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Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Orioles hand Red Sox a dose of reality
04-12-2024 3:01 PM

Good morning!Fresh off good reviews in Peoria, the Boston Red Sox returned home this week and got smacked around by their division nemesis the Baltimore Orioles who rolled sevens to beat them in back-to-back games, 7-1 and 7-5.While Boston fretted,...

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On The Ridge with Joe Judd: Don’t feed those turkeys
04-10-2024 3:39 PM

MassWildlife reminds us that April through May is the height of the breeding season for wild turkeys and, as a result, turkey activity is increasing daily across the Commonwealth.In some areas turkeys may even act aggressively by pecking, following,...


On The Run with John Stifler: It’s officially Tuesday race season in Northampton
04-05-2024 6:26 PM

That hill in the third mile is a little toughie. You’ve been pacing yourself around the large field next to the Mill River, keeping mind, lungs and legs together, and ahead lurks the abrupt turn into the woods where the trail rises gradually, then...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Jim Reid a deserving honoree
04-05-2024 1:20 PM

Good morning!Sunday at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke, Jim Reid will be honored by the Western Mass. Chapter of the National Football Foundation, together with seven others who will be feted for their contributions to the sport.Reid has come full...


Fit to Play with Jim Johnson: Exercise Prescriptions Are Just The Beginning
04-01-2024 3:11 PM

Exercise prescriptions first started in 1968 when Ken Cooper recommended that everyone amass 40 points a week to achieve aerobic fitness. For example, this could be achieved by running one eight-minute mile a day, five days a week. Cooper’s...


Keeping Score: Play ball, indeed
03-29-2024 3:53 PM

Good morning!The New York Mets broke training camp this week but left their newest free agent J.D. Martinez behind at Clover Park in St. Lucie West to get ready for the Braves series a week from Monday.Clover Park is the stadium’s fifth name change....


On The Ridge with Joe Judd: A call to the creator
03-27-2024 2:34 PM

As opening day of the 2024 turkey hunting season slowly approaches, I found myself wandering into my den looking over my collection of turkey calls while reaching for certain ones that have meant something to me over the years. Now, this yearly...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Baseball season is upon us
03-22-2024 2:01 PM

Good morning!On March 9 the Washington Nationals played the Houston Astros at CACTI Park of the Palm Beaches. Named for a hard seltzer, the 7,700-seat spring training facility has housed the Nationals and Astros since it opened seven years ago.It is...


The Real Score: Beware the March “Madness” of sports betting
03-14-2024 1:01 PM

This Sunday, the March Madness brackets will be set, enabling millions of sport consumers to place bets that will total in the billions of dollars (you should also expect to see some ads from the sports books…).This week, in recognition of March...


On The Ridge with Joe Judd: The history behind those little green stickers
03-13-2024 4:01 PM

A few weeks back during this year’s Springfield Sportsmen’s Show, I found myself in conversation with many different people regarding the green “hunt safely” stickers that are required by law in Massachusetts to have positioned on your gun during...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Return to the MAC
03-08-2024 4:54 PM

Good morning!The UMass Minutemen are the prodigal children of college football, returning to the Mid-American Conference from whence they came.It took nine seasons of anchoring the FBS, of winning 16 games and losing 72, of burning through millions of...


Fit to Play with Jim Johnson: Our Bodies At Risk
03-05-2024 5:23 PM

I have studied the human body for around 60 years and I am still in awe. Evolution has given us awesome bodies that move with fluidity and grace, withstand heat, cold, and altitude, and possess the ability to adapt to almost any environment. Our...


On The Run with John Stifler: Marathon runner Kiptum at the height of his powers upon death
03-01-2024 4:40 PM

The running world barely had time to marvel at how 24-year-old Kelvin Kiptum came within sight of breaking the two-hour barrier in the marathon before what promised to be a thrilling career came to a sudden end last month in a car crash that took...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Ultramarathon, Florida-style
03-01-2024 3:29 PM

Good morning! In 1928 a hurricane with winds that reached 150 mph ripped through Palm Beach County and turned north over Lake Okeechobee. The strong winds pushed the waters north and then south over a feeble earthen dike, swamping the low-lying areas...


Keeping Score: MacWilliams, Massachusetts Collective making things happen
02-23-2024 1:13 PM

Good morning!The wild west of college athletics began on July 1, 2021, when pay-for-play became the law of the land. Enter Pat MacWilliams, a successful businessman and Maryland native who arrived in Amherst in 1997 to open Five College...


On The Ridge with Joe Judd: See you this weekend at the 40th Annual Springfield Sportsmen’s Show
02-21-2024 5:06 PM

Right now, people from across New England are gearing up for this year’s 40th Annual Springfield Sportsmen’s Show, as OSEG’s (Outdoor Sports Expo Group) Doug Sousa again welcomes folks to the Eastern States Exposition for this week’s event being held...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Betting big doesn’t always pay
02-16-2024 4:52 PM

Good morning!Three days before the Super Bowl, Caleb was headed for work at MGM Springfield. We didn’t have long to converse, but he said his job paid the bills and clothed his children, management was fair and how good the food was depended on the...


The Real Score: You Need to Calm Down, Embracing the Taylor Swift Effect on the NFL
02-15-2024 2:03 PM

Taylor Swift won this year’s Super Bowl. I mean… the Kansas City Chiefs won this year’s Super Bowl. If you don’t know by now, pop star Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce are dating. The relationship caused a media stir as...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Dave Hastings doing quite the job at Keene State
02-09-2024 3:36 PM

Good morning!Over the border in New Hampshire, Dave Hastings has the makings of a national champion at Keene State. The Owls are 20-2 overall, 13-0 in the Little East, ranked seventh nationally and are beating opponents by an average score of...


On The Ridge with Joe Judd: Plenty of activities to keep you busy during the winter months
02-07-2024 4:32 PM

As I write this, we’re in February’s grip, but there’s a lot going on out there that can help keep your mind off the Arctic-like temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately.As you read this, the days are getting longer, the temperatures are climbing,...


Fit to Play with Jim Johnson: One game, 125 commercials
02-05-2024 4:54 PM

I watched a lot of college football this year and am happy it’s over. Next year will be longer as eight teams are added to the playoffs. Baseball in November, basketball and ice hockey in June, football in February — will seasons ever...

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