I know this is 12 hours late but I have never been this busy or sleep deprived in my life
It’s back! America’s favorite listicle, The Top 10 – since we’re all about to die in World War 3, I figure I should crank out as many of these as possible.
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10. I’VE BEEN WORKING FOR ABOUT 456 STRAIGHT HOURS SO LET’S SEE HOW COHERENT THIS IS
It’s NH Primary week and I work at a news talk station so I’ve had about 10 minutes of sleep, I’ve been at work since 3 am without sleep, and right now I’m seeing 3 screens, so if I make more errors than usual, try to be kind.
9. THE XFL CAME BACK THIS WEEKEND AND I AM 100000000% HERE FOR IT
SAINT LOUIS BATTLEHAWK UP!!!!! In-game interviews with players and coaches, point spreads on the screen during the game, weird kickoff rules, no extra points… this is the good stuff kids. MOAR FOOTBALL.
8. DOG DAY AFTERNOON… OR EVENING
Big win for Bedford as they get to 6-4 with a 54-40 (or fight!) win over Goffstown. The Grizz came out firing and lead by 8 at the half but Jordan Dyer took over with 14 points in the 3rd Quarter to help the dogs have their day. Or evening, as it were.
7. BRYSON LUND GETS TO A THOUSAND AND IS PCA GONNA CRASH THE FINAL 4?
A big win for the Eagles over Hinsdale was capped by Big Bryson Lund grabbing his 1000th. With 4 games left PCA is a good bet to 14-4 and that should be good enough to get a top 4 seed. PCA might be juuuuuust outside the Littleton-Newmarket-Groveton top tier but if you get a big man that can score down low at Plymouth, it can even the odds quite a bit
6. THE SPAULDING GIRLS ARE UNBEATEN NO MORE
I WILL NOTE, IN A NOT BITTER AT ALL FASHION, THAT SPAULDING WAS WITHOUT MACKENZIE BROCHU FOR THIS ONE… Oh, wait, I seem to have left caps lock on. The Red Raiders could’ve used the extra point for beating a D1 squad, but no time to feel bad with 2 straight road games coming up.
5. 3 NAMES, 20 POINTS, 10 WINS
Kevin Newton-Delgado had 20 for the smallest school in D3 as Hopkinton knocked off Campbell 57-54. A 21 point 4th helped the Hawks get to 10-3 in D3 which has them in the top 4 in the Division, though Conant and Hopkinton are on the horizon
4. THE BG BOYS WIN A BIG ONE ON MERRIMACKS SIDE OF THE STREET
Generally, if a game ends 42-37 in OT, you’d think it was CFL football game with such an odd score, but then once you heard the Merrimack Tomahawks were involved, you’d assume they won. READER, YOU’D BE QUITE WRONG THIS TIME. 16 from Dylan Santosuosso lead the way for the Cardinals, who are now 9-2
3. SO I GUESS I HAVE TO SEE PARASITE NOW?
I’m not one of those dudes that gets all bent out of shape when I have to read subtitles, but I will say that the last foreign movie I saw was the original “Oldboy”, which tends to leave an impression
2. WINNACUNNET CAME THISCLOSE
But if you’re going to beat Exeter, you need to nail the coffin shut and bury them. The Warriors tried to get a last-second shot off with 7.3 seconds left, but Exeter did what Exeter has been doing for 37 straight games now, and that’s make a critical play at a critical time. A 55-53 win lead by Ryan Grijalva’s 18 points gets the Blue Hawks to 10-0
1. CARDIAC CRUSADERS PART 2
Jess Carrier hit a 3 to send the Central - Memorial game to OT , and the Crusaders escaped with a 46-44 W. The drama was intensified by the fact that Carrier got banged up in the 1st quarter, but returned for some Willis Reed type heroics. Greg Cotreau is going to need some Tums before the end of the season, but his team is now 12-1
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Gilford lost and the entire internet told Dave about it, Spaulding lost and the entire internet told me about it, Kinsgley Breen’s dunk was The Truth, I’m gonna sleep for 2 straight days this weekend
Justin McIsaac writes the Top 10 every week (usually). He is the 2018 & 2019 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