Connelly’s Top Ten – The 21st Annual – What I’m Thankful For in Sports

That we had Bobby Orr, Tom Brady, Ted Williams, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, John Hannah, Adam Vinatieri, Cam Neely, John Havlicek, Pedro, Luis Tiant, Bill Rodgers, Marvin HaglerThat we had or have Bill Belichick, Red Auerbach, Don Cherry, Theo Epstein, Terry Francona, Dick Williams, Chuck Fairbanks, Pat Burns, Tommy HeinsohnThat we had Ned Martin, Curt Gowdy, Bob Wilson, Sean McDonough, Ken Coleman, Fred Cusick, Mike Gorman, Gil SantosWe have a back-checking / face-off winning / classy Patrice Bergeron wearing the spoked BThat St. Louis didn’t take Tom Brady with the 198th pick in 2000 draftFor any sports we got this year during CovidThat we had the old Boston Garden, and have Fenway Park, Hopkinton to Boston, Harvard Stadium, the Roberts Center at Boston College, Boston ArenaThat we used to have a Sunday Globe Sports with – Will McDonough, Peter Gammons, Larry Whiteside, Leigh Montville, Bob Ryan and Dan ShaughnessyFor 28-3That we have at least one winning coach in this town – Bruce Arena (he coaches the Revolution)That Gunner Olszewski hasn’t died on the 19 yard line at the end of one of his kickoff returnsFor the heart of Edelman, Marchand, Marcus Smart, Steve Grogan, Terry O’Reilly, Greg Campbell, Troy BrownThat Bob Kraft made the greatest trade in sports history – First round pick for Bill BelichickThat we had Yaz’s 1967 / Cam Neely’s 50 goal season / Ted Williams .406 season / Esposito’s 76 goal season / the 2004 series win over the Yankees and the 1981 win over the SixersFor a Bobby Orr rush from behind his net, Larry Bird drying his hands on the bottom of his sneakers, Bill Belichick spinning his whistle string, Yaz pulling up the waste of his pants / pushing his helmet down and raising his hands and bat high in his stance / A Pedro strike out and stare down / A pulling John Hannah blockFor the front line workers that have risked all for their fellow humanThat we got rid of David PriceThat Dave Henderson hit the home run / Billy Hatcher stole home / Brad Park’s overtime goal / Glenn McDonald stepped up / Curt Schilling and bloody sock brought baseball glory to BostonFor Ron Burton’s commitment to the communityThat Matt Ryan took a sackThat IF we are fortunate to live to 80 years old – the Patriots blessed us with the greatest dynasty in sports history for TWENTY-FIVE percent of our lives!For Boots Connelly’s historic 208 yard / two touchdown performance for Boston Latin over Will McDonough’s Boston English team on Thanksgiving 1953 in front of a sell out at Harvard Stadium and live broadcast on WBZ TVThat we were only subjected to 60 Red Sox games this yearThat Tuukka didn’t win the Vezina Trophy in the same year he abandoned his teamThat the Red Sox and Patriots rebuilt in a Covid yearFor Jared Monti of Abington brought honor and pride to our community for which he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery and valor during the War in AfghanistanLastly to all that read (and ignore my typos) – I wish you and your families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving (the best holiday). And although this day of celebration might be spent separated from the people we care about – take solace in the fact that we have people to care about. Cherish memories of past turkey dinners, and high school football games, and naps while Pat Summerall brought us the Cowboys and Redskins. We are so fortunate to live in this community of New England and this great country. If ever there was a holiday that begged for reflection and thanks – this is it. Enjoy!

And for those who might be down and in the mood for a little schadenfreude – let this youtube cheer you uphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8GCH5qf9IY
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