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Edelman era ends for Patriots

This weekend, we take the time to bid a couple of favorites their farewells. First, enjoy retirement, Julian Edelman. The debate will rage on as to whether or not Edelman belongs in the NFL Hall of Fame, but he’s certainly going to be in the New England Patriots Hall of Fame. Edelman ...

Time Travel for April 17-18

As their friends and relatives well know, golfers do not declare spring’s arrival until they can get out on their favorite course without encountering a single covered green or roped off areas on soggy fairways. Once the Masters has come and gone, and their backyards are dotted with divots, ...

Clearly it’s not business as usual these days for Belichick

Yes, there's nothing like a Bill Belichick pre-NFL draft press conference, virtual or otherwise. Belichick spoke with the media on Thursday, after a bad 7-9 season, after the stunning re-signing of Cam Newton, and after the even more stunning spending spree in team (and perhaps NFL) history, ...

Forging ahead through the pandemic

If you haven’t noticed lately, spring has sprung. And what a difference a year makes. Sure, we are still fighting through a pandemic – just ask the University of New Hampshire football team, which this past week said “no mas,” and shelved the rest of its spring schedule thanks to ...

Time Travel

Prowling the newspaper’s archives to find these nostalgic nuggets is apt to unearth some that simply command inclusion. In at least one man’s mind, any item that includes Togo Palazzi and the Syracuse Nationals cannot be ignored. APRIL 10, 1971: “Former All-American basketball player ...

It seems Edelman’s body is screaming for him to retire

It's time, Julian Edelman. Yes, that time. Time to retire after a splendid career that will no doubt someday land you in the New England Patriots Hall of Fame. The news that the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian broke on Thursday that Edelman wouldn't be able to play a full 2021 season wasn't ...

Here are a few goodies still sitting in that Easter basket

Here are few Day After Easter sports tids and bits to munch on in between a few bites of that easter candy you may be reaching for: There's no doubt, from the outside looking in, the dismissal of Alvirne High School boys basketball coach Marty Edwards was a stunner. Edwards has always been a ...

Spring is for sports

Ah, the true sign of spring is that Easter Weekend has arrived, and while last weekend we went hippity-hoppity down the tourney trail, this weekend we’ll give you a few tids and bits from our Easter basket of sports: First, remember the number: 677. What was the most amazing thing of this ...

Time Travel for April 3-9

Either defense was considered superfluous or local basketball teams offered the fast-breaking, NBA champion Boston Celtics the highest form of flattery. Either way, there were some serious shootouts on local floors back in the day. APRIL 3, 1961: “The Junior Chamber of Commerce on Saturday ...

This spring much more than just a fling for local athletes

First there was hope. Then there was fall. Then winter. And now....there is spring. Fingers crossed, of course. Those are the thoughts of high school athletes and coaches in the area – and all over the state. Two of the high school seasons are done, and today is the official first day to ...

What a difference a year makes

Play ball! Ah, so much different than a year ago, when everyone was told not to play ball. High schools will begin spring tryouts/ practices on Monday, and believe it or not, the Major League Baseball season begins Thursday. Yes, games for real. Some fans, limited numbers, in a lot of ...

Time Travel for March 27-April 2

As usual, spring is teasing us with a few cameo appearances while struggling to take hold. Coaches and players are antsy for the sun to shine and the mud to dry. Consider how frustrating it was for Nashua High School coach Buzz Harvey 65 years ago, whose baseball training camp lagged, not to ...

Patience a virtue for local teams waiting to spring into action

Ahhh, the sights and sounds of spring. Here are a few tids and bits as this is one of the best times of the year with March Madness, the NFL, and MLB joining the endless news of pro hoop and hockey: -- Local high school spring sports coaches must be chomping at the bit, forced to wait until a ...

Guertin girls write own hugely successful legacy

It was almost a ThreeFeat. Yes, had the Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball team been able to get past a very, very good Bedford team last Sunday and win the Division I title, that would have given the school three team state championships in 24 hours. Has that ever happened before? ...

Time Travel for March 20-26

MARCH 20, 1981: “Former Nashua High baseball and soccer star Laddie Renfroe is finding the southern climate most conducive to good baseball. “Renfroe, a freshman, made the University of Mississippi varsity baseball team as a walk-on and pitched the team’s opener, a loss to Livingston ...

A 7-9 season has Belichick seeking some retail therapy

Looking to go on a little shopping spree? Call Bill Belichick. We've already got a list. Been thinking about getting an air fryer, reading all these good things about them. How about it, Bill? Kinda sorta wanting to get a snow blower next year. Yeah, yeah, we know. Never really had one, ...

This Bulldog senior ruled over the Cardinal sophomores

Just two months ago, Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball coach Brad Kreick had felt his young but talented basketball team had grown up. The Cardinals had just overcome a huge halftime deficit on the road to beat Bedford, and seemed poised to go on to glory from there. This Guertin ...

NFL free agency: Pats fans shouldn’t expect much

The anticipation is building, and it’s bittersweet. New England Patriot fans, do you remember this time last year? NFL free agency was about to start, and on St. Patrick’s Day, there was no luck for any Irish or any other Patriot fan, as Tom Brady announced he wasn’t returning to New ...

Time Travel for March 13-19

MARCH 13, 1956: “Nashua High’s new track coach, Francis Tate, called out his first contingent of Purple harriers yesterday and began preliminary training sessions for the forthcoming campaign. “A group of 20 candidates, including a host of veterans who helped Nashua annex its first ...

A year later, the games we all enjoy are being played

They were supposed to play a year ago, remember? Well, now it will happen. A year ago today, the NHIAA postponed the Division I girls basketball semifinal between Bedford and Bishop Guertin with the idea of perhaps playing it the next day, a Friday. It never got played. Another postponement ...