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Connelly’s Top Ten: Lions Punks, Red Sox in Dog Days, Eddie Shore Maniac

1. Red Sox:

* How cool is the Giants stadium?

* Yankees have won 5 straight since Dempster on A=Rod (only 3.5 out of wild card)

* Speaking of Dempster – how about Big Papi throwing him under the bus – quite a teammate

* Iglesias is hitting .302 in Detroit

* Is Ellsbury the fastest Red Sox ever?

* Funny people are talking about Lackey like he’s the ace – he’s 8-10

* Salty on pace for 43 doubles – that’s Jody Reed like

* Can’t believe Phil Plantier wasn’t a 10 year stud for the Red Sox

2. Patriots

* Watching Detroit throw cheap shots  and get 15 yard flags and have no coach in their face is absurd – that team is the biggest underachieving team and undisciplined – I would fire Schwartz today (11 penalties for 102 yards)

* Wow is Brady feeding Thompkins / 8 rec for 116 yards

* Hold on to the ball boys / 3 fumbles

* A perfect year for Welker would be 100 catches / 1,000 yards / Amendola hurt

* Can the Patriots match aggressive teams – ie. Ravens, Giants, Lions?

* No Tebow could mean No Tebow

3. Hagler-Leonard:

Why didn’t Marvin Hagler hit Sugar Ray for the first three rounds – things that make me go hmmm?

4. Red Sox Minor Leagues – leaders and prospect rank:

Stolen Bases – Hazelbaker 35 –  Pawtucket (35th prospect according to
Home Runs – Brentz 16 – Pawtucket (15th prospect according to
RBI – Hamilton 54 – Pawtucket
Wins – Keith Couch 10 – Portland (48th prospect)

5. Heisman odds from Bovada oddsmakers (sbnation)

1. Braxton Miller – 9-2

2. Jadeveon Clowney 6-1

3. Teddy Bridgewater 9-1

4. AJ McCarron 10-1

5. Marcus Marriota 12-1

6. Aaron Murray 14-1

6. Taj Boyd 14-1

6. TJ Yeldon 14-1

9. Johnny Football 15-1

6. We know who the real “Kid” was:

From age 30 on:

* Ken Griffey hit .262 (1039–3969)

* Ted Williams hit .336 (1360-4051)

7. Old School:

December 13th 1933 – Bruins vs. Maple Leafs – old school hockey:

* Eddie Shore charges Ace Bailey knocks him unconscious into convulsions with a 5 inch skull fracture

* Shore was then knocked out by Maple Leaf Red Horn right hook and received 7 stitches in head – x rays showed no skull fracture

* Everett citizen Leonard Kenworthy was punched in the face by Leaf coach Connie Smythe outside the locker room – the coach was then arrested and released on $100 bail the following morning

* Boston Homicide police were brought in to investigate in case Bailey died

8. Amazing Stat:

After missing a full year:

* Ted Williams (1946) – 38 HR / 123 RBI / .342

* Tom Brady (2009) – 28 TD to 13 INT – 65.7% completion

* Larry Bird (1989) – 24.3 points / 9.5 rebounds / 7.5 assists

9.  Just a Little Bit Outside:

In May of 1930, a sold out Boston Garden of 20,000 individuals gathered to rally for prohibition and defend the Volstead Act

10. Randomocity:

* For you guys that play pick up basketball – youtube “pickup basketball stereotypes” hilarious

* So why did the Connecticut Little League coach take out his ace in the 6th inning with a chance to put his team in the American Championship?

* Astros have to go 9-27 to win 50 games / the Astros have winning records this season over the Angels (9-7) / White Sox (3-1) / Texas and Oakland are 26-5 against them

* The left field foul pole at the Polo Grounds was 279 feet from home / 505 feet to center

* Vision Quest great soundtrack – Journey, Madonna, Foreigner, Quarterflash, REO Speedwagon, Don Henley, John Waite

* Looking at Remy’s kid, the kids that killed the baseball player in Oklahoma, the pastor in Brockton – how are we different that a 3rd world country?

* If I’m Ryan Braun, I donate my entire salary next year to a charity

* Don’t forget cool 5K route for the Franklin Park road race with proceeds going the Blanket Fund beneficiary – sign up!

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: Lions Punks, Red Sox in Dog Days, Eddie Shore Maniac”

  1. Pac Bell looks great. Must get there someday.

    Big series this weekend in St. Pete. Yankees vs Rays. A few weeks back I counted out NY, they were hovering around .500

    Girardi manager of the year?

    Joey Gathright (cup of coffee with the Red Sox) was really fast.

    Lackey’s ERA is excellent. Lack of run support, but he’s not an ace.

    Murray vs Boyd at Clemson, first game of the year. Points and more points that night.

    Posted by Brian | August 23, 2013, 9:31 am

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