball: 52-94 / 4.51 ERA

6. Sports Illustrated Covers:

Covers depicting pitcher and catcher celebrating World Series win:

11/1/12 – Giants – Sergio Romo and Buster Posey
11/8/10 – Giants – Brian Wilson and Buster Posey
11/11/08 – Phillies – Brad Lidge and Carlos Ruiz
11/4/96 – Yankees – John Wettland and Joe Girardi
10/31/88 – Dodgers – Orel Hershisher and Rick Dempsey
11/3/75 – Reds – Will McEnaney and Johnny Bench

7. Amazing Stat:

In 1959, Ted Williams was paid his highest salary of $125,000 for the SEASON. If Mike Napoli repeats his games played from last year (108), he will make $120,370 a GAME.

8. Old School:

On September 18, 1938, the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers 2-0. There was 193 total yards

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Suggestions on who not to baby-sit Josh Hamilton if the Red Sox take the leap: Derek Sanderson, Jonathan Papelbon, Jon Graham, Gene Connolly, Terry Glenn, Antoine Walker, Marvin Barnes, Butch Hobson, Oil Can Boyd, Rick Robey, Robert Parish, Lyndon Byars, Derek Lowe

10. Randomocity:

* Little by little, Jeremy Lin is losing minuets to back up point guard of the Rockets, Carlos Delfino
* Painful to think that a Game 6 at the Boston Garden stood between LeBron and Sports Illustrated Man of the Year
* If Robert Parish was on a sidewalk when he dropped Bill Laimbeer, he would have been in Cedar Junction (it was so great)
* Marco Scutaro and Shane Victorino played basically the same amount of games in 2012. Scutaro got half the salary this offseason but hit 51 points higher and scored 15 more runs.
* Of the ten top football recruits in Massachusetts, only two have committed to BC – Tevin Montgomery of Tabor, Mackay Lowrie of Roxbury Latin
* I’m a fan, but is Tom Hanks overrated?

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: JJ Watt Coming to Town”

  1. You forgot the C’s championship in 1984. I’m surprised – I feel like you probably have a tattoo of the big three somehwere on your person!

    REPLY – MPC – Good one – no doubt a Bird nut!

    Posted by TimU | December 7, 2012, 10:05 am

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