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Connelly Top Ten – Starting Pitching – Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good




1.Red Sox


·         Starters 24 innings – 2 runs / 23 K to 5 BB

·         Hanley 13 plate appearances ugh

·         Three tight games – low scoring – average game time 3 hours and 8 minutes (or over 6 Seinfelds)


2. Red Sox first two games at Fenway in 1967:


·         The Opener - Lonborg 5-4 winner over White Sox – 8,324 fans

·         8-5 loser to White Sox – 3,607 fans


3. I don’t think Bledsoe is a Hall of Famer – but if Fouts is in – why not Bledsoe:


·         Fouts…….43,040 yards / Zero Super Bowl appearances / 254 TD to 242 INT

·         Bledsoe – 44,611 yards / two Super Bowl appearances / 251 TD to 206 INT


4. If Gronk was in the movies – who would he join from local sports on the big or small screen:


·         Cam Neely – Seabass

·         Chuck Connors – the Rifleman

·         Larry Bird – Space Jam

·         Kevin McHale – Cheers

·         Paul Pierce being carried off the floor in a chair

·         Tom Brady – Ted II (how does Brady explain that role to his kids)


5. Donato vs. Janney


·         Janney signed after his Boston College year and played in 15 regular season games and had 16 points (7 goals and 9 assists)

·         Donato has played in seven games and has had 7 points


6. More Horford - 25 points or more:


·         Over the last 153 Celtic games – Horford has had 25 points or more THREE times

·         In seventy-six games in 1987-1988 – Larry Bird had over 25 points 57 times


7. Amazing Stats – Not in Hall of Fame


·         Most goals not in Hall of Fame – Keith Tkachuk…..538

·         Boston wins as a goalie………….Curtis Joseph……454

·         Most NBA points not in………….Tom Chambers……20,049

·         Most hits not mentioned on juice…Omar Vizquel…….2,877

·         Most wins not on juice…………….Tommy John……..288

·         Most rushing yards…………………Edgerrin James…..12,246

·         Receiving TD’s…………………….Issac Bruce………91


8. Old School – In a June 10, 1956 Boston Globe Article – writer Harold Kaese wrote an article titled: It’s a Fan’s Privilege – In the text he wrote – “Ted Williams has been Boston’s most booed player in its history…..Williams response to boos has usually been a climatic home run” – The greatest hitter and maybe local war hero in Boston history got booed in this town – but these guys didn’t or not compared to old days:


·         Horford

·         Price

·         Gilmore when he stunk

·         Cyrus Jones

·         Backes

·         Rask after Game Six against the Blackhawks

·         Tim Wakefield giving up the home run against Boone

·         Joe Thornton


9. Just a Little Bit Outside – From book Perfect Storm – Gloucester - Since 1650, 10,000 fishermen have died – more than died in all the wars from the town


10. Randomocity


* Think about how Steven Wright’s life has changed since he pinch ran – he goes from All Star game to: he lost a season of his life / lost tens of millions of dollars / domestic abuse (not pinch running’s fault) / league suspension / fighting for a roster position

* If you are a competitor and a women’s basketball player – why would you ever go to U Conn (Ie. Durant to Golden State)

* Grady Little played the trainer in Bull Durham (over-rated movie by the way)

* April Fool’s on Easter is no fun

* Tom Werner had shows called the Peep Show, Men Behaving Badly and Whoopi and ironically had Bill Cosby and Robin Williams as stars in other shows  both accused of inappropriate behavior

Michael has written for the Boston Herald and other sites in the past and his top ten column is now housed on Trifecta Sports Network. Connelly's Top Ten releases on Monday's and Friday's.

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  1. vermont k

    April 2, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    How could you forget the legendary film career of Brockton’s (second) greatest! Or didn’t you see “Indio 2 - La Rivolta”?

  2. mpc

    April 2, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    I still wonder if that fight was fixed with Leonard - last fight - he leaves the country to go act and doesn’t speak a word of Italian

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Connelly Top Ten – Opener an Al Gore Special – Wicked Hot!



1.Red Sox opener


* Nothing like a 3:55 game time in 20 degree wind chill to kick off the year

* Cool for Poyner – 14th round pick - to register a Major League win

* Bullpen ugh –

* Sox are on a pace for 139 wins

* Bullpen not matching starters yet


2. Masters


*On the bucket list

*Sad things about Sergio’s five balls in the water – all five were decent shots – that’s not fair of the course

*C’mon Tiger make the weekend fun for us

* How about Tony Finau pushing his dislocated ankle back in place on Wednesday – and four under on Thursday


3. Celtics / Bruins


* Irving trade not looking so good – Lost a lottery pick and no Irving for the playoffs

* Poor Carlo missing back to back playoffs

* DeBrusk could be a super star

* Should we be worried about Rask – given up 6 goals in four periods


4. Around the MLB


* Love Yankee fans booing Stanton already (on pace for 69 home runs / 278 strike outs)

* Tampa attendance 3 games after Opening Day – 17,099

* Florida attendance 5 games after Opening Day – 12,390

* Kapler getting booed more than Santa in Philly

* Indians hitting .161 after six games


5. NFL Draft:


* Love the Brandin Cooks trade

* With all the talk about head injuries – number of concussions in college could cause players to drop

* Need a linebacker

* I would trade Gronk – he is 1988 Kevin McHale


6. Villanova three pointers


* In six games of the NCAA, the Wildcats took 183 three pointers in 240 minutes

* Villanova was 76-183 – 42% - that’s too easy for three points


7. Amazing Stats – 1950 Red Sox hitting:


*Hit .302 as a team / 582 K to 719 BB


8. Old School – Boston Braves player Tommy Holmes had his hit streak stopped on July 12, 1945, at 37 games. The Globe wrote about the pitcher that stopped him - Hank Wyse “A part Cherokee from Oklahoma pulled Indian tricks on Holmes.”


9. Just a Little Bit Outside – From the book The Devil in the White City about Chicago in 1890’s:


·         1890 - An average of two people died every day on the railways

·         1890 - An average of twelve people died every day from fires

·         1892 – First six months – 800 people murdered


10. Randomocity


* Hardy Boys books sold 70,000,000 / Nancy Drew books sold 80,000,000

* Teddy Roosevelt only President to win Medal of Honor

* Amazing that London murders have exceeded New York this year

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So What Is Trifecta Sports? And Where Is It Going?



The question that is our title is one that gets asked quite a bit. Are we a podcast company? Do we focus on Boston sports? Do we produce video content or are we just blogging away?

And the answer is all of those and none of them at the same time. Trifecta Sports is a company I (Tanner Rebelo) founded back in Spring of 2016 and relaunched in Spring 0f 2017 which was just over a year ago.

The goal originally was to cover all of Boston sports, create a city-to-city model close to what The Athletic and others are doing now and go from there.

But the reason why that didn’t work, or is fairly difficult to do is simple. Others have done it before and to be quite frank the amount of coverage the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, and New England Patriots receive is beyond what is necessary for their teams and markets.

We have seen this to be true with many major publications such as the Boston Herald and the Providence Journal which have slashed their sports departments and with the introduction of The Athletic Boston have caused an immense amount of talent to join forces with the subscription company that seems to be trying to take over sports media for better or worse.

So let us circle back around to our original question, what is Trifecta Sports?

At the moment Trifecta Sports is an emerging sports media company that primarily focuses on covering the Pawtucket Red Sox and the New England Revolution and going forward will be investing time and creating more content on ESports, MLL and the Boston Cannons, and other emerging and under covered sports leagues and teams within the New England area.

We will, of course, have the traditional Boston sports stories which everyone has come to know and love, but that will not be the sites primary focus and it shouldn’t be with all the coverage they are already seeing.

Content will include video productions which will increase over the summer with live from McCoy Stadium broadcasts and other venues which will be announced in the coming weeks. Other content will be our bread and butter articles written here on Trifecta Network.

The site will, of course, remain free to all who pass upon it for the foreseeable future with the subscription-based business model still not entirly proven. But who knows what the future holds. When the VC money runs out over at the Atheltic things should get relatively interesting if they haven’t acquired the needed user base to support what has become a substantial reporter payroll.

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Is Bill Belichick Checked Out Or Trying To Preserve His Legacy?



In theory, would you want to build a roster around a 41-year-old QB? No probably not. But when that 41-year-old QB happens to be Tom Brady and is still performing at MVP type levels any GM is sort of forced to barring a move of said QB.

So if you were the GM and moving the QB wasn’t an option. Wouldn’t you, in theory, try and build a roster that has depth and puts the team in the best place to win? And while doing that at the same time try and have the QB of the future in place. Why yes you might say.

But does Bill Belichick believe that?

I think he did at one time but something had to have happened since that time. Just a year ago the franchise had a stacked offensive receiving core and a QB of the future in Jimmy Garropollo in place for the post-Brady era. But something happened, either Bill decided he had to trade Jimmy or it was a directive of some sort of ownership.

The return for Jimmy wasn’t great, in fact, it felt at the time and now as a well below market price type of deal that almost felt like Belichick was sort of sticking it to someone.

Now months removed from the move we sit at the end of another trade, this time receiver Brandin Cooks who in theory fetched a great value from the LA Rams.

But here is one concerning part.

Brady now has a depleted receiving core with Danny Amendola and now Cooks both gone. Now we don’t know what Bill will do with the acquired 1st round draft pick or what other moves he may have up his hooded sleeve. But questioning GM Bill is perfectly fine.

On Monday he rubbed shoulders with Sean McVay at some random coaching seminar and on Tuesday he already agreed to a deal. Have to wonder if he always takes the easy route when it comes to trade negotiations or if he simply is checked out and is ready to ride off into the sunset.

Checked Out Or Just Building Upon Legacy?

But would that make sense? To simply leave a team behind in rubbles after winning five Lombardi Trophies? No, no it wouldn’t. The reason that is the case is because doing that would only tarnish his legacy of building a system that is different than the rest. It is in Belichick’s best interest to ensure that the next in line has a team that is at least capable of competing.

That doesn’t mean he isn’t checked out, but it just doesn’t fit his narrative even taking less than ideal returns in moves or appearing on magazine cover shoots.

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