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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.
 
ALBANY

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.
 
SYRACUSE

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
MIDDLE GROVE

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.
 
ALBANY

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.
 
ALBANY

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.
 
SCHENECTADY

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
 
SCHENECTADY

Change can be good: Trust me

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
Note to self: do not go to Central Park on Sunday.
I really don’t want to have a “Dude, Where’s My Race?” moment.
I’ve been covering the Stockade-athon 15k race since 1988, before four of the top 10 finishers from last year’s race were even born.
To say that you develop certain raceday rhythms and routines over the course of that many years is a gross understatement.
 

Bayern should have been disqualified

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Here’s a big difference between horse racing and a sport like, say, football:
Take, for example, the penalty called against Notre Dame at the end of its game at Florida State.
From the three-yard line with 13 seconds left, an Irish receiver snowplowed his way into the end zone, giving teammate Corey Robinson an uncovered out route that turned into what would’ve been the game-winning touchdown.
The refs ignored the game context and flagged Notre Dame for pass interference, and the game ended on the next play when Everett Golson threw a pick from the
18-yard line.
It was controversial, of course, but the refs had the latitude to call an infraction regardless of the circumstances, including whether it was early in the game or late.
 

Players pay when rules not followed

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
If you thought the Whitehall High School football coaching situation was an ill-timed mess, how about the massive migraine that pulsated out of Section V in Rochester this week? Among the wreckage that was left behind from a state Supreme Court hearing on Friday was a Class AA state champion and section champ eight times running that had to forfeit a quarterfinal win for using an ineligible player and was denied a reversal.
 
 

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