Dipietro, Canty and Rothenberg AKA DCR made the move to mornings this year and have been a welcome addition to the Capital Regions morning routine. Rick Dipietro took time to join Levack and Goz today where he covered just about all of New York sports and helped preview the NHL season. Not only does Dipietro think that Islanders have post season talent but he begrudgingly said nice things about the Rangers.
The state of gambling in New York has confused me for years now. In a state where you can play the lottery, Quick Draw, scratch-off tickets, and bet horses we couldn't legally bet sports. As a guy that enjoys a wager on games now and then I was thrilled when Rivers Casino and Resort was able to open a sportsbook but still confused as to why mobile betting that has been very lucrative for New Jersey was still banned? Now it appears the governor has decided to stop letting that potential revenue leak into New Jersey and will support mobile sports wagering in his upcoming State of the State address.
The 2020 UAlbany Men's Basketball season has been so stop and go that even the most optimistic fan was starting to worry we'd never get to this moment where the Great Danes were about to play. The challenges of COVID-19 regulations and testing appear to be in the rearview enough that Saturday's 4 pm tipoff against UMBC is good to go. Coach Will Brown joined Levack and Goz with the details of how we got to the point and how the multiple "pauses" could change his coaching style.
There are few modern-day New York Yankees that have done as much for the team as CC Sabathia has. The towering Ace pitcher provided instant dividends by helping the Yankees not only return to but win the World Series in his first year in Pinstripes. From 2009 to 2019 CC was an obvious leader and key part of the Yankees. Little did we all know the Ace of the staff and "stopper" a term used for pitchers so good they can shut down a losing streak was fighting alcohol addiction off the field. CC joined Levack and Goz to talk about his days with the Yankees, his future plans, and why he was willing to pull back the curtain and share his story I the upcoming HBO Sports Special "Under the Grapefruit Tree: The CC Sabathia Story."
One of the coolest things for a sports talk host from the Capital Region is seeing homegrown talent make it to the big leagues. That is unless that homegrown talent OWNS your favorite team in their debut. That's exactly what happened when Shen graduate Ian Anderson made his MLB debut for the Atlanta Braves against MY New York Yankees on my birthday no less.
The transition from High School to college sports is never easy. In a normal year, only about 7% of kids who played football in high school end up playing in college. As we all know 2020 is anything but normal. So what happens in a year where the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down many high school athletic programs? How do you get the attention of coaches and recruiters? This is a real problem for many high school athletes right here in the Capital Region.
One of the coolest things we get to do here at 1045 The Team is, help out with worthy causes like Make A Wish. Goz and I got that opportunity back in March when UAlbany Baseball coach Jon "Bam Bam" Mueller let us help him grant the wish of Evan Franz from Brunswick who's wish was to go to the Boston Red Sox Spring Training. It was great to meet Evan even if he is a Red Sox fan but now we're in the Make a Wish Holiday campaign commercial and I'm afraid that might scare off some donations!
What if I told you there was a thing called a "Deep Fried Turkey Pillow" and it's actually way cooler than you think? I understand your skepticism! My first thought after reading that fast-food chain Arby's was selling a Deep Fried Turkey Pillow was "do I wear it fresh from the over?" My second thought was "man I can't wait to eat turkey on Thanksgiving!" Then I stopped drooling and looked up said pillow and now I think I need one.
The New York Giants caused a lot of raised eyebrows when they selected the Duke QB, Daniel Jones 6th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Since then there have been moments where Jones has validated the Giants taking him so early but also moments that give the doubters all the ammo they need to keep second-guessing Big Blue. Thursday night Jones showed off his athleticism with an 80 yard run against the Philadelphia Eagles and then showed off his issues by falling flat on his face. There may have never been a play that summed up a young players career better than this one.
ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney joins Levack and Goz every Thursday thanks to Roland J Down Service Experts. With the World Series tied 1 - 1 we recap and look forward as we break down the matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers. Plus how does Buster feel about MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred saying he'd like to keep some of the changes instituted in the 2020 COVID-19 MLB season?