Local Sports Columnists

Neverett making adjustments after tough personal year

The time. The free time. That's one of the biggest ways how life is so different now for Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett. Two special seats at Holman Stadium just off home plate, a couple rows below the concourse, tell him that. They had belonged to his father and mother, Bill and ...

Longo column: If Sale is selling, I’m not buying

The Boston Red Sox saved their 2019 season … again … on Thursday with “ace” Chris Sale returning to his Cy Young-level form against a Blue Jays lineup built for 2024. Add in the fact that the Jays were playing like they had to hop a flight to Detroit, which they did, and I’ll ...

Holman has always shined in FCBL All-Star Game

Ahhh, it's a great memory. This week marks a year since the 2018 Futures Collegiate League All-Star Game at Holman Stadium, which also included the celebration of Holman's 80th birthday. It was one of those Holman moments. Tonight, nearly three hours away in Pittsfield, Mass., there will ...

Baseball can always be a learning experience in July

It's sad that we're at the halfway mark for July, but the calendar never works backward, right? Here are some mid-summer tids and bits to take with you to the beach: --- Local umpire Steve Drescher is one of the classiest guys around, and he showed that this past Tuesday at the end of the ...

Alan Greenwood: Folks, it’s baseball, not the circus

Give Major League Baseball credit for finally thinking outside the box. Unfortunately, MLB’s welcome, but fatally flawed radicalism shouldn’t make it beyond the batters box. The Lords of the Failing Game are partnering with the Atlantic League to test drive a packet of rules, ...

When it comes to sports betting, NH doesn’t let it ride

We were wrong. New Hampshire, after Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill into law, has made sports gambling legal in the Granite State. Somehow, some way, we thought that something would circumvent the process. Silly us. We figured you'd have to have the popular spot like a casino built and in ...

Hey, this Hector says there are worse Hectors out there

So a recent email “fan” disagreed with an assessment this corner had made on his Boston Red Sox that they are built on money and will therefore be fine, even in 2019. “Hector, you are the worst,” was his quote, forcing me to recall one of my great high school coach’s favorite lines: ...

No time like the present for Silver Knights this week

Their time is now. It's Camp Week for the Nashua Silver Knights, but it also should be their week. There's no time like the present for the local Futures Collegiate League entry, both on the field and in the stands, because after Saturday night's rainout and Sunday's off day, they are home ...

Red Sox aren’t exactly losing money

There is no disputing the Red Sox' great success during the John Henry Administration. Four World Series championships, record attendance and Fenway Park's renaissance are on the record. Along the way, Henry has always seemed an honest sort, at least as far as any successful business person ...

Here are a few Saturday summer sizzlers to ponder

It's been a sizzling start to summer so far, so here are some tids and bits to throw on the grill: One thing you can say about the current United States women's soccer team's run to a likely second straight World Cup title, with the finals vs. the Netherlands on Sunday, is that the march has ...

Celtics’ problems run deeper than Kyrie Irving

And so, Boston Celtics fans, I ask this question this morning as the New Jersey Nets prepare to hand him the key to their basketball Rolls: What if Kyrie Irving was the solution and not the problem? New England basketball fans are trusting sorts – you know, In Brad we trust; in Danny we ...

Holman Legends offer a great view of the glory days

The Nashua Lions Club Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall of Fame voters always seems to get it right. Thus, they've hit another one out of the park for this Thursday's induction of the father-son duo of Bolic “Bouncer” Tamulevich and his son, Carl, plus Frank Ulcickas. You see, the ...

Eovald as closer? Red Sox are getting desperate

Imagine, you spend more than anyone in Major League Baseball, nearly twice the league average, and your season hangs on the thrice-surgically repaired elbow of Nathan Eovaldi. These are your $240 million, Wild Card-bound, trail-the-Yankees-by-11-games-on-July-1 Boston Red Sox. Honestly, ...

Time for things to sizzle as July finally arrives

Welcome, July. You've got to be better than April, May and June, right? You're the only month out of the year that doesn't have an NHIAA sanctioned high school event or organized full high school team practice. Yet your the best month out of the year in terms of weather. And as far as ...

Welcome, July. You’ve got to be better than April, May and June, right? You’re the only month out of the year that doesn’t have an NHIAA sanctioned high school event or organized full high school team practice. Yet you’re the best month out of the year in terms of weather. And as ...

Red Sox-Yankees London adventure is silly

One inning of baseball at London Stadium conjured two thoughts: The pitchers will do plenty of whining about the mound’s imperfections. The seats between the foul poles make the Oakland Coliseum look cozy. Before Rick Porcello tossed potentially the worst “third-of-an-inning” in his ...

Lots of things to take note of as we wrap up June

Here are some final June tids to toss on the grill and turn into bits as we not only head into July but head into that zany NHL and NBA free agency period that begins on Sunday and Monday: Don't look now, but the Nashua American Legion Post #124 baseball team is off to a flying District B ...

US women’s soccer a team worth cheering for

The United States Women’s Soccer Team probably invited all this attention, this spotlight, all this heat, if you will. Good for them. If a soccer team can do anything to even the playing field on this planet for women everywhere, I’m behind them every step of the way. Paced by the ...

Old Manchester Giant faced Veeck’s dwarf

In a sport replete with stories of success and failure, in which a handful of bad outings could doom your career before it ever really has a chance to get off the ground, Bob Cain would one day found himself in the role of straight man. A left-handed pitcher, Cain was the No. 2 starter for ...

Upon further review, replay is becoming annoying

Warning: A back-in-the-day argument is bubbling to the surface. Anyone who is not inclined to endure an old grouch climbing onto his soap box should move along. The objection in question is the increasing use of video replay to determine if an official is right or wrong with the call he or ...