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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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Who’s Streak is Better? Ripken or the Ref?

 

NBA official Dick Bavetta has now refereed as many consecutive games as Cal Ripken played. Who’s streak is more impressive? Ripken’s? Or the Ref’s?

Voicing the unpopular opinion, I debated a few other contributors to NoTicketSports.com.  See some of what we call a "Sound and Fury" right here.

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Don Baylor Breaks Leg on Ceremonial First Pitch [VIDEO]

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.

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Alan Fanger on the NCAA with Joe and Brix [AUDIO]

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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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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