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Patriots’ line, backs have Raiders moving backwards

This shouldn't have happened. Yes, the New England Patriots should have beaten the Las Vegas Raiders, as they did, 36-20 on Sunday at an empty Gillette Stadium. Yes, we knew the Raiders would make mistakes, penalties, turnovers, do other dumb things. We knew that defensively they'd be lacking ...

Granite State fortunate to have prep football

It’s all a matter of perspective as the area high schools have prepared and begun for a season of the ultimate contact sport in what is now a non contact world. We are fortunate and should appreciate what has taken place so far. That’s how some see this 2020 high school football Season ...

What happened in Vegas likely won’t happen at Gillette

There's never a dull moment with the New England Patriots, is there? They lost a tough one last Sunday night in Seattle. Then we had the disheveled look from head coach Bill Belichick in Wednesday's press conference; it was one of those, “Oh, bleep, I have to do this presser on line, don't ...

Off to the races: High school sports has started

Happy High School Sports, everyone. Yes, it has started. There were a few Division II and III games slated for this past Friday and the weekend. Area school golf teams – one of the safest sports – have already hit the links and are full steam ahead. And Monday, Division I teams in all ...

Carroll-Belichick matchup always an entertaining one

You've gotta love Pete Carroll. Sure, he didn't have the success he wanted while coaching in New England from 1997-99, and he made a bonehead call that cost the Seattle Seahawks a Super Bowl title in February of 2015. But he's given the Seahawks a Super Bowl crown and a winning tradition. Of ...

No fans, no Brady, but lot of Newton on fun but strange day

The ride down Route 1 was a breeze. No traffic. No fans walking along the side of the road heading toward Gillette Stadium after paying a little cheaper price to park than the stadium lots. Oh, the fans would have loved basking in the sun at Gillette on Sunday for the New England Patriots' ...

Are you ready for some football?

The day the area’s hard and true pro football fans have been craving for is here: The first Sunday of the National Football League season. You got a taste of it the other night with Kansas City and Houston opening things at Arrowhead. Now many of you will be glued to your TVs today when the ...

We’re definitely ready for some football, Chiefly speaking

It's hard to believe, but the National Football League season opens tonight. It's still hard for some to believe the New England Patriots aren't playing on the night reserved for the defending Super Bowl champions. It would have been a nice opener, but there 's no way last year's Patriots ...

High school sports has triumphantly returned to new normal

They're baaaaaaaaack.... One tweet from Nashua Athletics summed it up on Tuesday, as school began remotely in the city: “So great,” it said, “to see our student athletes return to athletics today.” Or, one from the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association: “First day of ...

What a summer

Farewell Summer of 2020. You felt that chill in the night air earlier this past week, right? It certainly was a sign that the summer is coming to a close. The unofficial end is Monday, with the arrival of Labor Day. But oh, for local sports, what a summer it was – especially after such ...

Once again, undersized Bruins skate into a playoff dead end

The end came swiftly and suddenly on Monday night, with Tampa Bay's game winning double overtime goal. What's next, Boston Bruins fans? Hopefully a more normal season, whenever and however that would begin (December?). Let's face it, this was a surreal experience, watching Bruins Stanley Cup ...

This strange Patriots preseason leaves us with questions

Here are a few thoughts on the New England Patriots after a strange two-weeks of fan-free training camp practices, a couple of which yours truly was fortunate to observe: Starting QB? You'd think it would be Cam Newton – missed Monday practice aside – and it most likely will be. He and ...

‘A storybook ending to a storybook season’

Think he’s glad he bought the franchise? Of course, Worcester caterer John Creedon Jr. is. While still the owner of the Worcester Bravehearts, he took the Nashua Silver Knights off original owner Drew Weber’s hands back in March 2019 and never realized he’d have to deal with a pandemic, ...

Silver Knights provide yet another Holman moment

Once again, there was a magical night at Holman Stadium. The place just has a knack for those. And so do the Nashua Silver Knights and Worcester Bravehearts for providing them. As you probably know by now, they did just that in a highly entertaining game – make that series – with Nashua ...

Bouchard turns a visit to Holman into a title and an MVP award

Cam Cook was in downtown Nashua one night a few weeks ago when he bumped into an old Nichols College teammate, big burly first baseman Kyle Bouchard. Bouchard was in town to watch another Nichols kid, Jack Dicsenso, pitch for the Nashua Silver Knights. And he gave Cook, the Knights general ...

A fun era in local sports comes to end

Baseball can be a cruel game. It’s been about nine days since the Nashua Defenders of the New Hampshire COVID Baseball League saw their season come to a crumbling end in the semifinals in Lebanon. Seeing an 8-0 lead disappear in the final two innings certainly had to hurt. But either way, ...

Nashua and Worcester are taking us to the FCBL finish line

Fans, we have reached the finish line. Now we wait to see who is going to cross it first? The Nashua Silver Knights or the Worcester Bravehearts? The Futures Collegiate Baseball League's 10th Anniversary season wasn't what its owners, officials and front office people expected it to be. Or ...

Silver Knights need Holman to be home sweet home tonight

It felt strange. Not only did the Nashua Silver Knights surrender Game 1 of the FCBL Finals – otherwise known in this space as the Creedon Cup – to the Worcester Bravehearts 3-2 on Thursday night, they surrendered their stadium. Well, sort of. Worcester was the home team, going into the ...

Nashua vs. Worcester for FCBL crown: Play it again, 2020 style

Play it again, Nashua and Worcester. Yes, your favorite Futures Collegiate League Finals matchup is here, the Silver Knights vs. the Bravehearts. Sure, bring back the memories of the Knights 2-0 title sweeps of 2016 and 2017. But between the time the Silver Knights were celebrating loud and ...

This Patriot trio knows it will have to give a lot to receive

The announcement came Tuesday afternoon that there won't be any fans allowed at Gillette Stadium through the month of September due to pandemic concerns.. Maybe, just maybe, that could take the pressure off a few New England Patriots receivers who may be under the spectators' collective ...