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Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox Back, Emmy’s and Oscars, Fighting Henry’s

Clay Buchholz

1. Red Sox:

* Every hitter in the Red Sox starting nine was 1-4 Sunday except Ross who was 0-3
* Jon Lester on a pace to go 0-32 – he must be grumpy
* 4% of the season over on a pace to
* Red Sox and their opponents so far – 92 strikeouts to 25 walks – that’s crazy
* Jackie Bradley now has 103 at bats in the majors and a .194 average
* Johnny Gomes 8 strike outs in 18 at bats
* Clay Buchholz 13 hits in 4.1 innings

2. Red Sox ceremonies:

* Seeing Martin Richard’s sister walk in from left field with the rings was the best part of the day
* The players all had a video montage before getting their ring – Jackie Bradley’s was him walking against the Yankees
* When Tazawa came out of the dugout – the crowd went crazy thinking it was Uehara
* It was cool but think the Red Sox are playing with fire with that helicopter so low (check my Facebook page if you want to see how low)
* Andrew Miller standing next to Jackie Bradley 6’7” versus 5’10”
* Ortiz already sitting for injuries – cha-ching

3. Clay Buchholz:

The fact that Clay Buchholz has averaged 19 starts his last six years and made one start Saturday night means you only have him 18 more times (he’s starting to look like Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber)

4. U Conn women:

Margin of victory in the NCAA the last five years is not good for the sport:

* 2014 – 24.5
* 2013 – 34.6
* 2012 – 32.2
* 2011 – 25.0
* 2010 – 39.0

5. Lakers and Celtics futility:

1985 –1986 Wins – 129
2013 – 2014 Pace – 49

6. More UConn:

Could U Conn Women beat the the 10th ranked team of boys basketball in Massachusetts St. John’s Prep?

7. Old School:

Red Sox in home openers following World Series wins:

2014 – Mujica loss to Brewers 6-2
2008 – Matsuzaka winning pitcher over Tigers 5-0
2005 – Wakefield winning pitcher over Yankees 8-1
1919 – Mays lost to Yankees 7-3
1917 – Ruth beats Yankees 6-4
1916 – Ruth beats Philadelphia 2-1
1913 – Red Sox lose 10-9

8. Amazing Stats:

Hockey East

* BC Eagle Brian Gionta scored five goals in a period against Maine
* BU Jay Pandolfo scored three short handed goals in a game against Northeastern
* Brian Gionta scored two goals in ten seconds versus Merrimack

9. Just a Bit Outside:

In my estimation Matthew McConaughey will win both an Oscar this year and an Emmy for True Detective – other actors that have done that:

* Sally Field
* Kathy Baker
* Helen Hunt

10. Randomocity:

* Fighting Henry’s back on top in England
* Do you think Jim Loscotuff would be all right with Chris Paul throwing it off the backboard for a dunk by Blake Griffin?
* Rentals and sales of the Lost series must be through the roof
* Game of Thrones back
* Al Gore working on a sequel I hear for Inconvenient Truth – heard they are going to prove it’s hot in August
* Bought two beers at the Red Sox – lost $20 (every spill back to your seat is 75 cents)
* Jack Nicklaus record of Grand Slams is safe

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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