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Tartans' goals haven't changed

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014
The Scotia-Glenville boys’ basketball team is again the No. 1-ranked Class A team in the state.
What comes with that is the usual blowback whenever a team is crowned.

Hits keep coming for Siena

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Siena's Patrick Cole suspended indefinitely

Weird is the new normal

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Based on ESPN’s NFL power rankings just before the start of the season compared to Week 16, I put the 32 teams into five categories as we head into the penultimate weekend, with a mishmash of playoff spots still to be sorted out.

Strong voices, not afraid to use them

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
As usual, the NFL produced its weekly cornucopia of highlights and sound bites.
I cracked up when Johnny Football got his comeuppance, and cringed at Jerry Jones’ clumsy high-five with Chris Christie. I actually watched the Saints-Bears game.
But the only clip I searched for and watched more than once is almost six minutes long and took place on Monday, in the lockerroom at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

Future of Siena-UAlbany rivalry in jeopardy

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
UAlbany wants to play home games against Siena

Albany Cup a must-play

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Albany Cup contract, which runs out after tonight's game, must be renewed

One big toe, one huge loss

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
“A dislocation at the metatarsal phalangeal and an avulsion fracture of the flexor tendon.”
In other words, a kick in the butt for the Siena men’s basketball team.

Gallo was a warrior from start to finish

Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
Nick Gallo dragged himself onto the field, then they practically had to drag him off it.
As the Spartans of Maine-Endwell accepted their state championship swag and Schalmont, on bended knee, watched with tear-streaked eyeblack, Gallo had his jersey off to reveal a black T-shirt with a Superman logo in the Sabres’ green.
The icepack under the left sleeve may as well have been Kryptonite.

Goodell's credibility takes another big hit

Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
Judge deals another hit to Goodell's credibility

McDougal counts his blessings

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
I went out of my way to avoid images of deal-crazed people running as if their very existence depended on it Friday.
I’m a sucker for Thanksgiving leftovers, anyway, and to further reinforce the themes of gratitude and family, we have 29-year-old Josh McDougal, who won the MVP Health Care Stockade-athon in Schen­ectady three weekends ago.
It was a pleasure catching up with Josh for the first time since I interviewed him 10 years ago.
Father and disabled son plan cross-country run

Father and disabled son plan cross-country run

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
The Evans family sat at their table and gave thanks.
It was too early for turkey last Thursday, but not for stuffing.
Envelopes, that is.

Change has been smooth for UAlbany football team

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Transition from Ford to Gattuso at UAlbany smooth

Belber never stops pitching

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
NCAA men’s basketball committee: “Gimme shelter.”
Times Union Center general manager Bob Belber: “We can work it out.”
NCAA: “Can’t buy me love.”
Belber: “I can’t get no satisfaction.”
Today’s trip down the jukebox playlist is brought to you by blockbuster success stories at the arena on South Pearl Street.

Siena is a hard team to figure out

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Don’t believe the hype.
The Siena Saints aren’t bad, but they’re not all that good, either. Not right now.

Patsos exposes Saints to Dutchmen on ice

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Road trip! It’s well-documented that one of the ploys used by Siena’s Jimmy Patsos as a basketball coach is to take his team on decidedly non-basketball field trips when they’re on the road

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