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Union never had a chance

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
The Union hockey team dressed up as the Buffalo Sabres for Halloween on Friday.
Didn’t even have to rent the costumes; they simply borrowed them from the RPI Engineers.
Actually, it was way worse than that for the national champion Dutchmen. It was The Skating Dead.

Two days of betting bliss

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
That $2.65 left in my NYRA Rewards account has been getting lonely.
Fortunately, the Breeders’ Cup is coming up this weekend, which means it will be replenished by me on Friday, and hopefully replenished further by some winning tickets.

Whitehall community says yes, board says no to football coach

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
It seems like somebody was looking for a reason to get rid of Justin Culligan as the football coach at Whitehall High School. And if that was the case, boy, did they get one.

Good advice at a low price

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Basketball practices are open at the Alumni Recreation Center, so it’s not unusual to see a grey-haired retiree in a Siena golf shirt mosey on in.
And these spectators have their opinions, but most of them don’t then actually step onto the court and start teaching the Saints how to play basketball, like an AARPster telling the chef how to stock the buffet at Golden Corral.
On Tuesday, one did.

Grades scandal leaves an ugly stain

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Eighteen years.
That’s the lifespan of a college freshman.
If you were born in 1993, you could be old enough to enroll at the University of North Carolina by 2010 and thus step onto a campus rich in sports tradition.
I’m talking most notably, of course, about the Tar Heels’ success on the basketball court, where the men’s team has won the NCAA tournament five times, most recently in 2009.
Well, no, that’s not what I’m talking about.

Sabres are doing it right

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
The Schalmont football team is too good for its own good.
One of the creative challenges for the coaching staff, whose team is averaging 63 points a game, is figuring out how not to score.
Does that make any sense?

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.

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