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Connelly’s Top Ten: NHL Back – Anyone Care?

Tom Brady (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

1. Patriots:

The Patriots will play Houston next Sunday. How have they done in the playoffs during the Belichick era against teams they beat during the regular season? 6-3

2011 – Bronco’s Regular Season 41-23….Broncos Playoffs 45-10
2010 – Jets Regular Season 45-3…………..Jets Playoffs 21-28 loss
2009 – Ravens Regular Season 27-21……Ravens Playoffs 14-33 loss
2007 – Chargers Regular Season 38-14…Chargers Playoffs 21-12
2007 – Giants Regular Season 38-35……..Giants Playoffs 14-17 loss
2006 – Jets Regular Season 24-17…………Jets Playoffs 37-16
2004 – Colts Regular Season 27-24………..Colts Playoffs 20-3
2003 – Titans Regular Season 38-30………Titans Playoffs 17-14
2003 – Colts Regular Season 38-34…………Colts Playoffs 24-14

2. Around the NFL:

* Beside concussions, I think the biggest issue for the NFL is the inconsistency of pass interference calls that are improperly impacting way too many drives and games
* Games are better outside and on grass
* New Englanders are now Ravens fans
* Shanahan not going to Kirk Cousins cost his team the game and season
* Sliding for quarterbacks can be more dangerous than taking the hit sometimes
* Seems like referees are granting too many close first downs without measuring
* Watching the Seattle kicker whining/limping – you saw the antithesis of playoff football
* Referees in Seattle-Washington game were in danger of letting the game get out of control
* The NFL needs to legislate the spiking and spinning of footballs by receivers after non-touchdown receptions
* Refs guess on where punts go out of bounds

3. Bowls and College Football:

* Johnny Manzel is magical
* Do you think Alabama players have been warned of losing their scholarship if they dump Gatorade on Nick Saban
* Imagine what a 16-team playoff would have done for the sport compared to this anti-climatic National Championship game

4. Mannings:

For the last fourteen years, Archie Manning has been able to watch at least one of his sons in the playoffs every year except 2001 and 2011:

* Peyton every year since 1999 except 2001 / 2011 / 2012
* Eli every year since 2006 except 2010 / 2011

5. Dirty Players:

Watching KG hit Tyler Hansborough hard three times Friday night – what players for the local teams are/were considered dirty by other teams

* Rodney Harrison
* KG
* Logan Mankins
* Pedro Martinez
* Jim Loscutuff
* Derek Smith
* ML Carr
* Derek Sanderson
* Brad Marchand

6. College Award Winners:

Players who earned the top award for their sport in college and then went on to the play for our local professional teams:

* Larry Bird – Naismith Award
* Pete Maravich – Naismith Award
* Bill Walton – Naismith Award
* Calbert Cheaney – Naismith Award
* Mike Motteau – Hobey Baker Award
* Doug Flutie – Heisman
* Joe Bellino – Heisman
* Jim Plunkett – Heisman
* Vinnie Testeverde – Heisman
* Tito Francona (coach) – Golden Spikes Award
* Dave Magadan (coach) – Golden Spikes Award
* Jason Varitek – Golden Spikes Award
* Mark Kotsay – Golden Spikes Award
* JD Drew – Golden Spikes Award

8. Old School:

Interesting to see RGIII leading the Redskins. In 1962, first round Washington pick Ernie Davis refused to play for the Redskins because the owner George Marshall was a racist. Marshall was coerced into drafting the Heisman winner against his will when Attorney General Robert Kennedy (stadium would later be named for him) threatened to pull the new city stadium from the Redskins. Despite the urgings of President John Kennedy, Davis forced a trade to Cleveland

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Hats off again this year to the Boston Police – only 57 murders in the city – other cities:

Los Angeles – 525
Chicago – 513
New York – 414
New Orleans 193

10. Randomocity:

* Zero Dark Thirty – wow! Intense – grade (A)
* Looking ahead – Patriots vs. Broncos on the Sunday with the holiday the next day could set up nicely
* Washington DC stars injured – John Wall, Steven Strasburg, RGIII
* Videos this weekend: Burn After Reading (B-) / Looper (B+) / Wunderlust (C-)
* From Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback – with the passing of Jack Klugman, every juror from the movie 12 Angry Men has died.
* NHL back – we survived without them – tell them to take the rest of the season off (I feel good for workers around the arenas though)

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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7 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: NHL Back – Anyone Care?”

  1. Tough situation with RG3. The correct decision in hindsight would have been to pull him and put in Cousins, if not for the game, then at least for the second half after it should have become clear RG3 hurt himself more and was no longer effective. But I personally don’t know of anyone who, in the heat of the moment, would have gotten that decision right–not even myself, who is otherwise perfect 😉 At the end of the day, football is entertainment and that’s what the fans wanted to see, RG3, win with him, or lose with him. I hope he didn’t wreck his knee too bad.

    REPLY -MPC – It definitely became a football decision in the second half and Shannahan couldn’t pull the trigger

    Posted by Alan | January 7, 2013, 8:39 am
  2. It is important to remember that NYC, L.A., and Chicago are 13 times, 6 times and 4 times as large as Boston respectively. New Orleans on the other hand has half the population of Boston. They have a real problem down there.

    REPLY – MPC – Good point on population though if you added Greater Boston it would be closer and count would still be dramatically less. New Orleans is way down although half the population is in Houston now

    Posted by TimU | January 7, 2013, 9:04 am
  3. Speaking of murders. Nice to see that ESPN has already negotiated with Ray Lewis for next year. There has been alot of criminal behavior in Bristol over the years but I think murder brings a whole different kind of street cred down there. He is garbage and a thug.

    REPLY – MPC – I guarantee the first time they will have him dance onto the set

    Posted by Pumpkin | January 7, 2013, 10:04 am
  4. The only way we hockey fans can show our angst about the third shut down in 20 years is to not buy tickets or merchandise. For me I would love the arenas to be so empty that on the opening face-off the first puck drop echos. Failing that when the players take the ice it’s to boos not cheers.

    REPLY – MPC – Insanity with no idea whats going on in the real world

    Posted by O.W. | January 7, 2013, 10:13 am
  5. A couple of non-lockout hockey notes…

    Note-1: It was nice to see the US win the Gold in the World Juniors in Ufa, Russia. One slight downer was the US beat Canada 5-1 in the semifinals & B’s pick goalie Malcolm Subban was pulled after 4-goals on 16-shots. In Subban’s defense, on at least two of those goals he had no chance due to screens.

    Note-2: The current favorite to be the overall #1 pick in the 2013 NHL draft is 6′-4″ defenseman, Seth Jones. He’s an American & the son of former NBA player, Popeye Jones (briefly a Celtic). If Jones is the number-1 pick, he would be the first African American or African Canadian ever to be selected #1 overall in the NHL draft. Popeye is now a coach with the Nets. I apologize if this is a duplicate note that I missed.

    REPLY – MPC – Watched teh championship game – that kid who scored Gramboni was a grinder / Good note on Jones – he looked good

    Posted by Bob T. | January 7, 2013, 11:42 am
  6. Just sayin!

    Posted by O.W. | January 7, 2013, 3:57 pm
  7. I think its great hockey is back. The NBA players make more money and were far more greedy in their lockout but that is forgotten now this will be as well. Go Bruins!

    REPLY – MPC – This might be naive but millionaires who can’t settle when unemployment is above 8 are dumb – I’m happy for hockey fans because they are the most loyal and deserving

    Posted by Martin | January 8, 2013, 3:23 am

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