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.
Would you bet your future on an immature kid who hasn't been able to keep himself out of trouble over the last year? Would you invest millions of dollars in such a prospect to play the world's most important sporting position? Would you, if there were legitimate questions about how the game he just finished playing will translate to the bigger, stronger, faster one?
You hear that a lot these days in sports, usually right before or right after someone tells you something you're not going to like. "Your favorite player was just cut. Hey, it's a business." "Ticket prices are going up. What can you do, it's a business?"
82 games for the NBA and NHL? Similarly ridiculous in length.
Nothing, though, is as outrageous as the college basketball season. It's mid-November when college basketball tips off - by my estimation, a month and a half too early. How can anyone expect me to pay attention to Kansas and Duke when NFL teams are still on their bye weeks?
With five minutes to go in the gold medal game of the Olympic hockey tournament, the U.S. women looked assured of victory. Up 2-0 on their bitter rivals, Canada, there was no way they would lose the game. They'd finish out the final seconds and cruise to the top of the podium. The gold medal was around their necks.
You would think that the winds of Canada's long, hard winters would erode their weakness. That year after year the realities of their landscape and climate would chip away their fragilities - leaving a strong, resolute people. You'd think they're as strong as the maple tree whose leaf adorns their flag.
When Derek Jeter announced his forthcoming retirement Wednesday, the world exploded in shows of praise and love for the longtime Yankee, and debate erupted regarding his place in baseball and Bronx Bomber history.
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