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Win No. 300 comes in what should be Belichick’s year

You want to know when it's your year? When the opposing team's offensive lineman's foot kicks the ball out of his running back's hands, and your linebacker picks it up and runs it in 26 yards for an easy score. Or....when the opposing team's same running back burts into the secondary, ...

Greenwood: Sox new man can stretch the dollar

It can be reasonably stated that the Red Sox’ new leader of baseball operations is the anti-Dave Dombrowski. Merely skimming Chaim Bloom’s baseball bona fides will reveal the difference before reaching the second paragraph: He was assistant general manager of the Tamp Bay Rays. Any ...

The whacky world of the Patriots and the NFL continues

Let's see, one AFC East team you love to hate has a player who is so hurt he's having surgery, yet the team disputes the injury. Another AFC East team – more near and dear to your hearts – has a player they say is hurt while all indications are, including hints from the player hmself – ...

Longo’s Friday Football Feast: Upset brewing at Stellos?

There is a time in every football season where urgency flips to desperation. That time is now. Who wants to win? And who needs to win? If you can differentiate and separate, you will find the victor as things get tight in these parts on the gridiron as teams play for their playoff lives ...

What’s wrong with Darnold seeing ghosts?

The only reason anyone is still thinking about Monday night’s Patriots’ laugher over the Jets concerns the call to let a seemingly benign comment from New York quarterback Sam Darnold go over the airwaves. Darnold told a teammate that he was “seeing ghosts.” NFL Films, gatekeeper of ...

Danny Ainge keeping Celtics on treadmill of mediocrity

After a decade of fruitless swings and misses, risk-taking and basically selling his franchise’s soul for a year-and-a-half of Kyrie Irving, Danny Ainge is playing it safe. The same guy who wouldn’t take no for an answer from Kevin Garnett, moved assets like a Wall Street power broker. He ...

These teams want to avoid more tourney heartbreak

The high school post season is almost fully here. It has come and gone for golf, and field hockey's state tourney begins on Tuesday. Most other sports will join in in a week, but the football playoffs still nearly three weeks away. Where has the time gone? The fall tournament season from a ...

Maybe Brady should put his acting career on hold

It seems highly unlikely that there are not even a few folks out there who feel this way. We also share a queasy feeling that comes with being disappointed by someone who has been more than admirable for the better part of 20 years. But, for a working scribe, this isn’t personal, it’s ...

Greenwood: Belichick’s vibe a tad scary these days

There swirls an odd vibe from the Patriots this week. It mainly emanates from that master vibe killer, Bill Belichick. When asked Wednesday about Demaryius Thomas’ public criticism of his treatment by the Patriots (i.e., Belichick), the ever-chilly GOAT melted into a puddle of candor. Or as ...

Will Patriots drama add to Monday Night Madness?

They are 6-0, most likely to go to 7-0. But has any team had so much success yet so much drama as the New England Patriots? Of course, some of it they've brought on themselves. They signed a receiver who was a volcano, capable of blowing up in their face at any time. They traded another ...

Expectations for Celtics? Keep that bar low

No one wants to be a sucker two straight seasons. Even a Celtics fan whose allegiance dates back to the twilight of the Bill Russell Dynasty finds it easier to turn the cynicism tap on high upon hearing how the Celtics really, truly have a chance to reach the NBA Finals. Part of this ...

Dear NFL: Time to deflate refs’ egos

Complaining on behalf of Trey Flowers and the Detroit Lions trended Tuesday, off the charts. Servers were blown, frustration bubbled over and the National Football League’s incompetent officiating crews sit directly in the crosshairs thanks to the debacle that was Monday Night Football this ...

Fagula’s/Nashua’s glorious past comes to the forefront

The past is very often the key to the future, isn't it? For example, when he was candidate for the Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball head coaching job nearly five years ago, Brad Kreick sought some research help. And what a better source for that research than Nashua girls hoop ...

Make-up in Game 2 sullies American League Championship Series

Officials in all sports vigorously dismiss the notion that there is any such thing as a makeup call. For instance, a batter swings and misses at strike 3, but the umpire claims the batter fouled it off. Then seeing the misjudgment on a huge HD video board, calls the next pitch a strike though ...

Greenwood: Shoddy front five has Brady running for cover

Forget about Tom Brady playing until age 45. At this point he should be grateful if he is standing, unaided, on Jan. 2, 2020. Forgive the technical jargon in this analysis, but here goes: The Patriots’ offensive line stinks. (There are other ‘s’ words that might be appropriate in ...

Patriots take a pause to try to regroup on offense

The long pause told you all you needed to know. Late Thursday night/early Friday morning, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, at the end of his post game press conference, was asked basically to evaluate the offense and if it had enough going forward. Pause. Silence. Then finally, ...

Patriots’ Thursday night trend should continue tonight

Here we go, another Thursday night classic. The worst played football usually occurs on Thursdays, and don't be surprised if the New England Patriots and New York Giants follow that script. So don't expect a work of art from the New England Patriots, although a Giant defense full of holes ...

Friday Football Feast: Nashua North a solid pick over Bishop Guertin

They call them 50/50 balls for a reason, right? As great as it felt up in Milford to be patted on the back for my brilliant call of Souhegan’s upset over the unbeaten Spartans, it took less than minutes to come tumbling back to earth as Nashua North rendered my prediction of a South shocker ...

Longo: Lack of ‘fight’ in NFL could be a problem

Stray thoughts while wondering how the pathetic, coach-less, quarterback-less Washington Redskins are a 5-point favorite to anyone this week. If Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens knew his team was down 28-3 to San Francisco in the third quarter Monday night, why was Baker Mayfield ...

Some Battle of the Bridge moments you may have missed

It remains the highlight of the local high school fall sports season. The Battle of the Bridge between Nashua North and South brings out the best in local athletes and coaches, and with many of the events in one week, it's usually a week to remember. Here's a look back: ---- Our favorite ...