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Once again, the West is not the best in Division I

Nobody wraps up a season like the Merrimack High School football team. Unfortunately, they've been wrapping them up after tough Division I semifinal losses the last few years. It was quite an emotional scene on Saturday after the Exeter Blue Hawks took just a sliver over two hours to ...

Greenwood: What’s wrong with Patriots winning with defense?

As postgame personas go, Tom Brady on Sunday evening looked like a man whose car was stolen and driven through his living room, which set his house on fire, causing his dog to dart into the woods never to be found. Since Brady’s mood sets the mood for Patriots fans near and far, this is a ...

There’s nothing special about this matchup vs. Philly

Ah, we have a Philly Special. Yes, there's a lot of silly hype around the New England Patriots visit to the City of Brotherly Love this Sunday. Folks, the Patriots loss to the Philadelphia Eagles is clearly ancient history.The Patriots always play in the now, not the past. The Eagles should ...

Longo’s Friday Football Feast: It has to get better, right?

When the going gets tough, I disappear. It was the story during this man’s mediocre athletic career, and it has followed through my adult life, in this case attempting to prognosticate on high school football. Simply put, all the acorns stored up by the big fella in a rock-solid, 57-12, ...

There is sign stealing in baseball? Aw, come on

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow needs to watch more TV. Specifically, he needs to pay attention to any of the cop shows, particularly the parts when the suspects are advised of their right to remain silent lest they say something really stupid that makes them look guilty as ...

Longo: Red Sox need Pedroia’s leadership

The news has some folks cringing in these parts. At the Arizona baseball meetings this week, new Boston Red Sox CBO Chaim Bloom announced that second baseman Dustin Pedroia, “is feeling good and intending on playing,” according to the Associated Press. I’m all for it. If ever a ...

Saturday was a tough day for Harris and other injured Titans

He wore the top half of his jersey, No. 21. He had the same calm demeanor on the sidelines that he has during games. But you have to know inside, Nashua High School North football standout Curtis Harris was dying, watching his team fall to Merrimack in the Division I quarterfinals Saturday ...

Greenwood: Patriots have as good a chance as any other good team

A dispassionate weekend of NFL gazing – also known as the Patriots’ bye week – confirmed a strong suspicion: There is no great team this season. That’s especially encouraging news since, as we have were reminded recently, the Patriots are not a great team. They are a good team, in a ...

We’re looking for a bounce-back bye week with picks

t's the bye week, and we are in desperate need of some self scouting. Why? A 3-4 week last week is certainly reason enough. A bad week for the New England Patriots was a bad week here. What's ahead for the Patriots, who have a foursome of potentially tough opponents beginning a week from now ...

Friday Football Feast: Playoff fever grips region

So it is playoff time in the Granite State, where every game from here on out is the “Game of the Week,” and prognosticators holding tenuous win percentages (57-12, .826) panic at the prospect of all these tough selections to make. The time to roll it up, or in my case most often, fall ...

Campbell volleyball falls to Mascenic in semifinals

HOLDERNESS – The Campbell Cougars saw their girls volleyball season end on Wednesday night, falling in three sets to Mascenic in the NHIAA Division III semifinals at Plymouth State University. Mascenic did not trail in the first set, taking it 25-15, but the Cougars did bounce back in the ...

Odds are Nashua sports betting foes are misinformed

By a margin of 65 votes, Nashuans on Tuesday rejected the concept of sports books in the city. To those who voted against the measure, odds are you associate gambling on sporting events with evils such as drugs, prostitution, violence and any other seedy mayhem and misadventures that invade ...

Bright future for Bishop Guertin’s Fischer

Bad things come in threes, right? Well, this morning we choose to take the glass half-full approach and salute three of the great ones from the region, who have made news recently. The first is Bishop Guertin senior Caroline Fischer, last seen tuning up for this weekend’s New England Cross ...

Red Sox gain with Martinez staying, but now plot thickens

Less than one week into his tenure and the Red Sox’ new supreme leader, Chaim Bloom, can bask in the glow of a key victory. Well, Bloom at least avoided a key empty space in the middle of his 2020 lineup. J.D. Martinez declined to opt out of his contract, which has three more years to run. ...

November has arrived, and so have the playoffs

There's a different feeling in the air. The air is crisper. The ground harder. The wind shaprer. That November football playoff feeling. There's a lot slew of local teams involved this week; it may be the most the area has seen in recent years as we await the pairings from the NHIAA today. A ...

Greenwood: Cole’s cap, attitude really stink

Gerrit Cole shows signs of assuming a lengthy stay as the best pitcher in baseball. Through the second half of the season he literally was best of the best. His fifth and final loss of the 2019 regular season came on May 22 against the White Sox. His 20-5 record and 2.50 earned run average ...

Out with the old, in with the new for Patriots

Out with the old, in with the new. You could say that for the New England Patriots personnel – hello N'Keal Harry and Nick Folk, bye-bye Josh Gordon and Mike Nugent. Hello more decent competition, buh-bye literal pushovers. It's the second half of the NFL season, no trades, maybe a waiver ...

Friday Football Feast: All eyes on Alvirne-Milford

I have a huge scoop this week. True story. Just immense. Almost made me scream, “Stop the presses!” Sales of Maroon-and-Gold pom poms are through the roof this week at the Alvirne High School store. And traffic in and out of town in Hudson has been brutal from two different sides as the ...

There are times when no call really is the best call

Let’s get the obvious on the table up front: Sam Holbrook’s lapse in sound judgment did not cost the Washington Nationals anything in Game 6 of the World Series. It spiked manager Dave Martinez’s blood pressure, which isn’t good for a man who had heart surgery six weeks ago. It ...

Thanks to AFC weaklings, Patriots have shot at perfection

The trading deadline in the National Football League passed Tuesday afternoon with no earth-shaking moves. Most teams are at the midpoint and the list of true Super Bowl contenders can now be counted on one hand. Here’s one man’s opinion on the true contenders to go with five true ...