As a lifelong Capital Region sports fan who has just so happened to be in radio for most of my professional life the chance to “join the Team” pun intended was the kind of offer I’ve been dreaming of. Growing up a Yankees, Knicks and Raiders fan(a punishment I share with my beautiful daughter Ella) I’ve felt the pain and success that comes with diehard fandom. Luckily for me my friends that love the Giants have adopted me so I have a reason to watch football after the Raiders have been eliminated EARLY every season for the last 10 plus years. I’m excited to talk sports and enjoy multiple happy hours with all the sports fans of the Cap Region…even the Red Sox fans.
Gerrit Cole And The Yankees Have Plenty To Smile About [LISTEN]
Last week when ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney made his weekly appearance on Levack and Bahl here on 1045 The Team, he accused me(Levack) of living on "Bitter Boulevard." Here we are a week later and the New York Yankees appear to have found their stride winning four of the five games since Buster told me to enjoy the Yankees because they are for real. Buster covers all the latest headlines in Major League Baseball including how seriously the recent COVID-19 issues could effect not only the Yankees but all of baseball.
Knicks Still Here And Headed To The Playoffs!!!
Last night when the Boston Celtics lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-94 the New York Knicks locked up no worse than the 6th see in the Eastern Conference playoffs. No play in games and no saying "there's always next year" before the regular season even ends. For the first time since 2013 when the #2 seed Knicks beat the Celtics in the first round of the NBA Playoffs before the Indiana Pacers sent them packing in the Conference semi-finals, the Knicks are in the postseason!
Firewolves’ Jackson Nishimura Misses “The Game Within The Game” [LISTEN]
Jackson Nishimura is only going into his third season in the National Lacrosse but he already sounds like a veteran you'd want on any roster. When the Albany Firewolves begin their inaugural season at the Times Union Center this December Nishimura will get to do what he loves again finally after being locked down in Toronto, Canada, play Box Lacrosse.
Jets Week One Opponent Highlights Gang Green’s Recent Mistakes
The New York Jets seem to have found the right path as an organization finally. General Manager Joe Douglas hired new head coach Robert Saleh and appears to have orchestrated a solid 2021 NFL Draft. However the Jets' week one opponent will be a stark reminder of at least three missed opportunities.
Siena’s Basketball Schedule Is Starting To Take Shape [LISTEN]
With the school year starting to wind down at Siena College the focus will be shifting wholly to preparing for the upcoming MAAC season for the basketball program. Workouts are still restricted but come June the hope is it'll be as close to normal for Head Coach Carmen Maciariello and the men's basketball team. Not only will practice get closer to normal, the coming schedule for the 2021 - 2022 season will look far more normal than last year as well. Coach Carm shared the latest on what we can expect this year.
Yankees Hope Returning Star Won’t Have A ‘Cool Hand’
The New York Yankees have seemingly turned around a season that got off to a pretty awful start after going 7 - 2 in their last homestand. The Yankees haven't lost a series since they were swept by the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game series from April 16th - 18th. So even though things have been good it'll be a major boost if First Baseman Luke Voit comes in hot tonight in his return from the Injured List when the Yankees begin a three-game midweek series in Tampa versus those same Rays.
Gary Sanchez Is The Backup Catcher For The Yankees – Buster Olney [LISTEN]
In ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney's weekly call with Levack and Bahl he made it very clear that New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez is not only catching on thin ice, but that ice may also have already broken. Buster also shared his thoughts on if the Yankees have turned the corner, Is Fransisco Lindor in real trouble with the Mets, and were the Angels wrong to DFA Albert Pujols.
A Yankees’ MLB Rival Is Moving To New York
Some of the New York Yankees road trips just got a lot shorter. The "Toronto" Blue Jays who have been playing their home games in its spring training ballpark in Dunedin, Florida will shuffle off to Buffalo. The Blue Jays have been able to play in Canada since the COVID-19 pandemic hit so now they return to their home from last season, Sahlen Field in beautiful downtown Buffalo New York starting June 1st.
Yankees And Mets To Remove Capacity Limits For Vaccinated Fans
Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York Yankees Team President Randy Levine, and Mets Team President Sandy Alderson announced that starting Wednesday, May 19th both the Yankees and Mets will raise the capacity limit from 20% to 100% for vaccinated fans.
Rivers Casino Schenectady Is Hosting A Madden 21 Tournament
Your chance to claim video game greatness in the world of Madden 21 NFL is here. The Electric City Classic is back at Rivers Casino and Resort Schenectady on Saturday, May 15th. The Electric City Classic could be your chance to take on some of the best button mashers in the world when it comes to Madden Football.
Joe Sykes Is Back With The Empire [LISTEN]
The Albany Empire have added arguably the greatest pass rusher in the history of Arena Football, joe Sykes as the new Defensive Line Coach.
Rangers Vs Capitals Has NHL Insider On ‘The Edge Of Her Seat’ [LISTEN]
The "fight" between Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson and New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin has set the hockey world on fire. As a fan of the Rangers I am obviously furious that Panarin is done for the year after what is clearly a cheap shot from Wilson. I'm also a fan of physical play and have zero issues with open ice fights in the NHL. So I wanted to make sure I wasn't being a total homer when I was outrage by Wilson's actions and the lack of action from the NHL. So we called Mollie Walker of the New York Post and the way she explains the incident clears any doubt from me.