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Keith Strudler - 2012 In Review

Dec 26, 2012

So as years go, 2012 may not have been our finest.  But, alas, and mercifully, it is coming to a close.  Yet generally time is not the best aid to remembrance nor perspective.  And with that we look back on the year that’s nearly past, not with an acute vision on recent events but with a more reflective eye on this year’s whole body of work.  In other words, sometimes it’s hard to remember something that happened even a month ago, much less 10 or 11.

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Peyton Manning threw for 310 yards and had his 30th touchdown pass of the season on the game's opening drive to help the Denver Broncos roll to their eighth straight victory, 26-13 over the Oakland Raiders.

Coming up on Sunday, the Jets will play in Jacksonville, Buffalo hosts St. Louis at home and the Giants take on the Saints in the Meadowlands. New England will play the Texans on Monday night.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with NFL and College Football Hall of Famer and Syracuse University special assistant to the athletic director Floyd Little, whose new memoir is Promises to Keep: My Inspired Run from Syracuse to Denver to the Hall.

The word underdog is overused in the context of sports, but when it comes to Little, it’s an apt term. Little was born into poverty, one of six children raised by a single mother in Waterbury, Connecticut who struggled in school and had to keep his burgeoning football talent a secret from his protective and worried mother.

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Kobe Bryant has become the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. He's also the youngest. The 34-year-old Bryant needed 13 points to reach the plateau before he scored 29 in the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-87 win at New Orleans. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 when he hit the mark, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone were each 36 and Michael Jordan was 38.

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Brooklyn was beaten by a division leader for the second straight game as Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook added 25 in Oklahoma City's 117-111 win over the Nets.

The Miami Heat had to figure their winning streak would come to an end one of these days. They couldn't have expected it to be stopped in Washington. The Wizards won for only the second time in 15 games, overcoming LeBron James' triple-double in a 105-101 win over the Heat, halting Miami's six-game winning streak.

The Knicks will play in Charlotte tonight and Boston will host the Timberwolves.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with legendary football coach John Heisman’s grand nephew, John M. Heisman, the keeper of the family’s flame and the author of a new biography called Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy, which is published by Simon and Schuster.

When the Heisman Trophy is awarded December 8 to the nation’s best college football player, the sports world will look back fondly on the past recipients and their stellar careers, and then begin looking forward to the bowl season with anticipation.

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The NFC East race is wide open once again after the Giants fell to division rival Redskins last night. Robert Griffin III accounted for 235 total yards and the Redskins' defense was solid in the second half of a 17-16 win over the New York Giants. The Giants led 16-10 until Griffin hit Pierre Garcon for an eight-yard touchdown with 11:31 remaining. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 103 yards on 24 carries, and Victor Cruz had five catches for 104 yards, but the Giants had to settle for too many field goals after reaching the red zone.

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Third-string quarterback Greg McElroy led the Jets to their only points of the day and New York beat visiting Arizona 7-6. Backup QB Tim Tebow was inactive due to broken ribs.

New England clinched their fourth straight AFC East title by beating Miami 23-16. Tom Brady threw his first interception in 203 pass attempts.

Giants and Redskins play tonight.

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It was supposed to be the best matchup of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, but it turned into a mismatch early in the second half. Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey combined to outscore North Carolina as the top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers blasted the No. 14 Tar Heels 83-59. Zeller finished with 20 points and eight rebounds for the 7-0 Hoosiers, who allowed only one field goal during the first 8 ½ minutes of the second half. Oladipo and Sheehey each had 19 points and helped Indiana go on a 28-6 run bridging the two halves.

Knicks and Nets Tied for First After Overtime Bout

Nov 27, 2012
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The Nets moved closer to the Knicks this fall, and the two teams couldn't be any closer in the NBA's Atlantic Division standings. The Nets have pulled even with New York for the division lead by downing the Knicks 96-89 in overtime at Brooklyn. Jerry Stackhouse drained the tiebreaking three-pointer with 3:31 remaining as the Nets outscored the Knicks 12-5 in the extra session. Brook Lopez had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who improved to 9-4 with their third straight win. Deron Williams added 16 points and 14 assists as the Nets improved to 7-1 in their new home

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The New York Giants snapped their two-game slide by routing Green Bay 38-10 in the matchup of the last two Super Bowl champs. Eli Manning tossed three TDs to give him 200 career TD passes, passing Phil Simms to become the Giants all-time leader in that department. The Giants own a two-game lead atop the NFC East.

Morning sports update

Nov 23, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus delivers his morning sportscast.

It was a Thanksgiving night of embarrassment for the New York Jets….they gave up three touchdowns in just 52 seconds and were blown off the field in the turkey nightcap last night, 49-19 at the hands of New England. Tom Brady;s 83-yard pass to Shane Vereen made it 14-0 early, and New England never looked back…the win made Bull Belichick just the eighth NFL coach with 200 career wins.

On this Thanksgiving Thursday, three big NFL matchups, at 12:30 the Houston Texans play against the Detroit Lions. The Lions, who along with the Cowboys are the fixtures of the Thanksgiving Classic football games are 33-36-2 on Turkey Day, they have not won in the past nine years.

Dallas will host the Redskins at Cowboys Stadium at 4:25. The Cowboys are 28-15-1 on Thanksgiving.

One tradition that continues tomorrow is the Dallas Cowboys playing on Thanksgiving. But America’s Team didn’t always have Dallas’ undivided loyalties. WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with John Eisenberg, author of Ten-Gallon War: The NFL’s Cowboys, The AFL’s Texans, and the Feud for Dallas’ Pro Football Future

The football-mad state of Texas didn’t always look the way it does now, with the Dallas Cowboys, America’s team, playing in a super-stadium and the Houston Texans a legitimate force of their own.

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Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and the New York Knicks extended the undermanned New Orleans Hornets' losing streak to four games with a 102-80 victory Tuesday night. Raymond Felton added 15 points, making five 3-pointers for New York, which hit 14 as a team. Tyson Chandler grabbed 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who've won two straight since their first loss of the season and are 8-1 for only the third time in franchise history. The other two times, the 1969-70 and 1972-73 seasons, they won championships. Ryan Anderson, starting in place of Anthony Davis, led the Hornets with 15 points.

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Colin Kaepernick passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start in place of the injured Alex Smith, and the San Francisco 49ers whipped the Chicago Bears 32-7 on Monday night in a highly touted NFC showdown that hardly lived up to the hype. Kaepernick threw touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, and Kendall Hunter ran for a 14-yard TD as San Francisco (7-2-1) jumped out to a big lead by scoring on each of its first four possessions — with Aldon Smith wreaking havoc on the other side of the ball with 5½ sacks.

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The old gun outplayed the new gun and the New England Patriots taught top-draft pick Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts a lesson in all-around excellence in the Pats' 59-24 victory. The 59 points tied a New England franchise record. The Pats scored five touchdowns on offense, two on defense and one on special teams. It's the fourth 50-plus performance in the NFL this season -- two by New England.

Celtics beat Washington, Nets Fall Short of Heat

Nov 8, 2012
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  Brandon Bass scored five straight points in overtime, helping the Boston Celtics pull out a 100-94 win over the Washington Wizards last night. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 20 points and 13 rebounds, Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 14 assists and reserve Jason Terry had 16 points. Bass finished with 11. Bradley Beal, Kevin Seraphin and Martell Webster each scored 16 points for the Wizards (0-3). Bass hit a tiebreaking free throw, making it 93-92, then scored on a twisting layup on the next possession. He added a breakaway dunk with 37.7 seconds left to help seal it.

Knicks Move to 3-0, Nets Fall to Timberwolves

Nov 6, 2012
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  Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and JR Smith had 17 to lead the New York Knicks to a 110-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Raymond Felton scored 16 points and Tyson Chandler had 14 to lead the Knicks to their first 3-0 start since the 1999-2000 season. The Knicks beat the Sixers 100-84 on Sunday in the opener of the home-and-home series.  The Knicks busted the game open in the third quarter, stretching the lead to 21 points.

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In the Meadowlands yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers overcame some uncharacteristic early sloppiness and pulled off a 24-20 win that ended the Giants' four-game winning streak. Isaac Redman ran for 147 yards and scored the go-ahead TD with 4:02 left. This was Mike Tomlin's 60th win as Steelers coach.

The Texans entertained Buffalo and walked off the field with a 21-9 win. Quarterback Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes and Arian Foster ran for 111 yards. Houston has won 7 of 8 this year, as have the Chicago Bears who blew past the Tennessee Titans 51-20.

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With the Knicks-Nets game postponed last night there was only one NBA game but it had plenty of excitement. With six seconds left in the Spurs-Thunder match-up on TNT, San Antonio’s Tony Parker got the ball with enough time for one shot. The buzzer beater handed San Antonia an 86-84 the win. 

Knicks-Nets Postponed, NYC Marathon Set to Go

Nov 1, 2012
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Around the NBA last night, James Harden demonstrated his worthiness with Houston by pouring in 37 points and providing a career-high 12 assists in the Rockets' 105-96 comeback win at Detroit. The Pistons led 83-72 early in the fourth quarter before Harden hit a three-pointer to ignite Houston's game-ending, 33-13 run. The NBA's Reigning Sixth Man of the Year was playing just four days after being acquired from Oklahoma City. And Portland handed the Lakers their second loss 116-106.

We welcome deranged millionaire, John Hodgman, back to The Roundtable and speak with him about his final book of complete world knowledge, That is All.

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The Miami Heat got their NBA championship rings, and then went out and played like champions. Dwayne Wade scored 29 points and the NBA champion Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 120-107 in their season opener. LeBron James scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while missing much of the second half with leg cramps. Ray Allen, in his first game with Miami since leaving Boston over the summer, added 19 points for the Heat. Chris Bosh also had 19. Paul Pierce scored 23 points to lead Boston.

WAMC Sports News

Oct 30, 2012
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In Monday Night Football it was an almost perfect night for Alex Smith as the San Francisco 49ers flexed their NFC West dominance with a 24-3 flattening of the Arizona Cardinals.

Smith completed 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns two to Michael Crabtree and one to Randy Moss, as San Francisco (6-2) opened a two-game lead in the division and sent Arizona (4-4) to its fourth straight lost.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with CBS Sports.COM NFL insider Mike Freeman, author of the new book Undefeated: Inside the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ Perfect Season.

We welcome bestselling author and award-winning sports reporter, Joe Drape, and speak with him about his latest book, Soldiers First: Duty, Honor, Country, and Football at West Point.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with pro wrestler, former Southern Methodist University football player, and Glens Falls native “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, who recounts his wild times in the ring in a new memoir, Hacksaw.

This week local judo fighter Nick Delpopolo became the first Olympic athlete to be disqualified from competing after an in-competition drug test. It wasn’t steroids or human growth hormone that got him kicked off the American squad, it was a positive test for marijuana, which was added to the International Olympic Committee’s banned substances list following a positive test in 1998.

We welcome Jim Rossi, co-owner of Saratoga Polo Club - and he gives us a lesson on the sport of kings.

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