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1. Patriots:


  • 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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World Cup of Hockey is set to begin next week. (ajournalofmusicalthings.com)

The last time the NHL hosted a World Cup tournament the year was 1996. Independence Day was the number one movie in America, Seinfeld was at the peak of it’s popularity, the Dallas Cowboys were actually good, and I was just days old. 20 years ago the USA squad, led by Brett Hull and Mike Richter, ran the table against opposing teams and beat the heavily favored Canadian team, led by the ‘Great One’ himself, in the championship series. Now two decades later, the American bunch will look to repeat the success of the ’96 team in this years World Cup of Hockey, which is being held in Toronto, and earn ultimate bragging rights in this highly anticipated preseason tournament. Continue reading The Ultimate World Cup of Hockey Preview »

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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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Fantasy football is finally back!  In this article i’ll give you my top picks, sleepers, and stacks for week 1 of the season.  Whether you’re playing daily fantasy sports or a season long league, I hope this article helps you setting your lineups for this upcoming week.

Top Picks

WR- Marvin Jones.

I love Marvin Jones this week.  He didn’t have a very good 2015 season, however he’s in a new offense with Detroit.  Calvin Johnson is retired, and I expect The Colts to focus on stopping Golden Tate.  With cornerback Vontae Davis out for Indianapolis look for Stafford to look for Jones a lot in week 1.  This game also has the highest over/under of the week at 51.  Priced at 4,600 on draftkings Jones is a great play in week 1.

WR- Amari Cooper.

Amari Cooper is going to have a big week 1.  There are 15 wide receivers who are priced higher than him on draftkings this week, which makes him a great play.  His ownership will be high but he will reach value.  With Drew Brees playing at home expect this game to be high scoring, and for Derek Carr to look for his top target a lot on sunday.  The saints were also the worst ranked defense last season.

RB- Lamar Miller.

Lamar Miller has a very good matchup this weekend against the Chicago Bears.  Miller is a very talented running back who didn’t get enough touches in Miami.  With Deandre Hopkins putting all the pressure on the Bears defense expect Miller to have a big day catching passes and running the ball.  Miller is my top running back play this week.

RB- LeSean McCoy.

McCoy should be the focal point of the Bills offense this season.  With Karlos Williams not with The Bills anymore expect McCoy to get a lot of touches for the Bills.  His price tag on draftkings is a little high this week, however the potential is there for McCoy.

QB- Brock Osweiler.

Osweiler should get off to a good start in his Texan career with a good matchup against the Chicago Bears.  Expect a lot of passes to newest addition Lamar Miller, and a couple of jump balls to Pro Bowl wide receiver Deandre Hopkins.  Osweiler has 20 quarterbacks higher priced than him on draftkings this week.  His ownership won’t be what it should making him a great tournament play this week.

TE- Jason Witten.

Jason Witten is not the player he used to be, however with Dak Prescott starting for The Cowboys expect him to look for Witten a lot as a security blanket in week 1.  Jason Witten is only priced at 4,100 on draftkings and at that price tag, and with Witten’s upside he should be a lock in your lineup.


RB- James White.

With Dion Lewis out, James White assumes the role as the third down running back for New England.  With Jimmy Garoppolo starting against a great Cardinals defense look for Josh Mcdaniels to get the ball out of Garoppolo’s hands quick, and look for James White to be the beneficiary to the quick passes.

TE- Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Jameis Winston loves his tight end.  With Tampa Bay playing at Atlanta it should be a high scoring game.  Look for Winston to utilize his big tight end in the red zone which should result in a touchdown reception.

WR- Tyler Boyd.

Boyd should be the number 2 receiver in Cincinnati.  With AJ Green getting all The Jets attention, Boyd could be a good play this week, especially being priced at just 3,600.

Top 2 Stacks.

Matthew Stafford/ Marvin Jones.

As Marvin Jones is one of my top plays of the week, he is also part of my top stack of the week.  The game against The Colts should be a shootout which will pay benefits for both Stafford and Jones this week.

Eli Manning/Odell Beckham JR.

On the road in Dallas, it’s a division game.  Look for there to be a lot of points in this game and look for Manning and Odell to provide most of them.

Risky pick of the week

Ryan Fitzpatrick/Brandon Marshall.

A lot of people will stay away from these 2 given their bad matchup on paper against The Bengals.  However, if you want to win a tournament this weekend this should be a stack you really look at.  In the redzone Fitzpatrick loves throwing to Marshall.  Marshall lobbying with the Jets to get Fitzpatrick signed this offseason is a good sign for your fantasy team.  Marshall likes playing with Fitzpatrick because he gets opportunities in the red zone.  I expect Fitzpatrick to look for Marshall more than his other targets this week.



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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 »