Brady is back!

October 3, 2016 at 12:51pm in Boston, Patriots, Top Story

Tom Brady is officially free.  After Serving his four game suspension, Brady is set to start OctBradyober 9th against the Cleveland Browns.  The fans are excited, the players are excited, and I’m sure Tom himself is thrilled to be back on that field with his teammates.  During Brady’s absence, the Patriots posted a 3-1 record with back up quarterbacks Jimmy Garrappolo and Jacoby Brissett.  If you told me at the beginning of the season that Garrappolo would get hurt and the Patriots would still be 3-1, I wouldn’t believe you.  People were definitely a little nervous about how they would play without Brady but as a team they exceeded expectations.  Yes, it would have been great if they beat Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills yesterday and went 4-0 but unfortunately Garrappolo wasn’t healthy enough to play and Brissett looked a little banged up to.  Honestly the whole team didn’t look ready to play yesterday which is unusual to see from the Patriots.  Don’t get too happy though Rex, Brady and the Patriots will be back looking for Revenge on October 30th.

In my mind I think Garrappolo not starting yesterday is a little bit of a disappointment.  Look I’m not a doctor, nor have I had that injury before but I feel like if you want to become an elite Quarterback in the NFL you have to try and play through that injury.  There were some reports that the Patriots were trying to push him to play the Thursday night game against the Texans, which I thought was unrealistic because that was only four days after suffering that injury.  After rehabbing for two weeks though, I thought he was going to play.  He was practicing throughout the week and throwing the ball pretty well.  Playing through injuries show toughness in a Quarterback and it’s usually the elites one that do it.  For example, Brady has played with that injury, Russell Wilson played through an injury this week, and Big Ben always it’s a little knocked up but most of the time he’s out there playing.  Again, I don’t know how bad the injury was but it would’ve been good to see potentially your future Quarterback showing some toughness.  This was also his last chance to really show the league what he can do.  Now unless Brady gets injured, which would absolutely be devastating, who knows when Jimmy will get his next shot to prove to the league how good he is.

It’s only Monday, but I’m sure me and thousands of Patriots fans already can’t wait for next Sunday.  Bradys back, Ninkovich is back, and hopefully the real Gronk is back.  Good luck Cleveland, your going to need it.

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1. Patriots:

  • Patriots are 3-1 without the greatest quarterback in NFL history and one reception from the greatest tight end in NFL history (also didn’t have their top back or best offensive lineman)
  • Congrats to Rex Ryan who beat an injured / 3rd string QB who he had tried to intimidate before the game – tough guy
  • Can’t win if you’re cornerback (Logan Ryan) has 17 tackles
  • Is anyone worried about Gostkowski since the missed extra point last year against Denver – he has missed two of his last 5 and I think he missed some in the exhibition season
  • Not good that you’re second all pro tight end Bennett went off with injury
  • 1-12 on third down is not going to win you many games

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Rex Ryan Beats 3rd String Injured QB »

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The Red Sox lost in horrific fashion, but still managed to clinch the AL East with Toronto's loss to the Orioles. (USA Today)

That’s not exactly how you draw up clinching the division.

With the Boston Red Sox leading the New York Yankees 3-0 in the eighth inning, the Baltimore Orioles came back to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 and clinch the American League East division title for the Red Sox, win or lose against the Yankees.

The Red Sox chose the losing route. Needing just three outs to kick off the celebration with a win, Craig Kimbrel threw 28 more pitches than I did in recording the same number of outs (that would be zero). He gave up a single, walked three, and threw a wild pitch.

Continue reading Red Sox Clinch Division, Miss Opportunity for Home Field Advantage »

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Jose Fernandez

September 27, 2016 at 3:17pm in MLB, Opinion, Top Story

Jose Fernandez

On September 25, 2016 Major league baseball lost one of the greatest pitchers in the game.  Not only was Fernandez already one of the best pitchers in the game, but he had a very bright future.  Fernandez passed away around 3 in the morning on September 25 due to a tragic boating accident.  I woke up to this news on Sunday and I was completely devastated.  Being that he was only 24 years old, it seemed like he had a lot of great baseball left but now all we can think is what could have been.

Before I talk about how great a person he was, let’s talk about Jose Fernandez, the ace of the Miami Marlins.  In his short four year MLB career, Fernandez had a career record of 38-17 with an ERA of 2.58.  He also posted 538 strike outs.  This guy could throw heat and he was very electric.  In my mind he was easily in the top 5 of MLB pitchers right now.  Some of his career accomplishments, were winning the NL Rookie of the year in 2013 and being named to the all-star game in 2013 and 2016.  Not only did Fernandez bring dominant stuff to the mound but he also brought a great personality.  This guy loved baseball and he was always having fun.  He was also the Marlins biggest cheerleader.  He loved his teammates and his teammates loved him.  Sometimes he rubbed opposing players the wrong way but that was just him showing his emotions.  Fernandez was just a fun, loving player that would express how he felt about his performance or his teammates performance.

Jose Fernandez, the individual, was also great too.  Fernandez tried to escape from Cuba to America and failed three times.   On his fourth attempt, a person fell into the sea, and not knowing who it was, Fernandez, jumped into the water and was able to rescue the person and get them back into the boat.  The person he saved turned out to be his mother.  At only 15 years old, Fernandez, was already a hero for doing that.  Fernandez, his sister and his mother successfully made it to America and relocated in Tampa Bay.  Jose loved his family and his biggest fan was his grandmother.  His grandmother would climb to the roof of her house just to be able to listen to Fernandez pitch on the radio.  After six years apart, his grandmother was able to attend opening day in 2014 and watch her grandson pitch.  Fernandez pitched a great game that day and I believe part of the reason was because of his Grandmother being in attendance.

Jose Fernandez leaves his grandmother, mother, sister, and girlfriend behind.  One of the saddest things about Jose passing is that a week ago he announced on Instagram that his girlfriend was pregnant.  That child will never know his/her dad but will know how outstanding his/her father was not only as an MLB pitcher but as a human being.  The Marlins have already announced that they will retire the number 16 Fernandez jersey and I believe that is the right move.  He will never be forgotten by that franchise and will be watching down on that team.  Baseball will miss you Jose, keep smiling and forever Rest in Peace.

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Marchands stays a Bruin for 8 more years. (

It looks like Brad Marchand will remain a Bruin for the considerable future as he has just been signed to a new 8 year contract extension worth $49 million, according to multiple sources. Continue reading Brad Marchand Resigns with Bruins for 8 years $49 million »

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1.Patriots vs Dolphins

  • Suh is looking to hurt someone
  • Would you do this trade – Jimmy G (at his highest value right now) to Cleveland for a first and second round pick and sign Hoyer or Matt Hasselback with the goal of going 1-2 until Brady is back
  • Why not just leave Gronk out until the halfway point
  • Patriot predictions – 17-13 Pats which includes a defensive or special teams TD / over under beers drank before game in parking lot 4,621,364 / Kraft sightings – 4 / Logan Ryan interception /
  • By the way I heard from a bunch of you – there were two Kraft sightings in Arizona – the streak lives

2. Red Sox –

  • Wow – that should do it – that’s a dagger – Hanley crushed that 99 mph ball
  • The eighth inning ended at 10:18 and the ninth inning ended at 11:03 – 45 minutes
  • Someone named Robbie Scott gave the Red Sox three shutout innings

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Hanley Wow! / Look Out for Suh / Spitting on National Anthem now a Fad! »

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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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