Should Alex Smith start on your team this week?

The midway point of the regular season in fantasy leagues is upon us and this could be the make or break week if you are on the 3-3 fence or belowe after the games end on Monday. Take heed of my advice below and lead your team to victory. (Or don’t, sometimes even the smartest people get some wrong).

Start ‘Em

Alex Smith (vs. Oakland): This game will likely turn into a shootout in the second half with Smith being the beneficiary of more throws down the field on a weak Raiders’ secondary.

Should Alex Smith start on your team this week?

Should Alex Smith start on your team this week?

Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 6, 2016 »

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1. Patriots vs. Bengals:

  • Bengals could get knocked out this week and go 2-4
  • They are 3-8 last 11 games – including pre season
  • Look out for head hunting Burfict
  • Brady’s first game back in Foxboro – Standing O upcoming
  • Brandon Lafell has more TD than Gronk – 2 to 0
  • AJ Green – Logan Ryan with help over the top
  • Bengals have one of those teams that can hurt a QB
  • Am I going to have to watch twinkle toes Blount in short yardage
  • Kicker Mike Nugent 0-2 passed 50 yards

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Brady Voted Worst Person in Sports – Sue! »

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1. Red Sox:

* Is the season a success if you with the East and make the playoffs?

* Not a good season for Dombrowski – Pomerantz, Kimbrel and Price

2. John Farrell:

  • Do you really take out Benintendi over Jackie Bradley in a desperate elimination game
  • I’m still not sure if I pinch run for Ortiz – if that game one more at bat Hernandez would have come up in the clean up positon for the Sox
  • I don’t know if I pinch hit for Holt who had been hitting a little bit in the series
  • I’m just not sold on him – I would move on even though he won the East

Continue reading Red Sox Toast – Patriot Time Only »

Red Sox Ownership Has Failed The Fans

October 11, 2016 at 3:01pm in Featured, Red Sox
Jon Henry and the front office has failed us as Red Sox fans

Jon Lester just pitched 8 innings of scoreless baseball in-game 1 of the NLDS.  Theo Epstein is the general manager of arguably the best team in baseball, and the team that will more than likely represent the national league in the World Series.  Terry Francona just swept The Sox in a series where he didn’t have his best hitter, or his number 2 starter. Andrew Miller was a huge factor coming out of the bullpen this series, most of the time leaving The Sox batters swinging at air.  Ben Cherington is the vice president of baseball operations in Toronto.  So basically, Francona and Miller are playing against Cherington, winner plays Theo Epstein and Jon Lester in the World Series.  Jeesh, imagine having all these guys in the same organization.  Oh wait they were, and the ownership screwed it up.

Dave Dombrowski doesn’t get a pass on this season either.  Aaron Hill, Fernando Abad, Brad Ziegler, and Drew Pomeranz were Dombrowski’s moves at the deadline.  These guys were a non factor, except for Pomeranz who gave up a 2 run BOMB to Coco Crisp, essentially losing the game.  How about David Price’s deal?  He got a 7 year, $217 million dollar deal from Dombroski, a deal that will ultimately end up being a failure, if it’s not already.  For a guy that was supposed to come in and turn things around, Dombrowski has been a letdown as president of baseball operations thus far.

Winning the series at Fenway last night meant a lot to Terry Francona, you could tell by the way he was reacting on the field.  He knows when he was fired that ownership was stirring up rumors about him, and last night he left with the last laugh.  I’m sure Jon Lester was laughing somewhere too, remember that horrible offer The Sox gave him?  4 years for $70 million?  Then they turn around and give Price 7 years for $217 million, what a joke.  You know what you had in Lester, he could handle the Boston spotlight and he could win in the playoffs.  Two things that David Price can not do.

This team needs a shake up and ownership has to provide it, and as of now it seems like it’s not going to happen.  Dombrowski just announced Farrell will be back next season.

Ortiz retired and Farrell coming back.  Just doesn’t seem right.

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1. Patriots vs Browns:

BRADY

  • Cherish every game
  • Brady had lost his last two games in Ohio (lost to Ohio State also)
  • Everytime he gets booed on the field – legal team should get fired up for civil suit
  • How cool was the Brady chant all game?
  • Gotta love a score on the first drive
  • Goofy but satisfying first down call on his run in front of a Cleveland coach – ala John Wensink versus North Stars – if you’re a Brown you can’t allow that

MISC

  • After five games – the Patriots have won games with three different QB’s
  • Cleveland loses two quarterbacks – so I ask again would you trade Jimmy G. right now for two first round picks
  • Jimmy G career completion percentage 68.9% / Brady 63.6%
  • Oh – Oh Cy Jones alert – two fumbles last week, got burnt for TD today and then ejected from the game (CBS really didn’t have a camera that could pick up the receiver diving at his knees after the play?)
  • Charlie Whitehurst will be playing the lead tonight in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • I’m thinking Whitehurst carries a European carry-all (a man purse)

Continue reading Connelly Top Ten: Brady Bunch Punch Cleveland »

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Matt Ryan has been the past fantasy QB this season. Will that continue?

The first week of more than two bye week teams is upon us and it is the make-or-break Week 5 matchups. With Seattle and Kansas City among the teams on bye this week, below are some options to replace those starters if needed. Try not to be that team with one or fewer wins heading into basically the mid-season point before the playoffs begin.

Start ‘Em

Carson Wentz (vs. Detroit): Wentz has provided the Eagles with a solid starting quarterback this season and the Lions’ defense is missing plenty of pieces. Expect a solid fantasy day from Wentz with the first of multi-game bye weeks. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 5, 2016 »

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David Ortiz IS October

October 6, 2016 at 4:30pm in Boston, Featured, MLB, Top Story
David Ortiz IS October

We’re back, baby! Tonight, Rick Porcello and his 22 wins will take on Trevor Bauer and the Indians at Progressive field in Cleveland. The Indians, led by former Red Sox manager and fan-favorite Terry Francona, will look to capture their first playoff victory since 2007. Francona, who led the Red Sox to two World Series titles (including the team’s first in 86 years) was “let go” after the Red Sox epic collapse down the stretch of the 2011 season. While the bad blood between Francona and the Red Sox organization seems to have dissipated tremendously since the breakup, I think it’s safe to say that Francona would love nothing more than to stick it to Red Sox brass, particularly John Henry.

That’s where David Ortiz comes in. The man who has carried this team and this city on his back since that magical run back in 2004 will look to fire up the magic one last time in his final postseason appearance. A World Series title would strengthen David’s case as one of, if not the greatest playoff performer of all-time. Additionally, it would cement his legacy as one of the three greatest Red Sox players to ever live.

David Ortiz IS October. October rolls around and David Ortiz’s eye lasers zero in on baseballs and send them to the moon. No pitcher is too clutch. No moment is too big. It’s time to ride Big Papi to the promise land one final time. God, am I going to miss this guy.

No beisbol is safe, no beisbol is safe.

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