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.

Remembering Danielle…

July 17, 2021 Rochester doesn't have a lot to call its own in a sports sense.  If you live here, chances are you are a fan of the Buffalo Bills and Syracuse basketball.  An hour either side of us.  But we do take pride in our people.  It's what we do best. Danielle Downey was a ...

Pete Gets Caught in the Middle

July 10, 2021 Fairport's own Pete DuPré is a 98-year-old veteran of World War II.  He worked in a hospital treating those injured in the Battle of the Bulge.  Essentially the last stand for Hitler in 1945.  DuPré graduated from Edison Tech in 1942.  Likes Johann Strauss waltzes.  Lives by the words, "Don't let the ...

It Takes Time…

Using the Olympic podium to stage a protest is certainly nothing new.  But the jury is still out on its effectiveness.  It takes time for sure.  U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise gloved hands skyward during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze ...

Make it Rain

June 19, 2021 This just in.  The Chicago White Sox have passed the New York Yankees as the betting favorite to win the American League pennant.  Probably has something to do with the fact that New York has lost seven of its last nine while scoring the second fewest runs in the American League.   If ...

Spot and Choose

June 12, 2021 So, I saw a promo for football games from something called The Spring League... being televised on FOX.  That's something new. Photo credit: @villan4eva_ Actually, it isn't.  The Spring League has been operating since 2017.  Who knew?  They still promote the fact that Bills legend Fred Jackson and former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel ...

In the Beginning…

May 29, 2021 Until last week I didn't know who Joe Valerio was.  He was like a lot of people who work behind the scenes to produce television programs.  Invisible.  His calling card was ESPN's The Sports Reporters. A panel discussion show on ESPN.  A ground breaking production that brought serious discussion to real sports ...

Improving the Best of Seven

May 22, 2021 There's never a bad time to resurrect a good idea.  No matter how far-fetched.   The NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs have begun.   The Utah Jazz... Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets are the top three times in the stacked NBA West Conference.  But no one is picking any of these teams to ...

Willie O’Ree and How It All Began

May 15, 2021 Willie O'Ree made his National Hockey League debut for the Boston Bruins in 1958.  Played two impact less games before being sent back to Quebec City.  He resurfaced three seasons later with the Bruins, played in 43 games and scored four goals.  Among them the first scored by a Black NHLer.  Those ...

Catering to the Rubberneckers…

May 8, 2021 Keith Magnuson was a defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks back in the 70s.  He led the NHL in penalty minutes as a rookie... specializing in losing fights.  One of my fondest hockey memories is of Boston's Derek Sanderson beating up on Magnuson... taking his uniform jersey.  Skating around the rink with it ...

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 ...