Mike MacAdam has been part of The Gazette’s sports team for nearly 32 years. He currently covers two of the sports section’s most popular beats: horse racing and Union College ice hockey. In addition, he frequently assists with editing copy and producing pages at night on deadline.
There are two key reasons why MacAdam has been a part of the team for so long.
“This region is rich with story possibilities that are interesting, challenging and frequently, fun. On the personal side, Schenectady geographically hits the sweet spot between New York [City], Boston, the Adirondack mountains and Rochester/Buffalo, where my family lives.”
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It’s not surprising that a couple of MacAdam’s favorite memories from his time with The Gazette are from covering horse racing and college sports. However, it’s interesting to note that they’re both from 2009. MacAdam was on hand for the 2009 running of the Woodward at Saratoga Race Course, the race in which Rachel Alexandra clinched the prestigious title of Horse of the Year. In the words of longtime track announcer Tom Durkin, the popular filly “raises the rafters here at the Spa!”
Earlier in the year, he was on hand for basketball analyst Bill Raftery’s “Onions! Double order!” call during the Siena vs. Ohio State game in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, after Ronald Moore hit the game-winning 3-pointer in double overtime to give the Saints the upset win over the Buckeyes.