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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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Union’s a Good Idea for College Athletics

The NCAA is a joke.

I've started too many columns this way, lately, but that truth is so apparent, it's impossible to discuss college athletics without acknowledging it.

It's a corrupted cesspool in which, too often, the dreams of student athletes are used to lure in the almighty dollar, then dragged to the bottom and drowned  when no longer useful.

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Kreider Out for Rangers, What’s Next?

If you weren't paying close attention to the Rangers' thrilling win over the Coyotes on Monday, you may not have even noticed that Chris Kreider was hurt.

You won't be able to overlook that fact tonight, though, as the winger won't be on the ice to play the Flyers in what is certainly the Blueshirts' most important game of the season.

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The Real Rex Ryan Returns

About a year and a half ago, a good friend of mine disappeared.

I didn't know him personally - and he certainly didn't know me - but soon after he burst onto the scene in 2009, he came to occupy a certain place in my professional life.  His various overzealous bloviations providing me fodder for countless column inches and hours of monologue.

But as I said, sometime over the last two years, he disappeared.  And I've missed him since.

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Steve Fisher’s Anti-NCAA Rant Is Too Much

The NCAA is a joke. It's a corrupt, two-faced, charade of an organization.  Their thirst for profit is equaled only by their ruthless disregard for the "student-athletes" they claim to put first.

And as such, the condemnation they receive so regularly is, more often than not, well deserved.

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Joe Bianchino’s Bracket

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.

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Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis dribbles around Maryland guard Seth Allen (4) on Monday night.
Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis dribbles around Maryland guard Seth Allen (4) on Monday night.
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NCAA Tournament Upset Alert Evaluations

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.

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Vick a Fit For Jets? No

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.

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