Sports Columns

Jaywalking: What a game

On Sunday night, the New England Patriots continued their string of exciting Super Bowl finishes by edging the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24, in front of 70,000 fans at the University of Phoenix Stadium and a record-setting television audience that drew a 49.7 on the overnight rating scale, beating last year’s Super Bowl by 4 percent. I imagine there are more bits of fingernails scattered around New England today from all the nerves that were being felt in the final minutes of the game. But when a 0

Keeping Score: Hot Air

Good morning! The Boston Globe ran an article last week that was headlined, “What can I tell my kids about Deflategate?” Really? Tell them to read the Boston Herald. Instead of focusing on a potentially great game between two teams as evenly matched as Ali-Frazier or Connors-McEnroe, the media has reacted to soft footballs like there’s never been such scandal since Britney Spears put Tipper Gore’s knickers in a knot. ISIS is beheading people but first, this update on Deflategate. The New York Post is 0

On the Trail: Humdinger

I remember well the wry grin worn by last week’s new crescent moon slouching east and facing west in the southern sky. I now know that sly, waxing sliver of amber energy building toward next week’s full Snow-Moon climax brought with it winter fury … and local suspense. It’s true old witch Mother Nature spared us the deep, swirling, drifting snows our neighbors to the east grappled with. But she did deliver squeaky winter cold, which appears to be here to stay awhile. Should we 0

Jaywalking: Turf decision

We are quickly approaching the decision as to the fate of the athletic fields behind Greenfield High School. Currently, the area behind the school is a muddy mess, the entire area torn up by bulldozers and excavators, serving as yet another reminder of the school’s multimillion-dollar facelift. And while that construction project has been moving along at a steady and relatively uneventful pace, the biggest remaining piece to the puzzle is what to do with the athletic fields. The School Building Committee needs to come 0

Keeping Score: Close Shave

Good morning! ESPN’s “Playing for the Mob” has rekindled embarrassing memories for not only Boston College but also The Boston Globe, which broke the story about the basketball team’s point -shaving scandal during the 1978-79 season. The 80-minute documentary tells how BC forward Rick Kuhn conspired with two of his hoodlum friends from Pittsburgh to bet against the Eagles. When New York mobster Jimmy Burke got involved, Kuhn enlisted the help of starters Ernie Cobb and Jim Sweeney. They made enough bad passes and missed 0

On the Trail: Cougar Spatz

Oh no. Not again. Of course, I should have known better. Doesn’t cougar chatter always draw feedback? Sometimes from faraway places you’d never imagine? Although, really, I can’t claim this one came out of the clear blue. No. In fact, I had given thought of hitting this man with an email after fielding the suspicious telephone report of five cougars crossing Route 116 in front of a northbound vehicle in broad daylight in North Amherst of all places. Having never lived where cougars roam, I 0

Jaywalking: Young gun

Five years ago, Rebecca Rodgers was a 9-year-old getting introduced to the sport of curling by watching it during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. This week, she is competing on one of the 10 women’s teams to qualify for the 2015 Junior National Championships in Devil’s Lake, N.D. Like many people, Rodgers first got introduced to curling during the Vancouver Games. I also got my first taste of the sport that year, and wound up going to an open house at the Petersham Curling Club, 0

Keeping Score: Sound bite

Good morning! My friend John Blair says there are plenty of restaurants in Florida but the knack is finding a good one. I tried Carmela’s off Route 1 in Juno Beach, a pizza joint with a menu that included gluten-free entrees, and entreaties to “Follow us on twitter” and “Find us on Facebook.” Why? What do I care what the chef is concocting? The place used to be called Barrymore’s and it served a good cut of prime rib. Today it still caters to a 1

On The Trail: No way?

It never ceases to amaze me how, whenever I write about cougars, emails come flying at me, reporting local sightings or curious discoveries that could be the work of cougars. Last week was no different: first, a deer hunter who explores Mt. Toby’s deepest reaches, then a woman who lives and grew up in Sunderland, and finally, another lady who lives in Greenfield and dabbles in wildlife photography. The latter says she clearly saw a cougar cross the road in front of her car in 1

Jaywalking: Barnstorming

It’s amazing where a story can lead you to. Two days before Christmas, I touched on some of the history of Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. The gym opened when the new high school opened up in 1958 and has all sorts of stories to tell from its 57 years of service to the area. After the story ran, I heard from a few people with tales to tell — things I missed or never knew even happened. One of those people was David Fitz of 0