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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.

Better late than never

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
It’s that time again.
The Saratoga Race Course meet is wrapping up, with just a Labor Day weekend of action left.
Track announcer Tom Durkin is heading off into the sunset, just 33 race calls of denouement left in his brilliant 43-year career.
And yet, the old boy Wise Dan is just getting started, it seems.

Victory a tribute to the father from the son

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
On Friday, the son held his father’s jacket, empty but for a hanger. On Saturday, the father, 1,500 miles away, burst at the seams.

Tonalist sitting on a big race

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
I’m not a bridge jumper.
I’m a bridge taker.
And that bridge is the Jim Dandy.

Uncertainty looms over 'Princess', 'Palace'

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
I can’t remember Captain Stubing ever meddling in any of the amorous behavior on the “Love Boat.” Isaac, your bartender? Sure. Julie McCoy, your cruise director? Yep. Gopher, your yeoman purser? Of course. But the captain ran the ship and let his crew deal with Charo. So any comparisons between the Pacific Princess and L’affaire Princess at trainer Todd Pletcher’s barn sink to the ocean floor.

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