Joe Bianchino is a producer with 104.5 The Team. He grew up in the Capital Region and is an avid fan of all sports, including hockey, baseball, football, soccer and horse racing. He is a die-hard Giants, Yankees and Rangers fan.
I never wanted replay. Never. I thought baseball was the game that didn't need it. Untouched by technology - or, at the very least, spared its touch more so than the other major sports - baseball could survive without it.
After an exciting, 5-4 win over Boston College on Thursday, the Union Dutchmen are set to play for their first national championship in school history. On Saturday, the small, non-scholarship school who's only recently stepped into national prominence will take on one of college hockey's perennial powers, the Minnesota Gophers.
If you've ever run on the field during a sporting event you weren't actively participating in, you're a damn fool. And you deserved whatever the punishment was - whatever fine and every single minute of jail time you were handed.
The calendar has flipped, but the Yankees' luck has not. Just a few days after Mark Teixeira strained his hamstring and landed on the 15-day disabled list, and a year after the Yankees were ravaged by injuries in ways never before seen in club history, more bad news rolled for the Yanks.
I’m not going to say that sabermetricians are ruining baseball, but the Yankee season isn’t a week old and I’m already sick and tired of the shift – the entire defense realigning on one side of the field so as to guard against pull hitters.
In sports, you expect injuries. You even expect gruesome injuries. You know that at some point during the course of play, you're going to come across a fracture or a muscle tear so grotesque that it leaves you watching through the fingers you've reflexively thrown over your face.
Earlier this week, in a controversial decision with wide, sweeping implications for sports as we know them today, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of Northwestern football players who had argued that they are employees of the school, more than just students of it.
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