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Local Sports Columnists

High school rivals need to meet more often

To the powers that be in the NHIAA, please forward your complaints to one Tom King, care of The Telegraph. His brilliant coverage of the Nashua area athletes has again driven me to this plea. It seems like once a year I write this. Perhaps I should “Andy Dufresne” it and increase my ...

Another new twist to the high school coaching world

It's another highs school sports year, and as usual, nothing is more polarizing than coaching stories. First up this fall is the Bishop Guertin girls lacrosse vacancy, stunningly created over the summer and filled this past weekend. Out was highly successful mentor Kerry Gobiel; in is ...

Young Yaz set for Fenway debut

Age is said to inflict wisdom – or delusions of it. This comes to mind as Mike Yastrzemski prepares for his first game at his grandfather’s home address for 23 seasons. Part of passing barrier into one’s 60s is the ability to insist, despite all protests (even if they are rooted in ...

Bishop Guertin busy filling coaching spots

It’s another high school sports year and, as usual, nothing is more polarizing than coaching stories. First up this fall is the Bishop Guertin girls lacrosse vacancy, stunningly created over the summer and filled this past weekend. Out was highly successful mentor Kerry Gobiel; in is ...

All hail Tim Tebow … Hall of Fame Hypoccrite

This morning's mission: Making it through this little essay without mentioning You Know Who (No. 17 in your program, No. 1 in his own mind) … Tim Tebow did not tie the knot wedding hypocrisy with big-time college sports, but he certainly is a Hall of Fame hypocrite in its defense. Last week ...

Brown or no Brown, Patriots a lock at Miami

Scary isn't it? No, not the Antonio Brown fiasco, but just how bad the New England Patriots have been down in Miami. They've lost to some bad Dolphin teams. Lost to Jay Cutler. Lost via the Miracle in Miami last year. Heck, they've even lost to a Joe Philbin-coached team there. Ugh. Well, ...

Longo’s Friday Football Feast: Panthers to handle Cardinals

What did I ever do to the people of Hudson? When I go to an event at Alvirne High, I’m sure to stop at Rocco’s for a steak bomb or Findeisen’s for a chocolate frappe. Driving to the office, I hit the Dairy Queen drive-thru on Route 111 more times than this fat old man should. Yet, ...

Only one way for Patriots to cure their headache

In courtrooms there is a presumption of innocence, the bedrock of our justice system. Everywhere else, there is a presumption of guilt, particularly if the party in question is a celebrity. Make it a professional athlete and the only sound that comes through the static is the name of the ...

The opinion on Brown: Steelers need him more than Pats

The cashier in Nashua Sunday morning had this one question. “Think it will work out? How long do you give it?” he asked. He wasn't talking about any celebrity marriage. But rather the marriage, of course, between the New England Patriots and mercurial receiver Antonio ...

Under cover of darkness, Red Sox rid themselves of Dombrowski

One did not have to channel Nostradamus to see Dave Dombrowski’s fate weeks ago. One ancient baseball bromide applied to disappointing teams tells us that it’s easier to fire one manager than to fire 25 players. Dombrowski’s firing as Grand Poobah for Baseball Operations amends that ...

Alan Greenwood: Bill taking serious gamble with petulant Brown

Since lifting the bulging dossier on Antonio Brown is a hernia waiting to happen, let’s boil it down to its core: The cheese has slipped off this man’s cracker. Since Brown burned, repaired and reburned his bridges with the Oakland Raiders of Las Vegas, speculation on his next landing ...

Pats-Steelers should be more entertaining Sunday night

Ah, Patriots-Steelers. The rivalry should be so much better than it has been. The Patriots have trouble winning at Heinz Field but can pull those games out when necessary; the Steelers simply don't win at Gillette Stadium. For lack of a better term, thhey are not the brightest team on the ...

This football prognosticator seeks redemption

After pulling out 76.2% of wins last year in the high school football picks, I consider myself a failure. We all know that 80% is the true Mendoza line. So with one final swipe at 2018, I toss out the most sarcastic “thanks” to Tarek Rothe at Alvirne and Kip Jackson at Merrimack for ...

Red Sox are getting exactly what they have earned this season

There is no surer sign that this was not ever the Red Sox’ year than this: They went into Wednesday night’s game against the Twins with a 23-38 record against teams with winning records. Reflect on that for a nano second and know how silly it was for any of us to actually believe that ...

Giving summer a fond farewell and fall sports a big hello

Summer's over. Sad, isn't t? But yes, it's officially farewell to the Summer of 2019 according to the mind and the local sports calendar, as Labor Day has come and gone. It began unofficially with the Boston Bruins playing in Game 1 of their ill-fated Stanley Cup Finals series on Memorial ...

UNH’s Santos makes great call

I know very little about Ricky Santos, the football coach, but let me just endorse the kid’s first major decision. Weeks ago, Santos was named interim head coach at the University of New Hampshire as incumbent head man Sean McDonnell needed to take a leave. Santos inherited a Wildcat ship ...

Finally, the Patriots football we see next will be for keeps

Finally, our long national nightmare is over. The National Foootball League's four weeks of flags, missed throws, missed tackles, injuries, etc. called the preseason is done. Let us bid a fond farewell to the Patriots Preseason of 2019. May in rest in peace. And now let us welcome in the ...

Andrew Luck reignites debate: Football or no football

Wittingly or not, Andrew Luck revved the rhetorical engines of the ageless debate over football’s risks weighed against football’s rewards. That the game is loved and loathed with soaring intensity is obvious. All team sports promote camaraderie and a sense of self-sacrifice for the ...

Campbell’s Keegan Mills breaks the mold

Today, we have to throw a shout out to Campbell High three-sporter Keegan Mills. The senior from the tiny, little Division III school in Litchfield has committed to play Division 1 baseball at Austin Peay State University. The world just screeched to a halt, right? How is this possible? ...

Luck’s retirement decision certainly well thought out

The Andrew Luck retirement is a story that just keeps gripping the National Football League fandom, isn't it? How could a player at age 29 say he's all done? Hmmm, New England Patriot fans have an idea, don't they? Yeah, think Rob Gronkowski, age 30. Here's the bottom line: Playing in the NFL ...