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Connelly’s Top Ten - Can’t Wait For Patriot Camp




Connelly’s Top Ten - Can’t Wait For Patriot Camp

1. Red Sox 

* The Red Sox game was almost five hours on Sunday which was 21% of all of Father’ Day 

* 51 games over over three hours / five games OVER four hours / 

* Games under 2:30 - Two

* 15 pitchers used ridiculous

2. The Anthony Davis Trade

* The Celtics will be thankful in a year that they didn’t make that trade

* Pelicans made a killing - two of the top four

* Lakers just traded for Ricky Williams

3. Dave Dombroski got a World Series but the minor leagues are gutted:

* Pawtucket last place….29-37

* Portland last place…….23-40 

* Salem last place……….25-42 

4. Holy crap the head of Massachusetts high school sports get paid $291,000 - wow.

5. I don’t like that the Bruins release their injuries at the end of the year - sort of excuse making but Acciari played with a broken sternum - these guys are animals. 

6. I laugh at stories of Horford thinking about whether to pick up his $31,000,000 option - think some other team is going to give a guy who averages 13.6 points / 6.7 rebounds more than that

7. Amazing Stat - In 1978, Jim Rice led American League - in hits, RBI, Home Runs, Total bases, Triples

8. Old School - Only in 1978, did the Bruins return to the Stanley Cup the next year after losing the previous year

9. Just a little bit outside - So Megan Rapinoe uses the national anthem to voice her displeasure with the way the established treat those who are in a minority or inferior position and then she proceeds to do cartwheels in front of her opponent despite being up 13-0 

10. Randomocity

* Cool cleats for Woodland - but can you have the Stars and Stripes on the ground? 

* I hate that ESPN has the scores on the bottom of the screen when I’m taping games 

* I love prime time golf 

* Jack Nicklaus must count down these non-Tiger major losses - its human nature

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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Connelly’s Top Ten - Red Sox Don’t Seem to Care




Connelly’s Top Ten - Red Sox Don’t Seem to Care

1. Red Sox

* Stroman yelling at the Red Sox dugout after just six innings of pitching and getting no response - reminded me of John Wensink embarrassing the North Stars bench

* Interesting to see Porcello stare down Nunez for his below average effort on a ground ball with bases loaded

* A line in the Boston Globe about Mookie Betts not running out ground balls - interesting - Yaz used to get booed for that

* 15 blown saves before the half way mark 

* The top of the sixth inning took 18 minutes for three outs of bad baseball (nappy time)

* 36,495 watch an an over three hour game - ticket, parking, ice cream, hot dog and drink and the team doesn’t care

* Red Sox are eight games out of first place and just got this thing in neutral - glad Varitek didn’t feel that way when A Rod was talking crap to Arroyo 

2. The annual list of median house prices from the towns in were the champions of the E Mass boys lacrosse:

* Winchester…$1.1mm

* Dover………..$1.2mm

* Lincoln………$1.2mm

3. Yastrzemski is the most distinct name in baseball history - its nostalgic to hear announcers say his grandson’s name with the Giants


4. None of the highest paid players from their sport led their team to a championship

* Mike Trout……$36mm

* John Tavares..$16mm

* Steph Curry….$36mm

* Aaron Rogers..$35mm

5. Why kids don’t want to watch baseball - the average game times of University of Michigan in the College World Series - 3:26

6. Officials in the Dominican have determined that Kevin McHale was not trying to clothesline Kurt Rambis


7. Amazing Stat - Ups and Downs of Celtics draft / player acquisition:

* Tremont Waters……5’11”

* Taco Fall……………..7’6”

8. Old School - Officials think fans come to see them - When Ted Williams went 4-5 in the first game of a double header on his way to hitting .406 - the official score keeper stole a hit from him (reminds me of Bird’s 60 point game when ref waved on a Bird three pointer in front of Hawks bench)

9. Just a Little Bit Outside - Gambling and Casino

* Shocked the state didn’t demand that the casino pay for a monorail over the water to Assembly Square train station and parking

* 50,000 people on RT 99 is the most insane thing the state has done - that almost double Fenway and they have the Green Line and multiple sources of egress

* interesting that Theo Epstein has applied for sports gambling at Wrigley Field - bold

10. Randomocity

* Ray Bourque had an estate sale this weekend that included selling used shoes - is he ok?

* You see Louisville pitcher Luke Smith pitch the game of his life against Vanderbilt only to walk off the mound in the 8th f-bombing the other team - then Vanderbilt came out in the 9th and beat him

* Summer is here!

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Connelly’s Top Ten - Boston Sports Trending Down




Connelly’s Top Ten - Boston Sports Trending Down

1. Red Sox by month




2. NBA Draft - Celtics More Wing Man than any team in NBA history

3. Who’s reputation has fallen faster - Pedroia’s or Brad Stevens?

4. GM Runs:

* Don Sweeny - 4 years……….one conference championship

* Danny Ainge - 16 years……..two conference championships / one championship

* Dave Dombrowski 3 years….one conference championship / one championship

* Bill (19 years)………………..nine conference championships / six championships

5. Talk about getting a pass by a fanbase:

* Celtics championships since 1986 (33 years) - ONE 

* Bruins championships since 1972 (47 years) - ONE (that’s almost half a century)

6. Boston since the Super Bowl

* First line of Bruins decides to not show up for Game 7

* Gronk retires (I will say he comes back)

* Bob Kraft stars in a movie

* Celtics embarrassed by Bucks

* Celtics blow up - Irving and Horford don’t want to be here 

* Ortiz gets shot - which is uglier than a gun shot

* Red Sox left their game in Los Angeles last October

* Sign an oft injured Evoldi after abusing him October

* Celtics lose all three coin tosses in draft

* Danny Ainge has a heart attack

* Boston College Women’s Lacrosse loses again in finals

7. Hit over 100 home runs for three teams

A Rod……………..Seattle 189 / Texas 156 / Yankees 351

Reggie Jackson…Oak 264 / NY 144  / Angels 123

Jim Thome……….Cleveland 337 / Phillies 101 / White Sox 134

Adrian Beltre…….Texas 199 / LA 147 / Seattle / 103

Darrell Evans…….Atlanta 131 / Giants 142 / Detroit 141

8. Old School - Bobby Orr in 74 playoff games:

* 92 points - 1.24 a game

* Points in 55 of them

* Was a PLUS five in a game against Blackhawks

* Had at least three points in 10 games

* Multi-points 26 games

* Had 12 shots in a game against Toronto

* Ten minutes or more of penalty minutes in a game three times

9. Just a Little Bit Outside - Top Comedies of Century

1. Wedding Crashers

2. Hangover

3. Sideways

4. Old School

5. Meet the Parents

6. Superbad

7. Elf

8. Super TrooperS

10. Randomocity

* Don Sweeney Executive of the Year (does that irritate Cam?)

* Could Josh Gordon - at his size - run Gronk’s routes

* Scherzer pitches with a broken nose / Price misses starts because too much video games

* Ortiz not the target - hah - and they missed Clint Hill and hit JFK by mistake

* Great move by Norwood High sports hiring Kristin McDonnell from Braintree to coach boys team

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Connelly’s Top Ten - One Day After 




Connelly’s Top Ten - One Day After 

1. Bruins

* In retrospect Bruins were better short handed than 5 on 5 / As soon as Binngton showed he was hot - he should have been run twice

* Did Cassidy make enough adjustments?

* Don Sweeney has the worst Plus/Minus in recorded Bruins playoff history MINUS 27

* Crazy MINUS 13 for the front line

* Chara is 41 / McAvoy 21

* First goal was everything

* Heiden 8 shots / 0 goals /// Khulman 1 shot / 1 goal

2. Lady Bing and not Lady Bing

Jay Miller……………..14 games / 141 penalty minutes 

Patrice Bergeron…136 games / 82 penalty minutes

3. Dombrowski offseason

* Extend Sales…..2 Wins

* Sign Evoldi……..0 Wins

* Sign Pierce………180 average / 1 HR

4. Bruins playoff stats:

Bergeron…….103 points / 136 playoff games

Krecji………….103 points / 132 playoff games 

Bergeron…….137 games / PLUS 42

Chara…………136 games / PLUS 42

Bergeron…….136 games / 40 goals

Bucyk…………104 games / 40 goals 

5. Cam Neely 1990 Stanley Cup - 24 shots / 0 goals 

6. In retrospect Marchand’s play - both the lack of effort (literally reached his hand out) and leaving the ice (I get it end of a shift but that reminds me of General Patton quote - “Fatigue Makes Cowards of all of us”). So that play goes on  Boston’s Worst Plays list:

* Assante Samuel drops interception to end Giants Super Bowl

* Buckner - but wasn’t series ender

* McHale doesn’t hold on to rebound leading to Magic’s baby hook

* Grady Little going to Wakefield a home run pitcher against Yankees

* Patriots Special Teams let Desmond Howard return kickoff for TD

* Referees give Eagles three illegal touchdowns in same game

* Pesky holds the ball

* Jimmy Williams brings in fastball pitcher Schiraldi to face fast ball hitters Ray Knight / Kevin Mitchell

* Too Many Men on Ice

* Glen Wesley misses open net

7. Amazing Stats - Tuukka has played in 89 playoff games - Game 7 was his second lowest save percentage at 80% - four goals on 20 shots (which would have been five goals if Chara didn’t make that save)

8. Just a Little Bit Outside - Dominican Republic Tourism

* Dominican represents 21% of all Caribbean tourism

* $6.2 billion in tourist money which is 8% of Dominican GDP

* 2.1 million visitors from USA

* I’m saying the Ortiz bullet will be a $1,000,000,000 shot 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside - From the magazine The Week - Quote - Television has changed the American child from an irrisistable force into an immovable object

10. Randomocity

* Bruins are so likeable - look at their leaders compared to Celtics leaders - Bergeron and Chara versus Kyrie Irving

* Jiffy Pop a fire hazard

* Barney Miller over-rated / Taxi Under-rated

* With the sharks in Cape Cod - Jaws could be real life this year 


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