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Keeping Score

Keeping Score: Dry Run

Friday, May 22, 2015

Good morning! On a warm spring evening outside Fenway Park, Kung Fu Panda bracelets were selling for $3, vendors were hawking free “soxaholic” bumper stickers with each paid program, and parking attendants were getting $50 a car. They’ll take it while they can, because the most expensive division in baseball is a cheap claiming race and the Red Sox are any old nag. “Minus four,” said David Hosmer, referring to the AL East’s combined number of games under .500 on Thursday. Free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez have yet to prove they’re worth their millions. The former has turned on neither the charm nor the bat speed, while the latter is coming full circle … 0

Keeping Score: Transition trouble

Friday, May 15, 2015

Good morning! Last weekend, six Atlantic 10 softball teams converged in Amherst to play at Sortino Field, the complex named for the longtime coach who passed away two years ago this August at age 63. Fordham won its third straight A-10 title by beating Dayton, 8-2, in the title game. The Rams lost to North Carolina State Friday, 12-5, in the first round … 0

Keeping Score: Louisville Upstart

Friday, May 1, 2015

Good morning! Railbirds who are betting their vacation money that either American Pharoah or Dortmund will be wearing the blanket of roses at Churchill Downs today might be staying home this summer. “My first look if somebody told me you gotta pick now or you’re going to the gallows, it would be hard to see past those two,” said Greenfield handicapper John Dobrydnio. … 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

Keeping Score: History lessons

Friday, November 28, 2014

Good morning! I spilled two sodas on the steps between Sections G and H at the Mullins Center last Saturday. An usher mopped up my mess but couldn’t help John Micheletto clean up the mess between the pipes. The University of Vermont was scoring at will. Every third … 0

Keeping Score: Talkin’ Football

Friday, November 21, 2014

Good morning! Column contributor Jamin Hemenway has been from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville to Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. He was at Mountaineer Field the day Tavon Austin rolled up 572 yards against Oklahoma, and he was at Memorial Field in Lawrence to see Kansas … 0

Keeping Score: Going strong

Friday, November 14, 2014

Good morning! Former UMass safety James Ihedigbo has played for four NFL teams, including the Patriots. This year, he signed with the Lions. According to spotrac.com, the terms included a $750,000 base salary, a $375,000 signing bonus and a $25,000 workout bonus. Watching him slap his hands back … 0

Keeping Score: Rivalry redux

Friday, November 7, 2014

Good morning! Today’s marquee game is 20 miles down the road in Amherst where the Lord Jeffs host Williams College. This historic rivalry will resume for its 129th year. The game will be contested at Pratt Field. The gridiron dates to 1891, making it the third-oldest NCAA playing … 0

Keeping Score: Horse play

Friday, October 31, 2014

Good morning! Quiet time’s up for John Dobrydnio. He’s read the Form, watched the replays, talked to the railbirds and is ready to proclaim the winner of tonight’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Two months ago he picked long shot VE Day to win the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, but … 0

Keeping Score: Writing lesson

Friday, October 24, 2014

Good morning! One morning over coffee at Green Fields Market, my friend Bob Diamond guessed how long it takes for me to write the Saturday column: “What, a couple of hours?” Guess again. Assumptions like Bob’s are what caused German essayist Thomas Mann to wryly observe: “A writer … 1