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Connelly Top Ten – An Eternal Victory!

Super Bowl 51

TOP TEN – AFTER THREE QUARTERS (I paused the TV and wrote the following)

1.MISC

* L. Blount meet B. Buckner – fumble changed the whole game
* McDaniels and Patricia – and Bill – got their asses kicked (a bunch of NFL teams are glad they didn’t hire those two)
* Bad plays that indicated this might not be – Blount can’t get three inches on first drive, Edelman fields punt inside five, Lewis brings kickout of the back of the end zone and tackled on 15, punter kicks short and sets up Atlanta in field position
* I guess people can stop the Dante worship – Atlanta was dominating the line of scrimmage with just four line man – pressure and stopped the run
* Gronk being injured gave him an opportunity to make serious coin on commercials
* Falcon defensive line man piled drive Blount then Lewis – no response
* One of the biggest no show games since the Yankees spanked the Red Sox in 2004 19-8

2. BRADY
* Let me preface this with – he is the greatest QB of all time – with that said this playoff run of TD to INT hasn’t been great
* I hate to say this – but I hated Brady’s body language
* Missed a wide open Edelman left to right which could have been a TD
* Looked like Tony Eason at times
* How many times have I said – Brady is too cute at the end of the first half – ran out of time and had to settle for field goal

3. OFFENSE

* You have two weeks to prepare and you came up with Brady throwing pop ups down the sideline and hand off to Blount
* Last time Brady threw pop ups was against Denver last year when he kept doing the wheel route to James White
* I have said this for years – McDaniel is an average play caller at best who looks better because he has Brady at the helm
* Again Brady has no time to throw – in now groove and McDaniel refuses to go to hurry up in first half
* The next tackle that James White breaks will be his first one
* Hey Shaq Mason meet Max Lane – he got Matrixed into Brady
* Holding on Bennett on the screen at end of first half was lazy
* Down 25 points and you are trying to establish the run game and you are huddling up – you acting like McNabb in the Philly Super Bowl
* Drops – UGGGH!
* I see that wheel route one more time – I’m calling social services for myself
* Gostkowski better hope that missed extra point doesn’t come back and burn them
* Come out for the second half and Hogan and Edelman have big drops!#

4. DEFENSE

* Patricia dude – whats the plan
* Is someone gonna set the edge – Ok student body left three times and then Freeman started cut back after Patricia over compensated
* Ninkovich covering Freeman on the flat is almost bullying by Falcons
* Oh crap – Butler just got his ankles broken by Gabriel

5. BELICHICK GARB / KRAFT SIGHTINGS

* Blue wind breaker – one cool cat
* Kraft sighting 8:31 of the third quarter

6. FALCONS

* Hats off to coaching staff – took Bill and staff’s lunch money
* Matt Ryan – Had it going on
* Arthur Blank – Gonna have to watch him dance – ugh
* Mack and his broken leg is dominating Brown and Branch

7. BROADCAST / COMMERCIALS

* Buck and Aikman did fine – vanilla
* Tide spent a lot of money
* Halftime Show – Good job by Lady Gaga just singing (I have a feeling after Janet Jackson performers have to put up a bond that says they won’t do anything controversial

8. OFFICIALS

* The late hit out of bounds not called was insane (started the process of Falcons punching you in the face and taking it)
* Not only did Hooper not get called for pass interference on his TD – they threw a flag on Chung
* The block of the extra point on McClellan was legal – he timed it up and was off his side shoulder of the center not over the center
* On the Freeman run into the end zone – Flowers got held

9. STATS

* Brady has never scored in the first quarter of seven Super Bowls – yikes
* Teams are 13-0 in the Super Bowl when they return an interception (make that 12-1 now)

FOURTH QUARTER AND ON

1.MISC

* I haven’t jumped that high in a long time!
* I’m not being greedy but the waiting for the replay of White’s game winner make it just an ounce anti-climatic
* Literally Jamie Collins cried – he had to (so didn’t Roger, Montana, the rest of the country, Suggs, Lewis, Rex Ryan………)
* Imagine if you bet the under and Atlanta and you lost both! Wow – some guy bet $1,000,000 on Atlanta and was up by 28 points
* Give Bill credit for dressing Amendola and Mitchell over Floyd (Amendola picked less money to be part of something great)
* Can’t wait to hear the NFL Films sound from this
* Loved the booing Roger
* They won without Gronk
* They are favored already in Vegas to win Super Bowl
* Kickers were terrible – Ryan Allen worst game, Gostkowski bad missed extra point and terrible onside kick

2. BRADY

* Oh My God!
* He made Goodell replace his Depends
* Pass to Amendola on the sideline was amazing
* Real dangerous pass to Bennett to win it in OT in the corner of the end zone – that could have been intercepted and returned 105 yards
* Amazing thing about Brady’s accomplishments is that the argument has now shifted from who is best quarterback (that’s over) to “is he the greatest football player” and now starting to compare him with other sport’s athletes – Jordan.

3. OFFENSE

* Edelman catch defied physics
* Nice game by Mitchell – but insane when he was untouched and put the ball down on the ground
* How many big plays has Amendola made?
* Like that sneaky play at the end of regulation (hope Lewis didn’t get hurt)
* James White goes down in Boston sports history (I wanted to take his shirt from him in the first half)

4. DEFENSE

* Hightower great sack – strip
* Trey Flowers 2.5 sacks

5. BELICHICK GARB / KRAFT SIGHTINGS

* Still blue windbreaker – and still a cool cat
* 5:56 left in the 4th quarter
* 5:53 left in the 4th quarter
* OK the cameo’s are coming too fast –
* His speech at the end was great while Goodell slipped off the stage

6. FALCONS

* Dan Quinn – As bad as Pete Carroll throwing the ball – was Atlanta ready to seal the game with a field goal
* Arthur Blank – Dude you and Morticia came down too early and jinxed your team
* The Julio Jones catch simply amazing – put in there with Kearse, Manningham, Tyree catches
* Alford strutting in end zone with pick six was like – make pretend you have played in big games

7. BROADCAST / COMMERCIALS

* I saw a commercial where Cam Newton throws a TD in Pop Warner game – that’s the first time he’s made a play on Super Bowl Sunday
* Nice job by Bradshaw with postgame – although he called White – Lewis by mistake
* Halftime Show – Good job by Lady Gaga just singing (I have a feeling after Janet Jackson performers have to put up a bond that says they won’t do anything controversial

8. OFFICIALS

* Had to call the interference
* Had to call the holding on Long

9. STATS

* Patriots 93 plays / Falcons 41 plays
* Patriots 37 first downs / 17 Falcons
* 10 sacks in the game
* Blount’s last six games 241 yards on 86 rushes / 2.80 a carry
* Patriots 18-0 when Lewis plays
* How did both teams run for 104 yards – seemed like Atlanta would have dominated the category
* Possession 40:31 Patriots / 23:27 Falcons

10. ESSAY

In forty-four and a half states across the country, people don’t live – they exist. Five days a week – for fifty weeks a year – for forty years of their being, they are prisoners of their own life. Every morning, they get in their car, or squeeze onto a packed bus or stand on some stalled train only to look in the reflection of the window or their mirror and see George Bailey staring back at them. From work to soccer practices to Stouffer frozen dinners, they drag themselves through their gray lives only to do it all over again the very next day………..
BUT not here in New England. Every day is a blessing. We are special. We are the fans of the greatest football team known to mankind. Our team with the flying Elvis on their helmet have so enriched our community that we are the ENVY of people from San Francisco to New York and everywhere in between. Our quarterback and coach have no match nor does the Patriot Dynasty…….

From July to February, the Patriots represent our region by validating the power of people working together in a selfless pursuit toward a collective purpose. It’s here in New England that we have traveled back in time to a period when people respected authority, cared about each other and with pride rolled up their sleeves and “DID THEIR JOB!” ……………

To the Patriots – I say thank you. You have made us proud to be New Englanders because you’ve made all of us Champions!

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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One comment for “Connelly Top Ten – An Eternal Victory!”

  1. Hear, Hear, Mr. C!! I mimicked your emotions this morning – I had to get up at 3:30 am to watch the game here in Oman. Sure wish I could be back in New England for the emotions… Have a great day.
    Conor

    REPLY – MPC – Is a great day! Glad you watched – take care of yourself!

    Posted by Conor O'Neill | February 6, 2017, 1:44 am

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