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Local Sports Columnists

Red Sox fans: Don’t buy what they’re selling

So, where are you? Come on. I need to know. Which ones of you out there actually bought the Boston Red Sox’ attempt at camouflaging the Mookie Betts salary dump? At one point, club president Sam Kennedy turned the press conference into a late-night infomercial, pitching those chilly April ...

There’s still more North-South rivalry to enjoy

We're starting to hit the home stretch of the high school hoop and hockey regular seasons, so here's a few things to consider: First, the winter Battle of the Bridge is probably the most fun series of events of the local sports year, certainly of the icy months. Why? The enclosed atmosphere. ...

There must be a QB out there better than Andy Dalton

Every time the leading NFL writer in the business mentions Tom Brady’s future he seems to toss in the name “Andy Dalton” as a possible replacement. Peter King’s prose about the failed Cincinnati Bengals castoff is enough to make one man who wants to see the Pats move on to the next ...

Nashua hockey showdown one worth seeing

We’re starting to hit the home stretch of the high school hoop and hockey regular seasons, so here’s a few things to consider: First, the winter Battle of the Bridge is probably the most fun series of events of the local sports year, certainly of the icy months. Why? The enclosed ...

It’s mid-February, but we can still talk football, can’t we?

These Saturday morning musings have been about football since just after Labor Day, so why not keep it that way for at least another week? So, with that in mind, here's a few football fun facts: --- Hmmm, Nick Caserio is returning to the New England Patriots after all, reportedly agreeing ...

Nashua PAL boxer Mike Fontanez comes back strong

Mike Fontanez had the ring pulled out from under him over the past year or so. Titles, trips to Nationals, even a potential OIympic shot were derailed by a torn ligament in the Nashua PAL Boxing Club sensation’s right hand. The adversity did nothing to dissuade the dream. It has just ...

Betts will end up missing Fenway Park

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, wondering if Marcus Smart really hasn’t figured out the fundamental problem with NBA officiating … Before anyone considers this a surrender to the tyranny of baseball analytics, be aware that this is not a statistical defense of the Red ...

Nashua North’s Tori Conrad enjoys track triumph

We witnessed the raw power of Paul Marchand’s sprint double for Nashua South at the Division I State Indoor Track Meet on Sunday. And when Nashua North’s Rory Curran ripped up the backstretch with two laps to go in the 1500 meters, clinching his distance double, electricity surged through ...

Bloom opens Red Sox’ reign with resounding thud

As opening acts go, the first big-time show of Chaim Bloom’s Red Sox administration couldn’t have gone much worse. The Mookie Betts-David Price-$48 million package sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Alex Verdugo and Injured Twins Pitching Prospect has finally been completed. The Dodgers, ...

Greenwood: Red Sox losing grip on fans, reality

Bridge Year Fever’s Grip on Hub grew even stronger with the Brusdar Graterol fiasco. For those who are still wondering why there hasn’t been a press conference to announce the Mookie Betts-David Price to Los Angeles deal, it is because of the iffy physical status of the Minnesota pitching ...

A few thoughts while we see if the XFL fills our need

It's hard to let go. This is the first weekend without NFL football until August, and yes, while we will have the XFL to distract us beginning this weekend, it likely won't fill the bill. Either way, we have a few thoughts on the season that was and the off-season that will be: Illness ...

Red Sox’ route to bridge year all clear

They used to call them rebuilding years. The obvious inference was that a team’s talent level had sunk to a certain depth that it needed to stock up on better players before declaring itself a legitimate contender. Then someone coined the term bridge year. The murky inference there is that ...

We have Shanahan, the hoarder; J-Lo, the TB12 devotee …

Some stray thoughts from the world of sports as I ponder if someone has told Kyle Shanahan the bad news – the two timeouts he took to the locker room with him at halftime of the Super Bowl are now gone for good. He is never getting them back. That man, along with being a pathetic in-game ...

Greenwood: Got to like the Chiefs in Super Bowl

It is the busiest day of the year for pizzerias and sub shops around America, so that means any sports scribe worth his coffee-stained shirt needs to weigh in on who will rule the National Football League as its champion once the party tables feature little more than crumbs. It’s a little ...

Bruins are currently Boston fans’ best bet

Where are the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics right now? We need them badly. Barraged by Brady banter. Maligned by the Mookie mess. And worst of all, forced to watch a Patriots-starved Super Bowl, the New England sports fan clamors for something to believe in. But which team do you ...

Hopefully Red Sox can be bolder than Astros

Having had to fire the manager on whose desk the buck stopped in their sign-stealing scandal, the Houston Astros decided to sketch their future on a completely blank slate, starting fresh, proclaiming a new, exciting era for their fans, their city and the baseball world itself. They hired ...

Nothing feels super this week for Patriots and their fans

Something's wrong with this picture. Any picture, that is, of the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs in Miami this week. Both teams arrived in Florida on Sunday for Super Bowl LIV, and all the hype and hoopla begins and the New England Patriots won't be part of it. There was not big ...

Greenwood: Brady drama already grows painful

There is nothing sweet about the sorrow inspired by Tom Brady’s possible parting. Indeed, the saga has become more annoying than anything. The rumors are endless, many are mindless. Brady is buying a house in Connecticut. Clearly he’s staying. Brady was spotted at a UFC extravagana in ...

These two teams are clearly above all the rest

Yes, we know it's Saturday and that usually means our NFL picks. But sorry, there's no breakdown of the only pro football game this weekend, the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. So we'll interrupt things on the final Saturday in January to give you a few tids and bits to ponder: If you weren't at the ...

Let the Super Bowl betting begin in New Hampshire

The folks at DraftKings wasted no time. Seemingly days after it was shoved through the New Hampshire legislature, action is alive on the upcoming Super Bowl between the 49ers and Chiefs. If you are in the Granite State – well, at least a mile inside the state border – you can find ...