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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.
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Ron Jaworski Says Manziel Isn’t Top Pick, He’s Right

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?

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Should the Rangers Trade Ryan Callahan? [POLL]

It's a business.

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?"

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College Basketball’s Time Has Come

The MLB's 162-game season is absurdly long.

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?

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Armen Jinxes U.S. Women’s Hockey [AUDIO] [POLL]

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.

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Canada Cries Foul Over Ice Dancing Result – America Responds [AUDIO]

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.

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Ted Wells’ Report Released

In walking away from the Miami Dolphins, Jonathan Martin - whether he meant to or not - lit the fuse on what would become one of the more explosive stories of the sporting calendar.

No sooner than the story did broke did the finger point toward lineman Richie Incognito, with racist and bully claims hurled across every possible platform

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