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Connelly’s Top Ten: Bradley Kicks Away America’s Greatest Win (Soccer)

1. Cliff Notes:

* Beautiful weekend
* With a name like Brock you have to be good
* NBA Draft coming up

2. World Cup:

* Michael Bradley loses ball and invite to 16
* Ref was huge
* 0-14-2 trailing at half
* 1-9-5 versus Europe
* Klinnsman national anthem
* Power of sports – just because Iran was an underdog I was rooting for them over Argentina

3. Brock Holt is the most exciting rookie in a while – others:

* Fred Lynn
* Phil Plantier
* Ellis Burks
* Gary Hancock

4. Red Sox:

* Uehara is tired – trade him
* Lester is putting together some starts – trade him
* Six games under .500 – 5 games to halfway mark

5. Dick Enberg – Vin Scully:

Dick Enberg and Vin Scully called the Dodgers-Padres game the other night – that’s over 100 years of announcing experience

7. Amazing Stats:

From the Globe – the only pitcher to ever record three strike outs in a game against Tony Gwynn was Bob Welch, who died last week

8. Old School:

In 1973, Lou Brock won the stolen base title by 59 stolen bases 118 to 59 (Davey Lopes)

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

There are 28 Duck Boats / Swan boats started in 1870

10. Randomocity:

* Norwood High can’t say they are Division I baseball champs (if there was a Super 8 can they?)
* Any player that loses a ball in the sun and has sunglasses on their hat should be fined
* Eck was killing it in the NESN box

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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2 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Bradley Kicks Away America’s Greatest Win (Soccer)”

  1. I never watch soccer, but have watched the World Cup. The acting is ridiculous – I’m disgusted by it.

    If a guy gets taken off on a stretcher holding his head in his hands and crying, then re-enters the game within 2 minutes…something stinks. These guys have absolutely no pride. Is it any wonder that soccer players are never thought of as tough guys? If someone tried that in football, his teammates would light him up.

    Paul Pierce left in a wheelchair then returned and I will never think of him the same since. It is every 2 minutes with these guys. I can’t stand it.

    REPLY – MPC – Pierce would have been great in soccer with his bandage on his head. I think he was voted the number one flopper in the NBA and on the witness stand

    Posted by David H | June 23, 2014, 7:52 am
  2. Gotta have Jim Rice in the top four exciting rookies. How about Pedroia (ROY)? Who was Gary Hancock?

    REPLY – MPC – To me Rice wasn’t exciting to 1977 – he was really good though – wasn’t Hancock the guy who went 8-8 to start?

    Posted by mfcurtis | June 23, 2014, 10:58 am

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