A lot of food for thought to keep your mind busy on a soggy Saturday
Here’s a few tids and bits for what’s expected to be a soggy Saturday:
First, a couple of dates to set aside, in addition to the Friday, June 1 Silver Knights home opener:
Saturday is a special day for the Nashua Eagles of the International Soccer Club of Nashua, the newest local semi-pro franchise which has its home opener at Rivier University. The weather forecast certainly isn’t favorable, but the show must go on, especially with field turf. But if you’re looking at an even bigger weekend for the franchise, check out June 2-3 with a game vs. United Nations on June 2 and then the Boston Siege on that Sunday at 3 p.m. That Sunday game will be part of the 40th anniversary celebration for the Nashua Youth Soccer League (NYSL).
Another key date: July 14 and just beyond. That’s when the Nashua Cal Ripken League will be hosting the Cal Ripken 12U All-Star New England Regionals. Details will be forthcoming, but games will be played at Murray and Dube Fields in Nashua. This is a pretty big deal, because the winner will move on to the Cal Ripken World Series in Branson, MO. Remember when it was in Nashua back in 1988?
— These eyes have seen a lot of high school baseball over the years – at least 35 years worth. But never, ever, have they seen a team come into Holman Stadium and put up back-to-back 15-0 wins, which is what Pinkerton Academy did over both Nashua North and South.
South coach James Gaj had a good comment afterward, talking about how it shows that in New Hampshire high school baseball, what happens in April can often be dismissed. “You can see tht with a lot of different teams,” Gaj said. “April is kind of a wash. It’s kind of a false reality.” That’s for sure. It’s definitely a different game for some of these teams in the (supposedly) warmer month of May. In any event, if you were at Holman this past week you would be hard-pressed not to mention Pinkerton in the same breath with Exeter and Bedford.
— It’s clearly an unfortunate situation for former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who has always been well-liked and well-respected. But if anything else comes out that could cast more of an unfavorable light on whatever happened in Texas back in 1996, Patricia’s days as the Lions head coach will come to an abrupt end – fair or unfair. Right now, Patricia and the Lions have to be holding their collective breath.
So first there was drama with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on his backing out of the Indianapolis Colts job, then three months later, former defensive coordinator Patricia.
— Silver Knights general manager Rick Muntean has a little bit more of a connection to Nashua’s minor league baseball history than he realized. Muntean ended up working in Williamsport, Pa.for a Double A franchise and then in Scranton for the Phillies Triple A team. Back in 1986, when it was announced that the Nashua Pirates were moving to Harrisburg, where were supposed to be all sorts of musical chair maneuvers involving the sale of the Maine Guides of Old Orchard Beach with that franchise shifting to Scranton, but first Williamsport until a stadium could be built in Scranton. Old Orchard was possibley getting a Double A team but one of those franchises – possibly Williamsport – was going to take the Pirates place in Nashua for the Eastern League, which didn’t want to put a team in Old Orchard. It all fell through and Nashua never got another Double A/affiliated team. Muntean was ushered down to Scranton by good friend Bill Terlecky, currently the GM of the North Shore Navigators.
“I remember that,” Muntean said. “In fact, I remember being in Bill’s living room talking about Nashua.”
How about that. Muntean could have been a GM in Nashua three decades ahead of schedule.
— It’s Conference Finals time in the NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs. So here we go: Celtics over Cleveland in six; Rockets over Warriors in seven. Yes. Boston-Houston NBA Finals. in honor of Bill Fitch, who coached for both against the other in two different NBA Finals (Boston in 1981 and Houston in 1986) Let’s bring back Bill Walton and Ralph Sampson as honorary captains. Rockets in five.
In hockey, we say Winnipeg over Vegas in six and Tampa over Washington in seven. Tampa vs. Winnipeg? Snooze city, but we think the Stanley Cup is going to reside in Canada for a year. Where some may feel it belongs.
Tom King can be reached at 594-1251, firstname.lastname@example.org., or @Telegraph_TomK.