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Siena perfect fit for Cole

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Patrick Cole didn’t want to get into much detail about why he missed a few days of practice this past week. There was a shooting back home, in Newark, N.J., a childhood friend died and he needed to leave the Siena College campus for a few days.

Winston needs to grow up

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
They say that the best defense is a good offense, and in the case of Jameis Winston, a good offense is one that stalls, kills clock and keeps the ball out of the opposition’s hands.
I’m not talking about Florida State’s huge game against Notre Dame tonight, which will hold a spotlight that puts the rest of college football in the shadows.
No, Winston and his high-profile lawyer, David Cornwell, have the lead in Florida State’s attempt to schedule a code-of-conduct hearing examining whether he committed sexual misconduct and/or endangerment.

Scorch, we hardly knew ye

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
For the first time since a caveman rubbed two sticks together, fire has been fired.

A new king reigns at Union

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Unless you’re a big-conference FBS mega-program, a college frequently draws its athletic identity from one or two signature sports.
If you play word association with schools in the Capital Region, the answers come with Pavlovian immediacy:
UAlbany . . . basketball and football; Siena . . . basketball; RPI . . . hockey.
That association still exists at Union College, but there has been a seismic shift in what the answer is these days.

It's time for Union to get to work

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
Mat Bodie’s ring was ginormous, the banner dominated center ice, the sparkly new strobe lights buzzed your eyeballs and the crowd was in full throat.
Huh. And that first goal against was mighty quick.
And the thud from that second one was mighty dull.

Success leads to high expectations

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
The one sneaky guy on the roster, 5-foot-zilch walk-on Steve Cruz, graduated last spring.
At the annual schmoozefest for Siena basketball season-ticket holders on Tuesday, coach Jimmy Patsos updated the crowd that Cruz is pursuing his MBA at night and working on Wall Street during the day.
“Cruz was always a sneaky guy,” Patsos told the fans, suggesting that he would fit right in on Wall Street.
So, minus Cruz, Siena’s stealth division is not only woefully understaffed but also obsolete now, anyway, since the Saints are hiding in plain sight.

Paint this wagon Royal blue

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
I hate baseball. Specifically, Major League Baseball. I like to be the Baseball Contrarian. The Baseball Curmudgeon.

Union starting a new journey

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Many of the faces were familiar, some of them were not and several were conspicuous by their absence.
The sweater remains the same.
There’s a garnet “U” on the front, a number on the back and scant room for this supposed bull’s-eye that by popular opinion must be on this shirt somewhere.

Never a dull moment in NYC

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
If you’re like me, you hate packing for a trip more than unpacking after it’s over.
For instance, I got back from four vacation days in New York on Sunday, and it only took one day of procrastination before I emptied my suitcase. Only one.
With that vessel purged, it’s time to also unpack some random thoughts from a fun week in the Big Apple that included midweek racing at Belmont Park, raising a cold pint downtown while Derek Jeter’s Final Act unfolded in the Bronx, a few runs on iconic elements of the New York landscape and the Notre Dame-Syracuse football game at MetLife Stadium.

Chrome doesn’t lose luster

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Won Kentucky Derby, Preakness.

A lot of talk, but no action

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
Roger Goodell delivered on Friday.
I wasn’t expecting him to express any genuine concern for the welfare of women and children at the hands of abusers, which should’ve been the most important message to come out of this whole puppet show.
Nor was I expecting him to resign as NFL commissioner.
Check, and check.

White cycling under the radar

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Duanesburg High School student

This comeback 'fantastic'

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Teri Gallucci was up in the bleachers on Sept. 5 and heard the gasps around her, from people who had never seen her 6-foot-4 son pushed back like this. Glenn Gallucci was down on the sideline and admitted to “more than a tear or two.” Their son Dante was the one out on the field who got blasted back onto his can. “Fantastic,” the grinning Schalmont High junior said on Friday, a week after he got in a football game for the first time since he was a freshman.

Ravens fans are ignoring the facts

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
What’s in a shirt?
More precisely, what’s in an NFL jersey?
Usually what’s in there is simply a person rooting for their team, and what’s in a name on the back is allegiance to a favorite player.

Theater of the absurd

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
The hypocrisy of the NFL has just about passed the point where it can even be satirized.

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