Clark Booth on Sports

Apr. 10, 2014

In sports, there is a certain nobility about the art of losing well and it should command much greater respect than our contemporary, over-wrought culture begrudgingly allows.

You can hate to lose and should; fight fiercely to avoid it. But...

Apr. 3, 2014

Waxing lyrical about the pristine joys of Opening Day is a bit more of a stretch this year. Technically – and if you are a baseball nut, is there any other choice? – we didn’t have one, the season having started half a world away nearer the middle of...

Mar. 27, 2014

We are veering on the 67th anniversary of one of the quaintest and most touching moments in all of New England sports history. In retrospect, it seems a tale almost too good to be true.

Yet if I give you the rest of the week to figure out what...

Mar. 20, 2014

The countdown has begun. Or is it the “shakedown?” Hard to tell the difference sometimes.

The long, grueling baseball season lumbers from the blocks in just a couple of weeks. Deals are done. Rosters have been pruned. Expectations set.

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Mar. 13, 2014

Back in the good old days, in the glorious era of the so-called  “Original Six”  (although there was never any such thing), the National Hockey League strove to have its winter game – including the run for the precious Stanley Cup – entirely over and...

Mar. 6, 2014

Herewith we clear the notebook of idle, stray, and perhaps fairly pointless “disa and data” with apologies to the late, great John “Bud” Gillooly of that long gone but still dearly missed tabloid, The Record. It was good old Bud who coined the term...

Feb. 27, 2014

It is well known that Avery Brundage, that legendarily bitter despot who memorably bullied the Olympic movement for about a half century, deeply despised the Winter Games.

He thought they were corrupt, and as an expert on such tricks, he could...

Feb. 20, 2014

Out of the ultimate winter rears the most welcome of springs.
Eternally seminal, baseball’s spring training this year glorifies the promise that lies beyond the next snow bank or patch of black ice.

As harbingers, the groundhog and...

Feb. 13, 2014

Sporting life does not utterly suspend during the fortnight (and change) of the quadrennial Winter Olympics, nor plunge into a deep freeze. It just seems so.

But the NBA will press on with its essentially meaningless regular season. More’s the...

Feb. 6, 2014

Out of a sense of obligation if nothing more, and in deference to America’s second most favorite secular holiday (right after Halloween), we offer some (hopefully) last observations on Soupy XLVIII, laced (naturally) with the usual snide asides.

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Jan. 30, 2014

Here’s a handful of random thoughts and snippy asides to chew on as you await Soupey Sunday’s annual larger than life incarnation:

Does anyone else find it marvelously ironic that while Pete Carroll scales the heights inching to the top, Bill...

Jan. 23, 2014

The Patriots just weren’t that good this season. It’s that simple! Everyone with a column, a blog, a microphone, a bandstand, a place on Facebook, even a quill pen, has been insisting as much with varying degrees of vehemence since last July. 

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Jan. 16, 2014

Rounding the bases while waiting for the NFL’s version of the Gunfight at the OK Corral, although which of them – Tom Terrific or Peyton the Sublime – is a Clanton and which an Earp is entirely in the eyes of the beholder. All that hokey folderol...

Jan. 9, 2014

The Winter Games at Sochi have been dreaded since the moment they were proclaimed. Now, with but a month to go before they unfold – no doubt with the customary bombast at least on the surface – the dread approaches panic. Does the premise of the...

Jan. 2, 2014

The bards and sages of the Associated Press news service, who do this stuff as well as anybody, have ranked the top sports stories of 2013 and the winner – if you will pardon the use of that thinly appropriate term – is our own Boston Marathon, albeit...