Freshman Nick Romano probably is the only Idahoan who can say he began his Division I college football career with a Week 1 start at running back, in the presence of about 105,000 onlookers in the world’s third-largest sporting venue: Penn State’s Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. “Now you know what it’s like, the biggest stage possible,” said R...

Saturday September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. I AM BOOKS, 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113. This was supposed to be the last time Buddy would have to move for a while. At least, that’s what his dad had promised when they first arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, a town still deeply rooting in its bewitching history. Buddy doesn’t ask for much: become t...

After thirty years of following the Arena Football League Giancarlo Rancati from Monza, Italy attended his first AFL game in Albany New York at ArenaBowl 32. Rancati witnessed the Capital Region's first championship in twenty years, standing on the field under the confetti after the Empire’s victory. “I believed that it would be great, but it was m...

Nick Buoniconti made a surprising revelation just before he was to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001: He was so distressed at being traded from his hometown Boston Patriots to the Miami Dolphins that he turned in his retirement papers. It was time, he had decided, to put his law degree to use. It was the kind of admission that elicited on...

Vito Mannone is a popular man around Minnesota United’s training ground these days. After a recent practice, Mannone is one of the last players to leave the pitch. Engaged in a friendly match of soccer-tennis with teammates, he volleys and heads the ball over the net with a touch as skilled as any outfield player. After securing a victory in straig...

On September 12, 1962, in Houston, in Texas, the State where he would be killed just over a year later, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy made a historic speech, in which he announced the race to the Moon. "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard," JFK said.  When you...

This June is LGBTQ Pride month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which sparked the Gay Liberation Movement. In a way, professional sport can act as cultural mirror. That endeavor’s figurative reflection allows sociologists and sports historians to study and comment on whether our society may be progressing with tolerance. It’s fitting...

Beyond all else, Bob Rosmarino never wanted to let down his father. Roger Rosmarino came over from Italy at age 13 and worked tirelessly in the mills so his son could have a better life. A lot of Bob’s Holy Cross teammates were from well-to-do backgrounds, but the Rosmarinos had to scrap for everything. Roger would hitch-hike to Worcester to watch...

Chuck Pagano stood behind a set of white barrels Wednesday at Halas Hall. The unit that led the NFL in scoring defense and takeaways in 2018 — nearly intact — was in front of him. Methodically during Wednesday’s OTA at Halas Hall, they went through plays with linebackers filling gaps. The new Bears defensive coordinator offered coaching points and...

The NFL world lost one of its greats. Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Baltimore Colts defensive end Gino Marchetti died Monday night at the age of 93. Marchetti played 14 seasons, all but one of them with the Colts. He was named the top defensive end of the NFL’s first 50 years, was selected for a then-record 11 straight Pro Bowl appearances ...