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Connelly’s Top Ten: And the Oscar Goes To…

Oscars (Vanity Fair)

1. Red Sox:

* I was excited to watch the Saturday game vs. Tampa Bay only to be bored during a FIVE minute at bat by Pedroia vs. Colome and I switched it off
* So with Lackey looking lean this year – means he was fat and out of shape in the other years he was getting $18mm
* Interesting piece in the Globe on athlete’s charities and that Beckett only gave 37% of his charities proceeds to the cause
* Can’t believe that runners don’t run on Salty when he lobs back to the pitcher because of his mental block on throwing
* Still seems weird not to have the Sox in Winter Haven
* Francona book was a lot better than I expected
* Over and under on the Red Sox I saw was 84 wins

2. From – most expensive green’s fees:

1. Shadow Creek…….$500
2. Pebble Beach……..$495
3. Pinehurst…………….$420
4. Whistling Straits….$420
5. TPC Sawgrass…….$395
6. Greenbriar………….$385
7. Spyglass……………..$360

3. Sports Bidding:

* JFK’s golf clubs – $20,000 winning bid for Jay Peterman
* Willis Reed shirt wore in famous ankle game – $90,000
* Schilling’s sock – $92,613
* Babe Ruth Louisville Slugger – $162,000
* Buckner baseball – $448,125
* Eruzione’s shirt – $627,250

4. Tim Tebow:

Interesting NFL Network piece on one of my favorite players – Tim Tebow. What is his record against other QB’s:

* Kordell Stewart………48-34 (.585)
* Doug Flutie…………….38-28 (.575)
* Tim Tebow……………..8-6 (.571)
* Michael Vick…………..56-44 (560)
* Jay Cutler………………..51-42 (.548)
* Matt Schuab……………..44-38 (.537)
* Mark Sanchez………….33-29 (.532)
* Carson Palmer………….54-67 (.446)
* Matthew Stafford…….17-28 (.361)
* Ryan Fitzpatrick………23-41 (.359)
* Blaine Gabbert………..5-19 (.208)

5. AL East:

Three year average of payroll and wins from the American League East

Yankees – $202.9mm / 96
Boston – $138.2mm / 83
Baltimore – $81mm / 76
Toronto – $73mm / 80
Tampa Bay – $57mm / 92

6. Sports Movie Trivia:

From – Grady Little, who was credited as a “baseball trainer” in the credits of 1988′s Bull Durham, was the real-life manager of the Durham Bulls at the time – cool list of sports movie trivia:

7. Amazing Stats:

Celtics played in Portland Sunday Night – reminded me of February 14, 1986, one of Bird’s great games:

* 47 points / 11 assists / 14 rebounds
* 22 of the 47 points were left handed (for the fun of it)
* In back to back nights, Bird went for 82 points / 22 assists / 29 rebounds (yardbarker)

8. Old School:

In honor of the Oscars, here are my top ten sports movies:

1. The Natural
2. Raging Bull
3. Rocky
4. Hoosiers
5. Bang the Drum Slowly
6. Rudy
7. Breaking Away
8. Bad News Bears
9. Miracle
10. Jerry McGuire

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Saw the documentary Killing of Lincoln – some thoughts:

* An amazing picture of John Wilkes Booth standing 25 feet behind Lincoln at the inauguration speech
* His beloved young son died six years after Lincoln’s passing from heart disease
* The picture of the Booth autopsy picture was lost
* John Wilkes Booth was said to be one of the top actors in the country (he appeared in Scollay Square often)
* There was a haunting picture of the conspirators being hung

10. Randomocity:

* Weathermen get one big storm right they go all Cowboy for the rest of the season
* Interesting article in Boston Magazine, ripping the current Boston media compared to times gone by with special attention to Nick Cafardo “who devoted so much effort to (“Bizarrely”) defending Valentine”
* Danica Patrick was third for miles and
dropped to 8th in the last quarter of lap – Go Daddy that
* Would you trade Ryan Mallett, Rob Gronkowski and your first round pick (29th) for Tim Tebow, Darrell Revis and their first round pick (9th) — keep in mind you have Giants tight end Jake Ballard next year

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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4 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: And the Oscar Goes To…”

  1. I always liked North Dallas Forty, good football film.

    No on the Revis deal. I think his frequent injuries and contract squabbles detract from his overall value to a team.

    REPLY – MPC – He would have to play ball and buy in – Gronk hurt again since this morning – infection

    Posted by TimU | February 25, 2013, 8:53 am
  2. Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey all Gator Alum running the Oregon Duck Offense. All available.
    Would be interesting to watch with either Kelly or Belichick orchestrating!

    REPLY – MPC – Interesting – I like your thinking – Kelly better equipped

    Posted by NoBama | February 25, 2013, 10:07 am
  3. Field of Dreams over Bad News Bears

    REPLY – MPC – There were parts in that movie that were magical and parts so contrived – hated his wife and brother in law

    Posted by Conor O'Neill | February 25, 2013, 1:13 pm
  4. Good mention of the great sports movie Bang the Drum Slowly. It was always my favorite, with Michael Morrison (also great on Law & Order) and Robert DeNiro as the slow witted dying catcher. I was at my mother-in-law’s house quite a few years ago, and they played an Old U.S. Steel Hour live (long before) Bang the Drum Slowly, starring Paul Newman and a lot of very good character actors. It was made during the 1950s, and held up well.

    REPLY – MPC – The score is a great version of Bang the Drum Slowly also

    Posted by philly | February 27, 2013, 4:50 pm

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