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.
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.
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.
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