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‘Stop and Start Season’

Bishop Guertin athletic director Ryan Brown had the perfect title for the local high school winter sports season of 2021. “It’s the Stop and Start Season,” he said the other day. Exactly. The pandemic rages on, and the games go on, or they don’t. It’s so much different than last ...

Time Travel for Jan. 16-22

It took years for the Nashua hockey community to find a rink to call home. The Nashua Garden came and went all-too quickly, with local teams left to find ice time outside the city. Decades later, the Conway Arena opened and Nashua high school, youth hockey, figure skaters, and any other ...

Expect Brady Watch to continue after NFL Divisional round

The Brady Watch 2021. It's a bit different from the Brady Watch of 2020. That one was basically whether he would stay with the New England Patriots or not. And if not, where he would end up. And now that we know he's with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this year's BW is how far will he go in the ...

The NH connection continues with national title game

Yes, Monday night football is back – briefly. Didn't it feel strange last Monday without a game? But tonight is the College Football Championship Game, with Alabama taking on Ohio State. It's the final Monday night until next August or September we get to see football. And lately this ...

Dave Drescher will be missed

We have reached the second weekend of January, and moving forward this time of year is always a good thing. Thus, here are a few tids and bits to munch on in the midst of Wild Card Weekend: • Yes, 2020 was a tough year and we lost some great people heading into its final week – John ...

Time Travel for Jan. 9-15

JAN. 9, 1951: “Jackets were awarded to 41 members of the Nashua semiprofessional Tiger grid squad at a recent postseason gathering held at the McNulty-Foley Rose Room, marking an official close to the organization’s first and possibly last season for awhile. “Among the 41 athletes ...

January blahs take break with Super Wild Card Weekend

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Well, OK, of the NFL season. It's Wild Card Weekend, which now has been renamed “Super Wild Card Weekend” by the National Football League, as there are now six playoff games instead of four thanks to the adding of a playoff team in each conference ...

The Cam Question really isn’t a question at all for Patriots

The Big Tease. That's the way the last regular season game of a National Football League season can always be for teams who aren't making the playoffs. So let's not take too much from Sunday's 28-14 New England Patriots win over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium, one that finishes the ...

An insignificant Sunday for Patriots, other teams and fans

Here's a different take, New England Patriots fans: Your football team has really done you a favor. What, you say? By having a dismal sub-.500 season? Well, it's possible that when today ends there could be an 11-5 team in the AFC that does not make the playoffs. Remember when that happened ...

No drama this time when Pats meet Jets

We’re now in 2021, but the Sunday season finale between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets will have that 2020 feeling. Ah, the Patriots and the Jets used to meet in January in the playoffs; remember the early 2011 game when Rex Ryan’s Jets knocked off New England in stunning ...

Time Travel for Jan. 2-8

We open 2021 by honoring a Nashua man who has dedicated so much time, effort and caring for local athletes, for so many years. If anyone out there can remember a time when Al Savage was not active in promoting youth sports, let them speak now. JAN. 2, 1976 - "Tomorrow afternoon, the Fourth ...

Chara’s Bruin departure an all-too familiar tough story

These things are never easy. It happens nearly all the time. The toughest thing for any professional athlete is to come to terms with his or her mortality rate when it comes to a long career. The toughest thing for the fans is to see that decision made for them. Thus we have the departure ...

Holiday tourney time? No, it’s holiday safety time instead

Ahh, it's normally the most wonderful time of the year. Or at least the busiest. We should be getting ready for Holiday Tournament Week, right? They should be bouncing the balls at 8 a.m.at the Belanger Gym at Nashua South today. Eight games on tap, four girls, four boys. The auxiliary gym ...

Patriot fans had to be seeing Tompa Red on Saturday

Did you all enjoy seeing Tom Brady lead Tompa Bay into the playoffs on Saturday? Slinging it all over the field, including four TD passes. Did you like the ones to Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown? It's got to be gut wrenching for Patriot fans, seeing arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL ...

2020: A look back

Ah, it’s that time of year when we reflect on the year that was. And we all know how bad it was for everyone. Boston sports-wise, the most suffering has to be done by New England Patriots fans. They woke up the morning of St. Patrick’s Day to find out the luck of any of them who are ...

Time Travel

In reeling in the years, finding anything in Dec. 26 editions is a challenge. That's because there isn't a whole lot of news from local Christmas Day events. So, we will commemorate the first NFL games played on Christmas Day - 1970 playoff wins by Miami over Kansas City (27-24 in overtime) ...

No playoffs? For the Patriots, it’s truly a foreign feeling

It's over, officially. There won't be any football excitement around here in early and mid January. We haven't even hit Christmas yet and the New England Patriots now know after Sunday's 22-12 loss at Miami that they won't be taking part in what Bill Parcells would always call “The ...

Today’s NFL Picks: Flores picked right time to leave Pats

Think Brian Flores is glad he left New England for the Miami Dolphins? You bet your palm trees and oranges he is. “I'm probably never going to feel established,” said Flores, who took the Dolphins job before the the Patriots topped the Rams for what could be their last Super Bowl win in ...

Pete Smilikis remembered

A couple of hours prior to a Bishop Guertin High School boys basketball tournament game some 10 years ago at the University of New Hampshire’s Lundholm Gym, some of the coaches were wandering the hallways out front. What they saw stunned them – a plaque that said “Pete Smilikis, UNH ...

Time Travel for Dec. 20

Here is a reminder of what can happen when an All-State tackle makes a seamless transition from football season into basketball? DEC. 13, 1980: “When you have a good game plan for your hoop squad, you don’t mess around with it - and Merrimack High School definitely has a good ...