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Keeping Score
Smith Academy's Hannah Rickert (10) and Mahar's Natalie Gonynor (13) battle for a rebound during their game Friday night at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange. Recorder/Mike Phillips

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 a Country Inn & Suites in Florence, S.C. I’d checked in at 10 p.m. a week ago and was reading a New Yorker article about Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban. The author, Ben McGrath, wrote of Bobby Holik’s vow to abstain from alcohol until he could drink from the Stanley Cup (which he did in 1995) and I … 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 shot was finding the back of the net. On the Hockey East stats page UMass … 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 beat Colorado with five fourth quarter touchdowns. “I would’ve seen Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush … 0

Keeping Score: Countdown

Friday, March 7, 2014

Good morning! A week ago Thursday on the Merritt Parkway, I heard Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Greg Polanco go deep off Yankees’ hurler David Phelps and the sound of John Sterling’s call on WFAN was better than any robin or crocus sightings, it was proof that winter was grudgingly … 0

Keeping Score: Recount

Friday, February 28, 2014

Good morning! Recently I wrote that Bob Benoit founded the Mass. State Police boxing team, inspired by his days as a four-round fighter who traded punches for $50 a match in smoke-filled joints around southeastern Mass. and Providence. Retired sheriff Fred Macdonald saw the item and called his … 0

Keeping Score: Shades of gold

Friday, February 21, 2014

Good morning! During a break between bouts at the Golden Gloves regionals in Holyoke two weeks ago, time keeper Kevin Hope leaned toward PA announcer Mike Burke and quipped, “So ... I hear they want to put a marijuana dispensary on the corner of Appleton Street.” Burke sat … 0

Keeping Score: Faded glory

Friday, February 14, 2014

(First of Two Parts) Good morning! Shortly before the first bell of the Golden Gloves regional finals at the Log Cabin Restaurant in Holyoke on February 6, ring announcer Dean Fay strode up to PA announcer Mike Burke and told him, “We had to shut it off at … 0

Keeping Score: Number nine

Monday, February 10, 2014

Good morning! One summer day during my youth I saw Ted Williams hit an arcing fly ball that disappeared into the afternoon sun and reappeared on its way into the bleachers. Seeing a Williams home run was like glimpsing a shooting star, but my grammar school friend Crosby … 0

Keeping Score: Road food

Friday, January 31, 2014

Good morning! A recent “My Turn” column by Estelle Cade that appeared in The Recorder’s editorial page characterized me as a “sun follower” and chronicler of road travel who eats bad food and drinks bad coffee. She got the first part right — I bought a new Subaru … 0

Keeping Score: Florida Dispatch

Friday, January 24, 2014

Good morning! Greetings from Florida, the state that writer Graham Greene called a “sunny place for shady people,” where weirdness and mayhem run amok under the coconut trees, and where Justin Bieber sat in his yellow Lamborghini at 4 a.m. on Thursday morning and asked the police, “What … 0

Keeping Score: Repair work

Friday, January 17, 2014

Good morning! The Mark Whipple hiring got plenty of media coverage but credit the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley with getting the scoop on the new UMass football coach. The finalists interviewed at Bradley International Airport and everyone was sworn to secrecy, but Buckley had Whipple’s name on his … 0

Keeping Score: Climate change

Monday, January 13, 2014

Good morning! Grandchildren make Christmas fun so I didn’t leave for Florida until after the presents were opened and my daughter April had given me the good-to-go sign. It was nearly midnight when I pulled into a Country Inn outside Fredericksburg, Va., 475 miles from home. I’ve driven … 0

Keeping Score: Bowl sampler

Friday, January 3, 2014

Good morning! The weather in Tampa on New Year’s Day reminded me of an April afternoon in the mid-1970s at Fenway Park — an easterly wind was blowing rain in from the ocean, and the infield was covered. We were sitting in the dugout — a cop, a … 0

Keeping Score: Good pay, bad move

Friday, December 27, 2013

Good morning! Imagine you’ve convinced your boss to sell air conditioners on the North Pole. Two years later the company’s losing millions and the new boss calls you into his office. You’re gonna get fired, right? Not if you’re John McCutcheon, the UMass athletic director responsible for putting … 0

Keeping Score: Off the grid

Monday, December 16, 2013

Good morning! The UMass football team died another slow, agonizing death this fall, outscored 396-140 compared to 482-152 a year ago, a slight improvement but not enough to prevent another 1-11 season. It’s not easy winning only one of twelve games. It takes bad decisions, crucial penalties and … 0