Eric Wilbur

Taking stock of Patriots offense in wake of Super Bowl loss

From an offensive perspective, there isn’t a whole lot to whine about in the wake of the Patriots’ 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII Sunday night.    The game only managed to set all sorts of offensive records for an NFL postseason game (New England set...

Monday, February 5, 2018, 11:17 PM

Super Bowl Sunday ski deals around New England

There was a time in New England oh, young ‘uns, when Patriots fans didn’t fear having to split their January weekends between the TV and the mountains. Twenty years ago, the NFL postseason was an occasional occurrence in Foxboro, easily paving the way for full skiing weekends, all with...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 4:33 PM

3 ways to take the hassle out of ski trips

Maybe your skis are staring at you from across your apartment, wondering exactly when their automobile-deficient owner is going to find transportation to the mountains this winter. No issue. There are at least three easy ways to rectify that short of hitchhiking up 93 North. Every weekend skiers...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 3:28 PM

Patriots Eagles Super Bowl will bring the drama

For only the second time in their 10 trips to the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots will meet an opponent whom they have faced before in the battle for the Lombardi Trophy.   The Philadelphia Eagles handled the Minnesota Vikings with ease in the NFC Championship game Sunday night, a 38-7...

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 10:25 PM

Rainy weather is no problem for these New England ski resorts

If last Friday’s torrential rain was a skier’s nightmare, it at least served as a midseason challenge for snowmaking teams across New England. Alas, by the time the pounding ended in the Boston area, the previous week’s snowstorm was amounted to little more than scattered piles...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 12:15 PM

How the recent cold snap affected New England ski resorts

Considering its location in the face of Mount Washington, where temperatures dipped to minus-36 degrees at the summit (tying it for the second-coldest place on Earth on Saturday), it was little surprise to notice last Friday that Wildcat Mountain had made an immediate decision to shut down...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 1:14 PM

Brave the cold and snow for these ski deals around New England

If you’re a weekend warrior preparing for another day on the slopes, then perhaps it has come to your attention that Saturday’s high temperature in the Boston area is supposed to be somewhere around eight degrees. Up north, the current cold front that embroils New England should...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 11:48 AM

3 things we learned as Patriots head to NFL playoffs

Home, sweet, home: While the Pittsburgh Steelers found the 0-15 Cleveland Browns fitting enough to have quarterback Landry Jones earn the start in place of Ben Roethlisberger, there was no such switch in New England Sunday. Indeed, it was no...

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 6:30 PM

3 things we learned as Patriots rip Bills

Merry Gronk-mas: For the second week in a row, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski gave further proof why he is the most dangerous weapon in the NFL. Tom Brady found Gronkowski five times for 67 yards, a nice encore performance to his dominant role in last week’s win over the Pittsburgh...

Monday, December 25, 2017, 12:07 PM

Skiing programs for kids around New England

My favorite moment on the slopes in 2017 came on a pristinely temperate Sunday afternoon in April at Jay Peak. Only two months prior, my six-year-old son began his three-week stint taking invaluable weekly lessons at Blue Hills Ski Area by popping into his skis and promptly navigating himself...

Thursday, December 21, 2017, 1:05 PM

Holiday events at New England ski resorts

I was in Florida over the weekend, so it isn’t as if I should entirely bemoan about missing out on the weather in the Northeast. But that knowledge didn’t stop a local high school student, who coaches at Attitash Mountain Resort on the weekends, from informing me how I had missed out on...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 4:30 PM

3 things we saw from Patriots miraculous win over Steelers

An AFC road through Pittsburgh. No, wait. New England: Well, it was most definitely a thriller. Can we do this again next week instead of having to deal with the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets? After nearly three hours of intensity in Pittsburgh, Sunday's showdown between the Pittsburgh...

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 7:45 PM

Explore ski history at this New England museum

Every artifact might have its own story, but that doesn’t mean a collection always carries a common theme. Such was the contemplative background of the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum’s new exhibit, “Curious and Cool,” an eclectic mix of unusual and random items from the...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 1:05 PM

Patriots humiliated by Dolphins: How bad was this loss for the Pats?

Miami Yikes: Those AFC East champs T-shirts and hats will have to wait. It was ugly, all the way around. Just when it seemed Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was primed to even his career record in Miami, New England delivered its weakest performance of the season in an embarrassing, 27-20 loss...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7:58 AM

Ski deals around New England you have to check out this winter

Whether you’re looking to take advantage of the snow that might be headed our way this weekend or just seeking out an enticing sticking stuffer for the skier or rider in your family, there are plenty of early-season deals check out as the holidays approach. Here are a few ski deals you...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 3:04 PM

Patriots bash Bills: 3 things we learned in Pats 10th win of season

Three things we learned in the Patriots' 23-3 victory over the Bills Sunday in Orchard Park, New York:   Ground delivery — While there was some talk in the days leading up to the Patriots’ annual visit to Buffalo that the Bills might be able to keep New England’s...

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 5:19 PM

It's officially ski season in New England

Maybe it’s the first images of New England ski areas testing out the snow guns at the first sight of frost on the mountains in mid-September. Or, perhaps it’s an early November stroll at the Boston Ski Expo that does the trick, generating excitement amidst the promises of a fresh season...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 11:09 AM

3 things we learned in Patriots bashing of Broncos

Three things we learned in the Patriots’ 41-16 Patriots win over the Broncos Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.      A special kind of evening — Heading into Sunday’s game, the Broncos had the fifth-worst special teams, statistically, in the NFL,...

Monday, November 13, 2017, 7:51 AM

3 things we learned in the Patriots win over the Chargers

Three things we learned in a 21-13 Patriots win over the Chargers Sunday at Gillette Stadium.     1. Red Zone Blues It’s too easy, and really does no good to use Julian Edelman’s absence for the excuse as to why the Patriots have been so dreadful in the red zone as of...

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 5:17 PM

Three things we learned in the Patriots demolishment of the Falcons

Three things we learned in the Patriots' 23-7 victory over the Falcons Sunday night at Gillette Stadium:   1. Grounded. Well, anyone who saw the Atlanta Falcons more as an NFL Flavor of the Month rather than an emerging, annual threat to come out of the NFC seem to be on the warmer...

Monday, October 23, 2017, 10:46 AM