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Connelly’s Top Ten – At Half of Pats

1. Patriots First Half

* Brady starting to get there with receivers

* Nice Half for Tallinn

2. Red Sox

* Does Ben have someone in the nerd group checking out historically how teams have fared resting guys or playing hard and focused

* Good Buchholz lost before the playoffs – see Gary Anderson’s perfect field goal streak going into the playoffs a while back

* Jonny Gomes punting beers into the crowd – ouch

3. Around the NFL

* Cleveland off to good start without Richardson

4. Around College Football

* I was 3 out of 6 with my picks – but had my lock which makes me 2-0 on locks

* Ohio State, Louisville, Florida State, Miami, Washington, Baylor won by a combined scores of 405-20

* Michigan State was robbed by back judge the whole game against ND

* Tennessee football since they ran Phil Fulmer out of town: 25-28

5. Around MLB

* All Star game loss

* Reds are 9-1 when Billy Hamilton steals a base

* Lowrie on pace to play 155 games

* Harper/Trout argument doesn’t exist right now (Harper at this point is the most over-rated player in baseball)

* Wil Myers was 0-8 Friday – his average went from 87-290 .300 to .292

* Saturday’s crowds for wildcard teams: Tampa 23,835 / Oakland 26,393 / Cleveland 26,611

6. Ellsbury vs. Damon

* Games 712 /597

* Average .297 /.295

* .OBP .350 / .362

* OPS .789 / .803

* Runs 473 / 461

* Triples 31 / 29

* Assists 19 / 23

7. Surprising triple numbers: George Scott 38 /Troy O’leary had 37 triples?/ Babe Ruth 30

8. Old School – In a 1964 Will McDonough article, Bruins GM Lynn Patrick assessed his best prospect 15 year old Bobby Orr – “Orr could still play four more years as a junior, but we feel he’ll be in Boston when he’s 18 years old. He can do everything, and he’ll have good size when he reaches maturity.”

9. Just a Little Bit Outside: Did you see former Patriots Brian Holloway house in Connecticut was ruined by teenagers – when he asked them to help clean it only one kid and his parents showed up – look at Theodore Roosevelt’s famous speech in Paris – the Man in the Arena – and can’t help but think this is what this country lacks and will pay the price eventually: “Self-restraint, self-mastery, common sense, the power of accepting individual responsibility and yet of acting in conjunction with others, courage and resolution—these are the qualities which mark a masterful people.”

10. Randomocity

* In November of 1959, three Massachusetts high school football players died in the same month

* I can watch the soliloquy by Quint in Jaws about the Indianapolis 1,000 times amazing story, pace to telling the story, tangents that rush through to the point

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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