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A December Sunday means a big Pats game, right? Nope

Ah, a Sunday in December. Yes that must mean a big New England Patriots game to tune in to, right? Nope, they played Thursday. Too bad; there's a pandemic so it's not a great idea to go out and hit the hot Christmas shopping spots. Well, maybe a good chance to check out a couple of the teams ...

Holiday wish: A safe winter sports season

We’ve hit mid-December, there’s snow on the ground, temps earlier in the week were below freezing and sports practices are set to begin on Monday with just 12 shopping days before Christmas. What’s on your list? Here’s mine, and it contains just one item: We want a safe high ...

Time Travel for Dec. 13

Nashua High School didn’t win a state championship in the first post-World War II football season but it did claim a measure or two of success. DEC. 12, 1945: Three NHS players were first-team picks for the All-New Hampshire team, including left guard George Petropoulos, quarterback Earle ...

Rough night vs. Rams pretty much seals Patriots’ fate

Thud. That's the sound of the New England Patriots playoff hopes crashing to the ground on Thursday night. It pretty much looks over. The Patriots certainly didn't look like a playoff team during their 24-3 drubbing at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. And it's likely they ...

Will Belichick be the teacher and McVay the student again?

It's a great coaching matchup. Yes, Bill Belichick is the defensive whiz, and the Los Angeles Rams' Sean McVay is known as an offensive whiz. But L.A.'s offense hasn't been quite right this season, as the team's strength is its defense led by Aaron Donald. Remember the Super Bowl two years ...

It seemed like old times for these Patriots and their fans

Let the good times roll. Oh, this was a stunner. Not so much because the New England Patriots won on Sunday, but how they won. Convincingly. Now perhaps nearly three months ago you wouldn't have been surprised. Our image of the Patriots as a playoff contender was still there, as they were ...

Patriot-Chargers two years later a totally different game

Yes, it was just two years ago, a tough Los Angeles Charger team with an up and coming coach in Anthony Lynn, and veteran quarterback named Philip Rivers who had a heckuva season. They seemed primed to pull off an upset in the AFC Divisional Round in Foxborough. Of course, that didn't happen, ...

Kudos to the BOE

‘Tis the season, so let’s take a few tids and bits off the shelves for your Christmas shopping or browsing: First, we criticized them a couple of weeks ago, but we should give credit where credit is due to the Nashua Board of Education for approving Nashua athletic director Lisa ...

Time Travel for Dec. 5-11

DEC. 5, 1960: “Behind the 34-point effort of Jim Nute, the Hudson AA successfully opened its season yesterday by downing Hampton,92-75, at the Dr. H.O Smith gym in Hudson. “Ed Janauskas contributed 20 points to the cause as the winners jumped to a 20-13 first-period advantage and ...

A lot to hate in Patriots-Cards, but you loved final result

Your love-hate relationship with the 2020 New England Patriots just hit an all-time high on Sunday. And you were fine with that, because the Patriots didn't finish low. You think you fans had it bad? Try the New England players, who jumped for joy when Nick Folk's 50-yard field goal attempt ...

NFL uncertainty could end up helping struggling Patriots

It's getting worse around the National Football League. As it is just about everywhere else. COVID-19 has forced the move of the Steelers-Ravens game to Tuesday night, setting off another chain reaction of moving games the following week. Other teams had to shut down facilities this past ...

Historic fall prep season comes to end

Three weeks ago, Souhegan High School cross country runner Chloe Trudel crossed the finish line at Nashua High School South’s Fran Tate Track in the annual Meet of Champions. She was exhausted, as the day was unusually warm, taxing the runners, and simply dropped down and laid on her back, ...

No Turkey Bowl, but still plenty for local fans to be thankful for

It may seem like a blah, different Thanksgiving in Nashua. Sure, we missed the annual Nashua High School North-South Turkey Eve Bowl. It's not always everyone's favorite. It would have been tough for Nashua North to get up for it this year after just winning the Division I title a few days ...

Local athletic trainer ‘pushes’ to make difference during holidays

NASHUA – The boxes are being packed. They are sitting in the garage, in the living room, in the kitchen, basement, anywhere Reggie Perry, a local athletic trainer and martial arts teacher, can fit them in his home in the city. Why? He’s making a push for a happy Thanksgiving for many of ...

Food for thought for the holidays

Here are a few local tids and bits as an appetizer to your Thanksgiving week: First, Rivier University athletic director Joanne Merrill had this telling quote a few years ago: “You win,” she said, “with seniors.” And that’s on the high school level as well as the collegiate level. ...

Patriots always have the edge on old friends in Houston

Every time the New England Patriots visit play the Houston Texans, we get nostalgic. And Patriot fans also lick their chops. Their team always beats their old friends in Houston. Bill O'Brien, the former New England offensive coordinator, ran the team for the last few years and eventually ran ...

Suddenly, Patriots show they may be weathering the storm

Now we know why NBC didn't flex out of this one. The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens played some rock 'em, sock 'em football in the pouring rain on Sunday night. It was a night fit for neither man nor beast in Foxborough. But the 23-17 Patriots win certainly wasn't the Lamar ...

North, Souhegan hope to make it a safe Championship Week

The finish line is within sight. Can they make it? One more week. The fall sports season has certainly had its interruptions, mishaps, and COVID catastrophes. But hopefully that won't be the case for the Nashua North and Souhegan High School football teams as they are set for Championship ...

‘Apples and oranges’ and the pandemic

Saturday night, checking passes at the gym entrance at Bedford High School for the NHIAA Division I high school finals, Bedford girls basketball coach Kevin Gibbs was very upbeat. “We’re working toward a season,” he said, optimism in his voice. “This (meaning volleyball) was the test ...