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Patriots heard the noise and responded in a big way

Did you hear it? No, not the sound of cash registers and holiday shoppers bumping into each other all over the region We're talking about that a huge sigh of relief eminating from Foxborough, Mass.on Saturday night. The New England Patriots locker room emptied fairly quickly after their ...

How things have changed for the Patriots this season

Remember when it was early in the season, the New England Patriots had just signed Antonio Brown,and we all had visions of a perfect season? Flash forward to Week 16, and the Patriots still have yet to clinch the AFC East, have had all sorts of off-field issues – not the least of which is ...

No high school athletes deserve more praise than wrestlers

Of all the high school athletes, there is none that beats him or herself up more than the wrestler. It is the ultimate personal battle of attrition and toughness, from November to March. Sadly, around the Granite State and beyond, this shows up greatly in boxscores and tournament brackets ...

Parity a thing of the past in NFL

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, confident that there will be more NFL teams willing to give Josh Gordon an unearned chance for redemption ... When the NFL began its ascension to professional sports supremacy, then-Commissioner Pete Rozelle loved touting parity – “On ...

Time to bundle up for the local winter sports season

The winters sports season of 2019-20 is officially underway. Today starts the first full week of the season as all the sports will have begun in near full swing. With that said, here's some tids and bits for the great indoors: It's great to see the Conway Arena Holiday Hockey Tournament back ...

Patriots are only ones who had a bad NFL week

The National Football League and its constant drama is getting out of control. And so are the picks in this column. We're so glad the officiating stunk for Patriots-Chiefs last week and the Kraft Productions film crew royally screwed up in filming the Cincinnati Bengals sideline vs. the ...

Patriots fans are in a slump, too

The lack of respect, the lack of fight, the lack of loyalty is all Jacksonville worthy. But this is New England. We aren’t the Jaguars. Yet here the Patriots sit, 10-3, atop the AFC East, per usual, and the “abandon ship” call dominates the airwaves and at coffee counters all across out ...

Belichick, Patriots are lots of things, but stupid isn’t one of them

In the spirit of the holidays, we offer one and all a nugget of advice: Do not argue with empty-headed babblers who truly believe that Bill Belichick is stupid enough to send a lunkhead, cleverly disguised in Bruins garb, to the press box of FirstEnergy Stadium to film sideline signals from ...

Hey, Gatorade – Trying picking a New Hampshire Player of the Year

I’m a Gatorade guy, red actually, blue will suffice but never green. On this day, I’m all set with all the flavors, the G2 and even the packs of Gator Gum (Google it, kids) that I had stashed from the 1980s. Done. I’m out. In case you missed the news, the Gatorade folks have ...

Patriots are in a whole new world they don’t like at all

One thing was made perfectly clear in the aftermath of the debacle at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. This is a new world for the New England Patriots. In the locker room, at the podium, maybe on the highways and byways, the talk was about how hard the Patriots competed, fought, and showed spunk ...

NFL sent crew of fools to officiate Sunday at Gillette

One question came to mind watching the Patriots on Sunday: When did NBA refs begin moonlighting with the NFL? This is not to suggest that all NFL officiating has sunk to the depths from which the NBA seems incapable of escaping. The crew working the Patriots-Chiefs game succeeded in making ...

Chiefly speaking, Patriots should be OK on Sunday

Somehow, when all seems dire in the world of the New England Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs just seem to show up. It was the blowout Patriot loss at Kansas City back in 2014, when then-ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer declared that “They're just not good anymore” referring to the Patriots, that ...

Milford’s ‘Blazer’ feeling right at home

An undergrad named Tommy Burns came up with the nickname of “Blazers” for the University of Alabama Birmingham athletic teams way back in 1978. How did he know about Lauren Robinson way back then? The ultimate “Blazer” of trails for the UAB cross country team this fall, Milford’s ...

Derek Jeter really is only legit first-year Hall of Fame candidate

In recent years, the first-year candidates on Baseball Hall of Fame ballots has resembled the 2020 field of Democratic primary candidates – lots of names, a handful of them legit contenders. The 2020 Hall of Fame ballot has a single name that is a slam-dunk for immediate induction, trailed ...

Patriots are having their annual crisis of confidence

This Wednesday, at Gillette Stadium, the premier of the new HBO sports documentary “Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching” will take place. The timing isn't exactly the greatest, as both had Thanksgiving weekends they'd say no thanks to in the future. With one, Patriots coach Bill ...

Nicknames? Patriots’ Van Noy should focus on stops

The time has come to take Kyle Van Noy’s “Boogeymen” T-shirts and send them to the same impoverished third-world nation that received those Boston Bruins “2019 Stanley Cup Champs” tees last June. In all seriousness, while the world takes sides between angry, old Tom Brady and his ...

Patriots weren’t able to answer the December call

One look outside the window tells you the New England Patriots feel it's time to get even more serious than they have been. Easier said than done, as Sunday's 28-22 debacle vs. the Houston Texans showed. “We're at the point, after Thanksgiving, when we say we have to be playing our best ...

Texans, O’Brien still don’t have what it takes to beat Pats

Welcome this Sunday night to the Nick Caserio Bowl. Had Caserio and Texans coach Bill O'Brien had their way, Caserio currently would be the general manager of the Houston Texans, whom New England visits Sunday night. But even if Caserio bolts the Patriots when his contract expires following ...

This Turkey Bowl was truly a fun game to see

Scott Knight knew exactly what Wednesday night's Turkey Eve Bowl reminded him of. He was watching a determined Nashua High School North team that wasn't going to allow itself to be blown off the Motta Field turf at Stellos Stadium. “I give them a lot of credit,” Knight, the South head ...

Patriots have become a gritty, soggy, tough team

Sunday was a day and a night fit for neither man nor beast. Perfect for the new New England Patriots. Therse are not your older brother's Patriots, and certainly not your father's Patriots. In a lot of ways, they aren't really even Tom Brady's Patriots, which is why he's been pouting a ...