Baker got Butchered
It's back! The best listicle in NH, the McIsaac Top 10! And I'd like to announce that this year, Jen Chick-Ruth is a Top 10 voter!
(46 minutes later)
Oops, Austin Grass had a giant screaming fit about that decision, so Jen's out. I guess she had a slice of pizza in a media press box once, and THAT CAN'T BE ALLOWED.
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10. THE BROWNS HYPE TRAIN CRASHED OFF A BRIDGE
How about taking an L to Tennesse and their awful Sun-Belt ass looking uniforms 43-13 after 6 months of people crowing them as the next AFC Champs? You even got the Dennis Green treatment from Delanie Walker! THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE, THEY’RE THE BROWNS!
9. COLBY WASN’T QUIET
Even though that’s his last name, so maybe he kinda was… but 210 yards and 4 TD’s on just 10 carries in Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton’s 43-6 drubbing of Laconia. Also, he caught a TD pass, and ran a kick back for a score. Is that good? My sources tell me that Colby also had an 80 yard TD called back for holding, so it it could’ve been even LESS Quiet. (Or more? I’ve confused myself at this point)
8. TIE POSSE MOUNT UP
HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Detroit and Arizona with the best outcome you can get when two lousy teams play each other, nobody winning! Arizona had a great comeback to get it to OT, and then waved a white flag in OT when they punted in plus territory with 1:10 to go in OT. COWARDS.
7. GUESS WHO’S BACK…. BACK AGAIN…. CUMBA’S BACK…. GOT A WIN….
With apologies to Eminem, and everyone that now has that song in their heads, but I know how excited Eric Cumba was to be back in the big chair Friday night, leading Dover to a 28-14 win over Keene. He got the Head Coaches delight too – a win, and a reason to yell at your team, with Dover getting penalized about 56 times in the 2nd half. Welcome back, Cumba! (Take it easy on Spaulding)
6. THE NERDS HAVE TAKEN OVER
Michael Bennett with a casual “Wakanda Forever” just to remind you that we’re all nerds now. Even the jocks.
5. THE STREAK IS OVER FOR MEMORIAL
A 14-7 win over Timberlane snaps a losing streak that dates back to the Obama administration, and they needed a goal line stand to do it, winning for the first time after dropping 36 in a row. Memorial had to earn it, and here’s hoping Rob Sturgis’ squad doesn’t have to wait quite as long for the next one
4. KENT STATE IS CANCELLED
Maine and Temple were playing in the 2nd overtime of a Field Hockey game at Kent State, when officials from Kent State ended the game. Why did Kent State cancel the game? Must’ve been a pretty big emergency, right?
Nope. They had to set up fireworks for the football team’s game vs FCS Kennesaw State. Fireworks. AT NOON WHEN NOBODY COULD SEE THEM ANYWAY. Women’s sports have come a long way in terms of earning respect from a good ol’ boy athletic world, but then you see some BS like this and remember that there’s a long way to go.
3. KEEGAN MILLS IS OFF THE SHELF AND IN THE ENDZONE
3 scores vs Somersworth, after having to watch his Cougars fall to Monadnock in the D3 title game last season has to feel good for Mills, who ran for 121 yards in the 30-0 win over Somersworth. Also, somehow Somersworth drew Campbell AND Monadnock in their first two games, that should be illegal.
2. THAT’S A ROUGH WAY TO LOSE A FOOTBALL GAME
Carlos Washington was stripped of the ball in the endzone for UNH (although it surrrrrrrrrrrrre looked like he was down and it should’ve been a safety), and Holy Cross recovered for a TD with under two minutes to play, and hung on to win 13-10 over the ‘Cats, who are young at QB and playing with a lot of emotion with Coach Mac sidelined with a medical leave of absence. The Cats D was outstanding, and this will be a much better team on offense by the end of the month than they were on Saturday, but that one really stings.
1. BOW NO YOU DIDN’T!
8-7 over Plymouth! Bow ends the Bobcats streak of 27 straight wins, and maybe establishes them as Top Dog, for now, in D2. There’s a lonnnng way to go, but that’s gotta feel great for Bow after being on the wrong end of two state championship games.
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Not enough room here for the whole AB saga but LFG, Spaulding giving Merrimack everything they could handle, Frankin Pierce’s first NCAA game didn’t go well, Goffstown with a statement win
Justin McIsaac writes the Top 10 every week (usually). He is the 2018 NSMA NH Sportscaster of The Year. He has 1,000 jobs, including radio color commentary for UNH Football, Producer of "NH Today with Jack Heath", HS play by play for MOSN, The McIsaac On Sports Network, college play by play for Dartmouth, St Anselm’s, UNE, Harvard, and whoever else will cut the check. Follow him on Twitter: @justin_mcisaac