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Longo: Lack of ‘fight’ in NFL could be a problem

Stray thoughts while wondering how the pathetic, coach-less, quarterback-less Washington Redskins are a 5-point favorite to anyone this week. If Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens knew his team was down 28-3 to San Francisco in the third quarter Monday night, why was Baker Mayfield ...

Some Battle of the Bridge moments you may have missed

It remains the highlight of the local high school fall sports season. The Battle of the Bridge between Nashua North and South brings out the best in local athletes and coaches, and with many of the events in one week, it's usually a week to remember. Here's a look back: ---- Our favorite ...

Rule No. 1 for NFL football: Settle on your quarterback

Who's your quarterback? If you don't know, then you're in big trouble at any level, but even more so in the National Football League. So pity the horrendous Washington Redskins this weekend. Earlier this week, they seemed to have absolutely no clue as to who their quarterback should be for ...

NBA refs will call traveling now … or so they say

An Associated Press story in today’s sports section (for the record, B-7) is certain to bring a smile to the face of any NBA fan – or any NBA critic. The subject is traveling violations. Specifically, it is a vow from the league that officials will be diligent this season in actually ...

Gostkowski’s out; now who do we pick on?

Generally speaking, kickers are seldom noticed and generate zero conversation – until they miss four of 15 extra points in four games. That’s more misses than great NFL kickers endure in a season. Phones light up and groans turn to angry barks. There is little worse than being the ...

Ranking NFL QB’s; guess who leads the list

Who do you blame? The Millenials, social media or the nuclear explosion that is fantasy football? Answer: Yes. How else can you explain the phenomena that is the quarterback commodities market? Might as well be soybeans, pork bellies or frozen orange concentrate the way player values ...

Here’s some multi-sport thoughts heading into October

We haven't done this in a while, but as we say good-bye to September and hello to October – the only month during which the NFL,NBA, NHL and MLB all play meaningful games at the same time – it's time for some early fall tids and bits: ---- First, if you weren't at the Nashua North-Exeter ...

Patriots are 4-0, but not exactly perfect

Having won their first four games, the Patriots are inspiring fear throughout New England. Could we have it any other way? Sunday’s 16-10 win over Buffalo upset folks because Tom Brady was less-than mediocre, their offensive line seems determined to see Brady (and the season) crushed, and ...

Greenwood: Dombrowski Era had its moments of pain, elation

The two sides to the Dave Dombrowski silver dollar: Side 1: He loves finding ways to make his club a championship contender regardless of the cost. Side 2: He is willing to shred long-term goals to get there. Since the Major League Baseball business induces headaches for at least one English ...

Bills may finally give Patriots a competitive game

Let's go Buffalo. There, we've said it. We used to love that chant when Ernie DiGregorio and Bob McAdoo used to spark the old Buffalo Braves of the NBA at home. Yeah, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. So we're bringing that chant back for Sunday. We want to see the Buffalo Bills give ...

Longo’s Friday Football Feast: North hosts Exeter in potential classic

I believe it was the late Muhammad Ali who often chirped, “I’m a bad man!” Let’s just say that this week, I understand what the champ was preaching. You see, those of us who know perfection embrace it. A spotless 8-0 week has left the big fella at 21-3 through three weeks. Please ...

Red Sox manager Alex Cora was right in letting Eduardo Rodriguez get 19th win

One reason to be an Alex Cora fan is that the man is honest – or an extraordinary actor. For those who stopped watching the 2019 Red Sox when they clinched October tee times, Eduardo Rodriguez posted his 19th victory Tuesday night in a 12-10 win over the Rangers. It was one of, if not the ...

Londonderry’s Griffin deserves better than Jets

The axiom that “good things happen to good people” got severely tested in the spring of 2019. To his credit, the good person involved, as he has done for so long in his athletic career, simply perseveres. Londonderry High product Ryan Griffin was in town, starting at tight end Sunday at ...

Greenwood: Red Sox implosion starts, ends with pitching staff

Diving into the ever-deepening pool of Major League Baseball stats has never been fun for this English major. When it comes to analyzing the sea of numbers and decimal points, fear of drowning is real here. But assessing why the Red Sox officially (i.e., mathematically) have become an also-ran ...

Patriots need a challenge; is one really out there?

Enough. Pleeeeeeze NFL, get some teams that can actually play professional football on the New England Patriots schedule. Sure, you fans are loving this, it's a rout every seven days for you to enjoy, 30-14 on this particular Sunday at sun-splashed, Antonio Brown-free Gillette Stadium. Is it ...

This time Belichick should bear responsibility

Arguing against the notion that Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in the history of the National Football League is akin to disputing the notion that the sun rises in the East. Arguing for the notion that Belichick’s arrogance often turns spiteful and petulant is simply an acknowledgment ...

There’s not a whole lot exciting on the field for Patriots

Good luck if you want to find some competitive on-field drama with the New England Patriots and a lot of other teams these days. We've been stuck, really, with the Antonio Brown garbage that the Patriots brought on themselves. The games are secondary. There's no escape. You had to laugh when ...

Friday Football Feast: The big fella gets serious this week

My weekly therapy session, otherwise known as this picks column, will be subjugated this week. I will not lament about my unwavering inability to figure out Alvirne. I won’t whine about Joey Lupo and the Cardinals taking out their frustrations with my constant doubt of them on the South ...

It’s a bit early to dream about Patriots’ perfection

Having scored 76 points and allowed a measly three in the season’s first two weeks, the New England Patriots have successfully turned many of their fans’ minds into amorous mush. If you, or someone you know, is afflicted with 19-0 fever, there is but one cure: Remember 2007. Actually, ...

High school rivals need to meet more often

To the powers that be in the NHIAA, please forward your complaints to one Tom King, care of The Telegraph. His brilliant coverage of the Nashua area athletes has again driven me to this plea. It seems like once a year I write this. Perhaps I should “Andy Dufresne” it and increase my ...