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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 ...

Another new twist to the high school coaching world

It's another highs school sports year, and as usual, nothing is more polarizing than coaching stories. First up this fall is the Bishop Guertin girls lacrosse vacancy, stunningly created over the summer and filled this past weekend. Out was highly successful mentor Kerry Gobiel; in is ...

Young Yaz set for Fenway debut

Age is said to inflict wisdom – or delusions of it. This comes to mind as Mike Yastrzemski prepares for his first game at his grandfather’s home address for 23 seasons. Part of passing barrier into one’s 60s is the ability to insist, despite all protests (even if they are rooted in ...

Bishop Guertin busy filling coaching spots

It’s another high school sports year and, as usual, nothing is more polarizing than coaching stories. First up this fall is the Bishop Guertin girls lacrosse vacancy, stunningly created over the summer and filled this past weekend. Out was highly successful mentor Kerry Gobiel; in is ...

All hail Tim Tebow … Hall of Fame Hypoccrite

This morning's mission: Making it through this little essay without mentioning You Know Who (No. 17 in your program, No. 1 in his own mind) … Tim Tebow did not tie the knot wedding hypocrisy with big-time college sports, but he certainly is a Hall of Fame hypocrite in its defense. Last week ...

Brown or no Brown, Patriots a lock at Miami

Scary isn't it? No, not the Antonio Brown fiasco, but just how bad the New England Patriots have been down in Miami. They've lost to some bad Dolphin teams. Lost to Jay Cutler. Lost via the Miracle in Miami last year. Heck, they've even lost to a Joe Philbin-coached team there. Ugh. Well, ...

Longo’s Friday Football Feast: Panthers to handle Cardinals

What did I ever do to the people of Hudson? When I go to an event at Alvirne High, I’m sure to stop at Rocco’s for a steak bomb or Findeisen’s for a chocolate frappe. Driving to the office, I hit the Dairy Queen drive-thru on Route 111 more times than this fat old man should. Yet, ...

Only one way for Patriots to cure their headache

In courtrooms there is a presumption of innocence, the bedrock of our justice system. Everywhere else, there is a presumption of guilt, particularly if the party in question is a celebrity. Make it a professional athlete and the only sound that comes through the static is the name of the ...

The opinion on Brown: Steelers need him more than Pats

The cashier in Nashua Sunday morning had this one question. “Think it will work out? How long do you give it?” he asked. He wasn't talking about any celebrity marriage. But rather the marriage, of course, between the New England Patriots and mercurial receiver Antonio ...