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Patriots manage to do things without the diva effect

Let's take a trip back in time for just a minute. It was, in today's thinking, ages ago, but it showed you exactly what the New England Patriots would be like with Bill Belichick at the controls. The Patriots were suffering from a tough 5-11 first season, and fans were screaming that Drew ...

One man’s sports question-and-answer session

With the close of the 2019 winter high school season on Saturday (BTW, I like Salem in a Division I boys hoop upset over top-seeded, undefeated Exeter!), there is time to ponder some all-too-comical questions in sports. Well, sort of sports. It is a down time, leaving minds to wander. So ...

Don’t send Patriots flowers after free agent losses

The bell rang at noon on Monday, and it's always like school being out for summer. Instead of kids running out the doors, it's agents and general managers running out after National Football League free agents. The New England Patriots usually do a slow jog, And they usually never make it in ...

NFL’s wealth may be its downfall

Wednesday’s opening of the National Football League’s free-agency feeding frenzy is upon us. Teams are tampering – legally, of course – and opening up the checkbooks in preparation for the inevitable, “senseless,” multi-million-dollar blockbuster contracts for upper-middle-class ...

BG’s biggest challenge may be the Drive for Five

t was a nice, spring late afternoon in May of 2015. Baseball was the sport of the season, not basketball. Nashua North and South were getting ready to match up at Holman Stadium. Thus, the hiring of a new girls basketball coach at Bishop Guertin High School, while it wasn't a side note, ...

Muchemore’s heave helps put BG in title heaven

You keep watching them all season, over and over, yet there's always a play or two you just don't expect from the Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball team. A year ago, in their decisive Divsion I title win over Pinkerton,then sophomore Erin Carney launched a buzzer-beating long ...

Even dynasties have challenges, as BG girls know

Don't count your titles before they hatch. As longtime local fans know, dynasties tend to thrive in New Hampshire Division I high school girls basketball. Of course Nashua High School had its epic five-year title run from 1985—89, including the historic USA Today nationally No. 1 ranked ...

Hollis Brookline basketball’s upset win was predictable

As far as upsets go, Wednesday night’s Hollis Brookline stunner at Pelham, No. 4 being sunk at home by No. 13, busts into the “legit” category. You might want to throw the “predictable” tag on the 46-45 Cavaliers’ classic, too, First off, let’s set the record straight. This is ...

Does anyone out there know the story with the Celtics?

This would be the perfect time to ask, “How about those Celtics?” It isn’t. It may be the worst possible time to pontificate on how they really can make a deep playoff run. Note that the hunting-and-pecking of this little essay is happening Wednesday afternoon. The Celtics thrashed ...

Time will tell but sale of Knights seems like right move

What's next? Well, it sure has been an eventful Nashua Silver Knights/Futures Collegiate League off-season, eh? The franchise has had its front office revamped, gained minority owners, the league has a new commissioner, new franchise, and had a renegade franchise bolt, and this week the other ...

Bruins fans hoping they’re true Cup contenders

It's almost about that time. Time to take a more serious look at your Boston Bruins. Like we said, we miss the fact that Merrimack's Tim Schaller isn't with the B's any longer. Last year he was on a Bruins team that won a series before being jettisoned by powerful Tampa Bay in the second round ...

Time for Andy Reid to learn the word, ‘defense’

After his season ended as his season always ends, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid has figured out why his team lost the AFC Championship in January. Fixing the problem, Reid seems to think, is as easy as changing the NFL”s overtime rules to ensure each team’s offense gets one ...

Rivier’s Merrill tops the early March news and notes

Here's some Saturday tids and bits as we welcome in the month of March. Please don't be a lion all month like you've been the last couple of years; show us some lamb pretty soon? ---- In case you missed it, earlier this week the Rivier University Board of Trustees passed a resolution to rename ...

Bruins’ Acciari is truly a tough guy

It would be so easy this morning to grab the nearest broomstick and start hacking away at the basketball pinata known as the Boston Celtics. They are certainly a worthy target these days, from Ainge to Yabouselie and everyone in between. Instead, though, we’re going to take the high road. ...

Celtics actually starting to get some sympathy

A broken elevator at Emerson College has let us know just how pitiable the 2019 Boston Celtics have become. The Portland Trail Blazers, in Boston to face the wobbly Celtics on Wednesday night, arrived at Emerson for a morning workout. Before taking the floor, the Blazers found themselves ...

A few vacation things to mull over in the sports world

Here's some School Vacation Week tids and bits as we get primed for the first full week of high school tournaments: ---- As the high school hockey regular season comes to a close and the state tournament in all divisions begins this week, we should note that it hasn't been the same without ...

Alvirne celebrates a 1994 tourney of glory

Let's do some time travel and head back 25 years. Ken Johnson saw his players leave the Saint Anselm Stoutenburgh gym floor during a time out walking slowly with their heads down, not running to the bench as was usually the rule. He was at a loss. An entire season rested on what he could ...

Kyrie Irving needs to shut up once in awhile

How often does Kyrie Irving’s brain fight a losing battle with his larynx? Every time he sees a microphone approaching? Or someone scribbling in a reporter’s notebook? Or when he’s standing in line at the coffee shop and someone says “Hey, Kyrie?” The correct answer is: All of the ...

Gronk’s next party should be a retirement one

They're making the rounds, as one would expect Super Bowl champions to do. Look, there's Julian Edelman waving the green flag at the Daytona 500 on Sunday. The previous Sunday, he and Devin McCourty were presenters at the Grammy Awards. Turn on the NBA All-Star Game and there's owner Robert ...

State wrestling division meets need some realigning

Nobody appreciates the battle turned in daily, the grind, the physical and emotional wear-and-tear every high school wrestler endures from the first week of December all the way through February. It can be a brutal, character-building ride. So you can understand the powers that be and the ...