Joe Bianchino

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Best and Worst Christmas Songs

  I’ve always struggled with the notion that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  I understand why we say it, but when I was young, part of me always assumed it was just something we say to spare the feelings of stupid people – because some people aren’t entitled to their own opinion, because

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NFL Takeaways - Week 14

  When Luis Sojo retired, a little piece of me retired, too. Under appreciated and under discussed, he was an important player to me.  The man played 12 positions in a sport with only nine, and looking every bit like a pro golfer who didn’t look the part, he won five World Series titles and became

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NFL One-Liners - Week 14

Time really is a flat circle. I know, because I’ve used that as a lede before and because I’ve written this column before.  It happens when you’re in the column business; you tend to write the same column at the same time of year. You write about your favorite Christmas carols and movies in December, you

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NFL Takeaways - Week 13

  The downside of watching a lot of television, outside the diabetes, it’s that after a while, you become desensitized to it – you stop being surprised, and you start to see things coming. I don’t watch Law and Order: SVU anymore, because I’ve seen enough to know what’s going to happen – because there’s a

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NFL One-Liners - Week 13

  Sometimes I repeat myself, so excuse me if I’ve written this lede before: “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” When I’m old and gray, and I sit down with my kids and grandkids to watch baseball, I’ll tell them stories about the great players of my day – as fathers and grandfathers

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NFL Takeaways - Week 12

  There are 365 days in a year, but they’re not all created equal.  December 25th is great.  April 1st isn’t.  Everyone loves Independence Day, hardly anyone likes Valentine’s Day.  But on any list of best and worst days of the year, the Monday after Thanksgiving must be one of the worst – along with

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NFL One-Liners - Week 12

  On the top of a cliff, a man-sized bald eagle plays slide guitar for a country music rock band while fireworks explode in the background and cannons fire wads of cash into a crowd of thousands – all drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon. There’s nothing more American than that. Except maybe Thanksgiving, a holiday spotlighting

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NFL Takeaways - Week 11

  We believe a lot of things we shouldn’t. Bats are not blind.  You cannot see the Great Wall of China from space. You absolutely can cheat an honest man. Availability isn’t the best ability. I hate yard work.  Hate it.  There’s little in this world I like doing less than raking leaves or weed-whacking or