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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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Rangers-Flyers Preview

Rangers-Flyers is always a battle - a bruising, Rocky-esque prize fight.

Rangers-Flyers in the playoffs?  That'll be a war.  The type that leaves only a wasteland of flaming devastation.

The teams split their season series this year, and the bad blood that has fueled this rivalry for years was evident in each.  These two flat out don't like each other.  And now, after the Rangers bested the Flyers by two points in the Metropolitan Division, they'll meet for - probably - seven.

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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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Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
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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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