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.
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.
When the Giants opened their 2013 campaign with six straight losses, everyone knew the season was over. They weren't going to make a run, they weren't going to the playoffs, they weren't going anywhere.
In recent years, the line between player and fan has become increasingly blurred. Not, of course, in the minds of those who actually matter, but certainly in the minds of the fans. "We have an impact on the game, it's our duty to get involved in the action as much as possible," they'd say. "We paid good money for their sets, we deserve the right to say and do whatever they want to the opposition," they'd continue.
Would you bet your future on an immature kid who hasn't been able to keep himself out of trouble over the last year? Would you invest millions of dollars in such a prospect to play the world's most important sporting position? Would you, if there were legitimate questions about how the game he just finished playing will translate to the bigger, stronger, faster one?
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