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Connelly’s Top Ten: Spring is Here

1. Trade Gronk?

Would you trade Rob Gronkowski and a 3rd round pick for Larry Fitzgerald and a 4th round pick (remember I was right about trading Rondo)

* Fitzgerald (will be 30 in August) – played in 140 of 144 possible games / averaged 85 catches, 1,157 yards 9 TD a year over 9 years

* Gronkowski (will be 24 in April) – played in 43 of 48 possible / averaged 62 catches, 887 yards, 13 TD a year over three years

* PS – Quarterbacks that have thrown to Fitzgerald include: McCown, Leinart, Anderson, Kolb / quarterbacks that have thrown to Gronk – Tom Brady

2. Celtics weekly review:

* Even when the Celtics were up by 13 points against Miami I never thought they would win

* Paul Pierce a forced fall away three pointer at the end – miss – has to be under 15% with game on the line from the field

* Celtics without Rondo – 16-8

* On Lebron’s alley oop dunk on Jason Terry. Terry should have forgot about the “King” and clothes-lined Norris Cole for even thinking about making that pass and going layup line in the middle of the game and trying to embarrass his team

* Danny Ainge had to pull the trigger on the Pierce and Garnett and Rondo deals – three years of having the team lure you to the last seconds of the game only to go to bed miserable with a loss

3. Red Sox:

* Is this the worst Opening Day roster in Red Sox history? Salty, Napoli, Pedroia, Iglesias, Middlebrooks, Gomes, Ellsbury, Victorino, Sweeney – It is

* Ben do something make the big deal – Ellsbury, Aceves, Bailey and Iglesias for two or three players

* Does Ortiz feel guilty when his check shows up – he played the Red Sox like a fiddle – everything he has done is contrived to get to the two-year contract (Grifters / Flim Flam Man)

* Jon Lester has found his curve ball

* Lester 15 wins / Buccholz 13 wins / Dempster 9 wins / Lackey 7 wins / Dubront 5 wins

4. NCAA – March Madness:

* Will Tom Izzo go down as one of the top 5 NCAA coaches ever?

* Do you think anyone looks at the madness of March Madness and says – hmmm you think this could work for football?

* Al Skinner and Gene Defillipo’s lasting gift to Boston College – a five year rebuilding program

* March Madness in the sportsbook of the Bellagio – nothing better

* Favorite Boston College March memory – was Michael Adams going off and Billy Curly led team beating North Carolina

5. NFL:

* The Patriot haters love the ammunition that the tuck rule elimination gives them

* Glad the Patriots didn’t get Ed Reed – better days long gone (hire him as a coach in two years)

* Need a stud defender and a wide receiver still

* Patriots will give number 83 out immediately

* Pollard goes to Tennessee oh-oh do we play them

6. Red Sox players:

Top rated Red Sox on ESPN’s fantasy baseball player rankings – top 200 (they aren’t winning 80 games this year):

25. Dustin Pedroia

42. Jacoby Ellsbury

110. Joel Hanrahan

114. Shane Victorino

116. Jon Lester

132. David Ortiz

155. Mike Napoli

187. Will Middlebrooks

7. Amazing Stats:

If this was these days, people would have been wondering if Lonborg was juicing to see the improvement from 1966 to 1967:

1966 – 10-10 / 3.86 / 23 starts / WHIP 1.255

1967 – 22-9 / 3.16 / 39 starts / WHIP 1.138

8. Old School:

Opening Day Rosters for World Series Years (not 2004 / 2007)

1986 – Gedman, Buckner, Barrett, Hoffman, Boggs, Rice, Armas, Evans, Hurst, Baylor

1975 – Montgomery, Yaz, Griffin, Burleson, Petrocelli, Beniquez, Lynn, Evans, Tiant, Conigliaro

1967 – Ryan, Scott, Smith, Petrocelli, Foy, Yaz, Tartabull, Conigliaro, Lonborg

1946 – Wagner, York, Doerr, Pesky, Andres, Williams, DiMaggio, Metkovich, Hughson

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

The Natural Fun Facts

* Budget was $28mm / box office $48mm

* Received four Oscar nominations – notably Glenn Close Best Supporting Actress

* Director Barry Levinson also did Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, Bugsy, Diner, Wag the Dog

* The character Roy Hobbs was a tragic character in the book but in the movie paid homage to Ted Williams

* Movie was received by middle to poor reviews

10. Randomocity:

* Great start to spring

* Love seeing Kentucky losing in the first round of the NIT (they should have declined the invitation)

* Robert Redford only has one Oscar nomination – The Sting

* Jim Longborg never finished in the top 20 in Cy Young voting before or after winning in 1967

* Pet peeve meetings with tangents that waste everyone’s time with nothing accomplished

* The over under for Houston Astros is like 60 wins this year – send them down to Triple AAA and bring up last year’s winner

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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6 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Spring is Here”

  1. You are way too pessimistic on the Red Sox. >80 wins?! No way.

    The lineup is no worse than average, but the pitching staff should be well above average. Closer to 90 than 80 wins I would say.

    REPLY – MPC – above average (bullpen I will give you) Lester, Buchholz and then………

    Posted by TimU | March 22, 2013, 10:05 am
  2. .. and then Dempster, Lackey, and Doubront. Its a good staff from top to bottom. Doubront, in particular has some real upside potential.

    REPLY – MPC – I love your optimism

    Posted by TimU | March 22, 2013, 10:42 am
  3. Favorite BC hoops memory is when they beat Duke at the University of Houston in 1985 (second round of tourney).

    Even better, Curley and the Eagles taking down Indiana and Bobby Knight (Damon Bailey’s last game as a Hoosier) in Miami to advance to the elite 8 against the Gators.

    Doubront will finish the year on the disabled list. He comes across as lazy.

    Opening Day in Motown 1986 was the best. Evans took the first pitch from Jack Morris and put it in the upper deck at old Tiger Stadium.

    Opening Day 1987 not so good. Bob Stanley took the ball in the opener in Millwaukee.

    Will the Heat finish with more wins than the Marlins?

    REPLY – MPC – They should have beat Houston in the Final 8? I had a keg party in my room for the 1986 opener. Astros have a bigger problem than Marlins –

    Posted by Brian | March 22, 2013, 10:51 am
  4. Do I remember hearing Rondo for Andrew Bynum?

    REPLY – MPC – Excellent memory – I would still do that trade

    Posted by mfcurtis | March 22, 2013, 11:52 am
  5. After beating Duke in 1985 at the University of Houston, BC would lose their next in Dallas (Reunion Arena)against Memphis State. Tigers were led by Andre “Little General Turner who played for the Celtics very briefly. Memphis also had William Bedford and Keith Lee.

    Posted by Brian | March 23, 2013, 2:23 pm
  6. After beating Duke in 1985 at the University of Houston, BC would lose their next game in Dallas (Reunion Arena)against Memphis State. Tigers were led by Andre “Little General Turner who played for the Celtics very briefly. Memphis also had William Bedford and Keith Lee.

    REPLY – MPC – That Memphis team must have been wild off the court in the 80’s – what I remember about that is that BC had the lead and the ball was going out of bounds baseline and someone saved it for Memphis and just threw it out to the top of the key where Andre Turner caught the ball and drilled the game winner

    Posted by Brian | March 23, 2013, 2:23 pm

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