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.
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?
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.
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.
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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