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Anthony Perry moving on from Rivier

It’s finally here: Super Bowl Week. Did we think it would ever happen with the pandemic? Probably not. February also is here, so let’s give you some tids and bits as we cross a second month off the winter calendar and begin a third: First, Rivier University is losing a perfect fit in ...

Time Travel for Jan. 30-31

JAN. 30, 1961: “Sparked by the 10-point scoring performance of Dick Diggins, Nashua High’s trackmen ran wild Saturday to post a 49-28 triumph over Exeter High to mark their second win in as many starts. “Diggins was the top point-getter when he won the 40-yard dash and the 300, but his ...

Yes, the Brady Break beats the Rodgers Rate times 10

The Buffalo Bills actually did themselves a favor by losing the AFC Championship Game to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. Sure, there's pain. But they spared themselves the frustration of having to face Tom Brady again. And probably losing to him in Super Bowl LV. On his home field, no ...

Happy Conference Championship Day, Packers and Bills

Now we get down to the nitty gritty. No one would be too surprised with any of the results of today's AFC and NFC Conference Championship Games. Why? Just look at the quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, likely NFL MVP. Josh Allen, the darkhorse MVP candidate. Pat Mahomes, a Super Bowl MVP. And of ...

A mix of emotions for local football fans

Happy Conference Championship Weekend, football fans. Here are a few thoughts to ponder as we enter the home stretch for January: • OK, let’s get rid of the Gronk-sized elephant in the room: Who are you rooting for in the Tampa-Green Bay game? It’s got to be a mix of emotions for ...

Time Travel

There are few high school sports figures whose name is poised to pop up even in casual conversation. Mention football, particularly football teams that represent Nashua, and note how deep that chat can proceed before Buzz Harvey is mentioned. With all sincere respect to the men and women who ...

BG, Bedford remind us all what a big game feels like

A little while before game time on Sunday at Bedford High School, it looked like there were almost more media in the gym than fans. That tells you a couple of things. One, a sign of the times, where fans allowed at high school games this winter are few and far between. And two, after a very ...

‘Stop and Start Season’

Bishop Guertin athletic director Ryan Brown had the perfect title for the local high school winter sports season of 2021. “It’s the Stop and Start Season,” he said the other day. Exactly. The pandemic rages on, and the games go on, or they don’t. It’s so much different than last ...

Time Travel for Jan. 16-22

It took years for the Nashua hockey community to find a rink to call home. The Nashua Garden came and went all-too quickly, with local teams left to find ice time outside the city. Decades later, the Conway Arena opened and Nashua high school, youth hockey, figure skaters, and any other ...

Expect Brady Watch to continue after NFL Divisional round

The Brady Watch 2021. It's a bit different from the Brady Watch of 2020. That one was basically whether he would stay with the New England Patriots or not. And if not, where he would end up. And now that we know he's with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this year's BW is how far will he go in the ...

The NH connection continues with national title game

Yes, Monday night football is back – briefly. Didn't it feel strange last Monday without a game? But tonight is the College Football Championship Game, with Alabama taking on Ohio State. It's the final Monday night until next August or September we get to see football. And lately this ...

Dave Drescher will be missed

We have reached the second weekend of January, and moving forward this time of year is always a good thing. Thus, here are a few tids and bits to munch on in the midst of Wild Card Weekend: • Yes, 2020 was a tough year and we lost some great people heading into its final week – John ...

Time Travel for Jan. 9-15

JAN. 9, 1951: “Jackets were awarded to 41 members of the Nashua semiprofessional Tiger grid squad at a recent postseason gathering held at the McNulty-Foley Rose Room, marking an official close to the organization’s first and possibly last season for awhile. “Among the 41 athletes ...

January blahs take break with Super Wild Card Weekend

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Well, OK, of the NFL season. It's Wild Card Weekend, which now has been renamed “Super Wild Card Weekend” by the National Football League, as there are now six playoff games instead of four thanks to the adding of a playoff team in each conference ...

The Cam Question really isn’t a question at all for Patriots

The Big Tease. That's the way the last regular season game of a National Football League season can always be for teams who aren't making the playoffs. So let's not take too much from Sunday's 28-14 New England Patriots win over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium, one that finishes the ...

An insignificant Sunday for Patriots, other teams and fans

Here's a different take, New England Patriots fans: Your football team has really done you a favor. What, you say? By having a dismal sub-.500 season? Well, it's possible that when today ends there could be an 11-5 team in the AFC that does not make the playoffs. Remember when that happened ...

No drama this time when Pats meet Jets

We’re now in 2021, but the Sunday season finale between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets will have that 2020 feeling. Ah, the Patriots and the Jets used to meet in January in the playoffs; remember the early 2011 game when Rex Ryan’s Jets knocked off New England in stunning ...

Time Travel for Jan. 2-8

We open 2021 by honoring a Nashua man who has dedicated so much time, effort and caring for local athletes, for so many years. If anyone out there can remember a time when Al Savage was not active in promoting youth sports, let them speak now. JAN. 2, 1976 - "Tomorrow afternoon, the Fourth ...

Chara’s Bruin departure an all-too familiar tough story

These things are never easy. It happens nearly all the time. The toughest thing for any professional athlete is to come to terms with his or her mortality rate when it comes to a long career. The toughest thing for the fans is to see that decision made for them. Thus we have the departure ...

Holiday tourney time? No, it’s holiday safety time instead

Ahh, it's normally the most wonderful time of the year. Or at least the busiest. We should be getting ready for Holiday Tournament Week, right? They should be bouncing the balls at 8 a.m.at the Belanger Gym at Nashua South today. Eight games on tap, four girls, four boys. The auxiliary gym ...