Local Sports Columnists

For Brady, it’s NO-TAS: Big deal or not? We say maybe

For New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, OTA's are NO-TA's this spring. Big deal? Semi-big deal? Not a big deal at all? The Gillette Stadium Soap Opera continues, we'll go with door No. 2, semi-big deal. It's not colossal, and here are the reasons why: The OTAs are “voluntary” and ...

A few Knights golden nuggets to get you thinking Silver

In another week, we'll be thinking Silver. Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett will be welcoming anywhere from 25-30 players. The interns are already back at Holman Stadium, the office is buzzing and was well lit with people doing work at the end of the Nashua North-Bishop Guertin game ...

Some things to think about on Preakness Day

Here's a few Saturday tids and bits while lamenting not being invited to the Royal Wedding but at the same time ready to get back up on that horse, so to speak, to pick another sure Preakness winner: --- The current Saturday forecast mirrors what the poor Eagles of the International Soccer ...

What happens in Vegas can now happen elsewhere

Welcome to the New World, sports fans. The Supreme Court's ruling Monday that in essence will allow states to individually decide whether to legalize sports gambling or not is likely the biggest change for the sports world since the Supreme Court ruled against Curt Flood in 1972 in his attempt ...

For local baseball teams, 15 is an unlucky number

High school baseball coaches, if you see a slightly overweight, balding, poorly dressed but always smiling sports reporter show up at your game in the next couple of weeks, be afraid. Be very afraid. He's bad luck. We mean really, really, really bad luck. That's got to be it, right? How ...

A lot of food for thought to keep your mind busy on a soggy Saturday

Here's a few tids and bits for what's expected to be a soggy Saturday: First, a couple of dates to set aside, in addition to the Friday, June 1 Silver Knights home opener: Saturday is a special day for the Nashua Eagles of the International Soccer Club of Nashua, the newest local semi-pro ...

Bruins and their fans lament as the puck stops here

The puck has stopped there, in Tampa. The Boston Bruins season is done, and we were wrong. We thought the B's and Merrimack's Tim Schaller would skate right into the Stanley Cup Finals this season. Why? Use Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals as Exhibit A. It was the perfect example ...

Division I high school lacrosse has long been a one-way street

The atmosphere at Stellos Stadium during the Nashua High School North-South Battle of the Bridge doubleheder on Thursday was one of community – the Nashua lacrosse community. It's always a great gathering, just like it is in the fall when the soccer teams tangle. Competitive, but a gathering ...

Get ready for another Celtics-Cavalier series

Two game-winners, two playoff MVPs and two coaches getting it done. Yep, I’m sniffing a revival of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup marketing campaign – you know “two great tastes … ” – when I look at Saturday’s decisive Game 3’s in the NBA’s Eastern Conference ...

Happy Derby Day, are you feeling Enticed?

Here’s a few local and regional tids and bits while you get ready for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Who’s your pick? Ours revealed toward the end: The Battle of the Bridge between Nashua North-South has always been a good idea. The events for many of the sports promote a community ...

Isn’t every day Tom Brady Appreciation Day?

Let’s search the calendar, comb through the New England Patriots 2018 schedule, from training camp through preseason games through the regular season. It’s got to be there somewhere, right? Yes, we’re talking about Tom Brady Appreciation Day. Can’t find it. Oh, maybe it’s every Sunday ...

Despite the weather, there were things to have liked about April

We’re saying hello to May in another 24 hours, and that means a lot of things for the month, including this week’s Nashua North-South Battle of the Bridge. It also means we say good-bye to an April that had miserable weather, but there were still some things to love about the month, and ...

When it comes to the Pats draft, do they really keep it simple?

When it comes to the NFL Draft, you’ve got to love the Patriot Way. Player is on the board. Player is good. They pick the player. When they explain things, the New England Patriots try to make it seem that simple. As VP of Player Personnel Nick Caserio said late Thursday night, “There’s ...

Draft weekend thoughts on anything but the draft

Happy NFL Draft Weekend, fans! Here’s a few tids and bits to mull over while waiting for each pick: First, those who don’t believe in home ice advantage during the Stanley Cup Playoffs should listen to those who were at the TD Garden on Wednesday night. They will all tell you during the ...

Butch Joseph was always coming to the rescue

New Hampshire sports lost a real good one over this past weekend. Farewell, George “Butch” Joseph. The former longtime major figure in New Hampshire sports passed away at the age of 84, and he will definitely be missed. Nearly 16 years ago, he came to Nashua’s rescue. Joseph was a former ...

Hey, NFL Draft Nerds, this is the week you’ve been waiting for

This is the week many National Football League fans can’t wait long enough for. It’s Draft Week. Let the games, as in mind games, begin. General managers/personnel men are lying and laughing, while draft geeks galore are analyzing spring times, vertical leaps, and all sorts of college ...

Like shrimp? Then be a Souhegan softball first base coach

Here’s a few tids and bits to really chew on at the start of a busy sports weekend: It’s a tradition at Saber Stadium, where the Souhegan High School softball team plays its home games, unlike any other you’ve probably seen. Scoreboard operator Rick Crocker, in the press box high above ...

Red Sox manager Alex Cora gives Mookie Betts big boost

OAKLAND, Calif. – Baseball players are creatures of habit. They are generally wired differently than most. Even though players are taught from an early age to live by the daily routine of the game, they are, however, willing to make adjustments from time to time. Sometimes things work, ...

It’s not time for Tom to hang it up — not yet

Here’s a question for you: Which will come first – a Boston Red Sox loss, a bright, sunny day here with no chilly wind when the temperature goes above 60 degrees…or the end of all this New England Patriots Tom Brady/Rob Gronkowski drama? Wednesday it hit the point of absolute foolishness, ...

Keep an eye on what playoff tested Schaller can do for B’s

The TD Garden crowd roared. Merrimack’s Tim Schaller was on the ice, pummeling Toronto’s Ron Hainsey in the first period of Saturday night’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 2 7-3 destruction of the Maple Leafs. It was his second altercation of the game, as he also had taken on ...