Established in 1858, the Boston Fencing Club stands today as one of the nation's oldest fencing clubs. The club perpetuates a winning tradition that attracts national fencing champions, NCAA collegiate fencers, and a horde of happy sword hobbyists. With five-time fencing Olympian Michael Marx directing, the club's time-tested fencing program services swordsmen of all skill levels, from 6-year-old beginners to professional marshmallow hunters. In class, adult and youth students learn the basics of the sport while wrapping their mitt around all three fencing weapons: the foil, the sabre, and the épée.
The Boston College Eagles are set to shred the competition with their metaphorical talons next month when they kick off their season with home games against the Weber State Wildcats and Kent State. Although the Eagles were treacherously swindled out of the Emerald Bowl title last year by the cunning Trojans, this year’s roster is stocked with talented players who are ready to lead the way to victory with aerodynamic skull armor and bubblegum-flavored mouthguards. You'll get lower end-zone views of the tackling, throwing, and funcitement.
On Xtreme Action Sports' 13,000-square-foot indoor field, every surface in sight is splattered with colorful reminders of paintball impacts. The maze of wood walls draws players into close-range confrontations, forcing them to dive for cover beneath open windows and tactically placed barriers. Whether using paintballs, airsoft pellets, or laser tag markers, teams fan out into the facility in search of opposing players or first aid kids that inexplicably hover and spin in the air. Between competitions, players can return to the pro shop to peruse markers, safety gear, and travel accessories.
As the first-ever college football game played at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, this game between the University of Massachusetts Minutemen and rival New Hampshire Wildcats promises to be a special clash, as both teams jostle for position in the CAA standings. Lead by senior quarterback Kyle Havens, UMass looks to stay atop the conference, while their Granite State gridiron foes hope to ride their stout, interception-hungry defense to an upset victory. Witness the next gridiron chapter in this traditional border battle between bitter enemies, a historic rivalry ever since New Hampshire’s J.D. Salinger recovered Massachusetts-born Jack Kerouac’s fumble in the 1941 Metaphor Bowl.
Currently a close second place in the Canadian-American League's overall standings, the Brockton Rox's motley crew of professional baseballers includes aptly named athletes such as pitcher Josh Papelbon (brother of Jonathan Papelbon). Bill Murray makes a surprise cameo as the team's real-life part-owner and sometimes as its gopher-obsessed groundskeeper. A seat in the box-seat section (a $9.50 value) puts you close enough to scrutinize all of the diamond-shaped action yet far enough away to avoid wafting aromas of athlete's feet. As the Rox fire fastballs, pilfer bases, catch pop-ups with their minds, and knock decommissioned Soviet satellites out of the sky with well-placed homers, sports fans will get to kick back with a classic ballpark breakfast of hot dog (a $2.75 value), chips (a $2 value), and soda (a $3.50 value) while their offspring burn off restless energy in the Kids' Zone (a $3 value)—a pint-sized paradise populated with inflatable slides, a whiffle-ball batting cage, and more.