1. Patriots:

MISC

  • One of the big regular season wins in Belichick era
  • Conceivably the Patriots were missing five of their top six offensive players – No Brady, Gronk, Lewis, Solder, Vollmer / on the road / against the NFC favorite / And a couple of calls went against them – and still win
  • Handed them two TD’s with fumbles and still won
  • This coming from a white guy, but the black fist by Bennett and McCourty doesn’t that mean black power, which speaks to them supporting fractions within America instead of working on bringing people together
  • Fifth straight season Gronk won’t play 16 games
  • I think if you can only sign two of next year’s three free agents you let Hightower go because he’s injury prone and sign Butler and Collins
  • Two big fumbles – wait to Pats haters (Felger) starts talking about the air pressure
  • Brady should sue
  • Didn’t like Edelman knocking down chain gang member and Blount spiking the ball into ref and no apologies or help up
  • Another huge underdog and they win
  • Great catch by Fitzgerald in end zone
  • Brilliant timeouts by Arizona with four minutes left / bad use of timeouts by Belichick
  • I was off on both predictions – Pats win and Jimmy G over 85 qb rating
  • One week closer to Gronk, Brady, Lewis, Ninkovich

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Jimmy G in the house, Team Overcomes Fumbles, 9/11 »

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With Friday night’s 13-3 blowout win against the Blue Jays, Boston’s ace Rick Porcello picks up his 20th win of the season, the first starting pitcher to do so this year.

Porcello has probably been the quietest winning pitcher in all of baseball. After Friday night’s game Rick holds a 20-3 record. Not only is Rick the best pitcher in baseball right now but the Sox are now in first place and two games ahead of Toronto in the AL East.

The Sox have been playing very well lately as they have won seven of their last ten games. It looks like Boston is establishing themselves as a dominant team in this league as their hitting and pitching has really come around as the season is nearing an end. But much of that success is due to the tremendous season Porcello has had so far. He has a great chance to take the AL Cy Young Award this year.

I don’t want to get my hopes up, but with the post season right around the corner, I cannot wait for what October has in store for Sox Nation.

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1. Red Sox – Pedroia:

  • 27 for his last 51 (.529) over last 12 games – insane
  • 10 multi hit games out of 12
  • 43 for his last 94 (.457) over his last 22 games – insane

2. Patriots

  • Predict score of 24-13, Arizona (Chandler Jones is huge in September – as long as he keeps his clothes on at the local police station)
  • Jimmy G QB rating under 85%
  • Krafts find a way on to TV screen
  • They go 2-2 during suspension / 4-4 over first eight games / end up strong 11-5 losing home field advantage in AFC Conference Championship
  • DJ Foster is a difference maker until Lewis gets back
  • Patriots could have the most radical offense ever putting tight ends out wide and wide receivers in the slot – who could cover Bennett, Gronk Harbor and Derby at the same time
  • Hogan has more catches this year than Amendola

3. Standing around the NFL:

  • The Seattle team not standing for the National Anthem will be a low point in sports history – what if you are a Seahawk and want to stand – are you a racist for standing for the National Anthem – Francis Scott Key a lonely nation turns its eyes to you
  • Typical Pete Carroll with no control – if he takes a knee I would have him banned for life
  • Someone give John Tortorella the President’s medal of Freedom

4. Picks this weekend:

College Football: Pick of the week – Army giving 9 to Rice / I sort of like – just a little U Mass getting 17 against Boston College

NFL – Like Jets getting 2.5 from Cincy

5. Bringing talents to………Joe Montana:

Kansas City…….61% completion / 29 TD to 16 INT

San Fran…………64% completion / 244 TD to 123 INT

Notre Dame…….52% completion / 25 TD to 25 INT

6. Mt Rushmore of Patriots Kickers:

Vinatieri, Gostkowski, Bahr, Franklin

7. Amazing Stats:

Boston College and U Mass play each other this weekend:

  • U Mass over their last eight games 2-6 – which is better than
  • Boston College over their last eight games 0-8 (and not a whisper of a new coach last offseason)

8. Old School:

Last opening game Brady didn’t start was 2001. Quotes from the Globe prior to that game:

  • Bledsoe, who was elected offensive cocaptain by his teammates Tuesday, said he felt no added pressure to produce after signing the largest contract in NFL history this offseason, a 10-year, $103- million deal
  • But it wasn’t the numbers that convinced Belichick Brady was better- suited to step up in the event of an injury to Bledsoe. It was Brady’s ability to direct the offense, which he did well even last year as a rookie.
  • “I don’t think there was any question in anybody’s mind that Tom had clearly taken over the leadership of that entire group [of last year’s rookies] – offense, defense, everybody that was involved,” said Belichick. “I think he was well-respected.
  • “Tom has a lot of natural leadership. [It] was something that all those players saw and looked up to, and it was easy to see that it was a natural thing for him and he was very comfortable doing it.”

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Greatest women voices:

  • Barbara Streisand
  • Julie Andrews
  • Maria Callas
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Sinead O’Connor
  • Whitney Houston
  • Donna Summers
  • Patsy Cline

10. Randomocity:

  • Isn’t American League Manager of the year down to Francona and Girardi?
  • If Hillary was being fed answers through her earpiece during the event the other night – that is the worst cheating on a test ever
  • Brady getting suspended is one of the worst New England losses ever
  • Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang is no Sound of Music
  • Do you know the Patriots have no 4th round pick (stolen), 5th round pick, 6th round pick or 7th round pick this year?

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Matthew Stafford has a dream matchup, but can he deliver?

The NFL season is officially upon us!

This article is meant to help you sit those players who have tough matchups as well as start those fringe players who have sweet matchups.

Let’s get to it!

Start ‘Em

Matthew Stafford (vs. Indianapolis): Vontae Davis looks like he will not be able to play which opens up the entire field for Stafford and his wide receiving core. Don’t be afraid to start Golden Tate or Marvin Jones as well! Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 1, 2016 »

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1. Red Sox:

* I hope not a sign of things to come but Moncada was on the field two minutes and disobeyed a coach running through the stop sign at third base (error and picked off on Sunday)

* Sandy Leon is on pace to hit over .350 this year – its only been done 17 times in Red Sox history (Williams – 5 / Boggs -5 / Speaker – 2 / Nomar -2)

* I was ready to start calling Rodriguez Tony Eason but not after that performance – if he lets that ground ball through he has a no-hitter

2. Patriots:

Rob Ninkovich – almost wrote four weeks ago that a torn bicep is a steroid injury. The muscle mass can’t be supported by the tendons. Ted Johnson tore his twice. Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Almost No Hitter, Ninkovich Somehow Turned into Athlete, Hillary’s Phones »

1. Red Sox:

*I’m predicting sometime in late October, early November, you will hear report that Steven Wright has gone in for shoulder surgery from injury that happened running the bases

* Amazing how many swing and misses Jackie Bradley ahs

* Let the Moncada era begin (Shaw had his chance)

* Red  Sox have seven players on pace for 30 doubles – Shaw, Betts, Bogaerts, Ortiz, Pedroia, Hanley, Bradley

* Shaw strikes out one every 3.55 at bats

2. Patriots:

* Great to see Brady rolling

* I think Foster could be the next Kevin Faulk (ya I said it) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Brady in the Corner, Moncada, ESPN Health »

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Will The Sox Win The AL East?

August 29, 2016 at 9:30pm in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox
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As September is nearing, playoffs is becoming a predominant topic in baseball. The powerhouse hitting Red Sox are now in a position where the postseason is not a guarantee. They have been bouncing in and out of first, second, and third place for a majority of the season. The Red Sox, Blue Jays and Orioles have been the most dominant teams in the Al East all season.

Going into Monday Aug. 29th, the Red Sox sit in second place with a 72-58 record, two games behind the Blue Jays. Baltimore sits right behind the Sox, only one game back. So the question we are all wondering is who is going to win the division?

I believe at this point it’s a complete toss up. We can pull out as many statistics as we want to predict the end of the season results but we have to remember that this is baseball. This game is so unpredictable, especially when there are only 30 games left to be played. Any team could take the division with being just a half game up, it could be that close.

The good news is that the next month of baseball is going to be tough for all teams in the AL East. Starting tonight until the end of the season the Sox have two remaining series against the Rays, Yankees, Orioles, and the Blue Jays. So the standings in the AL East are going to be jumping all around for the next month. If the Sox want a legitimate chance at taking the division, they need to be the best team in the month of September, period.

If the Sox do not win the division, they always have the Wild Card. But with the Wild Card , the top two teams have to play in a one game playoff match up to decide who moves onto the ALDS. Boston needs to avoid this at all costs because a one game deciding match up is a tough game to win. If this were to happen I’d be scared to see who Farrell decides to start on the bump.

However I am very confident the Sox will finish the season strong. Their hitting is still very dominant. Ortiz is still showing he’s one of the best with 30 plus homers and 100 plus RBIs. Mookie is still one of the best hitters in the entire MLB right now with 29 homers, 94 RBIs, and a .321 AVG (Did I mention he was a lead off hitter for the majority of the season?). And Pedey quietly is hitting .320 going into Monday. So the bats are there. Again as we’ve discussed a million times, it all comes down to the Sox pitching. Starting pitching for Boston has looked better lately, the bullpen is still an issue. All we can do at this point is pray that the pitching comes around going into September.

The toughest series the Sox are going to have this next month are the ones against the Blue Jays. Toronto plays as the biggest threat towards Boston. They are a very well rounded team that can hit and have some pitching. The two series the Sox have against them in the next month are definitely the most imports series they will have all year.

This all being said, I’m super excited for the next month of baseball because its going to be a a fun one to watch.

 

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