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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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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1.Red Sox

* I give up on Red Sox crowd – COULDN’T believe what my eyes were seeing – Pedroia going for the baseball record of 12 hits in 12 at bats and only one person standing and no applause after – you can’t say Fenway fans have a high baseball IQ

* Red Sox had 15 hits on Friday and only scored 3 runs – has to be close to a record

* Did John Farrell ruin Steven Wright?

* Betts and Pedroia Friday night 9 for 9 (add in Bogaerts and they were 12-14)

* Red Sox All Stars since the All Star game: Betts .358 / Bradley .223  / Bogaerts .278 / Ortiz .292

* Red Sox are going to have seven positional players play at least 147 games – pretty good

* Sorry Sunday night is a school night – no update

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Brady Being Poked, Pink Hats Strike Again, Stand Up! »

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9 games to circle on your calendar. (forum.canucks.com)

With the long-awaited Jimmy Vesey Sweepstakes, or #VeseyWatch as it was known on Twitter, coming to an unfortunate end last week after the North Reading, MA native decided to sign in the Big Apple with the Rangers instead of his hometown team, the buzz around this upcoming Bruins season has taken somewhat of a hit. The questions surrounding this group of players, specifically on the blue line, haven’t been addressed and the moves that have been made, most notably the signing of David Backes, have been second guessed. Adding Vesey to this group would have reinvigorated a fan-base that isn’t very happy right now according to recent sports polls, and masked some of the problems that still linger for this years squad. Nevertheless, training camp opens in just about a month, so rather than sulk and pout, I looked at the B’s upcoming season and found nine games that will surely get even the most depressed Bruins fan pumped up. Continue reading 9 Bruins Games to Circle on your Calendar »

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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29:  From the book New York Exposed. Willie Mays' famous eighth inning catch going away from home plate in the first game of the 1954 World SEries between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians.  (Photo by Frank Hurley/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

1. Red Sox:

* John Farrell has no feel for his starters – either takes them out too early or too late –
* Ortiz is starting to think about career extra base hit numbers – saw him hustle out two doubles this week
* Top four hitters in the line up are hitting: .310 / .305 / .314 / .321
* 2:32 on a getaway day
* Take the team away from Tampa – total attendance 45,478 for the SERIES (four games)

2. Patriots:

* Typical sports radio trying to stir something up about Brady and Belichick feud. Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Sox Managers Worse Than Farrell, Loaded 1966 All-Star Team, Brady-Belichick’s ‘Feud’ »

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