Local Sports Columnists

Another season to test the BG girls hoop mojo

It begins later this week – Thursday to be exact – and likely stretches all the way through the first week of March. And the chances are pretty good – certainly not 100 percent, mind you – that it will end with the raising of another Division I title plaque in front of an adoring ...

Patriots should kick sand in Dolphins’ faces this time

Trips to South Florida in December are supposed to be fun, right? We all know with the New England Patriots, that's usually never been the case. They usually get sand kicked in their face. What about Sunday? Sun, sand, surf, and frustration? Or Hats and T-Shirt Day (AFC East title). We've ...

Hall will always be a big part of local baseball history

Bring up the name Chris Hall around Futures Collegiate League circles, and you'll always get an opinion. That's what commissioners do. They set the tone for their leagues, but they also make the tough decisions that normally won't be popular. Hall was never afraid to make those, and that's ...

Red Sox shouldn’t overpay for Nathan Eovaldi

Baseball’s stupid season (also known as the free agent market) is reaching its silly crescendo. It has been reported that free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi could receive as much as $60 million over four seasons. Upon digesting that speculation one curmudgeon immediately dredged up the ...

Patriots using an old school approach in a new age NFL

It’s all part of the script. The New England Patriots may have slogged their way through a good portion Sunday’s 24-10 humdrum win over the dazed and confused Minnesota Vikings on Sunday but they weren’t going to come out on the short end. You knew that, right? It was just a matter of ...

Chiefs’ Hunt beats woman; will we fight back?

And so, it is Sunday. If you are a sports fan, an NFL fan, I figure your routine today would be something like mine. Wake up, a little breakfast, head to the market, drop an elbow or two to carve out position at the Market Basket deli counter, slip a pot roast in the slow cooker and settle ...

Some holiday weekend leftovers to chew on

Here's a few tids and bits to chew over as those Thanksgiving leftovers just live seemingly forever: Here's a hint that the Futures Collegiate Baseball League is a league that will have a lot of changes coming in 2019. You see, usually by now a schedule is pretty much out. But that hasn't ...

We wish the Jets would get their act together

It's Jets Week, and unfortunately, there really isn't much of a buzz. We so thought there would be after the first couple of weeks, when rookie QB Sam Darnold was lighting it up. Finally, a Jets team with a quarterback that could at least make use of the forward pass. Unfortunately for Jet ...

Panther Pacheco gets the advantage over his Titan friend

Think of this: At one time, Nashua South hard-nosed runner Jaylan Pacheco and Nashua North electric quarterback/halfback Curtis Harris were neighbors. They could have been on the same South team rather than on opposing sides in the Panthers' 52-26 Turkey Eve Bowl triumph Wednesday night at ...

Giving thanks for great Nashua area football coaches

So, in our first year of picking high school football games here for The Telegraph, the Big Fella turns in a solid, if not thoroughly unspectacular 58-22 mark, a .725 win percentage, which sinks below the Brees Line – as in Drew Brees’ current record-setting completion rate (.769) with the ...

Alvirne’s ‘Bill Mak” answers call to NHIAA’s Hall

It was a special weekend for Alvirne High School, with its football team finally in a state championship game, even though the Broncos came out on the short end. But that’s not the whole story. It continued on Sunday when, in Concord, longtime game official, assigner and Alvirne athletic ...

Some better picks will cure the Bye Week Blues

The Bye Week Blues. Got 'em? New England Patriots fans must after last week's Torture in Tennessee. But the players probably couldn't get away from Foxborough and Gillette Stadium fast enough. They have today and Sunday off and then it's back to work. “I just think the morale changes,” ...

Mookie Betts a Red Sox lifer? Don’t bet on it

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, seeking some sort of guidance on a few questions. … Will Mookie Betts play his entire career with the Red Sox? Weighing modern trends, the safe (if not wise) bet is to say no. Indeed, it’s absurd for anyone to predict that any ...

Campbell, Alvirne corner the local football market

Where is the high school football capital of the area? Nashua, right, where there are three schools? Merrimack? The Souhegan Valley? Nope. Head across the Merrimack river to the outlying towns of Hudson and Litchfield. At least that's the way it is this year,and who knows, it could be for a ...

Reaching championship football games gets tougher every year

Merrimack High School Kip Jackson was understandably emotional. In fact, for a moment after Saturday’s 30-8 loss to Bedford in the Division I semifinals, he was at a loss for words, fought back tears, and had to compose himself. “I’ve been doing this for 21 years,” he said, “and ...

Vrabel could give Titans a chance vs. Patriots

Let's go back in time, to the NFL off-season of 2001. The Patriots signed a former Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker named Mike Vrabel as a free agent, and there wasn't much fanfare with the move. The team, after a horrible 5-11 first season under Bill Belichick, was doing everything it could to ...

Nine months later, Belichick benching Butler remains Super blunder

Subplots litter many Patriots games. How could they not with Bill Belichick coaching, Tom Brady quarterbacking and former Patriots scattered across the NFL? The Pats will face the Tennessee Titans this afternoon and most of the chatter has focused on Mike Vrabel, three-ring Super Bowl hero ...

Football Feast: Big fella’s picks bring curse in reverse

I have to admit it. Alvirne High football coach Tarek Rothe pleaded Thursday afternoon. “Feel free to pick St. Thomas,” he told this reporter. I have to admit it. Alvirne High football coach Tarek Rothe pleaded Thursday afternoon. “Feel free to pick St. Thomas,” he told this ...

Brady vs. Rodgers brings football back into the spotlight

Everything else has been cleared aside. The baseball season, glorious for Red Sox fans, is over. Locally, all the high school sports tournaments are over, except for one – football. Yes, and even on the local pro level, football is back to taking center stage, as it did with Sunday ...

The Sunday Night double QB treat will be worth it

Great QBs squared. You've heard or read that story line the entire week, as we are treated to a matchup at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night between two of the NFL's top three quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. But really, you should savor this. Gillette was robbed of this ...