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Friday Football Feast: No poor picks allowed this week

I simply have to be better. Professional gamblers would kill for a .667 win percentage. High school football prognosticators should be ashamed of it, and that’s where the big fella went last week, going a pedestrian 4-2 and tumbling to 31-7 on the season. And so we hit Week 6 with our ...

Here’s a view of the Battle from the Bridge

The Battle of the Bridge, fall season style, is done. The Bridge has been won by Nashua High School South by a 10-8 margin. Now the coaches breathe a sigh of relief; the rivalry pressure is over. Business as usual. But let's take a look at some lingering impressions of what was a fabulous few ...

Obvious choice for Celtics’ sixth man: Gordon Hayward

The Red Sox are about to embark on their playoff chase, the Patriots have dispatched with their second preseason and the Bruins drop the puck for real tonight in Washington. So why can’t I get the Boston Celtics off my mind? The reason is simple. For the first time since Big Three 2.0 ...

Heartless Dolphins were just what Patriots needed

Even Matt Light was laughing. And why shouldn’t the newest New England Patriots Hall of Famer have a good chuckle? He’s seen it all before, as he noted during his brief halftime address Sunday to the fans. He talked about how it was great to be back in Gillette Stadium, and “It’s ...

Matt Light leads laughter for Pats fans

Even Matt Light was laughing. And why shouldn’t the newest New England Patriots Hall of Famer have a good chuckle? He’s seen it all before, as he noted during his brief halftime address Sunday to the fans. He talked about how it was great to be back in Gillette Stadium, and “It’s ...

Some normalcy should return to Patriots on Sunday

The cleat is on the other foot. The New England Patriots would never panic at the sight of the Miami Dolphins coming to town. Privately, they'd look down on them, both literally (in the standings) and figuratively. But suddenly, it's the Dolphins taking a more or less businesslike approach ...

It’s time to settle down, Patriots fans

The cleat is on the other foot. The New England Patriots would never panic at the sight of the Miami Dolphins coming to town. Privately, they’d look down on them, both literally (in the standings) and figuratively. But suddenly, it’s the Dolphins taking a more or less businesslike ...

In search of predicting perfection

What will it take for perfection? The big fella isn’t looking for infallibility here, but a tidy, little spotless week would be nice, right? I may never get closer than last week when a heroic Milford High team pushed undefeated St. Thomas to its absolute limit, before falling, ...

Let’s hope Trevor Knight is back on the field for UNH soon

UNH season on line, but will Knight play? At 0-3, the University of New Hampshire football team is playing for its life, playing for history – on Sept. 29. Saturday at No. 11 Elon University, the 14-year run of Division 1AA/FCS playoff appearances is, for all intents and purposes, on the ...

High school football still a numbers game

New Hampshire high school football is a tough thing to figure sometimes. But when in doubt, go with the numbers you see on the sideline. That was never more evident than Satuday night at Stellos Stadium, when Bishop Guertin blew Keene away 42-0. For people who had seen the Cardinals play ...

A DWC reunion of soccer proportions, and other notes

Here's a few local and regional tids and bits to wake up to as you try to wake up after the Patriots-Lions Sunday Night Football event: --- A couple of weeks ago, a very incredible thing took place when Nashua South faced Alvirne in boys soccer in Hudson. All five coaches on the field – ...

Mookie Madness: Betts Burns Bronx Bombers

CLEVELAND – Thursday night’s roller-coaster ride in The Bronx took Red Sox fans for a memorable journey that covered a range of emotions. Game Number 153 of the history-making 2018 season had it all, and then some. As the Red Sox were doing Red Sox things again in the late innings on ...

Just checking to make sure Patriots-Lions is official

Is it finally official? We just want to be sure. The NFL has the New England Patriots playing at the Detroit Lions on NBC's Sunday Night Football, but we just want to be sure. It's been promoted. It's on the schedule at Patriots.com. Even Bill Belichick has talked about the Lions, calling ...

The Big Fella is looking for help with the big picks

Question: When is 6-2 a losing record? Answer: When your two “Game of the Week” picks are the losers! Game balls go out to the Alvirne Broncos once again, after making this big fella eat his words a week ago. Honestly, I’m digging the vibe from Tarek Rothe’s crew. But hey, we all ...

Too many pitchers can’t perform most basic task

Throw strikes. If you have a budding Chris Sale in the house, this is the greatest tip to drive home. Forget about trying to teach an 8-year-old how to throw a slider. Set up a target in the shape of the strike zone and have him throw to that until he can hit it with at least a modicum of ...

Nashua boxer Fontanez takes New England crown

As far as steps to the 2020 Olympics go, this was a tiny one. Nonetheless, it was the first for Nashua’s Mike Fontanez, who captured the 165-pound title at the USA Boxing New England Regionals this past week. Fontanez, now 30-3, stopped his only opponent in Round 1, quickly, mercilessly and ...

Some local and regional notes to prep you for the storm

Here's a few tids and bits to chew on while being doused with the remnants of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence: ---- Merrimack's Tim Schaller is no longer a member of the Boston Bruins, but as training camp and the preseason is underway, there had been someone at last look on the fringe ...

After three week, things getting interesting in local Division I football

Many a prognosticator/scribe has tried to lookd down the road six or seven weeks and tell you who is going to do what in Division I high school football. And a 100-yard field is littered with their blown predictions and shattered crystal balls. Guilty as charged here. Repeat offender. And we ...

Let’s not overreact too much in the NFL, OK?

Well over 25 years ago, former Nashua High School football coach Bob Aylward always had this comment when talking about an upcoming game: “It's critical,” he would say. Hey, it's the same in the NFL with fans. They think every contest is do or die. In September, even though teams are ...

High school picks: Merrimack footballers prepared for this major exam

Another week, another near-perfect performance, dropping only my upset special in a heart-breaker as St. Thomas nipped Alvirne. Hey, Broncos, shout out to you guys. I give it up to you after that bid. All heart, all out. Good things are going to happen to you this season. I just don’t know ...