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Patriots are only ones who had a bad NFL week

The National Football League and its constant drama is getting out of control. And so are the picks in this column. We're so glad the officiating stunk for Patriots-Chiefs last week and the Kraft Productions film crew royally screwed up in filming the Cincinnati Bengals sideline vs. the ...

Patriots fans are in a slump, too

The lack of respect, the lack of fight, the lack of loyalty is all Jacksonville worthy. But this is New England. We aren’t the Jaguars. Yet here the Patriots sit, 10-3, atop the AFC East, per usual, and the “abandon ship” call dominates the airwaves and at coffee counters all across out ...

Belichick, Patriots are lots of things, but stupid isn’t one of them

In the spirit of the holidays, we offer one and all a nugget of advice: Do not argue with empty-headed babblers who truly believe that Bill Belichick is stupid enough to send a lunkhead, cleverly disguised in Bruins garb, to the press box of FirstEnergy Stadium to film sideline signals from ...

Hey, Gatorade – Trying picking a New Hampshire Player of the Year

I’m a Gatorade guy, red actually, blue will suffice but never green. On this day, I’m all set with all the flavors, the G2 and even the packs of Gator Gum (Google it, kids) that I had stashed from the 1980s. Done. I’m out. In case you missed the news, the Gatorade folks have ...

Patriots are in a whole new world they don’t like at all

One thing was made perfectly clear in the aftermath of the debacle at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. This is a new world for the New England Patriots. In the locker room, at the podium, maybe on the highways and byways, the talk was about how hard the Patriots competed, fought, and showed spunk ...

NFL sent crew of fools to officiate Sunday at Gillette

One question came to mind watching the Patriots on Sunday: When did NBA refs begin moonlighting with the NFL? This is not to suggest that all NFL officiating has sunk to the depths from which the NBA seems incapable of escaping. The crew working the Patriots-Chiefs game succeeded in making ...

Chiefly speaking, Patriots should be OK on Sunday

Somehow, when all seems dire in the world of the New England Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs just seem to show up. It was the blowout Patriot loss at Kansas City back in 2014, when then-ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer declared that “They're just not good anymore” referring to the Patriots, that ...

Milford’s ‘Blazer’ feeling right at home

An undergrad named Tommy Burns came up with the nickname of “Blazers” for the University of Alabama Birmingham athletic teams way back in 1978. How did he know about Lauren Robinson way back then? The ultimate “Blazer” of trails for the UAB cross country team this fall, Milford’s ...

Derek Jeter really is only legit first-year Hall of Fame candidate

In recent years, the first-year candidates on Baseball Hall of Fame ballots has resembled the 2020 field of Democratic primary candidates – lots of names, a handful of them legit contenders. The 2020 Hall of Fame ballot has a single name that is a slam-dunk for immediate induction, trailed ...

Patriots are having their annual crisis of confidence

This Wednesday, at Gillette Stadium, the premier of the new HBO sports documentary “Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching” will take place. The timing isn't exactly the greatest, as both had Thanksgiving weekends they'd say no thanks to in the future. With one, Patriots coach Bill ...

Nicknames? Patriots’ Van Noy should focus on stops

The time has come to take Kyle Van Noy’s “Boogeymen” T-shirts and send them to the same impoverished third-world nation that received those Boston Bruins “2019 Stanley Cup Champs” tees last June. In all seriousness, while the world takes sides between angry, old Tom Brady and his ...

Patriots weren’t able to answer the December call

One look outside the window tells you the New England Patriots feel it's time to get even more serious than they have been. Easier said than done, as Sunday's 28-22 debacle vs. the Houston Texans showed. “We're at the point, after Thanksgiving, when we say we have to be playing our best ...

Texans, O’Brien still don’t have what it takes to beat Pats

Welcome this Sunday night to the Nick Caserio Bowl. Had Caserio and Texans coach Bill O'Brien had their way, Caserio currently would be the general manager of the Houston Texans, whom New England visits Sunday night. But even if Caserio bolts the Patriots when his contract expires following ...

This Turkey Bowl was truly a fun game to see

Scott Knight knew exactly what Wednesday night's Turkey Eve Bowl reminded him of. He was watching a determined Nashua High School North team that wasn't going to allow itself to be blown off the Motta Field turf at Stellos Stadium. “I give them a lot of credit,” Knight, the South head ...

Patriots have become a gritty, soggy, tough team

Sunday was a day and a night fit for neither man nor beast. Perfect for the new New England Patriots. Therse are not your older brother's Patriots, and certainly not your father's Patriots. In a lot of ways, they aren't really even Tom Brady's Patriots, which is why he's been pouting a ...

Today is a soggy celebration of NH high school football

Today is a celebration of New Hampshire high school football, albeit a soggy one. Six teams embark to the University of New Hampshire's Wildcat Stadium with dreams of becoming state champions. It's hard to argue no one belongs. Nothing brings out more controversy than the setup for high ...

Cowboys may be America’s Team, but not a champion

Enough of living in the past, New England Patriot fans. You all want Rob Gronkowski to unretire and the apologetic Antonio Brown to come back. Stop. They're both gonzo and are not walking through that door, even though the rumors persist, especially with Brown and his foolishness. One is ...

A little sports advice if four coaches are listening

I know the holidays are still a ways off, but today I am in the mood for giving. So to you, the four coaches of Boston’s meaningful sports teams – sorry, Revs fans – it’s time to impart some sage words to help improve the local sports scene. First up has to be the legend, the best ...

Greenwood: Red Sox’ best bet: Don’t overpay for Mookie

While Major League Baseball is among the most inward-looking islands on the planet, the rest of the world does occasionally make its mark. Even the business of baseball, which so often seems a fantasy compared to real-world slogging from paycheck to paycheck, is susceptible economic change. ...

Replays show NHIAA whiffs again on video board

They say hindsight is 20/20. I would beg to differ, at least as it pertains to the NHIAA. These folks severely dropped the ball a year ago when they made the decision not to allow replays on the “jumbotron” at UNH for the state championship football games. As someone who was there for ...