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Tom King

A few questions and answers as we March forward

Here’s a few questions to ponder with possible answers as we delve into the final two weeks of March: QUESTION: What was the best moment of the local winter sports season, and what was the worst? ANSWER: As for the best, some might think the Bishop Guertin girls basketball title, and while ...

Tom King

Tids and bits to ponder from around the Granite State

Here are a few tids and bits to ponder while we all hold our collective breath waiting for the Malcolm Butler situation to get resolved one way or another: Umile back at UNH There was some grumbling at Lundholm Gym the other night when word was made known that University of New Hampshire ...

Tom King

Bummer of a basketball finals day for Nashua area

Bummer. The Division I and II NHIAA boys basketball finals are being held Saturday at the University of New Hampshire’s Lundholm Gym. But around here, there’s just a yawn. Oh sure, hoop junkies will be there. But locally, there’s no one. We had a shot at an All-Area final between No. 2 ...

Tom King

Grass not greener for Butler

Sooooo….where do you stand on the Great Malcom Butler Debate? It seems to be all the rage these days, including the vision of Butler and his agent in a rage. OK, maybe not raging, but certainly not happy with the New England Patriots. Butler has reportedly said he wants to be a “Patriot for ...

Tom King

Enemies help Patriots fill voids

Yeah, uh, er, about that thing that the New England Patriots won’t be busy in the early days of NFL free agency … Hey, it just goes to show you never know what the heck Bill Belichick is thinking, right? Same with the draft, when the Patriots always pluck somebody who is completely off the ...

Alan Greenwood

Choice responses to the hack who hacked Garoppolo

Culled from the valley of 140 characters-or-less … NO DEAL: Of the many reactions to the fake Instagram post featuring Jimmy Garoppolo’s farewell to New England, this one drew a chuckle or two here. Tweeted by @Reflog_18 – “2 years of waking up at 4am every day to check Jimmy ...

Depth has been key for Bishop Guertin girls hoop team

They come in, sometimes in waves. When Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball coach Brad Kreick makes substitutions, it’s sometimes like the wholesale line changes he took part in as a college hockey player at Brown University and in the minors. Does he think, after two full seasons at ...

No one really wants Osweiler do they?

All these decades later and the reasons for paying attention in algebra class have finally become clear. When the Cleveland Browns acquired the contract of alleged NFL quarterback Brock Osweiler on Thursday the first thought to cross one man’s mind was this: If Roger Goodell is serious about ...

Shopping time for Patriots

It’s shopping time. You can always tell who the desperate teams in the National Football League are; they’re the ones who shop until they drop during the first few days of the free-agent frenzy. The New England Patriots, obviously, are never one of those. But this is always an interesting ...

Brave Beggs ignites debate

Mack Beggs has become a household name in wrestling circles. The 17-year-old boy is also becoming a pawn in one of the most heated political debates of the last decade. Beggs, a transgender boy from Euless Trinity High School in Cypress, Texas, capped an undefeated season with a 12-2 victory in ...

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas needs attitude adjustment

Many words could encapsulate the final 20 seconds of the Boston Celtics’ 109-106 loss at Phoenix on Sunday evening. Nightmare works. Disaster comes to mind. Catastrophe can also be added to the list. Up two points with possession against one of the league’s worst teams, Jaylen Brown and ...

Feeling a draft? Well, not really

Somehow the entertainment value of the National Football League Scouting combine eludes this humble scribe. Of course, that also goes for the NFL Draft, the NBA Draft, the NHL Draft and the Major League Baseball Draft and any other draft, other than a military draft and a cold draft beer. But ...

Anticipation builds for long-awaited arrival of spring

Anticipation is more than just waiting for the ketchup to plop out of the bottle and cover your burger. Anticipation comes in many forms – some good, some bad – but every form contains some element of surprise, eagerness and mystery. Anticipation is often found dogging our footsteps as we ...

Tourney upsets always lurking

Time to try to help you through these sudden frigid temperatures with a few tids and bits: Tonight the Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball team begins its quest to successfully defend its Division I state title. It’s great that the Cardinals’ first tourney game will be against city ...

There’s no clear path for Celtics

Having now endured the droning debate on whether the Celtics should have wheeled a deal at the trade deadline, this much is chronically murky: There is absolutely no clear path to building an NBA championship-caliber team. On one side of the philosophical divide are those who believe the ...