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.

Another Unwritten Rule

We have these unwritten rules in baseball.  Unwritten because they aren't clearly defined.  Don't slide too hard into my second baseman.  Don't take too long rounding the bases.  Don't bang on a trash can when you know what pitch is coming.  Those are just some of them. So where does threatening my health fall?  Where ...

The XFL III

August 8, 2020 Does anyone remember the Chicago Fire; the Philadelphia Bell or my personal all-time favorite; the Shreveport Steamer?   Those were three of the erstwhile franchises in the World Football League which operated in 1974 and half of 1975.  They played a 20-game schedule running from July through November.  Old Miami Dolphins fans hate ...

Numbers that scare the NFL

August 1, 2020 These are the numbers that scare the hell out of the NFL today. 3-11-17. Those are the numbers of Miami Marlin baseball players who tested positive for Coronavirus over just two days. Going from 3. To 11. To 17. The team was shut down and the schedules of four other baseball teams ...

A Canned Crowd

Jimmy Fallon was on the other night. He's back in the studio playing to an audience of his band members. And he wasn't funny. I like Jimmy Fallon. But the pauses for laughter that produce only a few self-serving chuckles don't work. I don't like canned laughter either. If you're in another room and only ...

This Needs to Work

July 18, 2020 We are used to the playbook of sports in 2020. Empty arenas. Shortened seasons. Duct taped playoff systems. Bubbles. Hub locations. Crown a champion however you can. Try to make back a few of the millions of dollars you've lost. Lose less. But what if doesn't work. What if the virus gets ...

On Being Offensive…

July 11, 2020 Back in the good old days I went to summer camp. Camp Thayer in Braintree, Mass. The good old days. Before people were offended by nearly everything it seems. Anyway, our age groups at the camp were named by Native American tribes. The Sachem… Blackfoot… Comanche… Hopi… Iroquois. You get the idea. ...

Role Models

June 6, 2020 Sports people matter. It was 27 years ago that Charles Barkley declared that he was not a role model. The upshot of that was a national discussion as to who should and should not be one. As it turned out… Barkley was. The former NBA star is as much as anyone else ...

Disappearing into the night

June 20, 2020 This just in.  Baseball teams in the New York Penn League were told that the start of the season will be postponed indefinitely.  You think? The 82nd NYP season was supposed to begin this week.  As the Major Leagues debate terms of a return to action... the Minor Leagues have been told ...

NASCAR leads the way…

June 27, 2020 I am not a NASCAR guy. Never closely followed it. Been to a couple of races, including Daytona, and was entertained but found it largely loud and confusing. I mean you can't tell who's winning the race. It is a cultural phenomena. Born in the south. Based in the south. Largely run ...

Back in 1899…

July 4, 2020 William McKinley was the United States president in 1899. But vice president Garret Hobart died in office. Significant on two fronts. First… Hobart College was not named for him. And second… Theodore Roosevelt replaced him. Roosevelt became president when McKinley was shot and killed in Buffalo two years later. 1899 also brought ...