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.
Would you stop watching basketball if instead of "Knicks," "Geico" was emblazoned across Carmelo Anthony's chest? If Apple had a patch on his shoulder? Or if "More Saving. More Doing" lined the bottom of his jersey in support of the Home Depot?
The picks are in! After hours and days of research and analysis, of flip-flopping, and flip-flip-flopping, the bracket is locked.
It's chalk-heavy, as my brackets tends to be, but it's not without gambles. Take a look, let me know what you think, share your picks on our Facebook page, and check out some reasoning behind why I made the selections I did.
To some, bracketology is all about finding the upsets. Who's the Cinderella? How far can they run before the glass slipper shatters and lodges shards of it deep in their foot? Let's evaluate the popular options.
If the Lion King taught us anything, it’s that you shouldn’t trust anyone named Scar.
It also taught us, though, that you have to put the past behind you. And right about now, the rest of the world would do well to remember the teachings of Timon. They would do well to remember that it is not 2002 – that it is 2014, and the Michael Vick they’re so eager to see sign with the Jets is a decade and a prison stint removed from the one who was the world’s most electrifying player.
When your day starts in jean shorts, it's hard to imagine that it will get worse. But such a belief begins with the assumption that at no point during the day, while wearing those cut-off abominations, will you drop your children down a hill and send them careening into a fence.
Why can't we just leave well enough alone, anymore?
The NHL GM meetings are under way, and already in discussion are numerous rule changes to the overtime and replay systems with the league, apparently, in favor of fewer shootouts and more replay - exactly what a league starving for attention needs, less drama fans like, more video of referees making a collect call to Toronto.
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