Earlier this year, the Reading Rebels came to Albany and played the Albany Patroons in a hard-fought battle. Albany had a nearly insurmountable 20-point lead; but the Rebels actually clawed their way back and won the game on a last-second shot. And I remember the Reading fans who came to the Armory. They were boasting…Read More
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Jumping houses and Antonio Brown
There is an old “dad joke” that goes something like this. “How many animals can jump higher than a house?” Well, the answer is – “All of them, houses can’t jump.” There is another old “dad joke,” about the shock jock radio DJ who said if he received $5,000 for a charity fundraiser, he would…Read More
The Antonio Brown / Albany Empire prop bet I’m willing to take this Saturday
In gambling parlance, “prop bets” are wagers that go outside the norm of standard peri-mutuel wagering. The Super Bowl is full of these “prop bets” – everything from “Will the National Anthem performance run over or under 90 seconds?” Or, “Will a field goal or extra point kick hit the uprights?” (Spoiler alert – that…Read More
Antonio Brown can’t get out of his own way
I wrote this blog post a few weeks ago, and back then I thought I had seen all the insanity possible regarding Antonio Brown and his ownership of the Albany Empire. Hoo boy, was I wrong. See, in those scant few weeks since I last wrote a blog post, Antonio Brown has had issues paying…Read More
Antonio Brown and the Peter Principle
There’s a thing about Albany-based sports leagues and teams. If you do right by the fans, if you treat your players and your organization with respect, if you pay your bills, and at least put something competitive on the field or on the diamond or on the pitch, this area will support you. But if…Read More
You can’t spell basketball without BSL.
I’ve worked with several independent and minor basketball leagues over the years. I started when the Albany Patroons were in the Continental Basketball Association, then I moved to the Premier Basketball League, then joined up with the National Basketball League of Canada, continued to work with the Patroons while they existed in the North American…Read More
Albany Patroons represent in the 2023 TBL All-Star Game!
As a long-time and proud fan of the Albany Patroons (jeez, you should know that from all my blog posts about them), I’m pleased to announce that the Patroons will have representation at the TBL All-Star Game in Allentown, Pa. this weekend. Trevis Wyche, our sharpshooter from St. Peter’s who has really played his way…Read More
Just remember it’s now “In all of us command,” not “In all thy sons command.”
Last night, the Albany Patroons lost a close game to Academie d’Alma, a prep team in the TBL. I mean, it gives the Patroons their second loss of the season, but they’re still dominating the TBL’s Northeast Division. I arrived at the Armory to find that the person in charge of the paper running stats…Read More
London Lightning v. Albany Patroons – Round II
On March 31, 2022, the Albany Patroons – who at that time were in the midst of a 28-game home unbeaten streak – took on the National Basketball League of Canada’s London Lightning, who at the time were on their own unbeaten streak. Two irresistible forces approaching each other. And in the end, Albany prevailed…Read More
Albany Patroons 120, Academie Alma 80 – and I’m back behind the microphone.
Honestly, I think the only job I HAVEN’T undertaken with the Albany Patroons over the past 40 years has been power forward. Then again, if I did that, I’d lead the league in turnovers, in bricks, and in bench minutes. That’s one helluva triple-double. Anyway … Last night, the Patroons hosted Academie Alma, a college-level…Read More