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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.

In support of brand boycott

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
My best friends when I was a kid were twins who lived next door. The best thing in the world was watching NFL games in their family room every Sunday.

AHL can't get it right

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Not big on these “report card” style columns, but it seemed like a natural fit since the American Hockey League took a couple of summer courses.

Racing makes up for a lot

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
The racing was great. That’s a given. There were moments that we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives, like the Jimmy Jerkens Travers exacta, Wise Dan’s incredible comeback and track announcer Tom Durkin’s retirement.

Durkin makes a classy exit

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
The story is over.
Our favorite storyteller has closed the books on his career, the thick personal thesaurus that he filled with nouns, adjectives and verbs, and the drab, thin program that he filled with rainbow ink to guide him through each race card.
On a gray, rainy Sunday, track announcer Tom Durkin jauntily spun a sodden final yarn in the Spinaway at Saratoga Race Course, and now will go about the business of a retired person.

Lopez introduces himself to Saratoga

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
“Cheatin’ …” The next word is unprintable in this space. I knew it was jockey Junior Alvarado even before I swung my head around to check.

State responds to horse deaths

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
t’s not the hardest job facing those tasked with making sure that racehorses don’t die. The making-sure-they-don’t-die part, of course, is the hardest. And, in fact, that’s impossible.

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