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Connelly’s Top Ten – Enjoy Every Second!

1.Patriots vs. Atlanta – 51st Super Bowl

*   If Brady wins Super Bowl MVP they will have to name the award after him

  •  AFC East is weak is a weak argument – the Patriots are 9-1 outside of the division – that’s pretty good right?
  • Weak Schedule? Really the league took away money, draft picks, their quarterback – they did everything possible to bring the Patriots back to the league and they lost 2 games – one on the one inch line and the other with their third string quarterback with a broken thumb
  • Against like opponents – Falcons 5-1 / Patriots 4-1
  • Troy Aikman is calling the game and called Brady a cheater – eat his dust Troy
  • Small note – Brady has fumbled twice on recent quarterback sneaks – last week and Seattle – just something to watch
  • I would have Gronk come out for the coin toss
  • My guess is that a very private Brady mentioned his mother’s illness because people could see a physical change in her on Sunday
  • The great thing about being a Patriots fan – by midnight on Sunday they will already be favorites to win the AFC the following year
  • Matt Ryan – Falcons are 13-18 when he throws multiple interceptions / 52-28 when he throws multiple touchdowns / Watch him with his feet – has run for over 20 yards 11 times / He did get sacked 37 times
  • Matt Bryant can hit a field goal from 70 yards (long of 62 in career) / Punter Bosher only one touchback all year
  • I said three weeks ago that Atlanta had the best team in the NFL – weapons on offense and a fast defense now making plays – but I can’t go against Patriots 38-20

 

  1. Jonathan Kraft said this on Felger and Mazz Thursday and he is 100% right – the trade his father made for Bill Belichick is the greatest trade in sports history. With that said – an excuse to list why we are so spoiled:

* Greatest sports coach of all time………….Bill Belichick

* Greatest basketball coach of all time………Red Auerbach

* Greatest clutch shooter of all time…………Larry Bird

* Greatest football player of all time………..Tom Brady

* Greatest pitcher of all time………………..Pedro

* Greatest basketball defender………………Bill Russell

* Greatest team athlete of all time…………..Bill Russell

* Greatest hitter of all time…………………Ted Williams

* Greatest low post player of all time………Kevin McHale

* Greatest clutch hitter of all time…………..Ortiz

* Greatest tight end of all time………………Gronk

* Greatest NBA game of all time……………Celtics – Suns 1976

* Greatest baseball game of all time…………Red Sox – Reds 1975

* Greatest Super Bowl of all time……………Patriots – Seahawks 2015

* Greatest College Football game of all time…BC – Miami 1984

* Greatest Golf Tournament………………….1999 Ryder Cup

* Greatest Two College Hockey Coaches…….York / Parker

* Greatest hockey play of all time…………….Orr’s goal

* Greatest all star performance of all time…….Pedro at Fenway

* Greatest fight of all time……………………Hagler – Hearns

* Greatest round in boxing history……………Ward – Gatti – round 9

* Greatest baseball field………………………Fenway

* Most iconic stadium nuance………………..Green Monster

* Greatest Writers one time..Gammons, Ryan, McDonough, Montville, Whiteside

* Greatest play by play at one time – Most, McDonough, Cusick, Santos

* Greatest track and field event……………….Boston Marathon

* Greatest rowing event……………………….Boston Regatta

* Greatest offensive line man of all time……..John Hannah

* Greatest kicker of all time………………….Adam Vinatieri

* Greatest sports dynasty……………………..Boston Celtics

* Greatest NFL dynasty………………………Patriots

* Greatest Heavyweight Champion………….Rocky Marciano

* Greatest athlete in war………………………Ted Williams

* Greatest Hockey player……………………..Bobby Orr

* Greatest right wing of all time………………Cam Neely

* Greatest race of all time…………………….Salazar – Beardsley – 1982 Boston

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5mRv3xGY80

3. Celtics – Bruins

  • With the Patriots stealing all the attention – Isaiah is doing things on the basketball court right now that Larry Bird never did
  • If Bruins make the playoffs with that roster Clode deserves Coach of the Year votes
  • Another multi goal game for Marchand (six in the last 14 games)
  • The two best players in Boston right now (not Foxboro) are both under 5’8”

 

  1. . Danny got impatient with the Al Horford signing:

* Games Al Horford has had the most rebounds in the game – 2

* Games Al Horford had the most points in a game – 0

* Games Al Horford has been the highest paid player on the floor – 24

* Games with double digit rebound – 5

* Games he scored over 23 points – 1

* Isaiah makes 24% of what Horford does ($6.5mm to $26.5mm)

 

  1. Not one NBA player is averaging 38 minutes a game – Five Celtics averaged over 38 minutes for their CAREER:

Bill Russell………….42.49

Dave Cowens……….39.33

Antoine Walker……..39.23

Ed MaCauley……….38.46

Larry Bird…………..38.40

 

  1. Mount Rushmore of favorite Super Bowl moments – Rodney Harrison making a tackle against Panthers with broken arm; John Madden telling the Patriots to take a knee; To say Butler’s interception is too easy – how about the look on Richard Sherman’s face after the interception; Bill Belichick and his dad getting Gatorade dumped on them enjoying the moment together

 

  1. OLD SCHOOL – Bill Russell retirement announcement came as a surprise to the city and team – on the cover of Sports Illustrated August 4, 1969– Tom Brady and / or Bill Belichick wouldn’t retire on us – would they?

 

  1. AMAZING STAT – – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely stat – As of Sunday, Tom Brady will have appeared in more Super Bowls than Dan Marino, Drew Brees, Warren Moon, Philip Rivers, Dan Fouts, Donovan McNabb, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Ken Stabler, Joe Namath, Archie Manning COMBINED

9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Eighteen of the Top 25 movies EVER (according to the American Film Institute) did not win an Oscar for Best Picture. More amazing – eight of the top twenty-two movies EVER – didn’t even get nominated:

2.Citizen Kane

4. Raging Bull

5. Singing in the Rain – not nominated

9. Vertigo – not nominated

10. Wizard of Oz

11. City of Lights – not nominated

12.Searchers – not nominated

13. Star Wars

14. Pyscho – not nominated

15. 2001 Space Odyssey – not nominated

16. Sunset Blfd

17. Graduate

18. The General – not nominated

20. Wonderful Life

21. Chinatown

22. Some Like it Hot – not nominated

23. Grapes of Wrath

24. ET

 

10. RANDOMOCITY

* Sorry Boston College football fans you have another three years of nothing – they just got the 63rd ranked recruiting class (Rivals.com)

* Patriots are picked to play in Mexico next year – 50% chance that doesn’t happen (would Gronk come back)

* Twenty-two of the 31 highest paid players in the NBA didn’t make the All Star teams

* Dave Cowens fouled out of 86 Celtics games – not one Spur has fouled out this year

* Do you go to a party and can’t hear the game nor control the clicker – or stay at home and high five yourself. Either way treasure these moments – we’ll be talking about these once in a lifetime days the rest of our lives!

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 – Enjoy Every Second!”

  1. Posted by pumpkin | February 3, 2017, 12:56 pm
  2. Ok Mike, you can have the clicker!!

    REPLY – MPC – I just saw this!

    Posted by PJ | February 3, 2017, 1:09 pm

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