All posts by Bill Pucko

Bill Pucko has spent over three decades as a broadcast journalist working in television, radio and print. He was the featured sportscaster on Rochester’s YYN and WHEC-TV, awarded the Rochester Press and Radio Club’s Sportscaster of the Year Award three times and inducted onto the Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 2006. Bill is a co-founder of Classy Wolf Media, a television and video production company currently syndicating two weekly sports programs, The High School Sports Beat and The Press Box, on WHAM-TV and FOX Rochester. He is the content editor of the website Bylinesports.com and writes a weekly column for the Messenger Post Newspaper chain.

When a No-Hitter isn’t…

May 1, 2021 So, Madison Bumgarner's 7-inning no-hitter doesn't officially count.  The definition is murky and this isn't the first-time baseball has been trapped by its own vernacular. In 1964 Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt 45s pitched a 9-inning complete game no-hitter against Cincinnati.  But lost the game 1-0 on an unearned run in ...

Greed Isn’t Always Good

April 24, 2021 In 1999 the Rochester Rhinos won the US Open Cup.  A soccer competition open to every organized team in the country, The Rhinos that year beat four MLS teams on the way to the championship.  An extraordinary feat performed in front of a handful of fans in Columbus Ohio and registered barely ...

Ambush Marketing

It's called ambush marketing.  The streaker with Duffy's name tattooed on his chest hoping to get some free publicity.  Wayne Player has been banned from the Masters golf tournament for just such a stunt.  In a manner of speaking.The son of golf legend Gary Player chose the tournament's ceremonial first tee shot to overtly display ...

Remembering Matt Trabs…

Matt Trabold died a young man last week.  I first came to know Matt when he was a guest on John DiTullio's radio show.  A true savant when the subject was basketball.  The City of Basketball Love... a website he helped operate. Trabold was what we used to call a television camera man.  Sports Videographer ...

Taking the High Road

January 9, 2021 We got to know Anthony Lynn through his time serving under head coach Rex Ryan with the Buffalo Bills.  When Ryan wore out his welcome, Lynn took over on an interim basis and lost his only game.Sean McDermott replaced Ryan the next year but Lynn landed on his feet.  He spent the last ...

The Moment You’ll Remember

It was Sunday, February 3rd, 2002.  Adam Vinatieri lined up for the 48-yard field goal attempt that won Super Bowl 36 over the heavily favored St. Louis Rams as time expired.  It was New England's first championship in the Tom Brady era.  I was watching with my family and told the kids, "This is a moment ...

A Less Perfect Union

December 27, 2020 A friend calls to ask what I think of the Flower City Union?  I worked for a union in my days at Channel 10.  Did some good for the American worker.  So yeah, I'm for it. Turns out it isn't a union at all.  It's not a credit union either.  Nor a ...

Apologies to Sockalexis

December 19, 2020 My regards to NBC's Erik Ortiz for filling in the details here.Louis Sockalexis was a baseball player for the Cleveland Spiders of the National League in the late 1890s.  He had a spectacular but short, three-year career.  He was also a Penobscot Indian.  And as such is often credited with being the ...

A Hero in Disguise

December 12, 2020 Phil Hansen was a defensive end and one of the great Buffalo Bills - lost in that era when little went right.  He proudly wore the Buffalo uniform for eleven years.  My most vivid memory of Hansen is of him trudging around the track at St. John Fisher in training camp.  Running ...

A Person of Interest…

Three years from now, will anyone remember Kendall Hinton? Credit: Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images. Pictured: Kendall Hinton He was a state championship football player at a high school in North Carolina.  As a junior he was responsible for over 60 touchdowns in an undefeated season.  His coach said had he been 6 foot 1 instead of ...