Category: Press Box

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 ...

Over the Rainbow

November 28, 2020 Rochester's own Don Potter sings the best version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.  It's used at the Rochester Press and Radio Club's Day of Champions, the background to a collage of sports personalities who passed the year before.  A time-honored tradition.  As it was when Master of Ceremonies Jerry Flynn would always ...

The One That Got Away

October 31, 2020 The one that got away.  You know.  She was charming.  Engaging. Smart.  She had an 'it' quality.  And a smile that stretched into next week.You thought it would last forever.  Even now you don't know why it didn't.  But it didn't and she's not coming back. And what's worse.  She remains out ...

The Longest Shot

October 24, 2020 What is the longest shot sports outcome you can think of?  There's the go-to Buster Douglas boxing upset over Mike Tyson.  The New York Jets were 19-point underdogs in Super Bowl III to the Baltimore Colts.  How about the Rochester Rhinos winning the US Open Cup by beating three MLS teams along ...

The COVID Games

October 17, 2020 On the subject of some of those changes forced on us by the pandemic.  Things that might be nice to keep.  I'm a baseball guy.  There are three things from the Covid Games I really like.  None of which stand a chance of being kept.I loved the shortened season.  60 games.  Every game ...

Living Attendance

October 3, 2020 Things we never thought we'd see.  The Preakness Stakes was Saturday.  It's usually run in May.  Same for the Kentucky Derby, which was held in September.  The US Open tennis and golf tournaments took place in back to back weeks.  The summer Olympic games are scheduled to take place in an odd ...