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For fans, a March to forget, and April doesn’t look any better

We've Marched into April. That should be a happy time. March should have brought us a lot of memories of madness, not sadness. And we usually take that athletic inspiration into this current month when spring has sprung. Instead, all those March dates yours truly laid out for you a month ago ...

Kraft’s actions impressive to many, including his players

Robert Kraft, hero to New York. Huh? Yes, this COVID-19 crisis can make for strange bedfellows. Kraft, as was well publicized on Thursday, got over one million N95 masks for healthcare workers, etc. from China, flown in on the New England Patriots team plane. The Patriots owner and his son, ...

NHIAA doing right by giving spring athletes hope

The message is clear, and it is a good one. But will it be enough? Reading colleague Tom King’s notes from the NHIAA, then catching Jamie Staton’s WMUR-TV Face Time interview with Executive Director Jeff Collins, it was reassuring to see that the kids matter. They still matter, and ...

Sports-starved fans need some action

Leave it to that whiney, rich, spoiled, avaricious Phil Mickelson to come to our sports defense. In case you missed it, Mickelson told folks via Twitter this week that a potential match-play rematch with everyone’s bogus hero Tiger Woods could be imminent. “Working on it” Mickelson ...

Sports certainly taking hits on lots of fronts from crisis

As these strange times continue as if we are all living a sci-fi movie for real, here are some more notes to show where playland intersects reality: First, where was Nashua's Tim Neverett, now a Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster, when the plug on baseball was pulled? He was, believe it or not, ...

LA Dodgers announcer Tim Neverett back home and on hold

As these strange times continue as if we are all living a sci-fi movie for real, here are some more notes to show where playland intersects reality: First, where was Nashua’s Tim Neverett, now a Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster, when the plug on baseball was pulled? He was, believe it or ...

Thanks goodness in a few weeks we’ll feel an NFL Draft

The National Football League and the New England Patriots are still keeping us entertained during this horrible health crisis, aren't they? That's why were so hoping the NFL wouldn't push back the league year, etc. and delay the start of free agency. Otherwise we'd still be dealing with the ...

Best ever? Go with 2004 Patriots

Driven to the depths of sports TV watching during these trying times, there have been weeks now of swings and misses. Wednesday night was not one of those as we stumbled upon the replay of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl 39 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. As much as I have admired ...

Count him in as a Cam Newton man

The market suits Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. And we’re not talking the decimated Dow, NASDAQ or even your local Hannaford’s. It’s the National Football League’s quarterback market, which is now deep and rich with potential reclamation projects onto which Belichick ...

It was a memorable sports week for some bad reasons

We will always remember the Week of March 15. And for many, not fondly. It was the week our world as we know it basically shut down in spurts. It was the week the world for New Hampshire high school winter athletes shut down, and spring athletes are wondering if they'll have a spring. And ...

NHIAA lets them all be (sort of) winners

Kudos to the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association for coming up with a way to honor the basketball and hockey teams whose tournaments were zapped into the ozone by the pandemic. That was the reaction here Monday morning upon seeing an email from the NHIAA. After opening the ...

Longo: Hopkins deal still has rancid odor to it

Stray National Football League thoughts as I contemplate whether or not Jarrett Stidham has the next 19 years covered at Patriot Place. Seriously, any fantasy football commissioner worth his salt would have rejected the recent Deandre Hopkins deal from Houston to Arizona as some sort of ...

It’s a nasty new world in lot of ways for Patriots fans

Well, after this past week, we know one thing: Tom Brady is a morning person. Brady on Friday morning posted on social media a photo of him signing his Tampa Bay Buccaneers deal, along with a statement on joining the Bucs. It all had to be like a knife through the hearts of New England ...

Longo: Huge opportunity for horse racing right now

What are the folks who direct horse racing thinking of right now? Racing, an afterthought of a sport save for three Triple Crown Saturdays in the spring and Breeders Cup weekend in the fall, is the last man standing. Sports from coast to coast are on coronavirus hold indefinitely. Casinos ...

Greenwood: Will change of colors suit Brady?

Every essay on Tom Brady’s new football journey, as he calls it, includes a fashion note. “Get used to seeing Brady in a different uniform.” Well, no kidding. Really? He won’t be able to quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a Flying Elvis on his helmet? He won’t be doing his ...

There is really no one to blame for Brady’s departure

Anger often drives this columnist. When Tennyson penned those immortal words in The Charge of the Light Brigade: “Theirs not to question why,” he might as well have been scolding me 150 years in advance. Angry Longo questions everything and everyone, with a jagged, cynical edge. We ...

It’s on! The Brady Watch is winding down today

Fasten your seat belts, here we go. It looks like the Football Genie is going to grant us one of our two wishes – that the NFL will apparently allow free agency to go on as scheduled. That means you can pamper and tamper beginning today at noon if you're an NFL owner/general manager. The ...

Roger Goodell actually makes the right call

While watching folks skewer Roger Goodell is always a hoot, occasionally he does make the right call. Proceeding with the NFL free agent season, and the draft next month, is one of them. Goodell and the league are being criticized for trying to maintain some sense of business as usual ...

Hey, NFL, the sports world needs you now in a big way

OK, National Football League. You're up. Free agency is set to start Monday at noon, that so-called “legal tampering” period, when the tampering lasts about a minute and then it's reported on twitter, etc. that said free agent player has agreed to a contract with said team. They just ...