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Keeping Score

Keeping Score: Boston smug

Friday, July 3, 2015

Good morning, and happy birthday America! Last November at the Manchester (N.H.) City Marathon, Jason Ayr had a Rosie Ruiz moment. The 27-year-old Westfield native had broken free from the pack at the 20-mile mark and was within two miles of winning the $1,500 first prize. More important his running team, the Western Mass. Distance Project, would win the New England Grand Prix team championship sanctioned by USA Track & Field-New England. A UMass graduate, Ayr ran for Minutemen coach Ken O’Brien and prior to that at the University of Buffalo. In April he finished 137th at the Boston Marathon and was 51st the year … 0

Keeping Score: Local scholar

Friday, June 26, 2015

Good morning! Growing up in Greenfield, Kevin Hassett loved canoeing on Barton Cove, hiking along Sachem’s Head and watching the Fourth of July fireworks at Beacon Field. “There are so many wonderful things about Greenfield, it’s hard to pick a favorite,” said Hassett, who walks the trails behind Highland Pond with his father … 0

Keeping Score: twice burnt

Friday, June 19, 2015

Good morning! Tampa’s Skip Smith has a travel tip for Caribbean-bound vacationers: watch your wallet. “Two guys on my crew learned the hard way,” said Smith. “One spent $12 on lighters in the casino shop and his card was charged over $950, and another guy in the same shop was charged $500 for a $20 purchase. Lots of tourists don’t realize they’re ripped … 0

Keeping Score: Letting go

Friday, March 13, 2015

Good morning! I wrote today’s column plucking away with my left index finger and my right arm in a sling. The good arm, the strong and useful limb, was broken while chasing a foul ball at a spring training game in Jupiter, Fla., last week. It could’ve been … 0

Keeping Score: Stormy weather

Friday, March 6, 2015

Good morning! Spectators at last Saturday’s third round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens got a lesson in what a “chance of showers” can mean in South Florida. The afternoon “mini-hurricane” delivered 60 mph winds and dumped four-and-a-half inches of rain in three hours. Putting a … 0

Keeping Score: Play Ball

Friday, February 27, 2015

Good morning! Spring training in Florida began in 1888 when the Washington Statesmen worked out in Jacksonville. It would be 15 years before another team returned, but the early visit portended a hardball migration that saw 1.4 million fans go through the turnstiles to watch 212 games last … 0

Keeping Score: Playing tag

Friday, February 20, 2015

Good morning! The lifeguard station at Hobe Sound Public Beach reminded me of an air traffic control tower with enough height for lifeguards to spot flailing swimmers or dorsal fins sluicing toward surfboards. The yellow flag was flapping in the wind one January morning, meaning conditions were good … 0

Keeping Score: Knight moves

Friday, February 13, 2015

Good morning! Reader Doug Stotz forwarded a photo of his friend and cycling companion Mike Caouette on the job in Los Angeles. Caouette was accompanying Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr. after the Death Row Records founder was arrested for murder and other charges last month. According to news … 0

Keeping Score: Hot Air

Friday, January 30, 2015

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 … 0

Keeping Score: Close Shave

Friday, January 23, 2015

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 … 0

Keeping Score: Sound bite

Friday, January 16, 2015

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” … 1

Keeping Score: Taking the over

Friday, January 9, 2015

Good morning! The three best days of the football season are upon us. It begins today at Gillette Stadium where the Patriots are seven point favorites to beat the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Conference semifinals. This isn’t the match-up that Patriots fans wanted. The Ravens have come, … 0

Keeping Score: Hazard in the rough

Friday, January 2, 2015

Good morning! There are more golf courses in Palm Beach County than any place in the country. Travelers can see the mowed fairways, clipped greens and sparkling ponds while their aircraft’s descending down onto the landing strip at PBI airport. It’s nature on a leash, and Frank White … 0

Keeping Score: The Boca Bowl

Friday, December 26, 2014

Good morning! Graying snowbirds like me aren’t the only folks who retreat to Florida for the winter. Aging Captain Americas decked in shades, bandanas, earrings and tattoos roll full throttle into the Sunshine State once the frost hits the pumpkin. That buzz you hear on quiet winter days … 0

Keeping Score: Just peachy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Good morning! In the deep quiet of a winter night I awoke and stared into the darkness, disoriented and disturbed by the unfamiliarity of my surroundings. An air conditioner droned beneath the drapes and the hallway light shone from under the door. Slowly I realized I was at … 0