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Stark contrast between Patriots, Ravens on Sunday night

One team has drafted well, and the other one hasn't. There it is in a nutshell for the difference between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens, who go at it at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night. Bill Belichick hemmed and hawed when asked about his recent drafting record, one that ...

Johnny Most was not just the voice of the Boston Celtics, but its conscience

In honor of Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn, we open by recalling his reaction when fellow Celtics broadcasting icon Johnny Most died on Jan. 3, 1993: “He was not just the voice of the Boston Celtics. He was the conscience of the Boston Celtics for all of New England,’’ Heinsohn said ...

Campbell, Hopkinton both winners as they made it to the finish line

There are winners and losers in every postseason or championship game, right? This fall season, that's just on the scoreboard. The big winners are all the high school athletes these last couple of weeks that made it to the finish line during this pandemic. This past weekend saw champions ...

Patriots hope they never sink as low as Jets have

Pay close attention, New England Patriots fans. When your team heads to the Meadowlands on Monday night, you have to hope they're not looking across the field, or the line of scrimmage, and seeing the future. In short, you have to hope the Patriots don't eventually morph into the joke of an ...

Have Patriots become irrelevant in fans’ minds?

It’s a weekend where there are high school championship games, even a couple of Sunday. And football fans get a break - they don’t have to worry about the New England Patriots getting in the way. They play Monday night at the New York Jets. But even if they were playing on Sunday, ...

Forging through the blah months

We’ve hit November with high school sports, which means state tournaments are winding down and football playoffs have just begun. Did anyone think we’d get this far in the middle of a pandemic? Of course not. But here are a few thoughts as the schools, the teams and all of us forge ...

Shenanigans at Holman Stadium leads to confusion at semi-pro game

OCT. 31, 1950 – A scheduling mix-up that marred a game at Holman Stadium between the semi-pro Nashua Tigers and Dorchester (Mass.) annoyed venerable Telegraph sports editor Frank Stawasz. “Were it possible this writer would recommend stepping off a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty ...

It’s starting to look like the end for Patriots’ good fortune

Are we watching the beginning of the end? It sure seems that way. You see, when a dynasty begins to falter, the signs are always evident. The New England Patriots have been through it before, but they've always had the talent to replenish the roster or at least improve its weaknesses. But ...

Patriots now have to wonder about Newton’s performance

Wow. Good thing the Gillette Stadium stands were empty. Here's the biggest question following the worst home loss in the Bill Belichick Era of the New England Patriots: What's wrong with Cam Newton? You all saw it. Was that the same quarterback during the Patriots 33-6 drubbing at the hands ...

Winter sports an entirely different animal than the fall

Time to check in with the Exec Direct. And he must be going stir crazy. The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Executive Director Jeff Collins, who has been scrambling since last March, like most education athletic officials, to make high school sports work this fall, ...

Jimmy G Return Day is almost upon us in Foxborough

Sunday morning will start with bright sunshine, smiles and salutations. Jimmy G is in town. The world is a better place. That's the way some New England Patriots fans may be thinking as former backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers are coming to town. Some still hold ...

This debacle against Denver simply wasn’t worth the wait

It wasn't worth the wait, was it. Inexcusable? Well, there were plenty of excuses to throw out there if you were a New England Patriots player or coach following Sunday's flat 18-12 loss to the Denver Broncos at still fan-less Gillette Stadium. It was awful. Even when the Broncos and ...

Pandemic wreaking havoc on prep season

High school coaches, one by one, after almost every game, have kept saying how they were happy just to have their kids play a game. Win or lose. They all leave the field feeling like they won. Why? Because they never know when the next time will be that they and their team take the field. ...

The NFL stands for “Not For Long” for whole new reason

The old saying is the NFL stand for “Not For Long”. This is certainly the case with the league and the coronavirus. Things change weekly, daily, hourly, we've all seen that. Will the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos finally play their twice cancelled game on Sunday? Who knows? As ...

Patriots-Broncos: A game virus doesn’t want to be played

Here we go again. Sure, Sunday at 1 p.m. beats Monday at 5 p.m. any day when it comes to a game in the National Football League. Heck, that's when the games were always meant to be played, if you follow the doctrine of former Patriots coach Bill Parcells. But how much confidence do you have ...

NFL Picks: Every one should have a warning sign with it

Here we go again, another New England Patriots/pandemic weekend turned into a manic Monday. Who knows by the time Monday rolls around whether the test results change the schedule again. One thing is for sure: Each week in the NFL, each game, is a tenuous one. The New York Jets on Friday ...

Rivier announces hockey to athletic slate

What was the biggest local sports news of the week, you ask? It had to be the Rivier University announcement that they will, if things get back to some semblance of normal, add men’s and women’s hockey to its athletic program for the 2021-22 academic year. The Raiders will go the club ...

We will see Patriots at Chiefs tonight, for better or worse

It's a surprising Monday Night Football game for the New England Patriots. Should it be? COVID-19 will not go away, and sports continues to push on, for better or worse. The NFL moved Sunday's previously scheduled Kansas City Chiefs-Patriots game, which probably would have sent ratings ...

It won’t be the same at NCC without Lochhead

The local golf community lost a good one recently. Think back to the great time in early July, when the NHGA Men’s State Am was hosted at Nashua Country Club. The event started with NCC icon Bill Lochhead hitting the ceremonial opening drive off the first tee. Sadly, Lockhead, 84, passed ...

Perfect time for spotlight to be completely on Patriots

They're now the only game in town when you look at the Big Four (Sorry Revs). The spotlight always shines on the New England Patriots, but now, after an unusual stretch where the Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Red Sox have all been active and playing or getting ready to play at the same time, ...