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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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Ken Schott On Union Hockey

After an exciting, 5-4 win over Boston College on Thursday, the Union Dutchmen are set to play for their first national championship in school history. On Saturday, the small, non-scholarship school who's only recently stepped into national prominence will take on one of college hockey's perennial powers, the Minnesota Gophers.

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David Robertson to DL

The calendar has flipped, but the Yankees' luck has not.  Just a few days after Mark Teixeira strained his hamstring and landed on the 15-day disabled list, and a year after the Yankees were ravaged by injuries in ways never before seen in club history, more bad news rolled for the Yanks.

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Who’s Streak is Better? Ripken or the Ref?

 

NBA official Dick Bavetta has now refereed as many consecutive games as Cal Ripken played. Who’s streak is more impressive? Ripken’s? Or the Ref’s?

Voicing the unpopular opinion, I debated a few other contributors to NoTicketSports.com.  See some of what we call a "Sound and Fury" right here.

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Don Baylor Breaks Leg on Ceremonial First Pitch [VIDEO]

In sports, you expect injuries. You even expect gruesome injuries.  You know that at some point during the course of play, you're going to come across a fracture or a muscle tear so grotesque that it leaves you watching through the fingers you've reflexively thrown over your face.

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Alan Fanger on the NCAA with Joe and Brix [AUDIO]

Earlier this week, in a controversial decision with wide, sweeping implications for sports as we know them today, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of Northwestern football players who had argued that they are employees of the school, more than just students of it.

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Union’s a Good Idea for College Athletics

The NCAA is a joke.

I've started too many columns this way, lately, but that truth is so apparent, it's impossible to discuss college athletics without acknowledging it.

It's a corrupted cesspool in which, too often, the dreams of student athletes are used to lure in the almighty dollar, then dragged to the bottom and drowned  when no longer useful.

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