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Jake and Doctor Rick

November 20, 2021 I've seen just one Aaron Rodgers commercial over the last two weeks.  And that was on a Green Bay game.  Rodgers is clearly being publicly flogged for his vaccine approach.  That's when I realized just how much attention we're giving these commercials.  How powerful they are.  And what a significant year 2020 ...

That Other Name on the Wall

November 13, 2021 This is National Veterans Awareness Week.  Veterans Day last Thursday commemorated the official end of World War I... on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  The war to end all wars it was called.  How'd that work out?There are 31 names on the Buffalo Bills ...

The Rem Dog

November 6, 2021 Modern baseball analytics would probably deny Jerry Remy a career.  He hit only 7 home runs in ten years, none over his final six seasons.  But in the 70s, there was room for a 5 foot 9, 165-pound second baseman who could field and run, and who got every ounce of ability ...

Why Sports Endure

October 30, 2021 So, I was in Atlanta last week to visit a friend and watch a little baseball. Phil is a lifelong Braves fan and a good bit younger than me.  1999, to him, is a long time ago.  That's when the Braves last played in a World Series. Now Atlanta isn't Boston, Philadelphia ...

The Last World Series

In 1968 the American and National Leagues had ten teams each.  They played 162 games and the teams in first place went to the World Series.  Simple as that.  It had been that way since 1903.  1968 was the last year before expansion brought expanded playoffs.  The Detroit Tigers and the defending champion St. Louis ...

The Long Road to Legitimacy

It wasn't always like this.  In the early days the then Boston Patriots were the sorriest franchise in the NFL.  The last of the eight original American Football teams to join, they were homeless, playing alternately at Harvard, Boston College, Boston University and Fenway Park. There was talk of moving the team to Tampa... ironically... ...

The Big Drum and other things…

Honestly now.  Before this week, did you know that Purdue claimed the world's biggest bass drum?  Marching bands were and are still are a big deal in the Midwest.  So, the drum became Purdue's thing. The drum was commissioned back in 1921.  It was originally 7 feet 3 inches in diameter; 3 feet 9 inches wide.  ...

Revisiting An Old Friend

September 18, 2021 It was like seeing an old friend.  A guy you once knew.  A good guy.  Got into a little trouble and kind of fell off the map.  And then there he was again. James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports Zay Jones was in that first Brandon Bean draft for the Buffalo Bills in 2017.  ...

Connors & Ferris High School Sports Show – Debut Episode

Show launches a new era with All-Video format on ROC Sports NOW September 18, 2021 The 19th Season of the Connors & Ferris High School Sports Show launched today, Live on Youtube at 10am. Hosts Jeff DiVeronica and Steve Bradley welcomed Brighton Football Coach Stephen Lian, HFL legend Bernie Garnder (with a surprise "This Is ...

Pete Seeger and the Buffalo Bills

September 11, 2021 Name dropping.  I was talking to Rochester Music Hall of Famer John Dady last week and he told me of the time he met one of his idols... folk music legend Pete Seeger... and actually got to play with him.  One of the real thrills of John's life.  I asked him when ...

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