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Author Archives: Scott Pitoniak

Former pro baseball player is still in a league of her own

These days, Maybelle Blair clocks her pitches in years rather than miles per hour. So, when the former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League hurler toes the rubber – or maybe the grass in front of the mound – before Friday ...

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Sports can serve a purpose in times of immense tragedy

In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, I came oh so close to kissing my sportswriting career goodbye. My job back then as a sports columnist for the Democrat and Chronicle suddenly seemed so irrelevant, so trivial. How could I ...

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These Amerks reminded us what fun playoff hockey can be

The greatest player in Rochester Americans history pulled open one of the doors leading into the atrium of the Blue Cross Arena Sunday afternoon and motioned for me to go in first. I was expecting Jody Gage to immediately follow, ...

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Opining on Dick Vitale’s courage, more Bills nicknames, stadium names

By the time he finished delivering a motivational speech that would have made Knute Rockne proud, Dick Vitale looked like he’d been through two rinse cycles. He was bathed in sweat. As he wiped perspiration from his brow, the 1,000 ...

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Milo the Dog has had a golden impact on Red Wings baseball, community

They had trained together five days a week for nearly six months in the backyard solitude of Josh Snyder’s rural home. And although Milo the golden retriever seemed to have this baseball bat fetching routine down pat, Snyder still worried ...

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Opining on Brandon Beane, SU hoops, a poor investment, baseball’s return

If you pressed me to rank the most indispensable Buffalo Bills of this glorious era, I’d go with quarterback Josh Allen in the top spot, followed by general manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Obviously, you need talented players ...

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Revisiting Art Schlichter’s sad tale of gambling addiction

Monday’s seismic news that Atlanta Falcons star receiver Calvin Ridley had been suspended for the 2022 season for betting on NFL games got me to thinking about another player who wound up being banned for gambling. He was a guy ...

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