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Local Sports Columnists

Tournament time often creates the great equalizer

The look on Hollis Brookline senior standout guard Christina Balsamo told it all a few nights ago. It was a look of shock. It was likely the same look the players from the Merrimack High School girls basketball team had on Saturday night. Or the Hollis Brookline-Derryfield hockey players. Or ...

For once, LeBron James is right

LeBron James is right. That may be the first, and likely last time that line will appear in this space. Asked about the possibility of the NBA playing in empty arenas until the coronavirus threat eases, James said: “We play games without the fans? Nah, that’s impossible. I ain’t ...

Here’s a more analytical look at Pats, Brady, NFL

To continue our recent Saturday theme, here are a few observations on the current state of the Patriots (including the Brady Watch), the NFL, and what we may see in the days ahead with the free agency tampering period just 9 days away: First, the silly Brady-Jimmy Garoppolo-49ers circus you ...

Tom Brady getting bad advice from his agent

There are some extremely fortunate, talent-challenged folks in this world. Late night host Jimmy Fallon and NFL Network voice Rich Eisen immediately leap to mind. But can someone please explain Tom Brady’s agent/adviser Don Yee to me? This guy had to have made some kind of deal with the ...

Red Sox, Chris Sale shopping around for best diagnosis

When a big-league pitcher with a bad arm seeks input from multiple doctors it usually means he is determined to find one who will tell him what he wants to hear. That’s human nature. When your career is fully dependent on your favored wing, and the diagnosis calls for surgery and extended ...

Golden Gloves in Lowell more than worth the trip

There is no bigger night in area boxing circles than Thursday as the New England Golden Gloves Championships will be decided at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. For old-school, gritty fans of pure sport and competition, there simply is no better live event. The LMA comes alive. You are taken ...

The month of March is sure to bring maddening results

Welcome to potentially the busiest sports month of the year. The maddening month of March. It's got everything – all the high school championships being decided; the NCAA men's and women's basketball and hockey tournemants, the opening of the Major League Baseball season, plus key NBA/NHL ...

Greenwood: Hey, James Harden, try picking on someone your own size

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, wondering what more MLB commissioner Rob Manfred could possibly need to know before ruling on the Red Sox sign-stealing accusations … James Harden landed a rhetorical right hook on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s chin the other day. In an ESPN ...

So many annoying twists and turns in NFL off season

We warned you. We warned you the Tom Brady rumors would get crazy during this Rookie Combine Week in Indianapolis and bounce off the walls, running into each other in the outer space regions of social media, etc. Some are due to media members wanting to make big names for themselves, others ...

Here are some pre-Tourney Trail observations

Here's a few tids and bits from the local high school front as we get ready to start our journey along the Tourney Trail next week: ---- There's no underestimating the competitive nature of the high school athlete. This week, especially Wednesday, was the perfect example. Here's why, and ...

MLS may be over-reaching in big picture plans

With all due respect to Major League Soccer generally, and Los Angeles FC owner Larry Berg specifically … Get a grip. Speaking Wednesday at the MLS’ 25th anniversary get-together, Berg vowed that within 10 years the MLS would surpass Major League Baseball and the National Hockey ...

We celebrate The Miracle on Ice with a few fun facts

Do those of you, specifically fellow AARP card carrying folks, remember what you were doing in the late morning/early afternoon 40 years ago today? You were likely glued to your TV sets. It's gotten a lot of attention over the last week, the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Olympic men's hockey ...

Red Sox fans finally learning how to protest

Finally, as that old New England saying goes, dawn breaks over Marblehead. Red Sox fans are protesting the only way fans can effectively protest: They aren’t buying tickets. Well, at least they aren’t buying as many tickets. It seems sales are down at the Fenway Park box office, ...

Scouting combine has hidden meaning in Indy

Got your 40 time where you want it? Working on that bench press/squat weight/reps? It's time to put that all to good use, as the National Football League's unofficial off-season convention, the NFL (Draft) Combine is set to begin this coming week in its usual home of Indianapolis. To the ...

Fewer may be better in state wrestling meets

It hurts to write these words. You spend enough time around wrestling rooms or mats at the local high schools and your heart grows with each wrestler, good or talent-less. They all pay serious dues, even in this era with coaches correctly shackled when it comes to weight requirements. I ...

Manfred leading baseball’s ship of fools

Once again, we bring further evidence that baseball must be a great game to survive the fools who run it (not to mention the fools who play it): Commissioner Rob Manfred is under fire from big-league ballplayers for referring to the World Series trophy (ironically enough, officially called ...

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 ...