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Connelly’s Top Ten – One More Patriots Top Ten

  1. Patriots
  • How amazing is Brady – I guarantee that if you put a stop watch on his 15 yard run in the Super Bowl it was faster than his 60 time at the combine 18 years ago – he wills himself to win
  • With one armed tied behind their back – Here’s how good this victory was – Patriots spotted them 25 points, didn’t take their first round pick, decided to just give away their best defensive player in the middle of the year, played without one of the greatest offensive weapons in NFL history – and won
  • Shirts blue they are 2-2 / White 3-0 – 2002 – blue – win / 2004 – blue – win / 2005 – white – win / 2008 – blue – loss / 2011 blue – loss / 2014 – white – win / 2017 – white – win
  • Brady’s first nine playoff games – 9-0 / last eight 7-1
  • Chris Long did a huge favor for Patriots – veteran free agents who want a ring for 30% their value suddenly look at Foxboro as a destination – hmmm – Julius Peppers, DeMarcus Ware
  • I love Matt Patricia’s Goodell’s clown shirt but he will not get a head coaching job now – he will be black balled by the other owners
  • Imagine if you left the Super Bowl down 25 points – Check out the brake lights when Kirk Gibson HR goes in the bleachers – dopes (sa)
  • Brady after deflategate update – 29-6
  • Has a team ever won a Super Bowl in a year that they have had three different quarterbacks win games?
  • Brady ran through the playoffs with only one player who had even been to a Pro Bowl – Bennett went to one
  • Brady, Brown, Taylor, Rice, Montana – in that order

2. Joe Montana won’t concede Tom Brady is greatest ever? Joe here are some things that you still have over Tom Brady:

* Played with more offensive weapons – Pro Bowls – Rice, Taylor, Clark, Craig, Okoye, Allen 22 / Brady – Welker, Gronk, Moss, Troy Brown – 11

* Had more playoff losses his last five playoff games 2-3 than Brady 4-1

* More marriages 3 to 1

* More January’s off than Brady (7 Super Bowls Brady to Montana 4 – almost double)

* More Interceptions from age 37 on – Montana 29 in 25 games versus Brady 19 in 44 games

* More cheesy commercials


3.Bruins first round picks with most career goals:













  1. Greatest Defensive plays in Boston history

* Malcom Butler interception

* Larry Bird steal against Detroit

* Dante Hightower sack and strip of Matt Ryan

* Dante Hightower tackle of Marshawn Lynch on first down

* Dwight Evans catch against Reds in Game 6

* Gerald Henderson steal against Lakers

* Tim Thomas diving save on Tampa’s Steve Downie

* Brandon Mitchell blocks Steelers 34 yard FG in Pittsburgh AFC Championship – TD Troy Brown great pick up and lateral to Antwan Harris


  1. Tom Brady has thrown for more yards in the playoffs 9,094 than Robert Griffin has thrown in his career 8,983


  1. Mount Rushmore of plays that convinced me that the Patriots couldn’t come back – Coleman TD to go up by 25 with 8:31 left in the third quarter / Julio Jones catch / Didn’t recover onside kick / Freeman getting loose for 39 yard long reception


  1. OLD SCHOOL – 1956 NBA Draft talk in the Boston Globe:


Rochester Royals owner, Les Harrison deciding whether to take Bill Russell or not “Harrison has a problem, Russell will demand a big salary of $15,000 for a rookie.” Rochester passed and took Si Green who never made an All Star team – St. Louis Hawks took Russell and traded him to Boston.
8.AMAZING STAT – – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely, Ortiz stat – Over the last four years Tom Brady has averaged 2.03 TD’s and 280 yards passing a game – that means he will own the two big passing records when:


  • Most passing yards – Manning 71,940 / Brady 61,582 = 37 more games
  • Most TD passes – Manning 539 / Brady 456 = 41 more games


  1. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Patriots have six win streaks of at least 10 games – insane


10 – 2016–current – including playoffs

10 –  2010–2011 – regular season games

12 –  2001-2002 – including playoffs

13 – 2014-2015 – including playoffs

18 – 2003–2004 – regular season games

22 – 2006-2008 – regular season games



* Isn’t the UConn women’s basketball roll ruining their sport?

* Great piece on the CBS Morning Show about one of the hottest country song writers in America – and she’s a mother of four from Stoughton – she is up for four Grammy’s this year

* Ron Borges should do a Fonzi – I was wr-wr-wr-wrong article about Belichick and the Patriots

* OK – you guys need a break from the typo’s, the Tom Brady worship, Chicago murder updates, my thoughts on three pointers ruining basketball – I will see you at the end of March for Fighting Farrell’s pre-season predictions, NFL draft! Thanks for reading

* Lastly – you got 15 minutes? Here is a really well done Brady piece

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.


5 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten – One More Patriots Top Ten”

  1. It’s hard to see how the five pro bowls Marcus Allen went to as a member of the Oakland Raiders are relevant to an evaluation of Joe Montana. Same applies to the six pro bowls Jerry Rice was selected for after Montana left SF. If you are going to count those, then you need to count the five pro bowls Randy Moss played in before he joined the Patriots. As for Christian Okoye – he and Montana were never teammates! So the correct count of the number of pro bowlers Joe Montana threw passes to is eleven, same as Brady.

    Montana – with his 95.6 postseason passer rating – is still in the conversation, and it is unreasonable to expect him of all people to admit otherwise.

    REPLY – MPC – I will give you some of Rice’s pro bowls and Okyoe but Allen’s I only gave him credit for one when he was with Montana in KC / I think the point is – Give Brady Rice, Taylor, Craig, Clark and the 49ers liberal use of the salary cap and it would have been fun to watch – he has Moss for one year and it was the greatest WR / QB combo ever – yes Montana is in the conversation – “Brady is greatest / Montana used to be”

    Posted by TimU | February 12, 2017, 10:40 pm
  2. Have a great vacation, Mr. C! I. for one. will miss your insights.

    MPC – REPLY – thanks – will be back complaining before you know it

    Posted by Conor | February 12, 2017, 10:58 pm
  3. Um, great defensive plays in Boston history, might have missed one, Mike! “Havlicek steals it. Over to Sam Jones. Havlicek stole the ball! It’s all over! Johnny Havlicek stole the ball!”
    Also worth considering, McGinest comes in off the left edge to stuff Marshall Faulk inside the five in I believe the 2003 AFC title game.

    REPLY – MPC – Definitely Havlicek – McGinest big play not sure if top ten

    Posted by vermontk | February 13, 2017, 8:27 am
  4. Thanks Mike – will be reading your book of lists during your hiatus…

    REPLY – MPC – Enjoy – be back when Panda has gained 40 lbs back

    Posted by Greg | February 13, 2017, 4:44 pm
  5. Mike, When can we expect to see your next Top 10??

    Posted by Fan of Mike | March 31, 2017, 7:38 am

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