Local Sports Columnists

Here’s how baseball can save itself

Is it September yet? Yes, I already want the summer to be done. No, I don’t care that it only began (officially) Wednesday. The heat and humidity have already run their course. Enough with the MLB, NBA and NHL drafts. Heck, enough with the MLB altogether. I want hoodie weather and ...

Trade signals Boston’s turn to ‘trust the process’

Trust the process. The phrase coined by former 76ers GM Sam Hinkie developed into a nationwide punchline at the expense of Philadelphia basketball fans as the 76ers floundered in the basement of the Eastern Conference for the past handful of years. Amid the laughter of four seasons featuring a ...

Oh, what tales blow in during Draft Week

The Word of the Week is a simple one: Draft. It’s that time. Three of the four major sports use the month of June to conduct their player drafts, and of the three, basketball is the one that generally consumes us. Baseball? That draft probably more local flavor than anything else. Like ...

Durant, James remain oblivious

Leave it to a new and former NBA champion to remind us how completely oblivious world-class athletes can be. Not quite in unison, Kevin Durant and LeBron James shrugged off silly suggestions that they have never played on a “super team.” Durant, per ESPN: “Super team? No, we just work ...

Heading home? Take the long way

What the heck has happened to the game of baseball? The home plate confusion/uncertainty finally hit the Nashua Silver Knights this week, and it just seemed like the whole thing was totally botched. Let’s set the scene: Nashua’s Ted Williams rounded third and headed home as there was ...

LeBron James’ take is not so super

The ring chase is complete. Kevin Durant’s offseason surrender to Golden State paid off with a championship late Monday night. To his credit, Durant was marvelous, rightfully claiming Finals MVP honors during the Warriors’ 4-1 destruction of Cleveland – an affirmation of the suspected ...

Tourney trail hitting its final stop

Here’s a few tids and bits along the Tourney Trail with one more stop to go, Monday night at Manchester’s Northeast Delta Dental Stadium: It’s a shame that the Souhegan High School baseball team will not face Portsmouth this season with its best lineup. First, the Sabers didn’t have ...

Here’s a two-for-one deal Celtics should run from

For anyone unfamiliar with the name Stephan Gilling, this may serve as one large reason why the Celtics should run away from Lonzo Ball at the same rate from which his father is running from Boston. Gilling was the boys basketball coach at Chino Hills (Calif.) High School, Lonzo Ball’s alma ...

Patriots running rings around rest of NFL

What is it about Friday nights and rings? We had the big Nashua Silver Knights ring ceremony last Friday night, and then a week later the New England Patriots were handed out their latest Super Bowl rings by team owner Robert Kraft in a lavish private ceremony, presumably at the Kraft Family ...

There are legitimate reasons for disdaining King James

All big-league players, regardless of the sport in question, are narcissists. Some hide it very well. A few are capable of submerging it completely, at least in public. And then there is LeBron James, who has never passed a mirror, storefront window or polished stainless steel at which he did ...

Patriots never really stop working, do they?

What is it about Friday nights and rings? Here at home, we had the big Nashua Silver Knights ring ceremony last Friday night. A week later the New England Patriots handed out their latest Super Bowl rings by team owner Robert Kraft in a lavish private ceremony, presumably at the Kraft Family ...

Let’s hope the ‘Summer Game’ helps us forget about spring

They call baseball “The Summer Game.” Hopefully locally, that’s the case. Because it certainly hasn’t been the Spring Game. The Nashua Silver Knights helped give instruction for a Nashua Cal Ripken baseball clinic the first part of Sunday, when the sun was still shining, well before ...

As young baseball fans fade away, so do young players

Respecting Alvirne High School coach Mike Lee as a fellow old-time seamhead, it was particularly distressing to read one of his thoughts after his Broncos lost to Pinkerton in the quarterfinals of the Division I tournament. “We only have three guys playing summer baseball. The numbers just ...

Rings and things made Holman the place to be Friday

The smiles were wide on Friday night at Holman Stadium as the hardware was handed out to Silver Knights players from 2016, the ones who brought home the best of the three Futures Collegiate League championships the team has won. Friday was another fun night for the Nashua Silver Knights and a ...

This is the week when spring meets summer

With Memorial Day (not even 60 degrees, really?) in the rear-view mirror once again, this is the week where spring meets summer. The Nashua Silver Knights players report for duty on Tuesday, as the team holds its annual Media Day. And meanwhile, the state tournaments in three high school sports ...

Gorham’s old school was the best school

Here’s a few tids and bits as the unofficial start of summer arrives (yeah, right): Someone was talking to Campbell High School baseball coach Jim Gorham the other day about his team’s high collective batting average of close to .330. “Yeah, but you know what number is even better?” ...

NFL finally gets something right – adding fun

Never-ending news cycles bring us plenty of items to celebrate, berate and mock on a daily basis. There’s certainly been no shortage of such stories during the past two weeks. There’s plenty of good, bad and ugly to go around. And around we shall go: Good: NFL allows TD celebrations. It ...

Discussion of Celtics’ future takes a sharp turn

We open with an apology to the Boston Celtic. Having declared them hopeless after two horrendous displays against His Highness and company, count us among the pleasantly stunned to watch the Celtics pull off a gem of a rally in Game 3 and go toe-to-toe with them in Game 4. A Game 5 win at the ...

A vote for the past finally works for Clayborn

Raymond Clayborn got the call from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft sometime Monday afternoon. The news of course, was good. Surprisingly good. “You’re telling me I won the vote against Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel?” Clayborn asked the owner. Finally, score one for the 1970s and ...

Pencil in Division I track meet Friday in Merrimack

TrackFest is coming to Merrimack. Track and field isn’t a traditional spectator sport. There’s no professional league and the Olympics only come around once every four years. Lacking mass appeal, a track meet is not an event the average person typically seeks out on a Friday ...