Forget image. Manziel lacks skills

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
To honor the great Don Pardo, he will supply the voiceover for today’s imaginary game show, “Punk/Not a Punk.”
Don Pardo: “OK, now it’s time to play Punk/Not a Punk! Let’s welcome your host . . .”
(Three contestants strangle buzzers simultaneously, holler “Johnny Manziel”)
Don Pardo: “Oh, um . . . That’s right! OK, well, that’s all the time we have! Tune in next week . . .”
And people will tune in.

Andersen aces 347-yard par-4 at Hillcrest

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
What a week for unbelievable golf shots at a pair of courses right down the road from each other.

Untapable is still the best 3-year-old filly

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
n extremely uninteresting 3-year-old filly division got a little more interesting on Saturday. A discussion that wasn’t taking place suddenly is.There was only one way that this was going to happen, and Stopchargingmaria provided it.

Getting a handle on racing’s impact

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Saratoga County leaders will take another crack at figuring out how much money the thoroughbred racing industry pumps into the Capital Region economy.

MLB is in good hands

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Reading up on who Rob Manfred is and what he’s all about, I couldn’t escape an analogy with “The Godfather” (if you know me, you probably know that this happens a lot).

Northville homemaker’s life anything but ordinary

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Rhoda Barker Duncan was 65 in January 1897 when she began keeping a log of her life as a homemaker on West Prospect Street in Northville.
Browne performs pared-down songs alone

Browne performs pared-down songs alone

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Jackson Browne has been singing his songs with less and less help. When he performed in the early 1970s at the RPI Fieldhouse, he had a seven-piece band. When he hits the Palace Theatre tonight, he’ll perform solo.

Cable merger closely scrutinized

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
I’ve got a bad case of MEGO — my eyes glaze over — after reading through the state’s online file on the proposed merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable.

Collmus the man for job

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Somebody has some incredibly big shoes to fill. In fact, “size 12,” Tom Durkin drily informed us on Wednesday. That somebody is Larry Collmus, who will step into the Aqueduct announcer’s booth next April and give voice to what he considers the greatest job on the planet.

Only Stewart has the answers

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
I can’t imagine what it must be like to kill somebody, even if it’s an accident.
I also can’t imagine what took so long for Tony Stewart to decide not to drive the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday.

Pratico can make history with fourth straight senior title

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
This is the 63rd year that The Daily Gazette has sponsored at least one men’s amateur golf tournament, and in all that time, no player has won four straight, in either the open or senior edition.

It wasn't hard to pick this winner

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
Hey, I picked a winner! In a column on June 17, I put a few bucks on Plaintiffs in the first race at NCAA Downs, and federal judge Claudia Wilken awarded the photo finish to Ed O’Bannon, et al. on Friday, bringing to conclusion a suit against the NCAA that was filed way back in 2009. I thought the players’ case had merit based on antitrust principles, and judge Wilken agreed, saying that NCAA rules on player payment for “name, image and likeness” represented restraint of trade.

Cuing up pool hall stories

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
Amsterdam natives who were young in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s pay tribute to Market Street pool hall proprietor Louie Allen.

Durkin is the epitome of class

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
There’s only one way to improve on the experience of listening to Tom Durkin’s call of Rachel Alexandra’s Woodward victory:
Watch him listen to it, while he’s standing in front of an adoring crowd.
That’s what we were treated to during the National Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday.
Dobro master Jerry Douglas goes from valued sideperson to star

Dobro master Jerry Douglas goes from valued sideperson to star

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
A number of sidemen (sorry, sidepersons), the indispensable, often unknown players who toil behind the stars, will be performing with their own bands in the area this weekend.

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