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.
With Armen out, Jeff Levack and I were joined by ESPN's Mark Kestecher for this week's celebrity picks. A big performance from the celebrity narrowed Armen's season-long lead, and set up an interesting final three weeks of the year.
Check out the full picks below, and their full conversation, too.
After a win for the Giants and another loss for the Jets - and a tough defeat for the Bills - Herm Edwards joined Armen and Levack, while I filled in for Armen Williams, to discuss the future of the Giants, the motivation of the Jets, and the playoff chances of the Bills.
With the sagas of Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice still ongoing - and the appeal of the former currently being adjudicated - ESPN business analyst Andrew Brandt joined Armen and Levack to help detail the cases.
How complex is the AP case, and could Ray Rice come back this season? Hear the answers below.
In a passing league, with quarterbacks dropping back 40 or 50 times a game to take advantage of the NFL's new rules, the Jets attempted only 13 passes on Monday night. They, instead, ran it 49 times - taking the ball out of Geno Smith's hand, abandoning the forward pass, and taking football back 70 years.
It didn't work. The Jets lost to the Dolphins 16-13 and, when they were supposed to be evaluating Geno Smith, learned nothing about the second year QB.
Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is smart. In fact, he's probably too smart. The former Bill played his college ball at Harvard - a prolific powerhouse for lawyers, but not NFL players.
As the signal caller showed on Sunday, though, he's not the only genius in the family. After Houston's romp over the Titans, Fitzpatrick was joined at his press conference by his son, who showed off his crazy math skills. Check out the video below.
Armen left the door open this week, with a poor 2-3 record, but neither Levack nor our celebrity picker, Will Brown, was able to bust it down. Levack, like Armen, managed only two wins, while Coach Brown collected a better, but not good enough, three.
Armen's lead was diminished, but not in any real, serious way. Check out the full results below, including Armen and Levack's UAlbany basketball preview with Coach Will Brown.
Earlier today, the NFL announced that Adrian Peterson would be suspended for the rest of the 2014 season. Though his legal case had been fully adjudicated in the Texas courts - and determined to be only a misdemeanor offense - the running back would not be reinstated. He would, instead, be punished further.
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