Local Sports Columnists

Silver Knights owner Weber proving he’s anything but absentee

He's all in. The public perception of Nashua Silver Knights owner Drew Weber the past couple of years may not have fully indicated that. Probably because there wasn't much of one anyway. Weber is always best known for his former ownership of the Lowell Spinners, which became one of the top ...

It’s tough to beat ‘Late Lightning’

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – You may have noticed the Red Sox and Rays players wearing some different looking uniforms this weekend at Tropicana Field. Players’ Weekend began last year and is Major League Baseball’s initiative to let the players exhibit their personalities and flair. For this ...

We’re taking over the Futures League for a day

It’s time for a change, if only for a day. Nothing personal, Chris Hall. You’ve gotten the Futures Collegiate Baseball League up and running, and it was really on its way a couple of years ago to becoming what was envisioned. But the FCBL has lost its way, as this past year showed. Bad ...

Some football players are way ahead of their coaches

It may be suggested that we are lucky having gone this far in high school football training camps without reports of any health issues. Or, if luck is not the reason, we should commend area coaching staffs for heeding calls to ensure their players are well hydrated and well supervised. And, ...

It’s not easy finding high school coaches these days

Here's a few Saturday tids and bits to get you going as high school sports are underway with practices/scrimmages and we already have NFL football every weekend now until February: What's it take to land a good, experienced high school coach these days? A lot, evidently. For instance, both ...

Fisher Cats with ultimate promotion and a whole lot of ice cream

Now, there are minor league baseball promotions, and there are promotions to die for. Allow me to slide my Tom King bobblehead (Silver Knights, 2014!) over and talk about the promotion of all promotions for a minute. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are hunting their five-millionth fan of ...

Brady is back and all is well in Patriots’ world

Any New England Patriots fan will tell you this was the preseason game that counted the most. Yes, Thursday night’s encounter at Gillette Stadium with the Philadelphia Eagles had a wee bit more interesting fragments than last week’s snoozer vs. Washington. They say the third week is the ...

Little League World Series on ESPN? not for me folks

There are great weeks on the sports calendar, and then there is this week. No folks, this is not a rant about high school sports starting way too early (August 13 seems a little harsh, no?). I am angry this morning because on Thursday, the annual proliferation of pre-teens known as the Little ...

High school football coaches adjust to a new, safer world

A whole new world. High school football coaches around the area – heck, around the state – have no choice but to embrace it. Football practices opened up on Monday five days later than they have in the past, thanks to new rules instituted by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic ...

Monday is the First Day of School — for sports

Today is the First Day of School. No, parents, don't get up in arms that you didn't get the kids to their bus stops. Bus drivers, no, you didn't screw up by sleeping late. Teachers, don't think you're going to be in trouble for not showing up to your jobs. But in reality, high schools ...

How an email got Brasier into the Red Sox Bullpen

BALTIMORE -- It is really strange how things can work out sometimes in this wonderful world of personal technology. Red Sox right-handed reliever, Ryan Brasier (pronounced like Frazier) is a living, breathing example of how the Internet can be beneficial. Brasier had returned to his Arizona ...

In the recent past, this was a Silver championship weekend

All set fans? Sunday is August 12, and on that day for the last two years, the Nashua Silver Knights have hoisted the Futures Collegiate League Championship trophy. The first came in Worcester on a Friday night, August 12, 2016, and the only lament was it occurred with the cars screaming along ...

Even in preseason, a buzz around Patriots thanks to Brady

The New England Patriots probably could have done their star quarterback a favor on Thursday and announced they were going to pay him by the hour. If you just use Thursday night’s New England Patriots preseason opener as an example, Tom Brady might be even better off than the $5 million in ...

Time for folks to hop onto UNH football bandwagon

It’s hard not to think football right now in New Hampshire. The New England Patriots opened up the exhibition season Thursday night, and high school football begins real practice on Monday. But for this day, we are focussed on the Granite State’s team and potentially the best-kept ...

Now this is a great new baseball ejection routine

There is one overriding reason why baseball umpires should never be replaced by software, hardware or any other sort of digital ware: Ejections. Or, more specifically, the actions that lead to or punctuate white-hot confrontations between managers, coaches or players with umpires. A ground ...

That Nashua Pride connection still alive and well with Rox

Todd Marlin makes the commute from his Nashua area home to Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Mass.just about every day. The Brockton Rox general manager has been doing it since 2014. It's a lot longer commute than when he was the Nashua Pride GM, sometimes even walking over to Holman ...

Another prime time battle on tap Sunday night

BOSTON – The national stage is all set and waiting for the Red Sox and Yankees to step on it front and center tonight. It seems like ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball loves showing the Sox and Bombers because they usually serve as a ratings booster for the television franchise. Tonight at 8 ...

A few notable notes before the high school sports return

Here's a few early August tids and bits as we are just a few days away from the start of high school football practices. Unbelievable: --- It's time to start the thinking now to bring the state American Senior Legion Tournament back to Holman Stadium next year. It was supposed to be there ...

Don’t worry about anything, Red Sox fans

Skepticism, which is a first cousin to cynicism, has been known to raise an eyebrow now and again in this little corner of the newsroom. So before continuing with this essay, please note a disclaimer: The following is not offered in the name of sarcasm. The Red Sox are going to win the 2018 ...

There’s plenty of Patriots fever in well-lit Gillette Stadium

Lights, camera, but really, not a whole lot of action. The 15,000 or so at Gillette Stadium on Monday night didn’t care. They got to see their favorite players do their thing. “Everybody’s watching you man,” Cordarrelle Patterson, one in a big mix of New England Patriot receivers, ...