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Dr. Amy Bass
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The COVID-19 pandemic left the country without its sports teams. Fans have been watching highlights from past seasons on their couches instead of games from the stands. Dr. Amy Bass is a sports studies professor at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne that certain areas of sports will take bigger hits than others.

Jane McManus: Not A Game

Apr 7, 2020

This Saturday, as the toll of coronavirus deaths in the United States approached 10,000, President Trump called together a meeting of sports league commissioners.

Miller Park in Milwaukee in 2018.
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Usually when we call up Keith Strudler, director of the school of communication and media at Montclair State University and WAMC’s sports commentator, it’s to get his thoughts on a major moment in sports. Right now, the biggest story in the world of sports is the utter absence of sports during the coronavirus outbreak.

Keith Strudler: The Worst Super Bowl Ads Ever

Jan 8, 2020

In the odd chance that your Super Bowl party lacked enough conflict, you will have a bit more to argue about this year. Instead of bickering about which team is better – and let’s face it, most people basically just pick one of the two – now during the game, you can argue about something far more substantial. Like who should be the most powerful person in the world. 

In 2019, the world of sports had some all-time highs and more than a few all-time lows. 

Keith Strudler: Sports in 2020

Dec 26, 2019

The end of any year is a reasonable time to either look back or look ahead, depending on your perspective. Such is especially the case in sport, even though seasons tend to run across traditional calendar lines. But as sport is inherently tied to the passage of time and comparative analysis, it’s hard not to use New Year’s as a moment for reflection one way or another.

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In the Hawaii bowl last night, Cole McDonald threw for 493 yards and four touchdowns as Hawaii beat BYU 38-34 last night. It was the Rainbow Warriors’ first win over BYU since 2001.

The NFC playoff situation is much clearer following the Green Bay Packers’ 23-10 victory at Minnesota last night. The outcome gives the Packers the NFC North title and makes Matt LeFleur the 10th rookie coach in league history to have a 12-win season.  The Packers fought through three first-half turnovers that left them trailing 10-9 at the break. Kirk Cousins threw an interception and was sacked five times, with a whopping 3 1/2 by Smith. Cousins is 0-9 in Monday night games. The outcome leaves the 10-5 Vikings with the sixth seed in the NFC playoffs.

(AP) — A person familiar with the process says that the Baseball's players' union has filed a grievance against the New York Yankees in an attempt to regain the remaining $26 million due released outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. New York converted Ellsbury's $153 million, seven-year contract to a non-guaranteed deal. The team contends he violated the agreement by getting unauthorized medical treatment. The Yankees released the 36-year-old outfielder last month.

The Green Bay Packers the only fan-owned team in any of North America’s major pro sports leagues and Green Bay is the smallest city with a big-time franchise.

The Packers are, in other words, unlikely candidates to be pro football's preeminent team. And yet nobody in the NFL has won more championships.

March Beech's new book "The People's Team: An Illustrated History of the Green Bay Packers" commemorates the team's 100 year anniversary.

Beech spent eighteen years at Sports Illustrated before becoming a senior editor at the Players’ Tribune in 2016. A West Point graduate, he was introduced to the special relationship between the Packers and their fans after moving to Milwaukee in the mid-1980s.

Keith Strudler: Running Up The Score

Nov 6, 2019

You cannot watch any measurable amount of youth sports without eventually seeing what’s called a blowout. Basically where one team wins by such a lopsided margin it’s uncomfortable, no matter which side of ledger you’re on. That might be a 12-0 soccer match, or a 50-10 basketball game, or even a 15-50 cross country race, for those of you who know the sport. Assuming you keep score, uneven sports results are fairly endemic to the games our kids play, despite our often best intentions.

Keith Strudler: A Season Of Failure

Oct 23, 2019

It’s entirely possible that the New York Yankees are the second-best team in baseball this season. We’ll have a bit more clarity after the World Series, where the Washington Nationals have taken a 1 game to none lead over a Houston Astros team that beat the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. By all accounts, Houston was the better team, both over those six games and the regular season. They have dominant pitching; and they’ve largely owned New York since putting together a championship caliber roster a few years ago. And New York has endured more injuries this season than you average coal mine, making their almost good enough finish even more impressive.

The Houston Astros have survived an unexpectedly tough series with Tampa Bay to advance to the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.

Gerrit Cole worked eight strong innings and the Astros continued their playoff charge by downing the Rays, 6-1 in Houston. Cole followed his 15-strikeout performance in Game 1 of the ALDS by fanning 10 while limiting the wild-card champs to one run and two hits. He blanked the Rays after Eric Sogard’s second-inning homer.

Willy Adames homered and made a sensational relay throw from shortstop, Tommy Pham also went deep and the wild-card Tampa Bay Rays chased Justin Verlander early and beat the Houston Astros 4-1 to even their AL Division Series at two games apiece on Tuesday night.

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The Major League Baseball playoff picture is coming into focus and the NFL season is about to start. Here to discuss these and other sports topics are WRGB's Sports Director Brittany McHatten and The Berkshire Eagle's Howard Herman. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Garett Argianas took this shot at the Mid-Atlantic Championship Game in Bristol, Conn.
Garett Argianas

If you listen to this station, you know Garett Argianas as a meteorologist, with daily forecasts on Northeast Report. But right now, for the 14th straight summer, Garett is in Williamsport, Pennsylvania – the Little League capital of the world — working as a public address announcer. The final of the Little League World Series will be held later this afternoon. Garett Argianas spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

Next week, Albany will host the first Aurora Games — a multi-sport international competition for women. It comes during a challenging time for gymnastics. A high-profile figure from one of the sport’s darkest hours will be in Albany for the event.

On Wednesday, May 15, Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic Paul Goldberger will talk with Oblong Book and Music's Dick Hermans about "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City."

The book is a new look at the history of baseball: told through the stories of the vibrant and ever-changing ballparks at the heart of our cities--where dreams are as limitless as the outfields.

Jane McManus: More Than Chemistry

May 7, 2019

Caster Semenya is an accomplished middle distance runner from South Africa, but despite her athletic excellence, she has had to fight to compete.

The baseball is an amazing plaything. We can grip it and hold it so many different ways, and even the slightest calibration can turn an ordinary pitch into a weapon to thwart the greatest hitters in the world. Each pitch has its own history, evolving through the decades as the masters pass it down to the next generation. From the earliest days of the game, when Candy Cummings dreamed up the curveball while flinging clamshells on a Brooklyn beach, pitchers have never stopped innovating. In "K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches," Tyler Kepner traces the colorful stories and fascinating folklore behind the ten major pitches.

Tyler Kepner started covering baseball as a teenager, interviewing players for a homemade magazine that was featured in The New York Times in 1989. He attended Vanderbilt University on the Grantland Rice/Fred Russell sportswriting scholarship, then covered the Angels for the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise and the Mariners for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He joined The New York Times in 2000, covering the Mets for two seasons, the Yankees for eight, and serving as the national baseball writer since 2010.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place. Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This week, we will learn about STRIDE Adaptive Sports - an organization that educates and empowers individuals with special needs in life-changing sport and recreation programs to sustain healthy, active and fun lifestyles.

We are joined by Mary Ellen Whitney, CEO and Founder, Megan Evans, Program director, and Steve Pechacek, Wounded Warrior and Sled Hockey goalie.

Facebook: NCAA March Madness

March Madness is in full swing, the Major League Baseball season is underway and the playoff pictures in the NBA and NHL are coming into focus. Here to discuss all of this on Vox Pop are a trio of sports reporters.

Keith Strudler: Special Treatment

Mar 27, 2019

If you’re an athlete, there are single sporting events that you never forget. For most, it’s some kind of championship, or big win, or record-setting performance. Joe Namath basically made his career out of one of those moments, when he led the Jets to an upset win over the Colts in the Super Bowl. To be honest, I doubt anyone could even recall much else he did on the football field, including his time at the University of Alabama. Basketball players at the University of Central Florida now have one of those moments.

Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, New York will hold a screening of "Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel" followed by a discussion with documentarian Seth Kramer on Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m.

"Heading Home" is the upbeat and crowd-pleasing story of Team Israel as they compete as underdogs for their first time in the World Baseball Classic. Seth Kramer’s films include: "The Linguists, Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie," and "The Anthropologist." Local to the mid-Hudson Valley, Seth lives in Red Hook and works at Ironbound Films with collaborators Daniel Miller and Jeremy Newberger.

Jane McManus: Leveling The Playing Field

Feb 26, 2019

There was a  minor coup in sports talk radio this week. WFAN’s Mike Francesca was edged by ESPN Radio’s Michael Kay in  New York City’s coveted drive time spot.

Ian Pickus with Jane McManus
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Jane McManus has been in some high-stress rooms during her more than two decades covering New York sports, from the Final Four to the Super Bowl. Now, the veteran of ESPN, the New York Times, USA Today and many other outlets is taking on a new challenge. In December, McManus began her job as Director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication — a position long held by WAMC’s sports commentator Keith Strudler.

Super Bowl LIII is set for Sunday, February 3 between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta, GA. Here to discuss the matchup and all the other happenings in the world of sports are a trio of experts: Brittany Devane of WRGB, Ashley Miller of WNYT and Howard Herman of The Berkshire Eagle. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

#SportsReport: Islanders Beat Sabres

Jan 1, 2019
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The Islanders won their fourth in a row as Robin Lehner stopped 39 shots against his former team to lead a 3-1 victory at Buffalo. Nick Leddy scored three minutes into the game, Brock Nelson provided the eventual game-winner and Ryan Pulock iced the Isles' seventh win in eight games by scoring an empty-netter.

So much has happened this year in the world of sports. Players and franchises have headed to new cities. Champions have been dethroned. And the underbelly of sports has been badly exposed. Here to look back with us is WAMC sports commentator Keith Strudler,  Director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University.

#SportsReport: Bucks Thump Knicks Again

Dec 28, 2018
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The Toronto Raptors remain the only NBA team with a better record than the surging Milwaukee Bucks.