Local Sports Columnists

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 ...

Opening Day … what a farce

Major League Baseball Opening Day! In a word, farcical. Sorry folks, but win or lose in Seattle this weekend, I’m not digging Opening Day, baseball or the defending world champs. Seriously, I’ve been pushed to this by the money in the game and lack of any fairness. I ask you in all ...

Logic aside, Red Sox will do it again

Logic is an overrated tool when making these Opening Day predictions. Consider Opening Day, 2018. Not a soul made the completely illogical call that the Red Sox would win 108 games, then plow through the playoffs as the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers turned to dust in Boston’s wake. Now we ...

Gronkowski’s retirement a smart decision if it stays that way

It was a dark, cold late January morning in 2012, yet plenty of travelers were wide awake at Manchester Airport. Your bleary-eyed humble scribe was getting ready to go through security en route to catch a flight to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl but unlike everyone else, still only half ...

No one should be rooting for Duke in NCAA Tournament

“Anybody but Duke” is fine with me So the chaff has been sliced away from the wheat, and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament field is now a Sweet 16. The committee obviously did its job. Who could argue with each of the top 12 teams moving on, a rare occurrence, and only 12th-seeded ...

What’s Brewin’? Major League Baseball, that’s what

Play ball and shiver. Here we go again, as Major League Baseball in its infinte wisdom – and the need to satisfy a powerful union – starts its regular season in late March so players have more days off during the season. And here we go again as yours truly will try to peer into his ...

Neverett working the phones not just for players

So, you want to go out and put together a roster for a summer collegiate league baseball team? It might help if you have a real estate license or work for a housing authority. It's the most unknown part of what goes into running a team like the Nashua Silver Knights, and can definitely impact ...

Kudos to Rivier for Harvey Woods cleanup

Here's some tids and bits to put a spring into your step on the first weekend of, well, spring: Here's a rescue story. Kudos to Rivier University and baseball coach Anthony Perry, who helped spearhead a near miraculous rennovation of now-closed Daniel Webster's Harvey Woods Field. The ...

Patriots manage to do things without the diva effect

Let's take a trip back in time for just a minute. It was, in today's thinking, ages ago, but it showed you exactly what the New England Patriots would be like with Bill Belichick at the controls. The Patriots were suffering from a tough 5-11 first season, and fans were screaming that Drew ...

One man’s sports question-and-answer session

With the close of the 2019 winter high school season on Saturday (BTW, I like Salem in a Division I boys hoop upset over top-seeded, undefeated Exeter!), there is time to ponder some all-too-comical questions in sports. Well, sort of sports. It is a down time, leaving minds to wander. So ...

Don’t send Patriots flowers after free agent losses

The bell rang at noon on Monday, and it's always like school being out for summer. Instead of kids running out the doors, it's agents and general managers running out after National Football League free agents. The New England Patriots usually do a slow jog, And they usually never make it in ...

NFL’s wealth may be its downfall

Wednesday’s opening of the National Football League’s free-agency feeding frenzy is upon us. Teams are tampering – legally, of course – and opening up the checkbooks in preparation for the inevitable, “senseless,” multi-million-dollar blockbuster contracts for upper-middle-class ...

BG’s biggest challenge may be the Drive for Five

t was a nice, spring late afternoon in May of 2015. Baseball was the sport of the season, not basketball. Nashua North and South were getting ready to match up at Holman Stadium. Thus, the hiring of a new girls basketball coach at Bishop Guertin High School, while it wasn't a side note, ...

Muchemore’s heave helps put BG in title heaven

You keep watching them all season, over and over, yet there's always a play or two you just don't expect from the Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball team. A year ago, in their decisive Divsion I title win over Pinkerton,then sophomore Erin Carney launched a buzzer-beating long ...

Even dynasties have challenges, as BG girls know

Don't count your titles before they hatch. As longtime local fans know, dynasties tend to thrive in New Hampshire Division I high school girls basketball. Of course Nashua High School had its epic five-year title run from 1985—89, including the historic USA Today nationally No. 1 ranked ...

Hollis Brookline basketball’s upset win was predictable

As far as upsets go, Wednesday night’s Hollis Brookline stunner at Pelham, No. 4 being sunk at home by No. 13, busts into the “legit” category. You might want to throw the “predictable” tag on the 46-45 Cavaliers’ classic, too, First off, let’s set the record straight. This is ...

Does anyone out there know the story with the Celtics?

This would be the perfect time to ask, “How about those Celtics?” It isn’t. It may be the worst possible time to pontificate on how they really can make a deep playoff run. Note that the hunting-and-pecking of this little essay is happening Wednesday afternoon. The Celtics thrashed ...

Time will tell but sale of Knights seems like right move

What's next? Well, it sure has been an eventful Nashua Silver Knights/Futures Collegiate League off-season, eh? The franchise has had its front office revamped, gained minority owners, the league has a new commissioner, new franchise, and had a renegade franchise bolt, and this week the other ...

Bruins fans hoping they’re true Cup contenders

It's almost about that time. Time to take a more serious look at your Boston Bruins. Like we said, we miss the fact that Merrimack's Tim Schaller isn't with the B's any longer. Last year he was on a Bruins team that won a series before being jettisoned by powerful Tampa Bay in the second round ...

Time for Andy Reid to learn the word, ‘defense’

After his season ended as his season always ends, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid has figured out why his team lost the AFC Championship in January. Fixing the problem, Reid seems to think, is as easy as changing the NFL”s overtime rules to ensure each team’s offense gets one ...