Local Sports Columnists

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 ...

Finally, a high school game atmosphere to shout about

There have been some good high school events in the first near five-months of the school year. Some soccer tournament games that went down to shootouts, including title contests. The Merrimack-Nashua North overtime Division I football quarterfinal in the mud. But so far, the vote here is for ...

Get ready to be all Charged up, Patriot fans

Welcome to Gillette Stadium, Los Angeles Chargers. Now the New England Patriots finally know who they will play this Sunday in the AFC Divisional Round. A lot of you are probably breathing a sigh of relief that those scary big bad Baltimore Ravens aren't coming to Gillette. We say be careful ...

Futures League needs to recover from Shark bite

Ah, there's nothing like a trip to Martha's Vineyard on a fine summer day. Beautiful boat ride, and the excitement of arriving in Oak Bluffs or Edgartown and getting ready for a day's or few days excursion. Good food, beaches, quaint atmosphere. Summertime and the livin is easy. Unless, of ...

Who will the Patriots play next week? A Wild guess

Time to get Wild. OK, Patriot fans, who will your team play in the AFC Divisional Round a week from Sunday? We may find out as soon as today. Of course, the question really should be, who do you want the Patriots to play next Sunday? Our vote: Hello, Houston. Welcome to Gillette ...

The Bedford/Thomas coaching casualty hits home

Brad Kreick was asked whether or not there have been any unexpected surprises during his foray into the high school head coaching world that began nearly four years ago. “It's generally been what I expected,” the Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball coach said. “What's taken more ...

Celtics achieve consistent inconsistency

For at least one bewildered soul, trying to decipher exactly what is wrong with the Celtics is beyond baffling. It is like trying to find your inner Red Auerbach and dredging up your inner Rick Pitino. It is like putting a jigsaw puzzle through the washer and dryer, piling that small ...

Jets, fired coach Bowles dealing with that have not feeling

Like any other sports league, the NFL is made up of the haves and the have nots. Once you fall into one of those groups, it’s not commonplace to go from one to the other for any great length of time. You saw the clear difference in Sunday’s New England Patriots 38-3 blowout of the New ...

Tom King’s top local sports stories for 2018

The end of any sports year brings the toughest job of that year – choosing the best and most memorable of the best and most memorable. It’s purely a subjective exercise, and almost every time after “send” is hit, another possible addition to the list is recalled. But we’ll go with ...

How much longer will Patriots handle the Jets?

Rob Gronkowski says he's all in for, uh, the rest of this year. Tom Brady says he wants to play next year and beyond. That's all well and good, but how does this all help the New England Patriots right now? The playoffs remain a mystery. Anything is possible. Meanwhile, there's no playoff for ...

Local hockey community needs to get its tourney back

'Tis the day after Christmas, and all through the rink, not a high school hockey player was stirring, and that kind of makes you think: Why? For the first time in 14 years, there's no Conway Arena Hockey Tournament for the holiday season in Nashua. And that is a real shame. Instead of the ...

Patriots have to be worried about their passing game — and QB

It was a ho-hum Sunday at Gillette Stadium, with the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills replacing ugly sweaters with ugly football. Then suddenly the announcement in the press box with 6:39 left woke everyone up: “Brian Hoyer is now in at quarterback for the Patriots.” Interesting. ...

Patriots are clearly on to Buffalo and beyond

Boom. The tumultous season of the New England Patriots continues, with jolt after jolt, the latest being the Josh Gordon fiasco. But the Buffalo Bills are coming to town, and they are the perfect holiday pick-me-up for the Patriots and its fans. Of course, the Patriots have to re-adjust their ...

Winners Dyer, Bertrand roll into winter

HUDSON —They are walking, well running, advertisements for high school athletics. Coach’s dreams. Program cornerstones. And there’s no coincidence that in the resurgence of each school’s football team this past fall, Alvirne’s Jamie Bertrand and Merrimack’s Jared Dyer played ...

Accept reality; Patriots are no longer Super Bowl contenders

With four days of quiet reflection, we have reached a conclusion on the New England Patriots’ status as a Super Bowl contender: They aren’t. If it’s your turn to host a Super Bowl party expect only immediate family and very close friends. One bag of chips, one bowl of salsa and one ...

Let’s face it, these aren’t the Patriots we’re used to

Hmmm, what's it like playing on Wild Card Weekend? The New England Patriots right now have a very good chance of finding out. It's something they haven't done in nine years. They'll very likely finish 11-5, and win the AFC East of course, but we've all had that feeling that this isn't your ...