Category: SportThoughts

JOHN FARRELL …. Is GONE

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist JOHN FARRELL …. … is gone as Boston Red Sox manager—despite two straight first-place finishes and a memorable 2013 World Series title. His sin? Failing to advance in the post-season. Red Sox Nation has high expectations. Consider Bobby Cox. He managed the Atlanta Braves to 14 first place finishes

Columbus, Indigenous People, And Sports Nicknames

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist Happy October 12th. Columbus Day! Or at least it used to be, before it was changed to an October Monday to make a long holiday weekend. And now in many places it’s being changed to “Indigenous People’s Day,” ostensibly to honor those who lived in America before they were

Football Head Cases

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist FOOTBALL HEAD CASES? Another football season beckons and excitement abounds as professional, college, high school and junior level football players take to the playing fields, dreaming of gridiron glory. The 2017 season will end on a down note for most as only one team can win a championship in

NASCAR in Loudon

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist NASCAR IN LOUDON It was wonderful to hear the roar created by the world’s best race car drivers at the Overton’s 301 NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on July 16. I heard the noise from the back deck at my home in Loudon, roughly a

The Celtics And The Draft

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist The 2017 NBA draft is a week from today—June 22—and for the first time since 1950 the Boston Celtics have the top pick. The burning question is: What will Celtic General Manager Danny Ainge do with the pick? With the Celtics a young and deep team that was one

Tim Tebow

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist Sports Illustrated recently ran a big baseball story on a Class A, South Atlantic League, minor leaguer toiling away for the Columbus Fireflies. With the countless sports stories percolating and countless teams dreaming of priceless SI attention, how did SI come to run such a feature? The answer is

The Celtics And Walter Brown

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist The Celtics And Walter Brown While watching the Celtics’ wonderful 115-105 Game #7 victory over the Washington Wizards last week at the “new” Boston TD Garden, I was struck, as always, by the occasional camera shots of all the championship banners and retired numbers hanging from the Garden rafters.

World All-Star Baseball

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist World All-Star Baseball Sports Illustrated’s ace baseball writer, Tom Verducci, recently proposed replacing the current Major League Baseball All-Star Game format with a five-day mid-season World Baseball Classic tournament. The WBC presently goes in March where it has to compete with March Madness, Spring Training, etc. An eight-team, five

Marines, Moffetts and Marathons

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist MARINES, MOFFETTS, AND MARATHONS Fitness is part of the Marines Corps ethos. If you want to be a Marine, then you need to be able to run. My brother John was a cross-country standout in high school, so when he joined the Marines running was not a problem. Because

Devin Booker Goes For 70!

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist Devin Booker Goes For 70! One of sport’s attractions involves unpredictability. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “Sports are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” A movie is what it is—a fait accompli. Similarly, a Broadway play has a script. Even a live concert features

(Semi) Pro Basketball In N.H.

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist With college basketball’s “March Madness-2017” reaching its climax, many basketball fans can’t help but cast their minds back to great games and players of the past. Through the wonders of You-Tube many of these magic moments can be relived with a couple clicks on a computer mouse. Nostalgia has

Rick Barry And Son(s)

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist This being a March of college hoop Madness, alert basketball fans may have noticed a Canyon Barry playing for the Florida Gators. Yes, he’s the son of Hall-of-Famer Rick and his second wife Lynn. Canyon is actually a grad student at UF, studying nuclear engineering, having already graduated from

New Golf Rules!

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist The annual Masters Golf Tournament—my favorite sports event of the year—is only a month away. The flags are going up at Loudon Country Cub—my favorite golf course. So it’s a good time to reflect on long-overdue golf rule changes recently promulgated by the U.S. Golf Association. Most people I

First Pro Sports Games

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist Recent Facebook postings remind us that 2017 is a year for Red Sox commemorations—this being the 50th Anniversary of the pennant-winning 1967 Impossible Dream Boston team that created the modern Red Sox Nation. While young Sox fans have no recollection of that magical year they should better appreciate Boston’s

Prep School Hoops

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist Granite Staters rightly take pride in Concord High grad Matt Bonner playing 12 seasons in the NBA. But did you know that no less than TEN alumni from Wolfeboro’s Brewster Academy have played in the NBA? Check out Brewster’s web site. The school’s captured four National Prep Championships since