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In search of predicting perfection

What will it take for perfection? The big fella isn’t looking for infallibility here, but a tidy, little spotless week would be nice, right? I may never get closer than last week when a heroic Milford High team pushed undefeated St. Thomas to its absolute limit, before falling, ...

Let’s hope Trevor Knight is back on the field for UNH soon

UNH season on line, but will Knight play? At 0-3, the University of New Hampshire football team is playing for its life, playing for history – on Sept. 29. Saturday at No. 11 Elon University, the 14-year run of Division 1AA/FCS playoff appearances is, for all intents and purposes, on the ...

High school football still a numbers game

New Hampshire high school football is a tough thing to figure sometimes. But when in doubt, go with the numbers you see on the sideline. That was never more evident than Satuday night at Stellos Stadium, when Bishop Guertin blew Keene away 42-0. For people who had seen the Cardinals play ...

A DWC reunion of soccer proportions, and other notes

Here's a few local and regional tids and bits to wake up to as you try to wake up after the Patriots-Lions Sunday Night Football event: --- A couple of weeks ago, a very incredible thing took place when Nashua South faced Alvirne in boys soccer in Hudson. All five coaches on the field – ...

Mookie Madness: Betts Burns Bronx Bombers

CLEVELAND – Thursday night’s roller-coaster ride in The Bronx took Red Sox fans for a memorable journey that covered a range of emotions. Game Number 153 of the history-making 2018 season had it all, and then some. As the Red Sox were doing Red Sox things again in the late innings on ...

Just checking to make sure Patriots-Lions is official

Is it finally official? We just want to be sure. The NFL has the New England Patriots playing at the Detroit Lions on NBC's Sunday Night Football, but we just want to be sure. It's been promoted. It's on the schedule at Patriots.com. Even Bill Belichick has talked about the Lions, calling ...

The Big Fella is looking for help with the big picks

Question: When is 6-2 a losing record? Answer: When your two “Game of the Week” picks are the losers! Game balls go out to the Alvirne Broncos once again, after making this big fella eat his words a week ago. Honestly, I’m digging the vibe from Tarek Rothe’s crew. But hey, we all ...

Too many pitchers can’t perform most basic task

Throw strikes. If you have a budding Chris Sale in the house, this is the greatest tip to drive home. Forget about trying to teach an 8-year-old how to throw a slider. Set up a target in the shape of the strike zone and have him throw to that until he can hit it with at least a modicum of ...

Nashua boxer Fontanez takes New England crown

As far as steps to the 2020 Olympics go, this was a tiny one. Nonetheless, it was the first for Nashua’s Mike Fontanez, who captured the 165-pound title at the USA Boxing New England Regionals this past week. Fontanez, now 30-3, stopped his only opponent in Round 1, quickly, mercilessly and ...

Some local and regional notes to prep you for the storm

Here's a few tids and bits to chew on while being doused with the remnants of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence: ---- Merrimack's Tim Schaller is no longer a member of the Boston Bruins, but as training camp and the preseason is underway, there had been someone at last look on the fringe ...

After three week, things getting interesting in local Division I football

Many a prognosticator/scribe has tried to lookd down the road six or seven weeks and tell you who is going to do what in Division I high school football. And a 100-yard field is littered with their blown predictions and shattered crystal balls. Guilty as charged here. Repeat offender. And we ...

Let’s not overreact too much in the NFL, OK?

Well over 25 years ago, former Nashua High School football coach Bob Aylward always had this comment when talking about an upcoming game: “It's critical,” he would say. Hey, it's the same in the NFL with fans. They think every contest is do or die. In September, even though teams are ...

High school picks: Merrimack footballers prepared for this major exam

Another week, another near-perfect performance, dropping only my upset special in a heart-breaker as St. Thomas nipped Alvirne. Hey, Broncos, shout out to you guys. I give it up to you after that bid. All heart, all out. Good things are going to happen to you this season. I just don’t know ...

Another Belichick disciple in over his head

As a change of pace from speculating as to whether Brady likes Belichick, or whether Belichick likes Kraft, or whether any NFL team should like Bill O’Brien as a head coach, let’s consider Matt Patricia. Patricia, another plum plucked from the Genius Coaching Tree, is already checking the ...

Trying to get some early high school footing

The local high school seasons in most sports certainly have a jump on the National Football League, with a lot of teams having played multiple games. But let's take a quick look at some observations as we hit double digits in September: --- It should be a fantastic Nashua High School ...

New life for Nashua Cities Golf Tournament

Ah, the reports of the demise of the Nashua Cities Golf Tournament have been greatly exaggerated. Once thought to be headed to a one-year hiatus, John Wollen, the head golf pro at Souhegan Woods Golf Club has stepped into the fray and will take the event over for the fall of 2018. The ...

Patriots royal duo of Brady and Gronk strike again

There’s nothing like the royalty that exists in Foxborough. The Drama Kings were, for the most part, on top of their respective games on Sunday as the New England Patriots hung on against a team that can’t seem to ever get it right against them, the Houston Texans. Yes, Tom Brady and Rob ...

Feeling lucky seven times over as NFL season begins

Football fans, we know you are in your glory right now. The NFL season has begun with Thursday's thrilling but poorly played Eagles win over Atlanta. College football already got underway with its first big weekend and first Nick Saban controvery. But, we're about to add to your euphoria. ...

Friday Football Feast: Nashua South to speed past Bishop Guertin

So the big fella, on his maiden voyage, rips off a 7-1 in Week 1. For that quality work, I give myself the old “Barry Horowitz pat on the back.” (Google it, kids). But we’re on to Cincinnati – OK, Stellos Stadium – and a whole new set of games here in Week 2. Let’s ...

Tom Brady will play until he’s 45 … or so he thinks

For the first time since Tom Brady drew a paycheck while blanketed in total obscurity, the Patriots will open a season dogged by uncertainty. Good players left town after losing a maddeningly winnable Super Bowl. One star stayed, but threatened retirement rather than continue as a pawn in ...