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Joe Bianchino

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.
FIFA Fan Fest In Natal - 2014 FIFA World Cup
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U.S. Men Win, Look Terrible In Process

Before the World Cup, U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann questioned his club's chances.

And before the World Cup, most agreed with the German - sure that the Americans would struggle to even escape their group, sure that a trip to the knock-out round was possible only through a precise string of unlikely events

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ESPN’s Buster Olney With Armen And Levack

Derek Jeter's lifeless bat has become a real problem for Joe Girardi and the New York Yankees.

On Thursday, ESPN's Buster Olney joined Armen and Levack to explain why it's a bigger issue than most realize, and why it's time for the Yankees to start doing something about it.

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Jon Stewart The Daily Show
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The Daily Show Takes On College Football

In recent months, the NCAA has been under siege.  An always-present undercurrent of frustration with the organization has, seemingly, boiled over in this last year, culminating with the football players of one of its member schools suing for and winning the right to unionize

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Grading Ronaldo’s Passing [VIDEO]

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best soccer players in the world, and will soon be one of the biggest stars of the world's biggest sporting event - the FIFA World Cup.

Earlier this week, though, while his Portugal squad prepped for the tournament in New York, the striker tried his hand a different kind of football.  Take a look as we grade the results.

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Credit, Joe Bianchino
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California Chrome Loss Good For Horse Racing

Everyone wanted California Chrome to win on Saturday.

Hardly anyone in the world – save for those who had a personal or financial stake in the colt’s opposition – was rooting against the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in the final jewel of the Triple Crown.

We all wanted to see history made.  We all wanted the 36-year drought broken.

But maybe we shouldn’t have wanted that.  Maybe, when California Chrome turned for home with nothing left in the tank and finished tied for fourth, we got lucky.

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Credit, Joe Bianchino
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Disappointment Reigns as California Chrome Loses Triple Crown Bid

This wasn't supposed to happen.

On a gorgeous Long Island day - with over 100,000 bearing witness, with the last three jockeys to win the Triple Crown there to give their blessing - this wasn't supposed to happen.

California Chrome wasn't supposed to lose.  This rags-to-riches story wasn't supposed to end in disappointment.  It didn't deserve that.

But then again, none of this was ever supposed to happen, anyway.  

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Credit, Joe Bianchino
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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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Al Bello, Getty Images
Al Bello, Getty Images
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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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