Local Sports Columnists

Pats-Steelers? Don’t forget about those Jags

Here’s a few Tuesday tids and bits, starting with some NFL thoughts, as the shopping days dwindle down: Yes, now the countdown begins to the big New England Patriots-Pittsburgh Steelers clash. But you know who the second best team in the AFC may actually be? Yes, those 9-4 Jacksonville ...

The puck, not programs, gets dropped

There certainly seem to be too many high school co-ops in various sports these days, but mainly football and hockey. That’s one way of looking at it. In this area, we have four on the ice. One of them, Nashua South-Pelham, takes the Conway Arena ice on Monday evening at 6 p.m. for the first ...

Here’s some wonders about winter season

It has begun. The calendar has turned to December, the first official month of the local and regional winter sports season. A couple of events have already taken place. What can we expect? A year ago things were pretty quiet with a few exceptions, some of which were the Bishop Guertin girls ...

Gronkowski was lucky to get just a one-game suspension

Rob Gronkowski should feel extraordinarily lucky today. His display of violent immaturity will only cost him a one-game suspension. The seven-year NFL veteran fell on Buffalo rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White with all the force a 265-pound manchild can muster, slamming his forearm into the ...

Some thoughts as another fall season comes to a close

Here’s a few local and regional tids and bits as we close the book on an incredibly eventful fall high school sports season: When could anyone ever imagine not just one, but two New Hampshire natives being hired to major college coaching jobs in one weekend? It’s incredibly ironic that both ...

Nobody’s complaining about Patriots’ Gilmore now

You’re the Miami Dolphins. You’re 4-6, quarterbacked by perennial backup Matt Moore. You have fourth and 1 at your 33 to start the second half, down 21-10. It’s really just one chain link, maybe two, to go. And you punt. Against a Patriots defense that two months ago was oh, so maligned. ...

This turkey is calling his shots

Just a few thoughts around the world of sports while I prepare to brine my Butterball: Am I late to the game when I state unequivocally the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the GAAT? Yes, Brady has surpassed Michael Jordan as the “Greatest Athlete All Time.” A guy who is 52 and ...

A look back at what was, and what could be for football

As champions celebrate and runnerups lament, it’s time to close the book on the 2017 high school football season, right? Not so fast. There’s one more game to play in Nashua, with the annual now-Turkey Eve Bowl at Stellos Stadium on Wednesday between Nashua North and Nashua South. Plenty ...

Huskies’ will to fight made this Cougar title even sweeter

Campbell High School running back Keegan Mills wanted a close game on Saturday. But when he saw the Monadnock Regional team run onto the turf at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium Saturday morning, he had the same feeling a lot of Cougar fans likely had. Huh? How could a team ...

Could be a classic Division III final on Saturday

Here are a few local and regional tids and bits while we wait for the puff of white smoke to come from Holman Stadium as far as a new Silver Knights general manager is concerned and wonder just how the Nashua North and South football teams are passing the time up until next week’s Turkey Eve ...

Fame finds Banghart, Eastman and Demers

It really wasn’t about fame at a little soiree in Concord on Sunday. Sure, they do call it the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Hall of Fame, but it’s more about dedication and accomplishment. And, some cases, like Souhegan alum and current Princeton University head ...

Some items of interest on the local sports docket

With one local high school football team (Campbel) left playing for a title an anticipated slow week turning into one of breaking news, and fingers frozen from this record cold, there’s only one thing left to do. And it’s something we haven’t done in a while: Itemize. ITEM: FUTURES ...

It’s a long, hard road to a state title

There’s nothing quite like the high school tourney trail, no matter what the sport or the season. It’s filled with highs, lows, stunning surprises, or best laid plans coming to fruition. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s often hard to navigate, but the finish line always brings a ...

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair swings and misses again

The answer: Bob McNair and Bill O’Brien. The question: Who are the only two men in Houston sports to swing and miss in the last month? The idiom-challenged Houston Texans owner and his coach had one sitting on the tee last week when disaster struck and their quarterback DeShaun Watson tore ...

Angulas injury too tough for Sabers to overcome in finals

The line of disappointed Souhegan players at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter told the glum story for the Sabers on Sunday afternoon. Megan Tupaj was holding an ice bag to her head while the Bow players were receiving their championship medals after a late goal gave them their 1-0 Divison II title ...

Silver Knights losing a golden tandem

Yes, evidently it was really too good to be true. For now, anyway. The Nashua Silver Knights reached new heights just three months ago. They were the toast of the town with the height of a feel-good aura built over a period of seven seasons that really had never been associated with any other ...

Kids,fans having a ball with high school volleyball

Volleyball anyone? Don’t look now, but it may be the most popular girls high school sport in the fall. It’s certainly the most successful. After the Nashua High School South girls soccer team lost in the Division I quarterfinals on Monday, that left just one local girls soccer team left in ...

In Bill We Trust? Lighten up, folks

There have been a lot of “In Bill We Trusts” uttered since The Trade. Anything Bill Belichick does demands capitalization, right? Will gaining a second-round draft pick for Quarterback-In-Waiting Jimmy Garoppolo prove to be an act of sheer Belichickian genius? Maybe. Who knows? All drafts ...

Patriots outsmart Chargers, but did they outplay them?

This would have been the game. Finally. Yes, had Nashua High School North alum Kendall Reyes stayed a Charger, he theoretically would have finally played a game at Gillette Stadium, in his home region. That was something that evaded him during his four years in San Diego, although the Patriots ...

Is it really the end of the regular season already?

Here’s a few thoughts all football to start your weekend: Hard to believe that already, at the end of Saturday, another high school football regular season is in the books. Unfortunately, it means the end of meetings, preparations and practices for teams from Alvirne, Bishop Guertin, ...