Two head football coaches, Souhegan’s Robin Bowkett and Milford High’s Keith Jones, each quoted the same cliché when speaking about Division II South football.
“Every week will be a dogfight,” they each said.
There is a reason clichés are clichés. The truth often rings so darn true.
If you look at the opening week schedule in DII South, each of the four games were one-score games that went to the wire.
Souhegan’s opener was typical of all four games, with the Sabers turned away on downs at the St. Thomas 5-yard-line with under two minutes to play, trailing 27-21.
This makes for incredibly good drama throughout the fall as teams jockey for those precious playoff spots.
Somewhere, former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (Google him, kids!) would be proud of this conference where his favorite term – parity – reigns in 2018.
No brainer; no chance
To me, an old man, this latest idea filtering through my email sounds like a no-brainer.
The promoters behind the upcoming (Sept. 15) Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin World Middleweight Championship bout have gone, along with the usual pay-per-view packages, are sending this signal out to movie theaters around the country.
It sounds like a great vessel to help revive the game of pro boxing, which is certainly on the rebound from a deep lull.
This was done in the good, old days before cable when the likes of Muhammad Ali fought. And these days, it should be a perfect fit. Many theaters now have liquor licenses. It should be a cheaper way to see great action on huge screens.
Pay $20 for a theater ticket instead of a $70 pay per view, right?
Unfortunately, the closest theaters to this area actually showing the fight are on the Seacoast in Newington or down in Framingham, Mass.
That’s too bad. I thought it had a chance to pop. But it won’t if you have to drive an hour for it.
And finally …
Let’s close with a little bit of my version of word association, some quick, rapid fire thought on sports topics of the day.
The Red Sox and their recent “OK” performance (7-8 in last 15): Officially, I’m a-scared. I worry about this team and the pitching come October.
The American League MVP: Anyone who doesn’t vote JD Martinez should be stripped of the right to vote.
Colin Kaepernick: Freedom of Speech matters in this country. If you don’t like it, don’t listen. Or in this case, don’t buy Nike. But his presence on the marquee won’t influence me. Just like Bo, Deion, Michael or Tiger didn’t.
The 2018 Patriots: I sniff turbulence. Real turbulence. My thought here is that Miami is the one team that could potentially mount a challenge in the AFC East.
Tom Brady: If things go wrong, he’s going to be scapegoated, and that’s very sad, considering he is the absolute greatest professional athlete in history. Yes, I go 1. Brady; 2. Jordan; and 3. Ali.
Story of the Week: You know, people in these parts love to rip college sports here for all the money-grubbing and exploitation by the NCAA. And much of the time, I am right with them as the athletes certainly deserve better.
However, in this case, the NCAA has given me a new hero in former Assumption College (Worcester, Mass.) place-kicker Cole Tracy.
After a fine career with the Division 2 Greyhounds, Tracy moved on to Louisiana State, where he is in the masters program.
He walked on with the Tigers and actually earned the starting job. Sunday night in Dallas in the house that Jerry Jones built, he knocked in 4 of 4 field goals (including a 54-yarder) and 3 of 3 PATs in the big Tigers’ win over Miami.
The kid made his bones, facing teams like Merrimack and Stonehill.
Now he’s knocking off the “U,” and earning an advanced degree.
I love it. Geaux, Cole!