Local Sports Columnists

Patriots defensive issues aren’t going away

Devin McCourty was wrapping up his talk with the media in front of his locker on Sunday when someone said the 2-2 Patriots and their beleaguered defensive secondary can turn things around in a short time. “We better,” the New England safety and captain said, “or we’ll all be out of a ...

The hunt for October wins about to begin

The Game of the Year in New Hampshire High School football? Saturday night’s game between Exeter and Bedford, a rematch of last year’s Division I title game? Maybe the Pinkerton-Salem game of a couple of weeks ago, when the Blue Devils flexed their muscles in coming away with a 35-20 ...

Battle of the Bridge had some memorable moments

Here’s a few thoughts as we recover from the event-filled Battle of the Bridge and Sunday’s wild day around the National Football League: This fall’s Battle of the Bridge marathon at Stellos Stadium on Saturday will go down as one of the best we’ve seen with regard to the three varsity ...

Patriots feel the anger, as well as the love at Gillette

Has there ever been a crazier, more eventful day at Gillette Stadium, as well as around the National Football League, than Sunday? It began in the morning with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issuing a statement similar to his fellow owners, speaking in support of the league after ...

Crazy day at Gillette Stadium ends well for Patriots

Has there ever been a crazier, more eventful day than Sunday at Gillette Stadium, as well as the entire National Football League? It began in the morning with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issuing a statement similar to his fellow owners, speaking in support of the league after ...

Football provides good distraction for locals in trying times

Here’s a few thoughts as Nashua gets immersed in the Battle of the Bridge Week: It’s been an eventful high school football season already with off-field personal events filtering on to the playing field. One has to marvel at the determination and focus of both Nashua South wide receiver ...

Manfred: Play nice, don’t get caught

The baseball world called on commissioner Rob Manfred to send a clear message that using digital devises to steal signs is bad, bad, bad – and against baseball’s laws. And he did. He took a rhetorical rolled-up scorecard, whacked the Red Sox on their collective snout, and growled, ...

Patriots opener an utter mess

Until Friday morning, it looked like the Red Sox’ Apple Watch Caper would stand as the dumbest act of the week, if not the month, if not the decade. Then the Patriots got pantsed in their season opener against the Chiefs, which had the drums in thousands of mothers’ basements beating a ...

It was a night for the fans

The wait on Thursday was over. Banner No. 5 was unveiled. Roger Goodell was on the turf pregame at Gillette Stadium, visible enough to be booed. And the Patriots opened up defense of their latest Super Bowl title. The National Football League season is underway. Of course, the wait was long and ...

Not even celebrity of NFL player can prevent this

Even before the TMZ video was released, I have to admit, I was sickened. The thought of NFL defensive lineman Michael Bennett tackled to the concrete of Las Vegas by a police officer, getting cuffed and having a knee jammed into his rib cage – all because he was a black man in a crowd – is ...

Former Eagles have landed

Here’s a few tids and bits to munch on as we head down the home stretch of summer, beginning with, of all things, a solar eclipse. In fact, boys and girls soccer as well as golf start this week. Can you believe it? First, a couple of former Eagles have landed, and that’s good news. ...

Celtics grade for season already in: A-plus

It’s all gravy from here. The Boston Celtics punched a ticket to the Eastern Conference finals following a 115-105 victory in Monday’s Game 7 over the pesky Washington Wizards at an electric TD Garden. Those who bleed green can breathe easy. The 2016-17 season is an inarguable success and ...

Shopping time for Patriots

It’s shopping time. You can always tell who the desperate teams in the National Football League are; they’re the ones who shop until they drop during the first few days of the free-agent frenzy. The New England Patriots, obviously, are never one of those. But this is always an interesting ...

Brave Beggs ignites debate

Mack Beggs has become a household name in wrestling circles. The 17-year-old boy is also becoming a pawn in one of the most heated political debates of the last decade. Beggs, a transgender boy from Euless Trinity High School in Cypress, Texas, capped an undefeated season with a 12-2 victory in ...

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas needs attitude adjustment

Many words could encapsulate the final 20 seconds of the Boston Celtics’ 109-106 loss at Phoenix on Sunday evening. Nightmare works. Disaster comes to mind. Catastrophe can also be added to the list. Up two points with possession against one of the league’s worst teams, Jaylen Brown and ...

Feeling a draft? Well, not really

Somehow the entertainment value of the National Football League Scouting combine eludes this humble scribe. Of course, that also goes for the NFL Draft, the NBA Draft, the NHL Draft and the Major League Baseball Draft and any other draft, other than a military draft and a cold draft beer. But ...

Anticipation builds for long-awaited arrival of spring

Anticipation is more than just waiting for the ketchup to plop out of the bottle and cover your burger. Anticipation comes in many forms – some good, some bad – but every form contains some element of surprise, eagerness and mystery. Anticipation is often found dogging our footsteps as we ...

Tourney upsets always lurking

Time to try to help you through these sudden frigid temperatures with a few tids and bits: Tonight the Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball team begins its quest to successfully defend its Division I state title. It’s great that the Cardinals’ first tourney game will be against city ...

There’s no clear path for Celtics

Having now endured the droning debate on whether the Celtics should have wheeled a deal at the trade deadline, this much is chronically murky: There is absolutely no clear path to building an NBA championship-caliber team. On one side of the philosophical divide are those who believe the ...