Local Sports Columnists

Time to end football blowouts sooner than later

Here are a few tids and bits on all things football as we are in the next-to-last weekend of the local high school regular season, two-thirds through the college season and almost halfway into the NFL campaign: The Campbell High School football program has been taking some heat after the ...

Ready for another Celtics season on hold

Well, the discussion as to how far the Celtics might go this season has been definitively settled. They’ll win about 45 games, maybe a few more. They’ll win in the opening round of the playoffs. In Round 2, they are most likely going home for the summer. If it goes to Round 3, they will be ...

Get ready for a busy couple of tournament weeks

Here’s a few tids and bits as we are in the time when all four major sports are in action as the NBA completed the crowd with Tuesday’s openers: First, fasten your seat belts for a busy high school tournament season. For the first time in a while, the area has title contenders in just about ...

Bishop Guertin mulling athletic classification

There’s some changes in store for New Hampshire high school football next year with schools like Windham trying to figure out what Division they want to be in. The Jaguars have already made that choice, publicizing this week they are moving up to Division I in most sports, including football. ...

Bishop Guertin has a football decision to make

There’s some changes in store for New Hampshire high school football next year with schools like Windham trying to figure out what Division they want to be in. The Jaguars have already made that choice, publicizing this week they are moving up to Division I in most sports, including football. ...

Blow up the Red Sox? Well, that’s a bit rash

As happens each time the Red Sox’ season ends before the foliage season peaks, the day after included the usual calls for: Firing the manager. Replacing every player but one or two of the speaker’s favorites. Rebuilding the franchise from top to bottom. There are times when any one of the ...

Astros or Blue Devils? Neither is any picnic, as we found out

It’s time to run inside, bolt the doors, shut the windows, find the nearest hiding spot. The Pinkerton Academy football team is back – and this time, it seems, with a vengeance. The Astros and the Salem Blue Devils are the class of the West-South Conference schedule/playoff cluster, and ...

Thursday Night Football: Yay or nay?

Football is such a unique sport,isn’t it? It’s a once a week thing, which makes it different from all the others. But it’s also so schedule-oriented, you throw that schedule and it can really cause problems. For example, it still boggles the mind how the Bishop Guertin High School ...

Patriots defensive issues aren’t going away

Devin McCourty was wrapping up his talk with the media in front of his locker on Sunday when someone said the 2-2 Patriots and their beleaguered defensive secondary can turn things around in a short time. “We better,” the New England safety and captain said, “or we’ll all be out of a ...

The hunt for October wins about to begin

The Game of the Year in New Hampshire High School football? Saturday night’s game between Exeter and Bedford, a rematch of last year’s Division I title game? Maybe the Pinkerton-Salem game of a couple of weeks ago, when the Blue Devils flexed their muscles in coming away with a 35-20 ...

Battle of the Bridge had some memorable moments

Here’s a few thoughts as we recover from the event-filled Battle of the Bridge and Sunday’s wild day around the National Football League: This fall’s Battle of the Bridge marathon at Stellos Stadium on Saturday will go down as one of the best we’ve seen with regard to the three varsity ...

Patriots feel the anger, as well as the love at Gillette

Has there ever been a crazier, more eventful day at Gillette Stadium, as well as around the National Football League, than Sunday? It began in the morning with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issuing a statement similar to his fellow owners, speaking in support of the league after ...

Crazy day at Gillette Stadium ends well for Patriots

Has there ever been a crazier, more eventful day than Sunday at Gillette Stadium, as well as the entire National Football League? It began in the morning with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issuing a statement similar to his fellow owners, speaking in support of the league after ...

Football provides good distraction for locals in trying times

Here’s a few thoughts as Nashua gets immersed in the Battle of the Bridge Week: It’s been an eventful high school football season already with off-field personal events filtering on to the playing field. One has to marvel at the determination and focus of both Nashua South wide receiver ...

Nashua North vs. South has added meaning this week

We told you things might be different after the first two weeks of the high school football season, right? And now, after some surprises the other night, we bring you this to consider: It’s North-South Week. The scenarios for this Friday night’s big clash at Stellos Stadium could have been ...

Manfred: Play nice, don’t get caught

The baseball world called on commissioner Rob Manfred to send a clear message that using digital devises to steal signs is bad, bad, bad – and against baseball’s laws. And he did. He took a rhetorical rolled-up scorecard, whacked the Red Sox on their collective snout, and growled, ...

Brookline’s Bury thriving in the Notre Dame game day experience

Wake up the echoes. Boston College hosts the University of Notre Dame in a football game on Saturday that used to be big nationally but now is kind of off to the side. Sure, we wish it were a bigger deal. It would be even bigger locally if Brookline’s Chris Bury, the Bishop Guertin alum, had ...

Time to take a first-hand look at local soccer

The busy fall season is underway in a big way, and here’s a few tids and bits to take in as we go full speed ahead: Some eyes are looking ahead to the big Battle of the Bridge (Nashua North vs. South) events in about 10 days, but Tuesday is the first big local high school soccer doubleheader ...

Two interesting weeks down,many more surprises to go

What to make after two weeks of the current high school football season? A few surprises, and business as usual for some. Two of the suprises will be on a big stage at Merrimack High School’s Student Memorial Field on Friday night – Merrimack and Nashua South. They’re surprises for two ...

Patriots opener an utter mess

Until Friday morning, it looked like the Red Sox’ Apple Watch Caper would stand as the dumbest act of the week, if not the month, if not the decade. Then the Patriots got pantsed in their season opener against the Chiefs, which had the drums in thousands of mothers’ basements beating a ...