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Connelly’s Top Ten: Traffic, Late Night and Big Game

Monday Night Football

1. Patriots vs. Texans:

* Texans are 6-0 on the road / 9-0 in the AFC
* Patriots are 26 out of 30 on defense for total yards
* Players on both teams who attended colleges playing in the National Championship game: Ryan Harris of Notre Dame / Kareem Jackson, Brandon Deaderick, Dont’a Hightower of Alabama
* The two back-up quarterbacks (Ryan Mallett / TJ Yates) have combined for eight attempts this season

2. Around the NFL:

* The Red Zone was on fire yesterday from 3:30 to 4:30 with dramatic endings resulting in wins for Eagles / Redskins / Colts / Cowboys / St. Louis
* How didn’t RGIII’s leg come off in that collision?
* Lee Smith of Buffalo “Lambo Leaped” into the crowd and wasn’t caught, falling hard into stands
* Huge Ravens loss for the Patriots – have the Broncos Giants and Bengals the rest of the season
* Seahawks are 6-0 at home / 2-5 on road
* Vikings are 6-1 at home / 1-5 on road
* While Goodell is posing for the cover of Time like a tough guy – the NFL news lately has been nothing but positive tests, arrests and deaths
* How can Norv Turner have a job and Brian Billick can’t get one?

3. Around College Football:

* Glad Navy won on Saturday but what a heartbreaking scene to see Army quarterback Trent Stillman inconsolable after a late fumble sealed Army’s fate
* Johnny Football rightfully won the Heisman Saturday – see if he can keep out of trouble and match Archie Griffin
* Not a great year for Bowl game matchups – maybe the best is the Outback: South Carolina vs. Michigan

4. Around Baseball:

* The New York Yankee doubled their grounds crew work force after the team added Youk
* The last time both the Red Sox and the Yankees were in the mix for a Texas player it was A-Rod (some of the best deals are the ones you don’t make)
* Dodgers are building a dream team – that didn’t work out to well for the Red Sox in 2011 and the Philadelphia Eagles

5. NBA:

Five point guards I would trade Rondo for (might need a throw in draft pick or complementary NBA player):

* Chris Paul
* Derrick Rose
* Russell Westbrook
* Kyrie Irving
* Deron Williams

6. Patriots No. 2 receiver, the last five years:

2012-Brandon Lloyd…. 50 / 561
2011-Deion Branch….. 51 / 702
2010-Deion Branch….. 48 / 706
2009-Randy Moss….. 83 1,264
2008-Randy Moss….. 69 / 1,008

7. Amazing Stats:

Lionel Messi (Barcelona / Argentina) scored his 86th soccer goal this year in sixty-six matches / In the New England Revolutions last 68 matches, the entire team scored 77 goals

8. Old School:

No Red Sox closer will ever make as much money in a year as Mike Napoli will at $13,000,000 (isn’t closing important?)

2012 – Andrew Bailey 3,900,000
2011 – Jonathan Papelbon 12,000,000
2006 – Keith Foulke – $7,750,000
2000 – Tom Gordon – 3,750,000
1992 – Jeff Reardon – $2,633,334
1989 – Lee Smith – $1,425,000
1981 – Bill Campbell – $200,000

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Fantasy Football playoffs started this weekend – might notice some unhappy faces walking around the office or dorm Monday as player selection and play calling might have cost some people some money (Seattle Defense / Cam Newton crazy days)

10. Randomocity:

* Watched the 30 on 30 (you know I’m addicted to sports documentaries) You Don’t Know Bo – If you get a chance, watch the scene where he runs up the fence and then freeze your DVR when he is at the top of the fence – he is parallel with the ground
* Crazy derby (darby) in English Premier League with Manchester United beating Manchester City in the last seconds, causing fans to throw coins at players and rush the ref
* Don’t forget Patriots traffic Monday night for Monday night football
* Too bad that Boardwalk Empire and Homeland is sliding at the end of their series

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: Traffic, Late Night and Big Game”

  1. That is about right: Rondo is the sixth best point guard in the league. He is a good player though – it is a strong position right now.

    It could take the Red Sox another forty years to find a closer as consistently effective as Jonathan Papelbon! What were they thinking?

    Posted by TimU | December 10, 2012, 8:41 am

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