Keeping Score

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 after the Ephs lost their third straight … 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: Lost Cat

Friday, October 3, 2014

Good morning! Every Saturday each fall Rick Farnham leaves his home in northern Vermont to watch a college football game, be it at Middlebury, Dartmouth or UMass, where he and his wife Diane tailgated prior to last week’s game against Bowling Green. What’s easy to spot is the UVM flag he flies over his vehicle with the catamount leaping from gold-embroidered lettering against … 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

Keeping Score: Runner without a country

Monday, December 9, 2013

Good morning! Mohamed Hussein is proud of his heritage. He was born and raised in Somaliland (not to be confused with Somalia), which borders Ethiopia to the west and Somalia to the south and is across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen. A senior at Northfield Mount Hermon … 0

Keeping Score: Jeff and Hubie

Friday, November 22, 2013

Good morning! Former Red Sox publicity director Bill Crowley liked to say he could listen to a broadcast team for five minutes and tell if there was a rapport or if they were simply vying for air time. Crowley died in 1996, probably never having heard Bear Country’s … 0

Keeping Score: Reprieve

Friday, November 8, 2013

Good morning! On Thursday night, Pioneer Valley Regional School boys’ basketball coach Dave Hastings was notified by Principal Bill Wehrli that he’d be keeping his job. Hastings had been in limbo for six months, not knowing if he’d be back for a 12th season after being told the … 0

His Waterloo

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Good morning! Two weeks ago Derek Pratt’s suitcase landed inside the bedroom of an Iowa household, his next-to-last stop on a mission that began at the Collins-Moylan Arena and will culminate a year from now at the University of Connecticut. “I’ve been watching Hockey East all my life … 0

Honoring the bull

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Good morning! During that muddled time between college and finding a job, Conway’s Brad Scudder worked as a substitute teacher. Bored with the three R’s, one morning he broke out a deck of cards and taught his students how to play poker, for cash to better learn the … 0

Scenes from The Spa

Saturday, August 17, 2013

(First of two parts) Good morning! Race-goers beware, if the horses don’t get you, the hotel tab will. $399 at the Saratoga Hilton plus the 11.5 percent tax and $10 to park is $460.87. Bringing the Yorkie? Tack on another $50. I stayed 25 miles north, next to … 0

Saratoga misses

Saturday, August 24, 2013

(Second of two parts) Good morning! It was 10 minutes before the fourth race at Saratoga on Aug. 9. Six fillies — maidens all — had been called from paddock to post. They entered onto the track single file, their jockeys tugging reins leftward toward the railbirds standing … 0