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Local Sports Columnists

Belichick-Brady spat? Ho, hum

An observation filed under Much Ado About Not Much: Bill Belichick and Tom Brady had a little tiff the other day. The GOAT coach demanded a running play during some sort of drill and the GOAT quarterback called a passing play. Neither man seemed particularly pleased with the other. Since ...

It’s Fame Week for some key former Patriots

Start bellowing the Irene Cara tune from the old 1980s television show. It's Fame Week for the New England Patriots. Monday, in the sweltering heat at Patriots Place – it's always this way for this ceremony, isn't it – late Patriots offensive lineman Leon Gray and current NBC Sunday Night ...

Rodney Harrison gave Pats that chip on their shoulders

Patriots fans, and all New Englanders for that matter, are quick to throw out the persecution complex. For the Pats, Rodney Harrison might have actually invented it. That man stood at his locker, end of the row, right near Kevin Faulk’s, week after week and talked about how “Nobody ...

Patriots hit training camp, but old days were more fun

Give the New England Patriots credit. They’ve turned training camp into a science, laced with amenities. Thursday morning here at Patriot Place, the concessions were up, the Pro Shop was bombed, the Patriots Experience was again in effect, and all was with the football world again. Yes, ...

Who’s on first? What’s up with Rays’ lineup?

We now have irrefutable evidence that ridding the American League of the designated hitter rule can shorten the time of a game by 20 minutes or more. For those watching the Wednesday matinee between the Red Sox and Rays, live from Tampa Bay’s sorry excuse for a big-league ball dome, those ...

It’s late July, and that means it’s Pats Camp time

The countdown is just about over. It's that time again. New England Patriots players do the same thing most kids do this time of year: head to camp. And so will their fans, beginning Thursday morning with the first practice session. Unlike some NFL teams, the Patriots open their practice ...

Goodell got this one right – 18 game season would be great

The National Football League has floated the idea of an 18-game regular season. Yes, the NFL, which has in the past brought us such dandies as neutral site games in London and Mexico City and instant replay on pass interference penalties, is looking to extend things into February, offering to ...

Patriots set to open camp, even without Gronkowski

The countdown is just about over. It’s that time again. New England Patriots players do the same thing most kids do this time of year: head to camp. And so will their fans, beginning Thursday morning with the first practice session. Unlike some NFL teams, the Patriots open their ...

Neverett making adjustments after tough personal year

The time. The free time. That's one of the biggest ways how life is so different now for Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett. Two special seats at Holman Stadium just off home plate, a couple rows below the concourse, tell him that. They had belonged to his father and mother, Bill and ...

Longo column: If Sale is selling, I’m not buying

The Boston Red Sox saved their 2019 season … again … on Thursday with “ace” Chris Sale returning to his Cy Young-level form against a Blue Jays lineup built for 2024. Add in the fact that the Jays were playing like they had to hop a flight to Detroit, which they did, and I’ll ...

Holman has always shined in FCBL All-Star Game

Ahhh, it's a great memory. This week marks a year since the 2018 Futures Collegiate League All-Star Game at Holman Stadium, which also included the celebration of Holman's 80th birthday. It was one of those Holman moments. Tonight, nearly three hours away in Pittsfield, Mass., there will ...

Baseball can always be a learning experience in July

It's sad that we're at the halfway mark for July, but the calendar never works backward, right? Here are some mid-summer tids and bits to take with you to the beach: --- Local umpire Steve Drescher is one of the classiest guys around, and he showed that this past Tuesday at the end of the ...

Alan Greenwood: Folks, it’s baseball, not the circus

Give Major League Baseball credit for finally thinking outside the box. Unfortunately, MLB’s welcome, but fatally flawed radicalism shouldn’t make it beyond the batters box. The Lords of the Failing Game are partnering with the Atlantic League to test drive a packet of rules, ...

When it comes to sports betting, NH doesn’t let it ride

We were wrong. New Hampshire, after Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill into law, has made sports gambling legal in the Granite State. Somehow, some way, we thought that something would circumvent the process. Silly us. We figured you'd have to have the popular spot like a casino built and in ...

Hey, this Hector says there are worse Hectors out there

So a recent email “fan” disagreed with an assessment this corner had made on his Boston Red Sox that they are built on money and will therefore be fine, even in 2019. “Hector, you are the worst,” was his quote, forcing me to recall one of my great high school coach’s favorite lines: ...

No time like the present for Silver Knights this week

Their time is now. It's Camp Week for the Nashua Silver Knights, but it also should be their week. There's no time like the present for the local Futures Collegiate League entry, both on the field and in the stands, because after Saturday night's rainout and Sunday's off day, they are home ...

Red Sox aren’t exactly losing money

There is no disputing the Red Sox' great success during the John Henry Administration. Four World Series championships, record attendance and Fenway Park's renaissance are on the record. Along the way, Henry has always seemed an honest sort, at least as far as any successful business person ...

Here are a few Saturday summer sizzlers to ponder

It's been a sizzling start to summer so far, so here are some tids and bits to throw on the grill: One thing you can say about the current United States women's soccer team's run to a likely second straight World Cup title, with the finals vs. the Netherlands on Sunday, is that the march has ...

Celtics’ problems run deeper than Kyrie Irving

And so, Boston Celtics fans, I ask this question this morning as the New Jersey Nets prepare to hand him the key to their basketball Rolls: What if Kyrie Irving was the solution and not the problem? New England basketball fans are trusting sorts – you know, In Brad we trust; in Danny we ...

Holman Legends offer a great view of the glory days

The Nashua Lions Club Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall of Fame voters always seems to get it right. Thus, they've hit another one out of the park for this Thursday's induction of the father-son duo of Bolic “Bouncer” Tamulevich and his son, Carl, plus Frank Ulcickas. You see, the ...