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Will Patriots homecoming be as good as their send-off?

Rally Day has come and gone. So has Departure Day. Super Bowl LIII Week has begun. The Bye Week is over, and now the hype all begins in earnest. The New England Patriots and their fans got a taste of it with a massive sendoff from Gillette Stadium, as what looked like from camera shots a ...

Calhoun: First you don’t see him, then you do

They came, but they did not see. That’s why midway through the first half of Saturday’s men’s basketball game at a packed Rivier Univeristy’s Muldoon Center, during a ridiculous delay with an officiating issue, the fans began to shout, “Where’s Calhoun?” Good question. The ...

Here are some Super tids and bits to chew on

Here's a few Super Bowl tids and bits to ponder as the week leading up to LIII begins on Sunday with the Patriots 10 a.m. rally and departure for Atlanta that afternoon: ---- Fellow New York Giants fans know the McVay name and cringe. Rams head coach Sean McVay's grandfather, John, was the ...

More prospective high school wrestlers needed

The results are constantly, in a word, deflating. And without trying to sound like an alarmist, it appears to the more-than-casual observer that high school wrestling in the state of New Hampshire now rests on a precarious precipice. Participation numbers in wrestling are down, way down in ...

NFL’s Final Four blemished by variety of issues

Two extraordinarily entertaining games made Sunday’s NFL Final Four exhibits No. 1-A and 1-B when the league next peddles the rights to telecast its games to all interested TV networks. Two games, two overtimes, lots of back-and-forth, lots of drama, lots of emotion. Somewhere in one ...

Was Sunday’s win No. 1 in Patriots’ lore? It’s close

You can always count on the New England Patriots to provide one thing, both off the field but this time of year even more so on: drama. They are Drama Kings in January and early February. But with all that drama, they usually rule the day or night. You can always count on the Patriots to ...

Dear Tom Brady, Julian Edelman: He is really, really sorry

Apology time here in this corner, time to admit a sports faux pas or two, clearing the air once and for all. First and foremost, this one goes out to Tom Brady, the legend headed to his ninth Super Bowl in search of ring No. 6 against the Rams in 11 days. Look, I should have nothing to ...

This AFC title just adds to Kraft 25-year legacy

It's been quite a ride. Quite a story. Quite a run. And it's still, well, running. No matter how you describe it, there hasn't been as much of success story as Robert Kraft and his family have had in owning the New England Patriots, a purchase they made 25 years ago today. Just think, ...

Patriots chances vs. Chiefs really down to the basics

Yes, the moment of truth has arrived. The question is simple: Are these New England Patriots good enough to be considered a Super Bowl team? We're not talking about winning it, but just getting there. The answer through much of the season is likely no. Has it changed since? The best answer ...

Patriots-Saints? It just might be the trendy pick

Maybe we have been wrong to wince at that Miami Miracle. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise. Ponder for just a moment, given the dire forecast, just how brutal the conditions might be at Gillette Stadium late on Sunday had the AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New ...

Is the Chiefs’ Mahomes ready? Parcells thinks so

Age before beauty? New England Patriots fans certainly hope that's the case on Sunday, right? The greatest QB of all-time, New England Patriot Tom Brady, leading his team while the young up-and-coming Kansas City Chiefs' Pat Mahomes leads his in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead ...

Sports books would be great bet for New Hampshire

Endorse sports gambling as a legitimate recreation and alarmists will will declare DEFCON 1. Gray images of faceless guys with fedoras and gun holsters skulk in their heads. Fearing sports books is silly on all levels. As a matter of public policy, the obvious contradiction is that states have ...

Coaching teams in mismatches is a tough challenge

Josh Lavoie was faced with his first real challenge as a varsity head coach, a month into his first season with the North-Souhegan boys hockey team. He somehow had to try to urge the Saber-Titans to wipe out the memory of a brutal four-game stretch in which they had been outscored 29-2. He ...

Souhegan hoop’s Matt McCool coming up big

Standing 6-foot-6 with a wing span that looks like it goes box-to-box, it is easy to heap gobs of pressure on Souhegan’s Matt McCool. The game is there. He averaged double figures a year ago, and the Saber, at times, can be disruptive to any opponent who dares try the lane. But he’s ...

Patriots knew exactly how to reach AFC Title Game

It looks like the New England Patriots you all know and love are back, fans. Chargers unplugged. We’ve all seen this before. Sunday the Patriots re-discovered their offensive prowess against good teams. How could we even have questioned their chances before their 41-28 AFC Divisional Round ...

Chargers’ Rivers a worthy adversary for Patriots

The Gunslinger is coming to town. That's what Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is. And, for the neutral observer, it could be fun to watch him in action Sunday in the AFC Divisonal Playoff against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. It's been awhile since a veteran ...

Hall of Fame voter prepares for continued heat

Attention to all rabid Edgar Martinez Fan Club soldiers: It is time to re-release the hounds. Bowing to the creed of transparency that journalists routinely demand of others, here is your curmudgeonly servant’s Baseball Hall of Fame selections for 2019: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Roy ...

Tough Patriots call but home is where the win is

Home. Home is where the heart is. Home field advantage. No place like home. Yeah, all that stuff. For the New England Patriots, we all know that home is where the wins are. They are 8-0 at Gillette Stadium going into Sunday's AFC Divisional Playoff vs. the Los Angeles/Should-Be-San Diego ...

Clemson University freshman Trevor Lawrence could be the next great quarterback in football history, a Brady, Montana or Manning. Or he could accept the responsibility being thrust upon him and absolutely change the game. Step up, Trevor, I say. Be more than just the “next ...

With AFC mediocrity, Patriots really do have a shot

Consider the following a murky admission of semi-guilt: Upon further review, the Pats’ odds of making the Super Bowl are no worse than the rest of the AFC’s Final Four. Now this is not a reassessment of the team’s flaws, specifically the ones that were skillfully exploited by a coach ...