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Connelly’s Top Ten: We Survived the Bye Week!

1. Patriots Fun Facts during the bye:

· Five Patriots are on pace for 500 yards in receiving – Gronk, White, Edelman, Hogan, Bennett

· Butler is on pace to deflect 22 passes

· The top three tacklers are from the secondary – Chung, Ryan, McCourty

· 2011-2016 first round picks projected to dress next Sunday – Malcom Brown, Solder

(Collins and Chandler Jones traded, Easley cut, Cy Jones – doghouse)

2. Around NFL:

· Aaron Rodgers record since deflategate – 15-11 / Brady’s 22-6

· Jay Ajayi, the 149th pick of the Dolphins, last three games 529 yards rushing

· How bummed is Tony Romo getting replaced after he replaced by the ultimate Wally Pip – Drew Bledsoe

· Tampa is 0-4 at home / 3-1 on the road

· Raiders are 1-2 at home / 5-0 on the road

· In the AFC North, South and East – there are only 2 out of 12 teams with over .500 records – Patriots and Texans

· We need Buffalo to be really physical tomorrow with Seattle

3. Last 45 home games – Celtics, Bruins, Patriots:

· Bruins – 18-21-6

· Patriots – 39-6

· Celtics – 32-13

4. College Football:

* Michael Vick redux at Chestnut Hill – in 2000 Vick went off for 210 yards on 16 carries 3 TD / Saturday Lamar Jackson went off for 185 yards on 15 carries and 3 TD

* In 2011, Notre Dame made a point of scoring with 39 seconds left against Navy to beat them 50-10 / yesterday Navy beat Kelly – might cost him his job

* How about a rebate for Boston College season tickets? At home versus ACC teams this year 0-3 while being outscored: 136-37

* BC Football rank in recruiting from Scout.com – 65th (future looking just as dismal) – behind Toledo, Army, Texas – San Antonio,

* Addazio salary $2.3mm

* The most insane day in Texas football history – this weekend the Baylor crowd supported the old regime by wearing black shirts after a 60 Minute special this week confirmed that 17 football players were accused of sexual assaults on campus

* Combined records of teams – northeast of Temple: BC, Rutgers, U Mass, U Conn, Syracuse, Buffalo, Army: 22-43

5. Players lefts on Patriots roster from each year’s draft:

2016 – 7 of 9

2015 – 7 of 11

2014 – 3 of 9

2013 – 2 of 7

2012 – 2 of 7

2011 – 2 of 9

2010 – 2 of 12

2009 – 3 of 12

2008 – 1 of 7

2007-2001 – 2 of 68

6. The following teams hit less than .200 average against Pedro in his career (almost 2,500 at bats):

· White Sox……191

· Reds………….150

· Indians………..178

· Royals…………182

· A’s……………192

· Mariners………177

· Tampa…………193

7. Old School:

In memory of Kevin Turner

· Patriots win over Vikings 26-20 after being down 20-0 at Foxboro

· Bledsoe throws 70 passes (Warren Moon throws 42 combined 112 / no interceptions)

· In overtime – Bledsoe threw a wheel route to Turner for a 16 yarder walk off win!

8. Amazing Stat:

College football coaches salaries versus record:

Arizona – Rodriquez $2.5mm…….2-7

LSU – Miles $4.3mm (fired)………2-2

Notre Dame – Kelly – $1.6mm …..3-6

Michigan St – Dantonio $4.3mm…2-7

Miss St – Mullen – $4.2mm…….4-5

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Got some kickback for criticizing Marlin Jose Fernandez – mind you a man that they are now naming streets after. This from a 2014 Sports Illustrated article (the first quote prophetic):

He will be hailed as one of the game’s great hopes, a 6’2″, 220-pound, flamethrowing righthander with the arsenal and the will to dominate for the next decade. But he will become known as this, too: a chest-thumping, trash-talking, bat-flipping, arrogant phenom—capable of greatness, yes, but also self-destruction…….

*would get ejected from games for berating umpires; before that, he was a boy in Santa Clara, Cuba, who would spit at the feet of opposing infielders as he galloped around the bases. A hothead with much to learn…………

*Soon there will be more money, more attention, more expectations, more people and forces pulling him in different directions. “Do I worry about Jose? Yes, I do,” says Diaz. “It pains me to see people question his behavior. He can be an idiot. He can be stupid.

10. Randomocity:

* From Money Magazine talking about Churchill’s financial follies – in a two-month period in 1949 – his household consumed 1,006 bottles of wine

* Watched the American Experience documentary on the Korean War – why do we put the Korean War in the win column? That was simply survival. McArthur was negligent trying to go to the Chinese border

* Saw my third favorite foreign film the other day behind Intouchables and Life is Beautiful – A Man Called Ove – worth it subtitles are minimal.

* How about Ireland beating the New Zealand’s All Blacks in Rugby for first time in 111 years – Haka that

* The Go Cubs Go song after game five was special – not as good as Liverpool’s You’ll Never Walk Alone – but cool

* Good luck to everyone Tuesday with the big vote – in case you’re curious – I’m not writing in John Farrell,

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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