Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Mets Schedule

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Since the weather suspended the Mets game yesterday, today's schedule has been amended to accommodate the completion of yesterday's game.

Yesterday's game will resume at 1:10PM, the original start time for today's game.  Carlos Torres will take the mound as he was announced to be the pitcher for the Mets to start the 7th inning, with the game tied at 1.

There will be a 30 minute break after the first game is done before the second game begins with the debut of Steven Matz on the mound for the Mets.

So today's schedule is as follows:
12:30PM - Mets Pregame with Wayne Randazzo

1:10PM - Game #1 - Resumption of Saturday's suspended game.  Cincinnati will be up to bat in the top of the 7th inning, with Carlos Torres on the mound for the Mets.

Approximately 2:10PM - Game #1 will conclude.  Howie Rose and Josh Lewin will wrap-up the first game from the booth before sending it to the WOR studios for between game programming.

Approximately 2:45PM - First Pitch, Game #2

We will have coverage of both games on FOX Sports Radio 1230 from the first pitch of the 7th inning to the final pitch of the second game.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

End of Year: List of Section 2's NYSPHSAA Champions for 2014-15

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The Lake George Warriors hold their NYSPHSAA Class C Championship
after beating Waterville in the title game at the Glens Falls Civic Center

With the crowning of state champions in baseball, softball and track and field, the book is now closed for the 2014-15 NYSPHSAA High School Sports calendar, ending a year that began with practices in mid-August.

It's been a wild year for Section 2, filled with ups and downs.  Three teams made it back to Syracuse, but all three came up empty despite great efforts.  In the winter, three teams hoisted the state trophy at the Glens Falls Civic Center, none wilder than Lake George's game-winning bucket by senior Joel Wincowski.  There were several title-holders in the spring, including the first NYSPHSAA title in boys lacrosse for Section 2, claimed by the often determined Niskayuna Silver Warriors.

After the jump, a complete list of the teams and individuals who claimed state titles in Section 2:

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NYSPHSAA Schedule for our Section 2 Baseball/Softball teams

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This weekend, eight teams from Section 2 will attempt to win a state title in baseball or softball.  While it has been a great year already for Section 2, hopefully one or more of our local teams can join teams like Niskayuna (Lacrosse), Lake George, Scotia and Shenendehowa (Basketball) on the wall of NYSPHSAA Champions for the 2014-15 school year.

Here's the schedule for all of our local teams, and where they will be playing.


All games are on Saturday, June 13th at Moreau Recreation Park in Moreau.

AVERILL PARK VS. Pearl River - 9AM
Starpoint vs. W.T. Clarke - 9AM

Championship – 1:30PM

Solvay vs. Marlboro - 9AM

Championship – 1:30PM

HOOSIC VALLEY vs. Addison - 11:30AM
Chester vs. Elmira-Notre Dame - 11:30AM

Championship -  4PM

FORT ANN vs. Hamilton - 11:30AM
Andover vs. Deposit - 11:30AM

Championship - 4PM

All games are on Saturday, June 13th at various venues in the Binghamton area.

At Union-Endicott High School
SARATOGA SPRINGS vs. Orchard Park – 1PM
Mamaroneck vs. Connetquot - 10AM

Championship – 4PM

At Maine-Endwell High School
QUEENSBURY vs. Hamburg – 1PM
Levittown Division vs. Byram Hills – 10AM

Championship – 4PM

At Binghamton University
HOOSIC VALLEY vs. Southold – 10AM
Tioga vs. Geneseo – 1PM

Championship – 4PM

At Conlon Field, Binghamton
FORT ANN vs. Smithtown Christian - 10AM
Oriskany vs. Westfield – 1PM

Championship - 4PM

Good luck to all our local teams from FOX Sports Radio 1230!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Few Thoughts about the Belmont Stakes

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90,000 fans are at Belmont Park this afternoon as American Pharaoh races for the Triple Crown.  He joins a long list of horses who entered Big Sandy having won the Kentucky Derby and The Preakness, but can he join the shorter list of the 11 who have won all three Triple Crown races.

Labeled the 3/5 favorite, American Pharaoh showed he can win on dry and wet tracks in his first two Triple Crown races, but the Belmont Stakes provides a greater challenge that has denied the last thirteen who have entered the Belmont having won the first two legs starting with Seattle Slew's unsuccessful bid.

That's in part, due to the configuration of the Belmont Stakes.  1 1/2 miles is a long race.  It's a distance not often seen on major stakes schedule.  Horses running in the Kentucky Derby are running 1 1/4 Miles for the first time in their career, and five weeks later, are asked to run another 1/4 mile on top of that.

In addition, the size of Belmont Park can be very tricky.  A 1-1/2 mile oval, an inexperienced jockey could fire the horse midway through the turn, to find that there's nothing left in them come the final furlong.

American Pharaoh showed a lot of ability in his win on the slop in Baltimore three weeks ago in the Preakness, giving fans more reason to be excited for this attempt at the Triple Crown.  But the pressure is there, as there are columnists and fans alike who believe that a horse winning the Triple Crown is the ointment that horse racing needs to rejuvenate interest in the sport. That's a lot of pressure to place onto a horse and its connections.

Here, I'll be watching the first quarter mile.  A fast first quarter mile will spell doom for the front-runners.  When Affirmed won the Belmont Stakes to sweep the Triple Crown in 1978, he posted an opening quarter mile in 25 seconds.  Recently, several Triple Crown hopefuls were found near or in the front, recording a 23 and change quarter.  Some bowed out in the far turn, and others had nothing left when pressured in the final stretch.

Then there's the late kick factor.  There were a few horses coming out of the Kentucky Derby who are running in the Belmont Park who were closing strides in the final 1/8th at Churchill Downs.  Will they be a factor on fresher legs?

Finally, there's the five week campaign factor.  How much did the first two legs take out of American Pharaoh?  Will he have anything left in the tank for the Belmont Stakes, running three races in a span of time that most horses nowadays run two.

If American Pharaoh wins today at Belmont Park, he truly will deserve his place among the other 11 horses that have won all three races.  But if he doesn't, then it will feel just like the last 12 Triple Crown attempts on Big Sandy, with that 13th being a withdrawal from the race due to injury days before the race.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NBA Finals is set

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With last night's 104-90 win, the Golden State Warriors advance to the NBA Finals, where they will face the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Houston started off on the right foot, jumping out to a 22-17 lead after the first quarter.  But trouble emerged in the second quarter as the Rockets got out scored 35-24, and the Warriors never looked back.  Compounding the problem was Houston's James Harden.  His night started off right, stealing the ball away twice to begin the game.  But his dream night turned into a nightmare, turning the ball over a playoff record 13 times, and shot an ice-cold 2-for-11 from the field.  His only saving grace was his 10 for 13 from the free throw line.

It was a series that never really wanted to go the Rockets' way.  With the exception of Game 4's win to extend the series one more game, the Warriors were fully in control.

The Warriors will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals, who swept the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference final.  It will be a long week of rest and Lebron James references on sports talk and highlight shows, as Game 1 of the NBA Finals is slated for next Thursday, June 4th at 9PM.

All games to air on ABC (locally, WTEN ABC 10)
GAME 1: Cleveland at Golden State - Thurs 6/4, 9PM
GAME 2: Cleveland at Golden State - Sun 6/7, 8PM
GAME 3: Golden State at Cleveland - Tues 6/9, 9PM
GAME 4: Golden State at Cleveland - Thurs 6/11, 9PM
GAME 5: Cleveland at Golden State - Sun 6/14, 8PM*
GAME 6: Golden State at Cleveland - Tues 6/16, 9PM*
GAME 7: Cleveland at Golden State - Fri 6/19, 9PM*
* - if necessary

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Both Stanley Cup Conference Finals to require 7th game

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The greatest pair of words in sports will be uttered twice in the Stanley Cup Conference Finals.


A night after the New York Rangers manhandled the Tampa Bay Lightning to force a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, the Chicago Blackhawks defended their home ice to force a Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night in Anaheim.

It is the first time since 2000 since both conference finals have gone the distance.

Noah Syndergaard: He can hit, too

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Noah Syndergaard showed off some of his batting power he exhibited during his stint with the Las Vegas 51's on Thursday. 

In the 4th inning, he launched a solo homerun over the center field wall, travelling over 425 feet, to extend the Mets lead to 5-0.  On the power of his 7 1/3rd innings pitched, he help lead the Mets to a series sweep over the Philadelphia Phillies, winning the Thursday matinee 7-0.

He complimented his long bomb with a pair of singles to give him a 3-for-3 day.  His performance at the plate gives Terry Collins another option on the bench in a pinch hitter situation, as he will opt to go for a six man pitching rotation when Dillon Gee returns from the disabled list.

The Mets are off on Thursday as they get ready to host the Miami Marlins for a three game weekend series before heading west to San Diego and Phoenix for their first of two west coast trips this season.  Matt Harvey will take to the mound on Friday in the series-opener, which gets under way at 7:10PM.