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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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Belmont Stakes Friday Notes

After three weeks of building crescendo, the anticipation for the Belmont Stakes is just about ready to hit fever pitch.  In just a little over 24 hours, California Chrome will take to the Belmont Park track and run for his shot at history, racing's first Triple Crown since 1978.

Today, with the park itself, it seems, echoing his name, Chrome stepped out onto "Big Sandy" to do some of his final prep work.  Here are some observations from the morning:

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Belmont Stakes Preview Part II

For longer than I'd care to discuss, I've been sitting here trying to think of something profound with which to open.  Something significant.  Something deep.

After all, I may well be penning this column on the eve of history, and I'm certainly doing it at the apex of a months-long crescendo.  My sense of nostalgia tells me I should honor that.

Philosophy eludes me on this night, though. And maybe that's for the best.  I doubt very much that the connections who labeled themselves dumbasses would have much use for Socrates.  Maybe they'd just rather me tell them about their horse's race on Saturday - how a wildcard pace could make all the difference, how it may all come down to guts, or how an old foe might be one standing between him and history.

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Belmont Stakes Preview Part I

The Triple Crown has become like the quest for the Holy Grail. Many have sought it, most have never came close, and the few who got within arm's length let it slip through their delicate German fingers.

For 36 years the Triple Crown has gone unclaimed. Will that streak be extended to 37? Or do we finally have one worthy of its splendor? California Chrome has looked the part in his Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins, but the Belmont's mile and a half run is a different beast.

Can he tame it? What will his competition have to say about the matter? Let's find out.

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Should Jeter Move To First? [AUDIO]

Over the last two years, Yankee manager Joe Girardi has become a master at negotiating one of the most complicated lineups in baseball.

With a wealth of older players in need of days off, and injuries complicating the matter - giving the World Series champion more to do and less to work with - Girardi has done an incredible job getting as much out of the club as he has.

Is he doing enough, though? Is there a move he has yet to make that would greatly help the club?  Namely, should Derek Jeter be playing first base?

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Buster Olney With Armen And Levack [AUDIO]

In his regular weekly visit, Buster Olney called in to Armen And Levack on Thursday to talk about the possibility of some young Yankee studs going up on the auction block, the wild week that was for the New York Mets, and give his reaction to the Cubs hiring Manny Ramirez

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10 Things To Do With The Butt Fumble Jersey

A franchise doesn't just get over something like the "Butt Fumble."  It's not something you forget.  No, butt fumbles stick with you.  They matriculate their way into everything you thought your favorite team was and re-defines it in the sad, dark, depressing shadow it is.

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Landon Donovan Left Off World Cup Team – Right Call?

Landon Donovan has been left off the U.S.’s 23-man World Cup roster.  The contributors of NoTicketSports.com discuss:

Joe Bianchino: Klinsmann!  That tricky German, going way outside the box and leaving the nation’s top World Cup scorer off the roster.  I don’t get it. We’re talking about a quality midfielder and the savvy, presence over the last decaade.  Donovan is USMNT, or at least has been for the last ten years.  We’re leaving that guy off?

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Buster Olney Joins Armen And Levack [AUDIO]

Less than two months into the season and the Yankees are already on the market looking for a pitcher.  Why are they being so aggressive, who are they targeting, and why might the potential pick-up need to be a permanent solution because a pitcher on the current staff may never pitch again?

To answer those questions, Armen and Levack were joined by ESPN's Buster Olney

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