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.

The Falcon Kickoff Rule

September 26, 2020 I let little things get to me.  Like having to cut the label off the flavored coffee cream container in order to get it recycled.  I am totally convinced that I will stab myself in the wrist with a steak knife doing that someday.  Another is trying to make the on-side kick ...

Misery Loves Hope More

September 19, 2020 So how was your summer vacation? In the interests of misery loves company, I had elective surgery. A full knee replacement. And I learned that misery doesn't need company as much as it needs hope. Remember at the beginning of all of this there was so much skepticism over how sports would ...

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 ...