As a guy who was born and raised here in the Capital Region, it always does my heart well to see a local kid decide to stay in the area for college and make their marks in whatever sport they compete in. A perfect example of this would be Siena College baseball player Mike Fish - a Delmar native who graduated from Bethlehem High School and decided to "stay home" by attending Siena, just a short drive into Loudonville.
After spending the last two weeks at or near the top of the American League East, the New York Yankees have really gone and outdone themselves during this four-game losing streak. Last night, the Mets came into Yankee Stadium and didn't miss a beat from the previous two nights, taking out the Yankees by a score of 9-4.
Let's be honest for a minute - it is no big secret to fans of 104.5 "The Team" that Bruce Jacobs is one of the biggest die-hard fans of the New York Rangers in the entire Capital Region. With the pompous attitude he brings with every victory and borderline depression he carries with every loss, the host of "Game On" every weekday afternoon from 4-7 p.m. is very open about his love for the Blueshirts through thick and thin.
Every Saturday morning on 104.5 "The Team," you can check out my show "Cady's Corner," a local 1-hour sports talk show which covers anything and everything in the sports world - local and national alike. Once in a while, I have had the privilege of interviewing some noteworthy athletes of the past and present - and this one is right near the top of that list.
Entering last weekend, the New York Yankees sat atop the American League East to begin a crucial stretch in this young 2013 season, with 12 of their next 16 games against all 4 divisional foes. The team started with two convincing wins on Friday and Saturday against the Blue Jays, only to see Mother Nature postpone the potential sweep on Sunday. So with just 5 games of separation from Boston, Tampa Bay and Baltimore (all of which have records over .500), it was time for the Yankees to start an 8-game road trip - the first 6 taking place against the Orioles and Rays.
This weekend at Riverfront Park in Troy, a craze that been sweeping the nation over the last several years takes its rightful place under the spotlight. The Food Truck Festival of NY will invade the Capital Region from 12 noon until 7 p.m. on Saturday, and we here at 104.5 "The Team" are ready to rock The Collar City.
Over the last day or so, current NBA free agent Jason Collins' revelation about being gay has sparked tremendous reaction on a global scale, both positive and negative. Along with the reaction by sports fan and media pundits alike, there's also the generic news media coverage, with both our local and national ABC stations doing great work with the story.
Going into the 2013 MLB season, I would have called you crazy if you said the older free agents signed during the off-season would help carry the Yankees to a good start and maintain relevancy in the American League East. However, that has been exactly the case, and this afternoon was another perfect example of that.
When you take a look at all 16 teams in the NBA Playoffs, the position seeing the greatest amount of injuries is point guard - Rajon Rondo has been out the last few months, Stephen Curry has had ankle issues on and off the entire season, and Steve Nash is dealing with multiple ailments as he plays through the pain. And now, you can add Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder to that list.
Entering the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, you could have argued that the Jets needed help at pretty much every position on the football, except maybe kicker and punter. Meanwhile, the Giants and Bills both had specific needs that needed to be addressed. In my mind, two teams succeeded and one team somewhat failed.
Usually, when you see players from the same position go first and second overall in the NFL Draft, they play what are called "skill positions" on the offensive side of the football. However, this year is a special exception, as there weren't very many super elite offensive talents in this year's class. Therefore, the first 2 picks of the 2013 NFL Draft focused on the position of Offensive Tackle for the first time in history, as the Kansas City Chiefs selected Eric Fisher with their #1 pick and the Jacksonville Jaguars chose Luke Joeckel with their #2 overall pick.
For almost a year, Renan Barao has been "the talk" of the UFC Bantamweight division, becoming the interim champion while the real champion has been recovering from ACL surgery. And now, Dominick Cruz is looking to reclaim his throne completely, as he continues his recovery from the December surgery.
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