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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

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

Hone dem bones

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Good morning! Something you might be wondering about next month’s Bone Frog Challenge: What’s a bone frog? To answer that is recently retired Navy SEAL Brian Carney of South Deerfield. “It’s the skeleton of a frog. The majority of Navy SEALS have it tattooed somewhere on their bodies. … 0

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Battle of the East

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Good morning! The skyline appeared over a hill on Route 2 in Belmont, the city a distant sprawl of skyscrapers, smokestacks and industrial storage tanks. It disappeared just as quickly, a tease, a promise of what lay past the apparition of Sammy White’s bowling alley and crew teams … 0

Track of dreams

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Good morning! Dreams die hard: Montreal wants another baseball team, Hartford wants another hockey team, and Hinsdale wants another harness track. Maybe not everybody in Hinsdale, but Bill Faucher does, and Faucher’s not the sort to be taken lightly. He’s part businessman, part politician and all horseman, a … 0

Uphill climb

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Good morning! Mike Townsley was the quickest of five Franklin County residents who ran, jogged and walked to the finish line of the Mount Washington Road Race on June 15. The 7.6-mile course is an ascent from spring to winter; from 60-degree temps and light breezes into a … 0

Numbers guy

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Good morning! Wade Boggs is a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, “One of baseball’s toughest outs” reads his plaque in Cooperstown. Yet despite being the only player in the 20th century to have at least 200 hits in seven consecutive seasons, the Red Sox are reluctant to put his uniform number … 0

Unexpected delays

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Good morning! A traffic jam is never a good way to start a 1,500-mile road trip, but Interstate 91 southbound was backed up two miles around the bend in Holyoke and I opted for the long way out of the Northeast. It was a Friday afternoon, the time … 0

By land or air

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Good morning! Early last February I purchased a new Subaru Legacy that gets roughly twice the gas mileage as my trade-in, a Toyota 4Runner. In four months I’ve put over 18,000 miles on the odometer. See the world today in my Subaru. Three times I’ve been to Florida, … 0

Bayer pain relief

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Good morning! For the first time in years, having his shoulder iced won’t be part of Jeremiah Bayer’s routine this summer. “Any pitcher that tells you he doesn’t have some sort of arm issue is lying,” said Bayer, who retired from pro baseball this spring after four seasons … 0

Summer job

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Good morning! Greenfield’s Russ Hudson was in Adams Donut Shop a few weeks ago with news that his son Joe is a strength and conditioning coach in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. On Friday, young Mr. Hudson will put his new Jeep Patriot on a train bound from Clearwater … 0

Loyalty rewards

Friday, May 17, 2013

Good morning! If you miss the wedding don’t go to the funeral. It’s a common refrain among railbirds who know that opportunity usually strikes but once. The rare exception occurs when a horse melds ability, fitness and opportunity into a perfect storm of racing magic. A horse like … 0