L istenin’ to some summer tunes, thinkin’ we should never hear about doing things “the Patriots way” again, and gearin’ up for a big week of summer softball and baseball tournament action.
The Keene Post 4 Junior American Legion team wraps up its annual tournament today — but that’s just the beginning.
Next weekend, there are baseball tournaments with teams from around New England and New York at Alumni Field and in four other towns, and a softball tournament featuring the top 14-and-under players in the state.
The Keene Post 4 Legion team serves as host of the 38th annual Karl “Gubby” Underwood Tournament, with eight teams playing over three days with wood bats at Alumni Field. The tournament opens Friday.
Teams from Pennsylvania, New York and Montreal help make up the eight-team field.
The New England Ravens Invitational Bash, with 19 teams of U13 and U14 players from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, also starts Friday and continues through Sunday.
Games will be played at Franklin Pierce’s Pappas Field in Rindge, the Westminster (Mass.) Athletic Complex, Peterborough’s South Meadow School and at the field at Marlborough Middle School.
The championship games are set for Sunday at 6 and 8 p.m. at FPU.
Also on deck for next weekend is the N.H. ASA Junior Olympics 14-and-under softball tournament, with 18 teams playing Friday through Sunday at Wheelock Park and Brown Field in Swanzey.
Now that summer’s here, let’s talk ... skiing?
Ski NH announced last week that New Hampshire’s resorts hosted 2,276,370 alpine skier and snowboarder visits, a 20.9-percent increase from the prior winter and a 4.7-percent increase over the 10-year average.
There were so many visits, in fact, that it took until June to count them all up.
Cross country areas also had a successful winter, hosting 151,276 visits for a 57.2-percent increase from the prior winter and a 14.8-percent increase over the 10-year average.
Ski NH also cited a recent economic impact study that showed a total of $910 million dollars spent by guests at N.H. ski areas — mostly on $15 hamburgers.
One of your favorite all-time New England Patriots and mine, quarterback Tom Hodson, will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this week.
After a sparkling career at Central Lafourche High in Raceland, La., and for LSU, Hodson was drafted by the Pats in the third round of the 1990 draft. He played for three teams over five years in the NFL.
“I wish it (NFL career) had worked out better,” Hodson said. “Kids think, ‘Great, you were with the Patriots,’ but we were the worst team in the league.”
Hodson played with the Patriots from 1990-92, when the team went 9-39 and looked nothing like the bunch that made the Super Bowl just a few years before and a few years after.
He played one year with Miami (the year after the Dolphins reached the AFC title game) and one year in Dallas (the year after the Cowboys’ streak of three straight Super Bowls).
Don’t worry, Tom, it’s all just a coincidence.
More info on one of the “Critters of Bretwood,” who I wrote about recently.
The barking dog heard most mornings around the course is a petit basset griffon vendeen named Reed, a scent hound bred to trail hares over the bramble-filled terrain of the Vendée district of France.
The PBGV breed standard mentions, among other things, that the dog has a loud voice, freely used.
Reed’s father is a champion PBGV named Fabio, a lovely, well-behaved gentleman and the winner of various trophies at the Cheshire County Dog Show.
Congratulations to Sentinel sports writer Shawn Cyr and his bride, Cassie. They got hitched last weekend. ... Newspaper journalist was ranked last in a recent list of the 200 most dead-end jobs. But hey, at least I’m not selling tickets for Major League Soccer’s D.C. United. Seven goals all year? Seriously? How do you get people excited about that? ...
Scott Brennan, a former All-American soccer player at Keene High, will be among the instructors at the Owl Soccer Camp from July 21-26 at Keene State. Brennan, who camp director Rick Scott calls “the best soccer player to ever come out of Keene High,” also played for UNH and professionally. He’s now an engineer and lives in Boca Raton, Fla. ...
The CHaD East-West High School All-Star Football Game will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. at UNH’s Cowell Stadium. That morning, several Patriots alumni will hold a free clinic for 10-14 year-olds. Visit www.patriots.com/alumni for more information. ...
Last Sunday, a sixsome of knuckleheads hit into our group on the fifth green at Bretwood’s South Course. Beautiful shot, 300 yards, right on the green, landing right at my feet. As I always do when someone hits into me, I picked up the ball and put it in my pocket, a move for which all six of the players told me, screaming and cursing, “lacked golf etiquette,” and that being hit into “happens all the time.” Really? ... Love this Tweet: “The only person I’m afraid of is Serena Williams. ... Signed, Aaron Hernandez.”
Dartmouth golf Coach Rich Parker, who has won PGA player of the year honors in both New Hampshire and Vermont, plans to give lessons at Bretwood once a week. Call the pro shop for more information.