Keeping Score

Keeping Score: So long, sport

Friday, September 12, 2014

Good morning! Jet Blue Flight 2016 from Worcester to Fort Lauderdale landed at 10 a.m. last Sunday with a solid contingent of Patriot fans on board. The airport was a mere 20-minute drive from Dolphins Stadium, but I wasn’t there for the game. On Sept. 5 my 75-year-old friend Jimmy Johnson had passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital in West … 0

Keeping Score: Same ol’ song

Friday, September 5, 2014

Good morning! The sun angling downward past the three-quarter marker on Monday portended the beginning of high school football, and Kevin Hollister claims the game of the year will be Mohawk versus Tech on Oct. 11. “They hate each other,” said Hollister, a West County native who works at Tech. “Tech’s two captains transferred from Mohawk.” Informed of Hollister’s remarks, Mohawk coach Doug … 0

Keeping Score: Whipple effect

Friday, August 29, 2014

Good morning! The Mark Whipple Show debuts today at Gillette Stadium, where the UMass Minutemen are 17-point underdogs against Boston College. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon took his mulligan the day after Christmas when he fired Charley Molnar with three years and $836,000 remaining on his contract. “There wasn’t the sense we were where we needed to be,” said McCutcheon, who two years … 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

Two for the money

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Good morning! A father who involves his children in sports expects little more in return than a vicarious thrill or two, but for Bob Weiss the payback has been enormous. The 72-year-old Weiss grew up in Deerfield and slapped the puck around Highland Pond with rink rats Nook … 0

Dog tales

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Good morning! A recent article about the Iditarod by Ben McGrath in the April 22 issue of the New Yorker Magazine rekindled memories of long-past autumn afternoons when Deerfield veterinarian Charlie Belford trained his sled dog team in Old Deerfield’s north meadows. Belford, who died in 2005, lived … 0

Long-distance friends

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Good morning! Two nights before the Boston Marathon, Greenfield native Joe Martino was Bill Rodgers’ guest at the Mayor’s Reception at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. “It was such a festive night, incredible how things can change so quickly,” said Martino, referring to the Patriot’s Day bombing. Rodgers and … 0

Orb’s the one

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Good morning! The Bluegrass State doesn’t have much to cheer about, nary a pro sports franchise or NASCAR race, only a mere two minutes of fame each year on the first Saturday in May. The first Kentucky Derby was run in 1875 when a chestnut colt named Aristides … 0

Tops in his field

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Good morning! Mike Russo grew up in Deerfield under the shadow of Mount Pocumtuck in a section of town that came to be called Russoville, where the townies would convene to play pickup games with all the other Russos, including Mark, Rick, Vic and Steve. After Mike graduated … 0

Close to home

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Good morning ... Until last Patriot’s Day, there was a sense of detachment; that the evil was far enough away not to worry for family and friends. But this time I had people calling me, asking me if I was all right. This time the death and chaos … 0