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1.Tom Brady Stuff

 ·         Tom Brady has thrown for more than double the yards than Drew Bledsoe (as Patriot) 61,582 – 29,657

·         Only one quarterback in Patriot history has a higher pass completion percentage than Brady – Jimmy Garoppolo – 67% to 63.8%

·         Steve Grogan, Drew Bledsoe and Babe Parilli vs Brady: Games – 367 to Brady’s 223 / TD’s – 480 to Brady’s 456 / Interceptions – 484 to Brady’s 152 / Game Winning Drives – 49 to Brady’s 49   

·         Denver quarterbacks last two years 39 TD to 34 INT / Patriots quarterbacks 68 TD to 8 INT

·         Potential second round match up QB’s compared to Brady Osweiler, Cook and Moore 58 TD to Brady’s 456

 

2. Jae Crowder – stirs up racism talk about Boston:

·         For a city wrongly accused of being the hub of racism (not saying devoid of racism) he is responsible for planting the seed – unforgivable – Someone has to pull the overpaid Celtic forward and explain the history of Boston and the pain he kicks up by starting the whole race discussion

·         An average player who was saved from Dallas and given $35mm (think about that – never even a sniff of an All Star game) 32nd top scorer in Boston history behind Todd Day, Jeff Green, Ron Mercer, Ricky Davis, 49th best rebounder (4.9)

·         This just continues the conversation started by the Spike Lee’s and Ken Rosenthal’s of the world

·         This a franchise that was accused of racism in the book Selling of the Green – despite drafting the first black player, first team to start five blacks, first sports team to have a black head coach

 

3. Other Patriot Stuff

·         Not one Patriot TD return this year on kick off or punts / didn’t give up any either (I’m guaranteeing one in playoffs – either side)

·         How to make up for the league stealing first round picks – how about getting two all pro’s for nothing – Mike Floyd DUI goes to Patriots / LeGarrette Blount released for smoking pot goes to Patriots  

·         Craig James, Andy Johnson, Mosi Tatupu, Dave Meggett, Jon Vaughn, David Patten and Adam Vinatieri threw a combined 12 touchdown passes in 30 pass attempts / Scott Zolak threw 8 touchdown passes in 244 attempts

·         If L. Blount (2,917) runs for 1,000 yards next year he will pass Curtis Martin (3,799) move into 4th on Patriots career list behind Tony Collins (4,647), Jim Nance (5,323), Sam Bam Cunningham (5,453)

·         No one is catching Stanley Morgan yards received at 10,352 – Gronk is 6,095 / Edelman is 4,540

·         How did I miss this – Patriots best punt returner in its history is L. Blount – 17 returns for an average of 29.1 yards – which is best in Patriots history for at least 10 returns

 

4. Think about how amazing the Tom Brady number retirement event will be – Boston sports number retirement moments:

·         We Love you Couz – Boston Tear Party

·         Bill Russell raised his number in the rafters before the game – he hated the fans that had loved him

·         Bobby Orr putting on his shirt while still a Blackhawk

·         Bourque giving Espo his number

·         Yaz – “I wish it wasn’t so” / and the lap around the field

·         Larry Bird’s event was sadly too contrived

·         I know it wasn’t a retirement of the number but Havlicek’s last game was special – as was the standing ovation

·         Paul Pierce will dribble out the clock and throw up a three pointer just when the ceremony is going to end

 

5. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

·         The Clemson groping people in piles is insane and creepy – shocked coaches haven’t put an end to it after watching game films

·         Insane that the first game after the Joe Mixon video knocking a girl out is released – he is allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl and leads them to victory with 2 TD’s – while egging on a crowd that was egging him on

·         Lane Kiffin not being on the sideline for the National Championship game is more radical than trading Jamie Collins in the middle of the year

 

6. How Spoiled we have been – superstars in Boston – Since 1939 to Present (Except from 1993 to 2000) we had at least two super stars in Boston):

·         Clarence DeMar……1910-1954

·         Ted Williams……….1939-1960

·         Rocky Marciano……1952-1956

·         Bob Cousy…………..1950-1963

·         Bill Russell…………1956-1969

·         Yaz………………….1961-1983

·         Bobby Orr…………..1966-1975

·         John Havlicek………1962-1978

·         Bill Rodgers…………1975-1982

·         Larry Bird…………..1979-1992

·         Hagler………………1980-1987

·         Roger Clemens……..1984-1996

·         Pedro ……………….1998-2004

·         Tom Brady………….2000-Present

·         David Ortiz…………2004-2016

·         Not Quite Super Stars – Bourque, Heinsohn, Sam Jones, Esposito, Hannah, Flutie, McHale and Cowens

·         At one time in this city you had Russell, Williams, Cousy, Marciano / Russell, Yaz, Orr, Havlicek / Hagler, Clemens, Bird

 

7. OLD SCHOOL  – Milt Schmidt – from my book Great Book of Boston Sports Lists – Greatest Ovations – 2/10/1942

·         Boston Garden salutes the Kraut Line – The Bruins most famous threesome, the Kraut Line – comprised of Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart – played their last game before reporting to active duty in the Royal Canadian Air Force. During the game, the trio led the Bruins with 10 points in their 8-1 romp over the Montreal Canadiens. After the game, both teams lined up to salute the three Bruins before they went off to fight in World War II. During the ceremony, Schmidt, Bauer and Dumart were presented with checks for a full season’s pay, plus bonus. Then in a final gesture of appreciation, the three were carried off the ice on the shoulders of the Bruins and Canadiens while the crowd of 10,420 roared in admiration for their sacrifice for the cause.

 

8. AMAZING STAT – Same year Rookie of the Years that both made it to the Hall of Fame:

2001 – Albert Pujols / Ichiro (This is a definite)

1977 – Andre Dawson / Eddie Murray

1967 – Tom Seaver / Rod Carew

1956 – Frank Robinson / Luis Aparicio

 

2012 – Bryce Harper / Mike Trout (Harper doesn’t get in – he’s a punk)

2007 – Ryan Braun / Pedroia (this is a maybe)


9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Movies Grade 0-100 with Oscar opinion:

·         Man Called Ove…. 92 – subtitles and get past the first 15 minutes

·         Fences…………….89 – 15 minutes to long —– Best actor Award to Denzel, Award for supporting actress – Davis, nomination for director Denzel, Best Movie Award

·         La La Land………. 87……….Award for Director Chazelle, Nomination for Stone – Nomination for movie

·         Lion……………….87……….Nomination for Patel, movie

·         Hell or Highwater…83………Nomination for Bridges (this is really well done)

·         Sing Street…………82……….Song nomination –   

·         Manchester By Sea..81 – brooding – mumbling – to say melancholy would give it to much credit – Nomination for movie, nomination for Affleck actor, nomination for best supporting actor –  Hedges

·         Jackie……………..80 – Award for Portman

·         Moonlighting……..78 – disjointed – Best Supporting Actor award for Mahershalia Ali

·         Arrival…………….77

 

10.  RANDOMOCITY

* Just finished the Crown on Net Flix – (John Lithgow best Churchill ever done) AND Man in the High Castle – both A-

* Reggie Smith was second in the 1967 Rookie of the Year ballot with a .246 average

* ABC Afterschool specials were top notch

* Gotta love a Patriots playoff game in prime time on a long weekend

* Did Potsie’s agent go into ABC and demand that his character be cooler?

* French’s yellow mustard is gross 

1.Patriots vs. Miami

MISC

·         Patriots 59-10 in December since Brady – remember three or so of those 10 losses were the Patriots playing backups because they already clinched

·         Hmm – Patriots head sets aren’t working and no one accuses the home team of playing games like they do in New England – even though the NFL control them

·         No way should the NFL allow a college game on the field two days before they put their million dollar players out on the same field

·         I think a competitive, chippy game was a good way for the Patriots to go into the playoffs – no injuries – did see Edelman limping (why isn’t he ordered to fair catch the ball)

·         Dolphins were chippy and yappy – almost like they were sending a 2017 message

 

BRADY

·         Should be MVP quarterback just delivered an 11-1 season – a gift from heaven

·         MVP consideration – Wins – Brady 11 of 12 / Rodgers 10 of 16 / Ryan 11 of 16

·         Highest completion percentage 67.4% since 2007

·         Not only did he only have two interceptions in 432 attempts – he didn’t lose ONE fumble the entire season

·         Update since Deflategate – record of 26-5 / 77 TD to 15 INT

·         I said before – Brady is more likely to get hurt sliding than those free runs officials allow defenders to take at him after he releases the ball

·         Brady gets another receiver a touchdown for his long list – add Michael Floyd

 

OFFENSE

·         Michael Floyd dragging defenders in the end zone reminded me of the 1974 game winner by Bob Windsor to beat the Vikings – he ruined his leg for the win.

·         Said last week Edelman yapping a problem – picked up 15 yard flag

·         The whole playoffs on the line and Edelman is on the field with two minutes left up 35-14 trying to get his 100th reception

·         How pissed was Edelman when Garappolo threw over his head denying him 100 receptions (and bonus?)

·         Another nice day for offensive line

·         Good News – 7 for 12 on third down – see defense

·         Could Deion Lewis be more important than Gronk? I don’t think so but close

·         Patriots 8-0 without Gronk / with Gronk 6-2

 

DEFENSE

·         Bad news Miami was 7 for 12 on third down

·         Nice rest now for Hightower and limping Chung

·         Van Noy forgot to cover the guy from the other team that ran by him

·         Flowers is looking like a future All Pro (Belichick seeing him in practice like he saw Brady – see you later Jamie Collins)

 

BELICHICK GARB / KRAFT SIGHTINGS

* Bill – Blue shortsleeve windbreaker

* Mr. Kraft – 14:56 left in the second quarter

* Mr. Kraft – 6:41 left in the third quarter – included a Jonathan fist pump (guaranteed home field for AFC championship game is 68,000 people in their stadium)

 

MISC

·         LaGarrette Blount and N. Suh are bad men (should have got Blount off the field)

·         Suh should have been thrown out of the game for that cheap shot jumping off sides and rocking the unprotected center

·         Two good F bombs picked up on field microphones including Devlin’s after Blount TD

·         I love Suh talking crap to Blount and then gets blown off the ball the next play for a walk in TD

 

2. AROUND THE NFL –

·         Patriot cast offs not going to the playoffs – Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, Vinatieri

·         Deflategate Jinx – Ravens 13-19 no playoffs since the complaint, Colts 16-16 no playoffs since the sting, Browns stink, Revis, Carson Palmer

·         The media’s darling Luck and Colts out of the playoffs again

·         Patriots 8-0 on the road / Browns and Bears 0-16 on the road (make them stay in a motel and appreciate all they have)

·         Miami scored less points than their opponents this year but ended up 10-6

 

3. Patriots Playoff Facts during Brady / Belichick era

·         AFC Championship games – 4-1 home / 2-3 road

·         Playoff games – 15-3 at home (Jets, Ravens, Ravens) / 3-4 on road

·         Opponents Rushing for more than 125 yards – Patriots are 6-1

·         Patriots Rushing for more than 125 yards – 9-0

·         Brady plus 300 yards passing – 6-2

·         Score at least 23 points – 17-1

·         Less than 23 points – 5-8

·         Postseason record against this year’s playoff teams – Chiefs, Seattle, Houston, Pittsburgh, Oakland – 6-0 / Giants 0-2

 

4. Sports Illustrated Covers in 2016:

Baseball……………..3 (that’s an amazing indicator)

Football – NFL………9

Football – College……5

Basketball – NBA……7

Basketball – College…4

NHL………………….1

Olympics…………….4

Golf………………….2

Other – Dwayne Johnson, Bruce / Caitlin Jenner, Vin Scully, Messi, Craig Sager, Ali, Conor McGregor, Bikini missing a top

 

5. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

·         Has a Heisman winners had a worse three games to end the season – Lamar Jackson – led team to 0-3 record on 46-95 passing (48%) / 3 TD to 3 INT

·         When you make a substitute and the ref holds up the offense so that the defense can make changes – why doesn’t the defense take their time with their substitutes and make the play clock run out

·         Boston College has one more chance – Chip Kelly is available! He is from here. Has all the money he needs! Just a reminder on the ranks of the teams they beat – 41, 66, 74, 111, 120, 127 and Wagner isn’t even ranked

 

6. Most rushing attempts by a player not in the Hall of Fame

Edgerrin James………3,028

Eddie George………..2,865 (shouldn’t have called Tom Brady a cheater)

Thomas Jones……….2,678

Warrick Dunn……….2,669

Ricky Watters……….2,622

Corey Dillon………..2,618

 

7. OLD SCHOOL – Bad things that happened in Patriot post season

·         Pick on Talib by Welker

·         Manningham catch

·         Tyree catch

·         Champ Bailey interception and wrong call at other end zone

·         Reche Caldwell drop

·         Missed extra point by Gostkowski

·         Ray Rice run

 

8. AMAZING STAT – From a 2014 article in the Boston College school newspaper:

·         Jerry York – 5 National Champions – salary $576,743

·         Steve Addazio – 2 ACC win last two years – salary $2,560,847


9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Chicago Shootings year end #s (heyjackass.com)

·         Total murders – 795

·         Terrorist Killings in Paris, Munich, Florida, California, Nice, Belgium – 350

·         Total shot – 4,378

 ·         Schools lose their accreditation for low SAT scores – how come the federal government hasn’t stepped into this war zone and relieved all officials of responsibility (same in Flint, Michigan)

·         In case you are curious – Chicago got off to a strong start (they must take pride in this because no one is doing anything about it) – First day of 2017 – 3 killed / 28 shot – so on a pace for 1,095 killed / 10,220 shot this year

 

10.  RANDOMOCITY

* Wouldn’t Charles Barkley be the perfect President

* I don’t need to hear about Ronda Rousey anymore

* Red Auerbach was once ejected from an All Star game

* General Custer was a cavalry star at Gettysburg

* Mariah Carey lip synch problem on the Dick Clark New Year’s Eve show was a classic – back stage video would have been gold.

* Is it me or is there something creepy about the Iphone video commercial with the young kids playing Romeo and Juliet

* Can’t remember where I saw this – but someone had an idea for a gym / bar – called Resolutions – first two weeks of the year it’s a gym – next fifty weeks a bar after everyone gives up on resolutions

* Like the David Ortiz tennis lessons commercial

1.Patriots vs. Miami

·         Dolphins played 3 games against playoff teams – 1-2 (beat Steelers)

·         Dolphins have three receivers with at least 685 yards – Landry, Stills, Parker

·         Dolphins receivers have only put the ball on the ground once all season

·         Suh alert – he went for Brady’s knee last year – he’ll do it again – he’s angry

·         Kicker Andrew Franks – is Franks and Beans – he is 16 for 21 – 2 for 5 from 40 yards or more

·         Six Dolphin receivers have catches of 50 yards or more

·         Hmm New Years Day – in Miami – I see a lot of sun burned fans with high blood alcohol and Pat Patriot tattoos

·         Can’t be in Miami and not think about 1986 Squish the Fish game

·         Dan Marino is to Wilt Chamberlain is to Sammy Sosa – all stats not many championships

             

2. AROUND THE NFL – Best Cornerbacks – ranked by All Pro teams – AP

* Rod Woodson – 6

* Deion Sanders – 6

* Darrell Revis – 4

* Night Train Lane – 3

* Champ Bailey – 3

* Mike Haynes – 3

* Charles Woodson – 3

* Ty Law – 2

* Mel   Blount – 2

 

3. ODDS TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIP

·         Patriots are 8-5 odds to win Super Bowl which is 1st

·         Red Sox are 11-2 odds to win World Series which is 2nd behind Cubs  

·         Celtics 45-1 to win championship which is 7th

·         Bruins are 30-1 to win championship which is 16th

 

4. CELTICS SHOOTING VS CLEVELAND

·         Celtics shoot 31-48 from two-point land – 65%

·         Celtics shoot 20-21 from free throw line – 95%

·         Celtics 12-37 from three-point land – 32%

 

5. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

 ·         Fourteen of the top 50 ranked college football players are in the BCS playoffs – cbs rankings

·         BC finished 75th in strength of schedule

·         If you are up by one point late in the game – I would take a knee on the extra point – in some cases the only way you can lose is a block and return

 

6. Massachusetts golf courses in the MSN top 100:

19. The Country Club – Brookline

75. Boston Golf Club – Hingham

79. Old Sandwich Golf Club – Plymouth

84. Kittansett Club – Marion

 

7. OLD SCHOOL – Patriots haven’t had an offensive Rookie of the Year in over 20 years but they did have three in eight years:

·         Curtis Martin – 1995

·         Leonard Russell – 1991

·         John Stephens – 1988

 

8. AMAZING STAT – Bruins are 28th in the power play – now that’s dynamic


9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – New Year’s Resolutions

·         I will stop commenting on John Farrell pinch running Steve Wright

·         I will invest emotionally in the Bruins during regular season

·         I will say that Horford is worth the money

·         I will be positive

·         I will pronounce my R’s

·         I will not have any more typppo’s

·         I won’t whine

·         I will complement the Chicago leadership for protecting its citizens

·         I will treasure the 4 hour Red Sox games

·         I won’t complain about McDaniels calling for back to back runs for Blount up the middle

·         I will complement the Clode Julian boring, sluggish style of play

NOT!!!!

10.  RANDOMOCITY

* English soccer was lampooned for hiring an American coach in Bob Bradley of course they fired him after just 11 games (2-9 record)

* Arkansas tight end at the Belk Bowl gets caught shoplifting at Belk during a tour – classic – he should host Saturday Night Live for that one

* If you have 15 minutes and you are a boss, parent or coach of millennials youtube Simon Sinek Millennials in workspace

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This year’s 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship will be one to watch for Bruins fans looking to get a glimpse into the future roster on Causeway Street.

In the annual post-Christmas Day tournament, the B’s boast five prospects from three different countries that all will be competing for a gold medal.

The yearly World Junior Championship showcases the most talented hockey players, 20 years old and under, in an Olympic-like atmosphere. There are two groups, Group A and Group B. Each team will play the other four teams in their group in round-robin play and the four teams with the best record in each group will move on to the medal round. Then its single elimination with a gold and bronze medal game at the conclusion. This year’s tournament is being held in Canada, with games being played at the Bell Centre in Montreal and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The Bruins have stockpiled draft picks over the past couple seasons, with some of them making immediate impacts (read as: Brandon Carlo) and others are starting to inch closer and closer to professional hockey, meaning good things are in store for the Black and Gold.

Here are the five players representing their countries and the Bruins in this years Junior Championship:

Jeremy Lauzon — CAN

Daniel Vladar — CZE

Jakub Zboril — CZE

Ryan Lindgren — USA

Charlie McAvoy (Assistant Captain) — USA

Four of the five are defensemen while Vladar will be jousting for time in the crease as one of the three goalies for the Czech Republic. McAvoy and Lindgren lead a stacked blue line for the Americans, Zboril returns for his second tournament hoping to improve upon the Czech Republic’s fifth place finish last year and Lauzon enters the tourney in a similar spot aspiring to contribute to a Canadian team that underachieved last year who finished in sixth place.

Zach Senyshyn, the controversial pick 15th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was a notable cut from Team Canada as he’s put up impressive numbers posting 17 goals and 28 points in 25 games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds this season.

Team USA begins play today with their opener against Latvia, then plays Slovakia on Wednesday and wraps up round-robin play with two high-powered matchups with Russia and Canada, with the latter coming on New Year’s Eve.

Happy Holidays hockey fans!

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Connelly Top Ten – Merry Christmas

December 25, 2016 at 8:01pm in Uncategorized

1. Patriots vs. Jets

 MISC

 ·         How many wives said to their husbands (or vice versa) as they left to go to Foxboro – do not show up back at this house drunk on Christmas Eve – and don’t hang around in that parking lot after the game either

·         Jets didn’t want to compete – someone should have fought someone on that sideline – they were stealing money on Saturday

·         Butler and Blount All Star game snubs – two interceptions / two TD

·         No Injuries – one more game to go

·         When is the bullseye guy behind the kicking net gonna get his due – the bullseye should go in the Patriot Hall of Fame

·         Gostkowski 11 for his last 11 now we are cooking

 

BRADY

·         Appreciate every game that he is your quarterback!

·         How isn’t Brady your MVP – he is 10-1 with 25 TD to 2 INT / he has as many wins as Matt Ryan and more than Aaron Rodgers and Brady missed four games

 

OFFENSE

·         Starting field position was insane all day 47 yard line, Jets 47 etc

·         Man – Edelman is yapping more than ever

·         James White had a bad drop on an amazing touch pass down the sideline

·         Two McDaniel specials on the first two drives – moving the ball into the red zone and then he decides to give Blount the ball between the tackles on back to back plays one causing a field goal and the other a nice third down pass to bail them out

·         Great catch by Hogan over the middle – what Steve Sabol at NFL films would have done with that slo mo footage and the pounding music in the background

 

DEFENSE

·         Secondary was amazing – Rowe amazing interception, Butler two, Logan Ryan diving deflection

·         Players from last years defense not in the starting line up on Saturday – Jamie Collins, Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower, Jonathan Freeney, Malcom Brown, Jerod Mayo, Sealver Siliga, Dominique Easley

·         My main man Elandron Roberts dropping in again to lead the Patriots in tackles

 

BELICHICK GARB / KRAFT SIGHTING

·         Bill started off with Blue hoodie and Thurston Howell towel but again this week tried to catch me asleep at the wheel – came out at halftime with blue windbreaker / sweatcoat

·         Mr. Kraft a huge first day of Hanukah with three separate sightings

o   3:02 left in first quarter

o   4:53 left in second quarter (Jonathan on cell phone)

o   Between third and fourth quarter (Jonathan on cell phone)

 

OTHER

·         Glad to see Slater push for Ebner to go to Pro Bowl (I think it should be Brandon King) but that shows you voters just put down the same name – Slater has not had a great year

·         I trade Garappolo and a fifth pick to Cleveland for their first and fifth and then sign Ryan Fitzgerald as seasoned back up for cheap money (he made enough)

·         How insane that Petty has never played in rain in his LIFE and it looked it – he should be embarrassed the way he played scared – he needed a Johnny Fontane slap

             

2. AROUND THE NFL

* Devastating injuries on Christmas Eve – the Carr injury (I hate to say this) helps the Patriots

* When I see devastating injuries, I think about what Craig Janney once talking about dealing with an injury both the pain and not being able to play – he said to keep perspective he would leave the Boston Garden and make sure he drove by the Shriner’s Burn Institute to remind himself he was lucky

* Vikings players conspiring against their coach not to implement game plan and they lose – spoiled brats who have been treated like kings since Pop Warner

 

3. Top Five Quarterbacks in touchdown passes and how they spread it around:

Manning  539 TD to 49 different receivers

Favre – 508 TD to 61 different receivers

Brees  – 463 TD to 57 different receivers

Brady – 453 TD to 64 different receivers with Matt Lengel added to the list Saturday

Marino –  420 TD to 51 different receivers

 

4. List of who can’t get hurt next week:

·         Brady

·         Edelman

·         Lewis

·         Gostkowski

·         Bennett

·         Hightower

·         Butler

·         Offensive Line

 

5. Which stat is really not as good as it looks:

·         Blount’s 17 TD – only 1,000 yard rusher below 4 yards a carry / of the nine 1,000 yard rushers he has the lowest percentage of first downs to carries

·         Dice K’s 18 wins in 2008 (WHIP was 1.324 / OBP against .321 / went to 3-2 counts on 109 batters and walked 44 / hits 12 for a .514 OBP yikes)

 

6. THANK YOU PATRIOTS – Since 2003:

* 16 win season – 1

* 14 Win seasons – 4 (assuming they win next Sunday)

* 13 Win seasons – 1

* 12 Win seasons – 5

* 11 wins season – 1

* 10 wins seasons – 2 (those seasons are seen as a failure)

 

7. OLD SCHOOL – Top Minutes played in the famous 1976 Game 6 Celtics – Suns:

Jo Jo White…….60

John Havlicek….58

Dave Cowens……55 (fouled out)

Paul Silas………44  (fouled out)

Charlie Scott……33 (fouled out)  

 

8. AMAZING STAT – What’s a more insane number?

·         Linebacker Mike Vrabel – 8 receptions / 8 touchdowns

·         Running Back Andy Johnson -8 pass completions / 5 touchdowns  


9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Patriot Game will profit off a tragedy – how about these donations to the following causes:

·         MIT Police

·         Watertown Police

·         Boston Police

·         Boston Marathon medical tent equipment

·         Scholarships in the Name of all those who died

·         A sophisticated program for those still suffering mental scars

·         A navy seal team to bring Speed bumps mother back to answer for her shop lifting crimes – as well for as giving birth to the two animals

·         Financial assistance for those businesses that suffered

 

10.  RANDOMOCITY

* Patriots Day box office earnings will be interested – people around the country might be sick of the whole Boston Strong, Marathon bombing stuff and can’t say it outwardly but might say it by picking another movie

* I know it was Wham in all but George Michael was a great talent – youtube a great live song he did – Somebody to Love

1. Patriots vs. Jets

 ·         Patriots are 4-1 against teams over .500

·         If Vinatieri gets booed in this town – Revis should be Bronx cheered everytime someone catches a pass on front of him

·         Jets QB’s have combined for 14 TD to 22 INT (appreciate every Tom Brady game)

·         Hope Pats linebackers have figured out that running back as a receiver thing – Bilal Powell has 53 receptions

·         If you like Michael Floyd at the end of the season and he is passing breathalyzers every day – send the Kraft jet for Randy Moss and have him spend 48 hours with the receiver and tell him what Tom Brady could do for his legacy

·         Leonard Williams is a beast on the line with 8 sacks

·         Almost feel bad for Jets fans having to watch this on Christmas Eve / first night of Hanukah  

             

2. Leading receivers per game this year

·         Edelman……..5

·         Bennett………3

·         Gronkowski…..3

·         Hogan………..2

·         Mitchell………1

 

3.  The Houston Rockets are averaging 39 three pointers a game – that means one every 73 seconds of the game – that can’t be good for the game

4. Patriots record with Brady at Quarterback when scoring less than 21 points

Regular Season…24-39 regular season / 4-7 playoffs  233 / 31

·         Regular season score 21 points or more 73%

·         Playoffs score 21 points or more 64% of the time

 

5. Mount Rushmore of Tom Brady TD’s receivers – Gronk 67 TD / Moss 39 TD / Welker 34 TD / Branch 24 TD

6. Name from the Past – In honor of Michael Floyd’s Blood alcohol of .217

* In 1907, the Boston Americans traded future Hall of Famer Jimmy Collins to Philadelphia for John Knight who hit a Michael Floyd like .217 going 78-360 while committing 32 errors in 96 games / two years later he would hit .312 for the Yankees

7. Old School – I think the Bill Belichick statue should go on the other end of the bench that the Red Auerbach statue sits on in Quincy Market – they can eternally talk with each other Who are the three through ten Boston Coaches after Belichick and Red:

1.Belichick

2.Red

3. Tom Heinsohn

4.Terry Francona

5. Bill Parcells

6. Harry Sinden

7. Dick Williams

8. Chuck Fairbanks

9. Bill Fitch

10. Doc Rivers

 

8. Amazing Stat – Highest Red Sox career batting average with at least 100 at bats:

·         Rudy Pemberton 36-104 (.346)


9. Just a Little Bit Outside –What I want for Christmas

·         For John Farrell not to pinch run Chris Sale

·         For a Red Sox sideline reporter not to hook up with someone in the dugout

·         For Gronk to sign Oscar Goldman as his agent

·         For Stanley Morgan, Dwight Evans, Curt Schilling, Luis Tiant, Gerry Cheevers, Troy Brown to get Hall of Fame consideration

·         For Seinfeld to come back

·         For the NBA to restrict three point shooting

·         For every new hockey rink be required to build an ice service the size of European rinks

·         For pass protection, blitzing and hurry up offense in the playoffs

·         For the window not to close on Brady, Bergeron and the Celtics draft picks

·         For Horford be worthy at least half the money

·         An Uber account for Michael Floyd

·         A Salary cap and floor in baseball

·         To get to the buffet before Panda

·         For the Killer B’s to play the outfield in Boston for the next for ten years

·         For Fenway to be here fifty more years

·         The Celtics to get a roster so Isaiah can be a 6th man and Crowder a 7th man

·         Marcus Smart to get a jump shot

·         Back up goalie for Bruins (they are 1-8)

10.  Randomocity

* Tough to watch Gronk in the Madden commercials

* I think Christian McCaffrey should have to give back a portion of his scholarship if he is going to sit out of bowl games to save himself for draft

* I think Pomeranz goes off this summer and wins at least 16 but more likely a Bill Lee 17

* Me and my conspiracies – thought it was unusually courageous the way that photographer stood and took pictures of the Russian ambassador being shot – hmm he will get awards and shooter gets his cause documented – things that make me go hmmmm.

1. Patriots vs. Denver

 MISC

 ·         Peyton Manning took one look at the weather in Denver Sunday and sang to the Nationwide melody – I’m – So – Glad – That – I’m – Not – Playing

·         How can Brady even look at Walt Anderson the Ben Dreith Wanna-be

·         Now you got Dion Lewis and Edelman returning kicks and punts – ugh

·         The letting Derby go to your main rival is a head scratcher

·         Players of the game – Ryan Allen, Flowers, Cannon

·         This Jonathan Jones guy keeps making players – fumble recovery this week

 

BRADY

·         Not his best game but good enough

·         Amazing throw off his back foot over two defenders to the far sideline to Edelman

·         Brady got hit late in front of Anderson twice – nothing

·         He was lucky to get away with no grounding penalty threw it toward goal post with no one there

 

OFFENSE

·         39 rushes / 32 passes

·         Dion Lewis 20 touches is too many

·         I think Edelman suffered a concussion in the second half over the middle but was able to get off the field

·         Edelman 12 targets / 6 catches

·         Saw Bennett screaming at the other tight end on a formation issue forcing Brady to burn timeout

·         The Hogan drop on third down could have been a game changer

 

DEFENSE

·         One of Butler’s best games – shutting down Sanders

·         Saw Eric Rowe chasing a lot

·         Sheard getting back to his old self

·         Flowers getting after QB all day

·         Big hit by McCourty on Thomas

 

BELICHICK GARB / KRAFT SIGHTING

·         Blue Winter Coat to start the game and then a sneaky change at halftime to blue hoodie

·         Robert at the 2:00 minute warning at end of the half

·         Kraft was crafty sneaking in a late triple axel into the routine with a sighting with 4:05 left in the third quarter

 

MISC

·         Gostkowski getting hot down the stretch

·         I think Phil Simms has a little bro – crush on Devlin

·         Scarnecchia (I’m not checking how to spell his name – you know who I mean) went old school with Pat Patriot winter hat

·         I love Ward flexing his muscles down 16-3 after making a game ending penalty

 

2. Around the NFL

·         Think Lester Hayes still has stickum and Jerry Curl still present on his hands?

·         Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award – The leader of the Steelers with deflated balls and crazy steroid users in the 70’s

·         Big KC loss that helps / Raiders are lurking though

 

3.  Bruins – Celtics

·         Big win by 76ers over Nets in the Celtics race to a better pick

·         Reason #4,216 whats wrong with NBA – The last two minutes of the Celtics game took over 15 minutes

·         The Celtics very average season continues with a win on Sunday to got to 15-12 / on a pace for 46 wins / 33% of season over

·         Bruins are over achieving with that roster at 17-13-3 / 40% of season over / on a pace for 42 wins

·         Jimmy Hayes a game winner

 

4. Thank you Tom Brady (amazing when free agents pick money over the Patriots):

Martellus Bennett record last year / this year…..6-10 to 14-2?

Chris Hogan’s record last year / this year………8-8 to 14-2?

McCllenlan’s record last year / this year……….6-10 to 14-2

Van Noy – record last year / this year…………..7-9 to 14-2

Chris Long – record last year / this year………..7-9 to 14-2?

  

5. Mount Rushmore of Boston Special Days: Opening Day, Boston Marathon, Charles Regatta, Swan Boats in the Public Garden  

6. Name from the Past – Sherman Douglas – had the best tear drop shot in the paint. Played 269 games with Celtics from 1991 to 1996 averaging 11.1 points / 6.8 assists

7. Old School – Rod Carew stats (Friday went through 13 hour surgery – heart and kidney transplant)

·         1973-1977 – he averaged .358 (1052 hits in five year = 210 a season)

·         For the last thirteen years of his career – he never struck out more than he walked

·         Eighteen time All Star, Rookie of the Year, MVP, Seven batting titles

·         Finished second in the batting race at age 37 with a .339 average

·         And get this – when he bunted for a hit (with bases empty) he hit .722 (91 for 126)

 

8. Amazing Stat – Throwing to the Wrong Team – George Blanda for Houston Oilers in 1962:

·         Forty-two interceptions in 418 attempts

·         Threw for 27 TD’s

·         Amazingly with all those turnovers the Houston Oilers went 11-3

·         In the Playoff game – Blanda threw five more interceptions

·         He was also their field goal kicker and MISSED 15 of 26 that year

·         Just think he threw an interception every 9.95 attempts / Brady this year has thrown an interception every 186 attempts


9. Just a Little Bit Outside – In 1962

·         Arnold Palmer won the Masters and US Open

·         Ali Beats Champ Archie Moore

·         John Glenn Orbits the Earth

·         Gordie Howe NHL MVP (62-63)

·         Patty Duke won the Oscar for the Miracle Worker

·         They all died within eight months of each other in 2016 – fifty four years later

 

10.  Randomocity

* Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run book is #3 on Amazon not to be confused with real Born to Run book on running which is still in the top 1,500 after eight years

* People complaining about the Patriots Spygate realize that its not illegal to film someone else’s signals – just not from the sideline

* Red Sox aren’t thinking of retiring Tim Wakefield’s number are they?

* Saw Moonlight this weekend – B is the grade – thought a little bit disjointed

* Pedroia needs 2,500 hits for Hall of Fame which means 817 from age 32 on with a  body that not equipped for longevity

* Patriots called out on Saturday Night Live for cheating again this week – same week of the Steelers doing the same thing – this is what the league did to their legacy.

* Quick update on Chicago with two weeks to go – 769 killed / 4,241 shot (that’s like 13 a day every day for a whole year)

* Pet peeves in this order – people talking during a movie or show at a theatre, people driving slow in speed lane with huge gap in front of them, people talking on their cell phone in public area, neighborhood dogs negatively impacting my life.