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Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox Flushed By Royals

1. Red Sox:

* The first inning by Jon Lester is why I can’t watch a whole game – 40 pitches / 25 minutes / whining at umpire – why so mad?
* Stephen Drew 9 games since Iglesias left 15-32 / 3 extra base hits / 8 rbi
* Red Sox sixth on Vegas Insider to win the World Series at 8-1 odds
* Royals won their 16th out of their last 20 games and only had a crowd of 21,121 at the game

2. Teams without their players so far:

Milwaukee without Braun……..8-10
Texas without Cruz……………….4-0
Tigers without Peralta……………4-0
Yankees WITH A Rod……………..0-3

3. Patriots:

* Poor Wes Welker was castigated in front of his peers – trying working on an assembly line five days a week, 50 weeks a year for 40 years and then you can complain about being yelled at
* I know its early but could Bill have hit the jackpot with this year’s receiver draft – Dobson, Sudfeld, Boyce, Thompkins,
* Will the Patriots average over 23 yards a kickoff return this year with Leon Washington
* Draft position of starting linebackers – Mayo 10th / Spikes 62nd / Hightower 25th
* Traffic alerts for work day Patriots games – Friday August 16th / Thurs August 29th / Thurs Sept 12th
* By the way Bill Belichick must love that he’s still in Welker’s head (is Welker talking a sign that he is missing Foxboro?)
* I think I saw this in Shaughnessy’s notes – Bernard Pollard was the last person to tackle Aaron Hernandez

4. US Soccer:

FIFA ranked USA 19th in soccer for a country with 313 million citizens

* Ranked 12th –Uruguay – population of 3 million
* Ranked 17th – Ecuador – population 14.67 million
* Ranked 18th – Ivory Coast – population 20 million

5. Rod Carew vs. Wade Boggs:

HITTER…..GAMES……AT BATS……AVG…….RBI…….Hall of Fame Vote

6. Salaries of the last 10 AL MVPs:

2012 – Miguel Cabrera – $21 m
2011 – Justin Verlander – $12.850m
2010 – Josh Hamilton – $ 3.250m
2009 – Joe Mauer – $10.500m
2008 – Dustin Pedroia – $ 457k
2007 – A Rod – $22.708m
2006 – Justin Morneau $ 3.85m
2005 – A Rod $26.000m
2004 – Vlad Guerrero $11.000m
2003 – A Rod $22.000m

7. Amazing Stats:

NFL Hall of Famers in the first 50 picks of each draft of the 1970’s:

1970 – 1st Terry Bradshaw
1971 – 6th John Riggins / 20th Jack Youngblood / 34th Jack Ham / 43rd Dan Dierdorf
1972 – 13th Franco Harris
1973 – 4th John Hannah / 26th Joe Delamielleure
1974 – 21st Lynn Swann / 45th Dave Casper / 46th Jack Lambert
1975 – 2nd Randy White / 4th Walter Payton / 33rd Fred Dean
1976 – 1st LeeRoy Selmon / 5th Mike Haynes
1977 – 2nd Tony Dorsett
1978 – 1st Earl Campbell / 6th James Lofton / 23rd Ozzie Newsome
1979 – 4th Dan Hampton / 13th Kellen Winslow

8. Old School:

Darryl Stingley the season before he got hurt:

1977 – 39 receptions / 657 yards = avg. 16.8 / 6 TD /

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

People just want a winner? Average Attendance of some playoff teams:

Tampa Bay – 18,476
Cleveland – 19,574
Oakland – 23,483
Arizona – 26,602
Pittsburgh – 26,750

10. Randomocity:

* August is turning out to be a bad beach month
* Orange Crush is better than Orange Fanta
* Nestle better than Hershey
* Leaves are falling already
* Canada Geese are a public hazard
* How come it takes five years to fix a bridge and they could erect one in two hours in World War II?
* Best Vietnam Movies: 1. Deer Hunter 2. Platoon 3. Coming Home 4. Apocalypse Now 5. Full Metal Jacket
* New York’s orange license plates worst ever
* Who was meaner to their friend: Fred Flintstone or Ralph Kramden
* Who would win in a fight a Bee or a Hornet?
* How come kids don’t play off the wall anymore?

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: Red Sox Flushed By Royals”

  1. off the wall was fading out when i was in elementary school (1990). c’mon… seriously, the game is technically called “suicide”. perhaps PC parents made it happen…

    apparently they need to call the wambulance in denver and express him back to foxboro. he obviously regrets making the decision he did, BUT the team forced him to make it. i blame the pats 60%, if not more, in this whole thing. the crying / whining now is bizarre, though. it’s like, get a life…

    why so mad, bro? lester stinks, he’s not pitching in the postseason, let alone the 1-game playoff, if season ended today.

    REPLY – MPC – Welker might be the only receiver not to fully regret leaving Brady but there he has to deal with Manning telling you what to do

    Posted by tronburger | August 9, 2013, 8:41 am
  2. Flintstones based on Honeymooners, but nobody could top Jackie G, it’s Ralph.
    Bees can only sting once and then die, hornets win, no contest.

    p.s. When I checked last, Iglesias was 4 for 24 with an OPS of .524 for the Tigers.

    REPLY – MPC – Good point on bee

    Posted by Vermont k | August 9, 2013, 8:42 am
  3. College football right around the corner…”It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

    REPLY – MPC – Can’t wait!

    Posted by David H | August 9, 2013, 9:26 am
  4. Off the wall, great, played for hours. also, off the steps (or stairs)especially if you catch the edge. And how about pickle? Where’s my glove?

    REPLY – MPC – Off the steps great / pickle without the pegging worked for me

    Posted by mfcurtis | August 9, 2013, 11:10 am
  5. I’ve definitely seen leaves on the ground up here in NH already. Love the fall but am not ready to let go of this summer.

    My postseason rotation right now would be in this order: Lackey, Peavy, Bucholz (if healthy), Lester.

    We were solidiers also a pretty good Vietnam movie.

    REPLY – MPC – Wow Lackey first game starter – could be right believe it or not / Fall I wish was all year except for what comes after it / We Were Soliders good solid movie

    Posted by Jamie | August 9, 2013, 11:39 am
  6. Re: “How come it takes five years to fix a bridge and they could erect one in two hours in World War II?”

    I’ve often thought the same thing. Not to mention, in WWII, the American engineers were often being shot at/bombed by Germans.

    REPLY – MPC – Adding to the degree of difficulty

    Posted by Bob T. | August 9, 2013, 9:09 pm

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