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North vs. Merrimack: Play it again, please

Nashua North vs. Merrimack. We want more. Maybe we'll get lucky and on the first Saturday in November, the day for the Division I high school football quarterfinals, it'll happen. Or maybe in the semis? It more or less looks like the chances are 50-50, depending on this Friday's ...

Get that adrenaline pumping, Red Sox fans

Like a miserable autumn cold, baseball’s critical long-term problem lingers. That would be the ongoing debate as to what the lords of the game can - and should - do to keep ball games from sending fans to bed hours before their outcomes are known. In other words, if a ball game ends ...

Bears’ Phillips may have the last laugh on critics

The temperature was rising in the late December/early January chill in ChiTown. Back 10 months ago things were simmering around Chicago Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips, who many of you already know is a Nashua native and Bishop Guertin graduate. The Chicago media was ravenous and the ...

Tim Neverett: View From the Red Sox Booth

An extremely rare weekend at home for the Red Sox allowed the players and staff to prepare for the opener of the 2018 World Series that will begin Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The first pitch of this year’s Fall Classic is scheduled for 8:09 p.m. The Red Sox recently did what many ...

Now Celtics fans can settle in and watch the fun

For everyone who seamlessly clicked from the Red Sox to the Celtics on Tuesday, feel free to admit your fear. For those who refused to turn on the Celtics’ season opener until the game had passed the 5-minute mark, the haunting image of all haunting images tested your ...

Local pro sports fans couldn’t lose on Sunday night

Ah, the Big Choice: Patriots or Red Sox? Such was the dilemma for local sports fans on Sunday night, and of course there were compelling reasons to choose a Red Sox ALCS Game 2 over a New England Patriots Sunday night Game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. Especially since the baseball started well ...

Who’s the better tight end? Or the better team?

It's the great debate: Who is the best tight end in the National Football League, Kansas City's Travis Kelce or New England's Rob Gronkowski? ESPN's Booger McFarland raised eyebrows a couple of weeks ago on the Monday Night broadcast when he declared it was Kelce. Of course, it plays right ...

Red Sox are in ALCS despite Kimbrel’s meltdown

Statistics, particularly those that have been amended and re-amended into irrelevancy, should be taken with a shaker of salt. Consider the save with which Craig Kimbrel padded his resume Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Despite their closer’s ninth-inning buffoonery, the Red Sox are riding ...

Perfection proves elusive for high school football prognosticator

The big fella sits in total pout mode. Yep, again. Another 7-1 week. So close. Well not really, this time I was two scores away from perfection. But hey we drift into the final third of the regular season still hungry but often perplexed at 38-8. Game of the Week Hollis Brookline at ...

Division II South football coaches grab their calculators

Can anyone at all make sense of the Division II South football race in the Granite State? I have to admit it, with three weeks left in the regular season, I have no clue who the four South teams will be headed to the postseason. With six teams between 5-1 and 3-3 – sitting in pairs, ...

Coaches seem to be burying the idea of taking a knee

It's a lost art in high school football. What, punting to the so called coffin corner? The good ol' hook-and-ladder? The fake field goal? Nope. It's a real simple play, doesn't require any complicated offensive design – just a show of sportsmanship. It's called taking a knee. Really, ...

Tim Neverett: Leon the Sox unsung hero in Game 1 win over Yanks

NEW YORK – Today the Red Sox and Yankees sit idle after overnight travel from Boston back to the Big Apple and will rest up in anticipation of tomorrow night’s third game of the American League Division Series. The House That Ruth Built on E. 161st and River Avenue that has been rebuilt ...

Let’s take a break before we size up Patriots

The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is back, hitting a big stride with their first playoff matchup in 14 years. The high school menu is full as there's reaction to Friday night's football games and then a bunch more today. Sunday the NFL returns but there's no New England Patriots. Out of sight, out ...

Colts were a welcome Thursday sight for Patriots

The Indianapolis Colts and Thursday Night Football. What a potentially lousy combination. For the average football fan, anyway. But the Colts seemed like a welcome sight for the New England Patriots in a competitive but sloppy 38-24 Patriots victory. We know that quarterback Tom Brady, who ...

Patriots the easy pick over rebuilding Colts

Josh McDaniels gets to see first hand on Thursday night what he passed up a few days after the Super Bowl. Time to get excited for Thursday Night Football with the Indianapolis Colts coming to town, right? Besides the McDaniels drama, the other side story is the return of Julian Edelman to the ...

Friday Football Feast: No poor picks allowed this week

I simply have to be better. Professional gamblers would kill for a .667 win percentage. High school football prognosticators should be ashamed of it, and that’s where the big fella went last week, going a pedestrian 4-2 and tumbling to 31-7 on the season. And so we hit Week 6 with our ...

Here’s a view of the Battle from the Bridge

The Battle of the Bridge, fall season style, is done. The Bridge has been won by Nashua High School South by a 10-8 margin. Now the coaches breathe a sigh of relief; the rivalry pressure is over. Business as usual. But let's take a look at some lingering impressions of what was a fabulous few ...

Obvious choice for Celtics’ sixth man: Gordon Hayward

The Red Sox are about to embark on their playoff chase, the Patriots have dispatched with their second preseason and the Bruins drop the puck for real tonight in Washington. So why can’t I get the Boston Celtics off my mind? The reason is simple. For the first time since Big Three 2.0 ...

Heartless Dolphins were just what Patriots needed

Even Matt Light was laughing. And why shouldn’t the newest New England Patriots Hall of Famer have a good chuckle? He’s seen it all before, as he noted during his brief halftime address Sunday to the fans. He talked about how it was great to be back in Gillette Stadium, and “It’s ...

Matt Light leads laughter for Pats fans

Even Matt Light was laughing. And why shouldn’t the newest New England Patriots Hall of Famer have a good chuckle? He’s seen it all before, as he noted during his brief halftime address Sunday to the fans. He talked about how it was great to be back in Gillette Stadium, and “It’s ...