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Longo: Hopkins deal still has rancid odor to it

Stray National Football League thoughts as I contemplate whether or not Jarrett Stidham has the next 19 years covered at Patriot Place. Seriously, any fantasy football commissioner worth his salt would have rejected the recent Deandre Hopkins deal from Houston to Arizona as some sort of ...

It’s a nasty new world in lot of ways for Patriots fans

Well, after this past week, we know one thing: Tom Brady is a morning person. Brady on Friday morning posted on social media a photo of him signing his Tampa Bay Buccaneers deal, along with a statement on joining the Bucs. It all had to be like a knife through the hearts of New England ...

Longo: Huge opportunity for horse racing right now

What are the folks who direct horse racing thinking of right now? Racing, an afterthought of a sport save for three Triple Crown Saturdays in the spring and Breeders Cup weekend in the fall, is the last man standing. Sports from coast to coast are on coronavirus hold indefinitely. Casinos ...

Greenwood: Will change of colors suit Brady?

Every essay on Tom Brady’s new football journey, as he calls it, includes a fashion note. “Get used to seeing Brady in a different uniform.” Well, no kidding. Really? He won’t be able to quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a Flying Elvis on his helmet? He won’t be doing his ...

There is really no one to blame for Brady’s departure

Anger often drives this columnist. When Tennyson penned those immortal words in The Charge of the Light Brigade: “Theirs not to question why,” he might as well have been scolding me 150 years in advance. Angry Longo questions everything and everyone, with a jagged, cynical edge. We ...

It’s on! The Brady Watch is winding down today

Fasten your seat belts, here we go. It looks like the Football Genie is going to grant us one of our two wishes – that the NFL will apparently allow free agency to go on as scheduled. That means you can pamper and tamper beginning today at noon if you're an NFL owner/general manager. The ...

Roger Goodell actually makes the right call

While watching folks skewer Roger Goodell is always a hoot, occasionally he does make the right call. Proceeding with the NFL free agent season, and the draft next month, is one of them. Goodell and the league are being criticized for trying to maintain some sense of business as usual ...

Hey, NFL, the sports world needs you now in a big way

OK, National Football League. You're up. Free agency is set to start Monday at noon, that so-called “legal tampering” period, when the tampering lasts about a minute and then it's reported on twitter, etc. that said free agent player has agreed to a contract with said team. They just ...

NHIAA had few options in current situation

The NHIAA is treading into some interesting territory here. Thursday’s announced state tourney postponements smack of panic, a response to the pandemic spreading here and throughout the world known as “Coronavirus.” Certainly, the administrators would eschew the term panic and head ...

Celtics need to shake off fourth-quarter nightmares

Tuesday night’s decision went to the Celtics, but calling it a win would be laughable. There is something about this team that cannot be fully explained in pure basketball terms. There is no team out there more fully incapable of protecting a big lead. Ahead by 16 points with less than ...

Merrimack’s Soucy doing double duty

He slithered through the West Side Arena parking lot, two hands clenched on the cash box, like a petty thief who just picked up a substantial score. There’s never a policeman around when you need one, right? All kidding aside, Mike Soucy’s Saturday travails would have inspired a Rob ...

Tournament time often creates the great equalizer

The look on Hollis Brookline senior standout guard Christina Balsamo told it all a few nights ago. It was a look of shock. It was likely the same look the players from the Merrimack High School girls basketball team had on Saturday night. Or the Hollis Brookline-Derryfield hockey players. Or ...

For once, LeBron James is right

LeBron James is right. That may be the first, and likely last time that line will appear in this space. Asked about the possibility of the NBA playing in empty arenas until the coronavirus threat eases, James said: “We play games without the fans? Nah, that’s impossible. I ain’t ...

Here’s a more analytical look at Pats, Brady, NFL

To continue our recent Saturday theme, here are a few observations on the current state of the Patriots (including the Brady Watch), the NFL, and what we may see in the days ahead with the free agency tampering period just 9 days away: First, the silly Brady-Jimmy Garoppolo-49ers circus you ...

Tom Brady getting bad advice from his agent

There are some extremely fortunate, talent-challenged folks in this world. Late night host Jimmy Fallon and NFL Network voice Rich Eisen immediately leap to mind. But can someone please explain Tom Brady’s agent/adviser Don Yee to me? This guy had to have made some kind of deal with the ...

Red Sox, Chris Sale shopping around for best diagnosis

When a big-league pitcher with a bad arm seeks input from multiple doctors it usually means he is determined to find one who will tell him what he wants to hear. That’s human nature. When your career is fully dependent on your favored wing, and the diagnosis calls for surgery and extended ...

Golden Gloves in Lowell more than worth the trip

There is no bigger night in area boxing circles than Thursday as the New England Golden Gloves Championships will be decided at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. For old-school, gritty fans of pure sport and competition, there simply is no better live event. The LMA comes alive. You are taken ...

The month of March is sure to bring maddening results

Welcome to potentially the busiest sports month of the year. The maddening month of March. It's got everything – all the high school championships being decided; the NCAA men's and women's basketball and hockey tournemants, the opening of the Major League Baseball season, plus key NBA/NHL ...

Greenwood: Hey, James Harden, try picking on someone your own size

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, wondering what more MLB commissioner Rob Manfred could possibly need to know before ruling on the Red Sox sign-stealing accusations … James Harden landed a rhetorical right hook on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s chin the other day. In an ESPN ...

So many annoying twists and turns in NFL off season

We warned you. We warned you the Tom Brady rumors would get crazy during this Rookie Combine Week in Indianapolis and bounce off the walls, running into each other in the outer space regions of social media, etc. Some are due to media members wanting to make big names for themselves, others ...