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Tough break for LaPolice as CFL cancels, plus other morsels

Here are a few tids and bits to chew on as we are past the halfway mark of August, believe it or not, while still feeling strange to see Stanley Cup and NBA Playoffs going on: ---- Sad to see that the Canadian Football League Monday has cancelled what would have been a shortened season, ...

Dom’s homers were simply the bomb at Holman this summer

You can argue that the 2020 Nashua Silver Knights pandemic season, no matter what happens in the FCBL Finals vs. Worcester, will be most remembered for one thing: Dom's Bombs. Oh, they will miss slugger Dominic Keegan and his moon shots later this week. We hadn't seen anything like that kind ...

Hockey event goes off without a hitch

Jon Goode stood in the outer lobby of Tri-Town Arena in Hooksett last Saturday night and wanted to let Souhegan alum Claire Woodford know something. “You were one of the reasons we didn’t cancel the game,” said Goode, who managed to get his New Hampshire High School Girls Hockey ...

Local Patriot fans are missing a big part of their summer

There's no question that one of the things missing this summer for New Hampshire football fans is the migration down to Gillette Stadium for New England Patriots training camp. The Patriots have had a few walk throughs and a couple of competitive practices this week as they try to cram ...

Patriot fans have to be hoping Edelman keeps train moving

Let's face it, New England Patriots fans, we all have to adjust to life without Tom Brady. And that includes the Patriots themselves, especially one Julian Edelman. Over the past few seasons, we all know Edelman turned into Brady's favorite or co-favorite (along with Rob Gronkowski) target. ...

Woodland, Arel, Savage get Hall nod Nice job.

That’s what local radio sportscaster Woody Woodland always says with a big smile. So let’s use his words to give the thumbs up to the Nashua Lions Club’s selection of Woodland, former Nashua Mayor Maurice Arel and local longtime youth sports advocate Al Savage for this year’s induction ...

Pick a Patriots starting QB, but not just any Patriots QB

One big happy family. That's pretty much the impression we were getting from the three main New England Patriot quarterbacks on Friday – Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer – made available to the media for the first time this training camp via video call. Yeah, it was a big day. ...

Thuney smiling all way to the bank, plus few other thoughts

Here are few things to ponder as we approach what will be a big sports weekend with the Silver Knights returning home, the Nashua Defenders of the NHCBL entering post season play, the Holman Stadium Legends induction, and Nashua businessman Jon Goode's dream of a New Hampshire High School Girls ...

Jackson right guy to steer Silver Knights down the stretch

This was a break that was needed. Nashua Silver Knights manager Kyle Jackson is enjoying his first season running the club on the field and in the dugout rather than being former manager B.J. Neverett's sidekick/sounding board as pitching coach. Late last week, after a big win over Brockton, ...

Hard decisions continue for Patriot players as they report

We're waiting for the next New England Patriots cleat to drop as players began being allowed into the facility to report for training camp at Gillette Stadium Monday. It felt like we were put on notice on Sunday when Devin McCourty spoke out on behalf of social justice and a lot of the great ...

Loss of Fagula was the last jolt of a tough Nashua week

Has the Nashua sports community ever lost as much rich history as it did this week? Think about it. First, the man who was the Father of Nashua Hockey, George “Gig” Marineau, passed away earlyin the week. Then there was word that Bruce Gilbert, a solid athlete from the Buzz Harvey Era ...

Plenty of uncertainty to go around

Here are some tids and bits to ponder as we saw July speed by, and all four pro sports ramp up with that COVID cloud of uncertainty hanging over all: • August will be a very, very interesting month, as we’ll likely know the full extent of fall high school sports, the summer baseball ...

In a way, Belichick’s new normal same as the old one

Cam Newton? Jarrett Stidham? Or how about Michigan State product Brian Lewerke, cut and just brought back? Pick your favorite QB and go with him in the post-Tom Brady era. This is a new normal for the New England Patriots and their way of team building, too. Usually, we'd be hearing from ...

The COVID Cloud hovers over sports in a few different ways

The COVID Cloud of Uncertainty continues to rear it's ugly head. And it won't be going away for a long time, it seems. Locally, we're fine – for now. Fans seem to be observing the safety and mask protocols at Holman Stadium for Nashua Silver Knights games. Players, while fairly close to ...

Q&A: NFL training camp

The day is fast approaching, a day many doubt will still be able to happen. But as of this writing, the New England Patriots, as well as other teams around the NFL, were planning on holding training camp with players reporting Tuesday. Whenever camp is held, a lot of you obviously have ...

Neverett preps for uncertainty as opening day approaches

He was leaving this past Thursday on a jet plane. Nashua’s Tim Neverett’s White Mountains retreat time was over, and he was flying cross country into an air of absolute uncertainty in his role as a Los Angeles Dodgers radio and television broadcaster. Professional Pandemic Baseball. ...

FCBL’s HR Derby right now is probably a necessary evil

The Derby: Love it or leave it behind? No, not Kentucky. We're talking the Futures Collegiate Baseball League's use of a home run derby to decide games that are deadlocked after the 10th inning. Most Nashua Silver Knights fans had never seen it before since the rule came into play three years ...

No sports? Locally, this past Saturday said otherwise

The question keeps getting asked, and the answer is the same. “What are you doing since there's no sports?” would be the inquiry. The answer was always the same – plenty, because locally, there's always sports. But now we have concrete proof to put the gross misconception to bed. Mark ...

Pleat caps off title week with a tribute to Dartmouth golf

There are good weeks. And then really good weeks. But for Nashua Country Club golfer James Pleat, this was a great week. We'd all love to have six days like he just had, right? He dominated the first two days of the 117th New Hampshire State Amateur Golf Championship as medalist. He made his ...

Three cheers for Sheedy as he pushes to State Am final

Cam Sheedy sank a big eagle putt vs. Nashua Country Club's Jack Brown in Friday's New Hampshire State Am quarterfinals at NCC, and waited for the fan reaction. Crickets. He pulled a Patrick Reed and put his hand to his ear. Nada. That, he said, fired him up. “It's one of those things you ...