Some thoughts on fame as we bid March farewell

We bid the final winter month good-bye with some good ol’ tids and bits as we wait now for the weather to get warm and toasty:

—- Nashua athletic director Lisa Gingras deserves a huge round of applause for her taking the lead in helping to resurrrect the Nashua Hall of Fame, and there has already been a lot of positive response. What will be incredibly interesting about the nomination/selection process for this new era of the Nashua H of F is the internet/social media factor. Remember, that didn’t exist during the Hall’s first 10 years of inductions, and now the public has more of a say as the ability to nominate is a click away. It will be a very detailed process, indeed.

—-What to make of the Patriots Greg Schiano departure? You have to wonder if the supposed grumbling on the part of players, especially those who have played for him in the past, led to him as well as the Patriots wondering if his joining the staff was a good move. Either way, the guy is the king of jobs lined up and then dissolving. In 2017 he was supposed to be named the new head coach of the University of Tennessee, only to see a social media campaign that cited a report saying he had allegedly witnessed one incident of Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse while an assistant at Penn State give the Tennessee people a huge case of cold feet. The offer withdrawn. Then, last year he was supposedly offered the Patriots defensive coordinator job, was all set, then turned it down. Now the other day he walked away from a job that was never officially announced by the Patriots, but it was expected he was the team’s new defensive coordinator. Not anymore. Again. Yikes.

—-Keep former Nashua Pride extraordinaire Andre Rabouin in your thoughts. He’s been suffering from heart issues – mainly congestive heart failure – over the last couple of years but through the Professional Baseball Players Association of America he has a chance at stem cell therapy with a scheduled surgery in Chicago on April 15. The Association will pay for the treatments and hospital stay. However,to help pay his way there, his sister Rochelle has set up a Go Fund Me account. “This procedure will hopefully regenerate the heart to help me have a better quality of life,” Rabouin wrote on his Facebook page. “With your prayers hopefully everything will turn out better. … I want to thank everyone in advance for your good wishes and prayers.” Rabouin’s pacemaker is operating at just 25 percent, according to the page, and he’s in need of better treatment. Check out Rabouin’s Facebook account for more info. He is a superb guy, and one heckuva pitching coach.

— Speaking of Halls of Fame, former Nashua High School football standout Chuck Doyle, a fullback on the 1981 Panthers state title team, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the College of the Holy Cross on Saturday, May 4. Doyle excelled at HC, rushing 411 times for 1,629 yards during his Crusaders career that lasted from 1982-85. He was a superb blocker, and also is sixth in Crusader history with 23 rushing TDs. During his four years Holy Cross went 29-14-2 and enjoyed its first ever NCAA playoff appearance. Doyle, who was in training camp at one point in 1986 with the Buffalo Bills, now works in the finance world.

— Southern New Hamsphire University, except for some individual singles/doubles and team tennis dates, has been completely taken out of the NHIAA spring tournament venue list, which is too bad. The Division II baseball semis will be at Concord’s Memorial Field, while there still has yet to be a site listed for the Division III semis. The girls lacrosse finals for all three divisions are at Manchester Memorial (was the case last year), but now Division I and II softball still have no site listed for the semis and finals. Interesting.

‘Bye March, hello April and spring seasons.

Tom King may be reached at 594-1251,