Keeping Score

Keeping Score: So long, sport

Friday, September 12, 2014

Good morning! Jet Blue Flight 2016 from Worcester to Fort Lauderdale landed at 10 a.m. last Sunday with a solid contingent of Patriot fans on board. The airport was a mere 20-minute drive from Dolphins Stadium, but I wasn’t there for the game. On Sept. 5 my 75-year-old friend Jimmy Johnson had passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital in West … 0

Keeping Score: Same ol’ song

Friday, September 5, 2014

Good morning! The sun angling downward past the three-quarter marker on Monday portended the beginning of high school football, and Kevin Hollister claims the game of the year will be Mohawk versus Tech on Oct. 11. “They hate each other,” said Hollister, a West County native who works at Tech. “Tech’s two captains transferred from Mohawk.” Informed of Hollister’s remarks, Mohawk coach Doug … 0

Keeping Score: Whipple effect

Friday, August 29, 2014

Good morning! The Mark Whipple Show debuts today at Gillette Stadium, where the UMass Minutemen are 17-point underdogs against Boston College. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon took his mulligan the day after Christmas when he fired Charley Molnar with three years and $836,000 remaining on his contract. “There wasn’t the sense we were where we needed to be,” said McCutcheon, who two years … 0

Keeping Score: Comfort zone

Friday, May 30, 2014

Good morning! Greenfield’s Josh Hillman won’t be intimidated by the company he’s keeping on Monday, even if it includes two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen. Earlier this month Hillman qualified for the U.S. Open Sectionals by shooting a 2-under-par 70 at the Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville, N.Y. … 0

Keeping Score: Odds breakers

Friday, May 23, 2014

Good morning! Most harness horse players bet to win, place and show, but there are those who get their kicks from off-the-wall strategies that Bill McQuiston has seen his share of at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The affable 64-year-old McQuiston is the harness track’s mutuels manager and … 0

Keeping Score: Swinging for a dream

Friday, May 16, 2014

Good morning! The long odds of playing in next month’s U.S. Open were reduced significantly this week for Greenfield native Josh Hillman who shot a 2-under-par 70 at the Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville, N.Y. The course was one 111 playing venues where 10,127 golfers began the process … 0

Keeping Score: Sogard’s pop

Friday, May 9, 2014

Good morning! Two Oakland A’s players caught my attention last weekend on NESN. Bearded catcher Derek Norris looked like Sasquatch, and bespectacled infielder Eric Sogard looked like my nephew Pete Weiss, who lives in Athens, Vermont and plays in a band called the Weisstronauts. That was the extent … 0

Keeping Score: Tempting fate

Friday, May 2, 2014

Good morning! When nominations to this year’s Triple Crown series closed on Jan. 25, the owners of 413 3-year-old thoroughbreds had dished out $600 per horse thinking theirs might be the colt to wear the blanket of roses on the first Saturday in May. Prep races and veterinarian … 0

Keeping Score: Birch Bias

Friday, April 25, 2014

Good morning! Throwing it up there to see what sticks with your bacon and eggs this Saturday breakfast ... Bill Lee claims bats made of yellow birch are stronger than the conventional sort made of maple or northern white ash. “It’s a cross between maple and ash and … 0

Keeping Score: Inner strength

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good morning! Marathon runner Ben Simanski crossed the finish line 30 minutes ahead of the mayhem that ensued at 2:49 p.m. last Patriot’s Day, a stroke of good fortune for a man who’d recently received his share of bad news. A 30-year-old attorney with a passion for criminal … 0

Keeping Score: Meal Call

Friday, April 11, 2014

Good morning! The Red Sox were trailing the Texas Rangers by one run with two runners on base in the bottom of the eighth inning on Wednesday when David Ortiz hit a 1-1 pitch deep into the right field bleachers. Ortiz stayed in the batter’s box until first … 0

Keeping Score: Home trip

Monday, April 7, 2014

Good morning! Searching for a local restaurant on the drive out of Florida I stopped at Granny’s in Starke, home of Florida State Prison where 86 convicts have been executed since 1976. At the main intersection a sign for the prison points west, and I wondered if any … 0

Keeping Score: The Remy Dilemma

Monday, March 31, 2014

Good morning! In the winter of 1978 the currently besieged Red Sox radio analyst, author, restaurant owner and Red Sox Nation president Jerry Remy was an above average second baseman who’d been traded from California to Boston. I was at the press luncheon at Fenway Park the day … 0

Keeping Score: Welcome crew

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Good morning! Whoever said the pleasure is in the journey was likely on the sort of two-lane like the road between Stuart and Sarasota, where the scent of orange blossoms collides with the sight of cows grazing and egrets flying over sprawling pastureland. Outside Indiantown, a motorist can … 0

Keeping Score: Car Problems

Monday, March 17, 2014

Good morning! Despite the warm Florida weather, I do look forward to being away from these lame-brained drivers down here in their big white SUVs, talking on cellphones with little dogs in their laps. The snowbirds were indeed migrating up toward Georgia the day I trekked up the … 0