Tag: Bill Pucko

On Leaving Town

April 9, 2022 "People leave Rochester.  But Rochester doesn't leave them."   You may remember Nate Rowan as a frequent guest of the Rochester Press Box.  He was the media relations director with the Red Wings.  PR guys are generally horrible guests.  They're cautious to the point of being afraid to offend someone.  That doesn't work ...

Remembering the Professor

March 26, 2022 He was one of a kind.  Almost meek looking, he was dubbed the Professor somewhere along the line.  John Clayton grew up in a single parent household in Pittsburgh.  His mother took him to his first Steelers football game at age six.  He was too small to play the sport.  'Look at ...

Home of Champions

March 19, 2022 https://youtu.be/Yewe2nP-Sdc Town mottos.  Webster is of course, "Where Life is Worth Living."  Penfield is the less inspiring "Town of Planned Progress."  "Discover the Promise" of Greece.  Irondequoit is the "Town for a Lifetime."  East Rochester is the "Home of Champions."   Now there's a tough title to live up to. It was a ...

On Being Iconic

January 8, 2022 John Madden reportedly watched the Christmas Day documentary on his life, at home with family.  Enjoyed it, and appreciated that so many people thought so highly of him.  The Hall of Fame football coach, color commentator and video game headliner died three days later.  Epilogs came fast, furious and universally glowing about ...

Replacing What We’ve Lost

January 1, 2022 It came in a simply worded email a couple of weeks ago.  The Danielle Downey Golf Classic will not return in 2022.  Named in honor of one of Rochester's golf heroes, the Downey Classic had a successful seven-year run at Brook Lea.  The organizing committee chairman noted that, "We are somewhat saddened ...

Thanks for Nothing

December 25, 2021 Depending on what survey you use, the Buffalo Bills average ticket price still ranks in the bottom five of the NFL.  Club level season seats go for around 25 hundred dollars each.  People I know who have them... love them.  And the numerous perks associated with them. Season tickets for the New ...

The Staley Swindle

December 18, 2021 Does the National Football League sometimes seem chaotic to you?  You should have been around in the 20s.  The 1920s. The 1921 Buffalo All-Americans had their season sidetracked by scandal and lost a surefire championship through some combination of greed, bravado, desperation, politics and alleged outright trickery. (Photo courtesy of Pro Football ...

Better Late Than Never

December 11, 2021 My former father-in-law Walter Slovenski coached track and field at Bates College for 43 years.  They dedicated the track in his honor in 1999, when he was too ill to attend. “1982-1983 men's track team carries coach Walter Slovenski,” Bates College Muskie Archives Photo and Audio Collections, accessed January 1, 2022, https://archives.bates.edu/photos/items/show/657 Former Rochester ...

UB’s Six Degrees

December 4, 2021 There are fourteen Section Fivers on the roster of the University of Buffalo football team.  Including kicker Alex McNulty out of McQuaid.  Originally a walk on for the Bulls, McNulty won the starting job as a sophomore and led the team in scoring this year.  McNulty kicked a 55-yard field goal to ...

Games That Keep Us Connected

November 27, 2021 We've spoken many times about how sports... despite their many flaws... still serve the greater good.  My family is pretty far flung.  My kids live in Athens, GA - Detroit, MI and Missoula, Montana.  It makes it tough to grab a quick cup of coffee and talk about current events. Elbert Dubenion, ...