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Connelly’s Top Ten: Blanket Dinner 11 Days and Other Stuff

Blanket Dinner – 2/24 Doubletree on Storrow Drive – Speakers all set: Baseball Strength and Fitness guru Eric Cressey / Ortho surgeon superstar Dr. Oh / Nationally Renown Concussion expert Dr. Robert Stern

1. Olympic update:

* Hockey – Americans look fast / Kane is a player / Nets are too tight can be a problem later in the tournament / Canadians bored right now
* 65 degrees the other day
* Worst winter Olympics ever?
* Bob Costas poisoned by Matt Lauer?
* I miss Jim Mckay

2. Larry Bird senior season at Indiana State, 1978-1979:

* Averaged 28.6 pts / 14.9 rebounds / 5.5 assists
* High points in a game 48 against Butler
* High rebounds in a game 22 at Tulsa
* Semi-Finals against Depaul led team to victory 35 points (16-19) / 16 rebounds / 9 assists
* Ended season 33-1

3. Pitchers and MVP:

* Stands to reason but every pitcher that has won MVP also won the Cy Young
* In 1968 pitchers won MVP in both leagues – Bob Gibson / Denny McLain
* Closers that won MVP – Eckersley, Willie Hernanez, Rollie Fingers

4. NBA first picks:

First picks in the draft that are in the Hall of Fame also (been a dry spell over the last three decades):

1987 – David Robinson
1985 – Patrick Ewing
1984 – Hakeem
1982 – James Worthy
1979 – Magic
1975 – David Thompson
1974 – Bill Walton
1970 – Bob Lanier
1969 – Kareem
1968 – Elvin Hayes
1961 – Walt Bellamy
1960 – Oscar Robertson
1958 – Elgin Baylor

5. Jeter:

* I’m a Jeter fan but Giambi was safe on the famous back up play (tagged him on back of calf)
* End of Nomar was Jeter’s catch in stands
* 3,000 hit was a home run (like Boggs)
* Was smart, as opposed to Tiger Woods – never got married and never got in trouble
* Playing on a broken ankle
* All these years has never done anything wrong (ie. Tom Brady)
* There is no reason not to like him – except jealousy

6. The only two players in any of the four sports with multiple MVP’s and not in the Hall of Fame:

* Roger Maris
* Dale Murphy

7. Amazing Stat:

1980 – The Russians outshot the American 30-10 in the first two periods – third period Russian 9 to 6

8. Old School:

Jeff Bagwell in three minor league seasons with the Red Sox before being traded for Larry Anderson:

* 231-710 (.325) / 6 HR / 99 BB to 82 K

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

In honor of President’s Day – some random presidential facts from

* Lincoln was a licensed bartender
* Harry Truman was reportedly a member of the KKK
* Grover Cleveland’s old job was the hangman – dropping the door twice
* Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital
* Grant smoked 20 cigars a day
* John Tyler fathered 15 children (the last when he was 70)
* James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other at the same time
* Harry Truman did not have a college degree

10. Randomocity:

* Batman kid died – devastating but amazing effort by San Francisco
* “The earth has a fever”
* Peanut Butter and Marshmallow over P and J
* Strong effort by Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Almost Famous
* Pot hole city coming to a tire near you
* Fax Machine more innovative than the ATM
* Has Mike Stivic gotten a job yet?

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.


3 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Blanket Dinner 11 Days and Other Stuff”

  1. Thank you, Giambi was safe, As were robbed.
    But Jeter, while a great player and a first-ballot HOFer for sure, should have moved off short when A-Rod came aboard, but refused. One wonders how great a team player he was in his later years. Even now he still wants to be the SS and has no range, check the Grantland article on him. And no, I’m not jealous (except for maybe a couple of his girlfriends).

    REPLY – MPC – Shortstop is like quarterback or bringing up the ball in basketball there is prestige there that takes precedence over team

    Posted by vermont k | February 14, 2014, 8:39 am
  2. The day Nomar died is spot on. Jeter into the stands and Nomar refuses to come out of the dug out to pinch hit. That was the day SOX Nation turned on Nomar and RESPECT for Jeter went through the roof.

    REPLY – MPC – You couldn’t help but appreciate Jeter – he wasn’t just an aristocrat in NY but a guy who can roll up his sleeves too – what we love here

    Posted by Kevin R | February 14, 2014, 10:52 am
  3. Not sure where you read it, but Batkid is still alive and well, living in San Francisco and almost appeared on the Oscars last weekend, until it fell through at the last moment.

    Posted by Brian Higgins | March 5, 2014, 8:02 pm

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