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Bruins’ Acciari is truly a tough guy

It would be so easy this morning to grab the nearest broomstick and start hacking away at the basketball pinata known as the Boston Celtics. They are certainly a worthy target these days, from Ainge to Yabouselie and everyone in between. Instead, though, we’re going to take the high road. ...

Celtics actually starting to get some sympathy

A broken elevator at Emerson College has let us know just how pitiable the 2019 Boston Celtics have become. The Portland Trail Blazers, in Boston to face the wobbly Celtics on Wednesday night, arrived at Emerson for a morning workout. Before taking the floor, the Blazers found themselves ...

A few vacation things to mull over in the sports world

Here's some School Vacation Week tids and bits as we get primed for the first full week of high school tournaments: ---- As the high school hockey regular season comes to a close and the state tournament in all divisions begins this week, we should note that it hasn't been the same without ...

Alvirne celebrates a 1994 tourney of glory

Let's do some time travel and head back 25 years. Ken Johnson saw his players leave the Saint Anselm Stoutenburgh gym floor during a time out walking slowly with their heads down, not running to the bench as was usually the rule. He was at a loss. An entire season rested on what he could ...

Kyrie Irving needs to shut up once in awhile

How often does Kyrie Irving’s brain fight a losing battle with his larynx? Every time he sees a microphone approaching? Or someone scribbling in a reporter’s notebook? Or when he’s standing in line at the coffee shop and someone says “Hey, Kyrie?” The correct answer is: All of the ...

Gronk’s next party should be a retirement one

They're making the rounds, as one would expect Super Bowl champions to do. Look, there's Julian Edelman waving the green flag at the Daytona 500 on Sunday. The previous Sunday, he and Devin McCourty were presenters at the Grammy Awards. Turn on the NBA All-Star Game and there's owner Robert ...

State wrestling division meets need some realigning

Nobody appreciates the battle turned in daily, the grind, the physical and emotional wear-and-tear every high school wrestler endures from the first week of December all the way through February. It can be a brutal, character-building ride. So you can understand the powers that be and the ...

While the North-South puck drops, the numbers don’t

The puck hardly ever drops on time for high school hockey games thanks to ice maintenance, warmups, events prior to, etc. But last Wednesday, if you're a fan/member of the Nashua hockey community, you didn't mind too much. The Nashua High School South-Pelham vs. Manchester Memorial game, ...

Some key thoughts to last through a presidential weekend

Here's a few tids and bits as we begin President's Day Weekend, a big checkpoint in the beginning of the end of this awful time called winter: ---Haven't had time to really delve into this yet, but it's clear the Nashua Silver Knights are back with the pack in the Futures League, as they will ...

Major League Baseball bumbles long on path to strike

Major League Baseball has exposed itself. Again. How else do you explain the lack of movement in the big-money free-agent market this offseason? Look at the list of remaining free agents. This is a rock-solid lineup: Marwin Gonzalez 2B; Manny Machado SS; Mike Moustakas 3B; Adam Jones ...

Red Sox need not fret over replacing Kimbrel

At least no one is pointing to Craig Kimbrel’s lingering availability and crying “Collusion!” Bryce Harper’s conspicuous presence on the list of unsigned free agents could inspire a reasonable argument that 30 big-league owners put their heads together and from that rock pile came an ...

The AAF buzz just proves that football is forever

Football is forever. At least it seems that way, doesn't it? The last piece of confetti at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is probably still floating around the facility somewhere, but that doesn't mean the end of football for the year. Nope, it's just beginning. It's everywhere, and will ...

Time for Celtics’ brass to feel some heat

Are Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens in trouble? The Boston Celtics general manager and coach share the bullseye this morning. Their team, chock full of giant contracts and even more grandiose egos, has not budged from the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a pedestrian 35-21 mark heading ...

Cards will have tourney success, but who will join them?

It was quite an opportunity on Sunday at the Colligadome to see two defending Division I state championship girls basketball teams, Braintree (Mass.) and Bishop Guertin collide. Doesn't happen often. Guertin more than survived the collision to the tune of an incredibly impressive 68-43 win, ...

Some final Super thoughts on a memorable week that was

Here's a few New England Patriots/Super Bowl tids and bits as reflect on the couple of weeks that were as we hit the first non-NFL weekend since late July: ---The result of the game dictates all. A year ago, after the stunning loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Patriots and their fans were ...

Memo to Celtics’ Danny Ainge: Keep trying

Try. How’s that for a novel idea? From Danny Ainge, to the coach, to the players, it’s time these folks became accountable to their fans. Boston, heading into last night’s home date with LeBron James’ Lakers, stood at 35-19, tied for the No. 3 seed in the East and 51/2 games off the ...

Bored with the Super Bowl? We weren’t

Those of us who are familiar with that old bromide concerning faces only mothers could love understand why national TV ratings for the Super Bowl dwindled to their lowest ebb in 10 years. Much of the nation chose to turn away from the football train wreck that ended with the Patriots winning ...

This may have been Belichick’s finest three hours

ATLANTA – Julian Edelman, with Bill Belichick about 25 feet away, was recounting his early days as a New England Patriot Monday morning, less than 11 hours after being named the Most Valuable Player award for Super Bowl LIII. “I was a rookie, and it was about 11 o'clock at night,” ...

Edelman was the MVP, but the defense won this championship

Can an entire 11-man unit stand at the podium this morning with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to accept a Super Bowl MVP trophy? Evidently not, because New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman will be the one accepting the MVP honors from Goodell this morning. But really, the Patriots ...

Recalling the Fenway Park Patriots (among others)

Finally there is an advantage for roaming through life on the far north of age 40: We can appreciate the New England Patriots being in their 11th Super Bowl. We remember the Fenway Park Patriots, not to mention the Boston University Patriots, the Boston College Patriots and the Harvard ...