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Joe Bianchino

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.
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10 Things To Do With The Butt Fumble Jersey

A franchise doesn't just get over something like the "Butt Fumble."  It's not something you forget.  No, butt fumbles stick with you.  They matriculate their way into everything you thought your favorite team was and re-defines it in the sad, dark, depressing shadow it is.

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Landon Donovan Left Off World Cup Team – Right Call?

Landon Donovan has been left off the U.S.’s 23-man World Cup roster.  The contributors of NoTicketSports.com discuss:

Joe Bianchino: Klinsmann!  That tricky German, going way outside the box and leaving the nation’s top World Cup scorer off the roster.  I don’t get it. We’re talking about a quality midfielder and the savvy, presence over the last decaade.  Donovan is USMNT, or at least has been for the last ten years.  We’re leaving that guy off?

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Buster Olney Joins Armen And Levack [AUDIO]

Less than two months into the season and the Yankees are already on the market looking for a pitcher.  Why are they being so aggressive, who are they targeting, and why might the potential pick-up need to be a permanent solution because a pitcher on the current staff may never pitch again?

To answer those questions, Armen and Levack were joined by ESPN's Buster Olney

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Will California Chrome Come To Saratoga?

For most, the three races of the Triple Crown represent the entirety of the horse racing season.

For those in this area, though, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont are just preludes to those 40 days of racing off the Northway's exit 14 - a first look at the marquee horses who will be running in Saratoga's biggest races.

The majority of those looks, this year, of course, have been pointed in California Chrome's direction - the colt who won both the Derby and Preakness in impressive fashion and who enters the Belmont with a chance to win racing's first Triple Crown since 1978.

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Can A Triple Crown Save Horse Racing?

There’s nothing Americans love quite as much as a comeback story.

Trans fats and political vitriol are close seconds, but make no mistake, resurrections are America’s newest pastime.

The thing about them, though, is they don’t happen often, and they’re damn hard work  - no matter how easy Jason Voorhees or Spock or Ben Affleck’s career make them look.  Most things that fall from grace lack what’s necessary to get back up.  They either wither and die, or go on existing in some reduced state, mired in the quagmire, wistful for the good ole days.

Like horse racing.

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UAlbany Lacrosse Coach Scott Marr With Armen and Levack

After an incredible season- including a run into the NCAA tournament - ended in overtime on Saturday, UAlbany lacrosse coach Scott Marr joined Armen and Levack live from Zappone Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram on Monday

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Previewing the Preakness Field

You don't often hear a lot of talk about sex appeal in regard to horses.

Except in big time horse races; races like the Preakness.

Just maybe not this year's edition.

Ten horses will take to the Pimlico Starting gate on Saturday, with only two under 10/1 on the morning line, and only one of that pair entering off a win.  That horse is, of course, California Chrome - the reigning Kentucky Derby champion, prohibitive 3/5 favorite, and the horse of the race.

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Michael Eisen of Giants.Com With Armen And Levack

In the months leading up to the NFL draft, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the New York Giants would take an offensive lineman.

Then they didn't.

Instead, they took LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and instantly opened themselves up to questions about the speedy pass catcher's fit, and the stability of an offensive line that helped doom the team's 2013 campaign.

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