By - 12/20/14 - 11:55 am

Chris Faraone recounts a season with the Boston Bandits, a "semipro" team (players actually pay to play), whose most famous player got that way only by being shot to death, allegedly by Aaron Hernandez.

After driving north in slush and grayness for close to three hours, the Bandits expect some relief once they arrive and unload. Despite being the same field where they lost to a different Maine team in last year’s playoffs, the Deering High School home of the Raging Bulls is more inviting than other NEFL facilities due to an equipment shed for visitors to use as a locker room. A few of the players mentioned this to me ahead of time, seemingly excited about the prospect of at least being able to change out of the rain. When they arrive, though, there’s a golf cart taking up most of the shack, and the Bandits can’t all fit inside at once, so Alvin and a bunch of others huddle around a kerosene heater they brought.

By - 12/16/14 - 12:32 pm

Imagine if they slapped those things on the backs of Orange Line cars. Vroom!

By - 12/12/14 - 10:24 am

The Washington Post reports the NFL Players Association is charging the team's doctor "altered the medical treatment of a player in an effort to bolster a legal case that would force the player to return his signing bonus to the team."

By - 12/4/14 - 10:03 am

Over the Monster gives us 245 facts about Pablo Sandoval, one for each pound of his weight.

By - 11/21/14 - 6:13 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports on an organizing meeting on Nov. 24 at the First Baptist Church in JP to plan ways to fight efforts to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston.

Robin Jacks, one of the organizers, referred to the private organizers' plans to commandeer Franklin Park for equestrian events:

Frederick Law Olmsted did not create the crown jewel of the Emerald Necklace so billionaires could mow it down for profit.

By - 11/18/14 - 7:15 am

The Globe reports the owners of the Revolution are talking to the city about possibly buying land along Frontage Road for a stadium that would get their team out of Foxboro and closer to where potential fans live. The city now uses the land for storing DPW trucks, salt and towed cars.

By - 11/6/14 - 10:38 am

After a pre-game Bruins warmup on Tuesday.

By - 10/31/14 - 1:03 pm

Neumeier, who spent 20 years at WBZ before moving to CSNE, is in the hospital today after a stroke Wednesday night, WBZ reports.

By - 10/22/14 - 4:59 pm
Dick and Rick Hoyt at Boston City Council

Matt O'Malley introduces the Hoyts.

Dick and Rick Hoyt got two standing ovations today when the City Council honored them for their decades of running and courage by declaring today Team Hoyt Day.

City Councilor Matt O'Malley, himself a Marathon runner, introduced the father and son. He recalled going to Cleveland Circle as a kid to watch the Marathon and always knowing when the Hoyts were coming by the wave of applause from up the streets.

By - 10/10/14 - 5:10 pm

The Smoking Gun introduces us to Victor Thompson, who had a series of mug shots taken when he was arrested on a drug charge last month, which is how we know his entire head is tattooed to look like a replica of Brady's Patriots helmet:

He added the name of the helmet maker (“Riddell”) on his forehead, as well as an American flag and an NFL logo.

Thompson even included the small green dot indicating that a helmet is equipped with an electronic device allowing its wearer to receive plays from the sideline.

By - 10/4/14 - 11:46 am

The streets around East Boston High School are already marked "No Parking" for tomorrow's wake for Anthony Albano, a longtime neighborhood figure and activist, who died Thursday.

Albano, nicknamed "The Great One," will be waked between 3 and 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the high school where he spent so much time rooting on its sports teams.

By - 9/28/14 - 1:01 pm
Derek Jeter outside the Four Seasons

Wad1980 was on his morning run around the Public Garden when he noticed some hubbub outside the Four Seasons.

Salute to one of the all-time Yankees greats as he prepares for his final game! You made the Red Sox rivalry what it was!

Not long after, Jeter boarded the team bus for his last game at Fenway.

By - 9/27/14 - 11:16 am

Paul Levy recounts a letter a local youth-soccer league got from a lawyer trying to get the league to make an exception for his 7-year-old so she can play soccer with earrings.

By - 9/26/14 - 4:14 pm

Maybe Marty Walsh needs to stop talking to reporters about his trip to Ireland. For the second time this month, the mayor says a reporter had him saying something he didn't really say. Mayoral spokeswoman Kate Norton says:

By - 9/26/14 - 10:49 am

UPDATE: Mayor Walsh reports that's not what he said.

The BBC reports Mayor Walsh is backing a proposal to host the 2016 Beanpot Tournament in Belfast.

By - 9/19/14 - 2:40 pm

Havlicek stole the ball! Well, he dribbled it through the automotive department, at any rate.