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’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.
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.
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?
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