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Keeping Score

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 is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Two hours? Its taken that long for a … 1

Keeping Score: The long goodbye

Friday, October 17, 2014

Good morning! Mike Russo’s career coaching soccer at Williams College is drawing to a close. “Probably if I was smart I would’ve gone out last year when we went to the Final Four,” joked Russo, who grew up in Deerfield. One win in the Ephs’ final three matches will assure Russo of his 31st consecutive winning season, a streak that was in doubt … 1

Keeping Score: No win situation

Friday, October 10, 2014

Good morning! How would you like to be football coach for a day, have a 27-point lead and try keeping it for the last 31 minutes of play? Think you could do it? UMass coach Mark Whipple couldn’t. He let what was a 41-14 blowout slip away last week and lost to a winless Miami of Ohio team, 42-41. The shocking implosion wasn’t … 0

Keeping Score: The Darke side

Monday, July 21, 2014

Every four years a soccer ball crosses over the horizon and we become enthralled with a sport that’s worshiped every place but North America. Thrilling as the U.S. team’s game against Belgium was on Tuesday, it was a loss and it sent the Damn Yankees home with an … 0

Keeping Score: Saving par

Friday, July 18, 2014

Good morning! On Monday morning Allen Boudreau of Hinsdale, N.H., grabbed the clubs from the back of his pickup, slung the bag over his shoulder and trekked up to the first tee of the Northfield Golf Course. “Thumbs … 0

Keeping Score: After the gold rush

Monday, June 30, 2014

Good morning! Tuesday’s ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court to allow an anti-casino referendum on November’s ballot promises to liven up the debate about the pros and cons of slot machines and table games in the Commonwealth. A … 0

Keeping Score: And all his horses

Friday, June 20, 2014

Good morning! All hail the Kings, winners of two Stanley Cups in three years, patched up and sent back onto the ice by trainer Chris Kingsley, the kid who grew up on Elm Street in Greenfield and hung out with his buddies at Jimmy’s Market, now JC’s on … 0

Keeping Score: Trophy time

Friday, June 13, 2014

Good morning! At this writing the L.A. Kings were battling the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings’ trainer Chris Kingsley is a GHS grad who learned to skate on Highland Pond and at the Collins-Moylan Arena. Maybe he’ll bring the Stanley … 0

Keeping Score: CC That

Friday, June 6, 2014

Good morning! Paul Matties says there’s a bettor at Belmont Park today who will wager $10,000 on California Chrome — all in $2 tickets. “He thinks he’ll be able to sell them as souvenirs,” laughed Matties, who lives near Saratoga and is a professional gambler. That’s one way … 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