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Saturday, February 8, 2014

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Catching up with Sid in Pictures

Sid with the world’s most biased Rangers fan, Linda Cohn of ESPN

The Rosenberg Family

Gabe — with a hat that must go!

Gabe with a mohawk.

Sid co-hosting with the great Geraldo Rivera, of WABC Radio in New York.

Sid with one of his all-time favourites, the Rev. Jesse Jackson. 

A Joe & Sid Bobblehead

Sid with former Giants great Karl Nelson.

Sid and Dr. Mehmut Oz at Radio Row.

That's Sid filming for segments on SNY.

Sid & Straw.

Sid's mentioned a plenty in this book ...

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Monday, September 16, 2013

We’re back! Finally!

Hello, SidNation! It’s Kevin Canessa here. We’re back here at — and we’re ready, as we always have been, to bring you the best content possible. With football underway, there will be plenty, right here, on the Dolphins, Giants, Jets and other NFL teams.

Of course, Sid will be up in New Jersey for the Super Bowl this year at Metlife Stadium.

It’s been more than a year since Sid took over the airwaves at 640 Sports — and he, Lengyel and Zemach continue to strive to bring you the best in sports, period.

You know it — we all know it — you’re not finding a better sports show anywhere in the country. So be sure to check back here daily — and to tune in each weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. on 640 AM, at and on your mobile using the TuneIn app.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Want to play in Sid's Best Ball Majors? You could win a $500 gift card from Best Buy

Our Chris Genske and Sid are putting together a Best Ball Majors Challenge in conjunction with ESPN. You could win one of ten, $500 Best Buy giftcards. Click here to join. And as always, thanks for listening to the Sid Rosenberg Show!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Is the NBA ready for a W?

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Brittney Griner
There has been a good bit of discussion lately as to whether or not an NBA team should draft NCAA women's hoops superstar Brittney Griner.  Apparently, a lot of the discussion is taking place due to recent comments made by Mark Cuban.  The Dallas Mavericks' owner has stated he would consider drafting Griner if she was the best player on the board.  Interestingly enough, there are no explicit NBA regulations forbidding selection of a female player in the draft.  A polarizing guy like Mark Cuban is just the kind of guy bold enough to make this kind of move.  But I think there are several reasons why this should not and likely will not happen.

First of all, do we even know if Griner wants to play in the NBA?!  That ought to be the most important thing here.  I would be surprised if she wanted to be on an NBA roster for any other reason than to say she was the first.  It would be an awkward locker room environment for her, something akin to a female kicker in football.  Why wouldn't Griner just go to the WNBA and dominate there?  She can go to the WNBA and be among other women and compete with players of a similar physical make up.  I am by no means saying a woman cannot compete with the men, I just don't see why one would choose that route.

How would she measure up against NBA players?  Look at it like this, Griner sizes up similarly to Tracy McGrady when he was a rookie.  Both go about 6'8". Griner weighs about 210, which is about what McGrady weighed when he was drafted.  On the surface, no big deal.  Problem is that she is a power forward/center in the women's game but compares more favorably in size to an NBA small forward or, in some cases, a big shooting guard.  I haven't watched much women's hoops this year, but if Griner is like most post players, then she likely lacks the ball handling skills needed to play small forward/shooting guard in any league.  In other words, Griner does not have enough bulk to play PF/C in the NBA and I doubt she has the tools to play other positions.  She is a great talent for sure, but I think the combination of her size and skill set would find her without any real positional fit in the NBA.  Place her in the WNBA, and she can certainly play her natural position against girls of similar stature.  Wouldn't seem fair to ask Griner to battle against guys like Dwight Howard in the post.  Again, not to say she wouldn't fair well against the men, just doesn't feel like a good fit.

That brings me to my next point.  Griner is the most dominant player NCAA women's hoops has seen in quite some time, but far from the first great female player.  So I ask why hasn't a woman made the leap before?  Lisa Leslie, Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes, and Candace Parker are just a few names that come to mind as top female hoops stars over the years.  All of them were WNBA MVP's at least once.  If none of them were deemed worthy of selection in the NBA draft, then why should Griner be any different?  I don't think there is much of a chance any NBA general manager takes a chance as big as drafting a woman.  There are only 2 rounds in the draft and elite talent isn't exactly growing on trees.  There are separate leagues for men and women for various reasons and I don't see any need to blur those lines.

Maybe one day a woman will land on an NBA roster and stick.  Brittney Griner will not be that woman.  Not for a lack of talent, but for lack of a good fit.  It just isn't a match.  It is much more likely we might see a big guard from the women's game make the leap to playing in the men's league.  The idea of an NBA exec drafting a female player certainly makes for great story potential but doubtfully will amount to any more than that.  It is certainly something that has gotten people talking!  But let's not out think ourselves.  There are certainly cases where men and women can and should compete together.  I don't believe major professional sports is a suitable arena for mixing genders in this fashion.  I think it serves a greater good for women to have their own product and not have to compete with men.  The WNBA and NBA are great in their own ways and for their own reasons.  Drafting a female player into the NBA likely does more harm than good to both leagues, so it seems best we leave that road untraveled for the time being.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Maybe they should call it March Magic instead of Madness

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Robert Morris players celebrating
after beating Kentucky earlier this week.
That was the score that ended Kentucky's season.  That was the score that shined an enormous spotlight on tiny Moon Township, Pa.

Robert Morris University is a small university in a small town.  They have a small enrollment of just over 5,000 and their hoops team plays in a gym that holds little more than half that amount.  


That was the score that put this small school from a small town on the big stage.  Sure it was just the first round of the NIT, but for a program like Robert Morris these moments don't come all that often.  It is the game everyone was talking about this morning.  It doesn't matter that Kentucky is in a down year coming off a title run last year.  Kentucky doesn't lose to Robert Morris. Except in March.  

That is why this month is so special.  We call it "March Madness" but to me it is truly a month of magic.  Any team. Any day.  Rankings often go out the window and teams that aren't supposed to win find a way.  Players we have never heard of become heroes in mere seconds.  It begins with the conference tournaments and continues into the NIT and NCAA tournament.

I wasn't in the gym to witness Robert Morris' monumental upset.  But I can imagine what it was like.  There is an aura, an atmosphere without fitting description in college basketball this time of year.  

I know because I have been a part of it.  I attend Winthrop University from 2002-2006 and spent some time as an intern in Media Relations for Winthrop Athletics.  During my time at Winthrop, Coach Gregg Marshall (now at Wichita State) led the Eagles to three regular season Big South championships.  

While those were great, nothing compared to being in the stands for a conference tournament championship game.  Winthrop also won two conference tournament titles while I was there.  It is a small school, similar in numbers to that of Robert Morris.  The arena they play in holds around 6,000 and the enrollment is about the same.

But that is the magical thing about college basketball in the postseason.  I remember being in the Winthrop Coliseum when the game clock struck zero and the Eagles emerged as Big South tournament champions.  Even if just for a moment, that small arena felt like the center of the universe.  

The emotion of the players was indescribable, knowing they had earned an opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament, a chance to shock the world.  It created a genuine buzz around the campus, among the community.  

The joy of those victories is often short lived as small schools from small conferences usually get matched up against powerhouse opponents first game into the tournament.  

Going back to 1999, Winthrop had been blown out in the NCAA tournament first round three times and lost a play in game once.  In 2005, things changed.  I watched from my couch as the game slowly slipped away.  It was close throughout.  

In the end, Gonzaga won by just 10 points, eliminating my alma mater from the tournament.  But a funny thing happened that day.  The little program from Rock Hill, SC began to believe they could do it. 

The year 2006 brought us a first round match-up with Tennessee in the Greensboro Coliseum.  My roommate and I made the short trip up I-85 for what would be one of the most memorable days of my life as a sports fan.  

Winthrop was up 61-60 in the final seconds, the Tennessee contingent behind us had long since gone quiet.  They feared they would be going home early. A 2 seed from the mighty SEC was going to lose to a 15 seed from the lowly Big South.  Until they didn't.  

The Vols inbounded the ball to star guard Chris Lofton and the pass led him into the corner.  Torrell Martin's defense was as good as it could have been without fouling. In an instant, Lofton turned and launched a three ball just over the outstretched arm of Martin.  

Just like that, game over. As the last 0.4 seconds ticked away in an instant, the excitement vanished and heartbreak set in.   To this day, despite the loss, it is the greatest single event I have ever attended.  The roller coaster of emotion throughout the arena was unlike anything I have ever seen.  

There was shock, amazement, tears of joy, tears of sadness.  

Tennessee relieved to have moved on, Winthrop heartbroken by an agonizing defeat.  But the world took notice of Winthrop Basketball and the next year they would earn an 11 seed, defeating 6th seeded Notre Dame before losing in the second round.

Something amazing happens when these upsets occur.  A school most of us have never heard of becomes a household name and ESPN regular for a time because of players we have never heard of either.  NCAA hoops upsets in March are usually of the most improbable kind.  Watching the tournament on TV is exciting. But nothing compares to the live event.  

There is truly no fitting description, no words apt to capture the experience.  

Having experienced first-hand the losing side, I can only imagine how it feels to witness the magic, to get the full upset experience.  I know it was only the NIT, but I would bet those in the gym at Robert Morris the other night would put the price of admission among the best money they ever spent.  

For the fans, it is a priceless moment.  For many of the athletes involved it is the pinnacle of their career. Most of them go on to normal careers; while a few may go on to continue playing basketball professionally.  No matter where the people go, the memory will surely follow.  

Every year around this time, I see Chris Lofton's three go through the net in my mind and the emotions of that day return.  

March is madness, but it is also magic in ways I'm not sure can be captured adequately.  So I will leave you with a video, an exhibit of the tide of emotion more descriptive than anything I have said here today.  And please, if you ever get the chance to attend an NCAA tournament game, do yourself a favor and take advantage. 

You just might witness history!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The biggest losers in NFL free agency are ... (part II)

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Super Bowls aren't won in March, but the championship hopes of some teams for the upcoming NFL season have taken a serious blow already.  For those teams that have suffered greater losses than gains so far this off-season, there is still plenty of time to wheel and deal with trades and free agents before the draft next month.  This part of the season is fun to watch as some teams are crowned off-season champs and others deemed all but doomed.  Here's a look at a few teams with some major roster issues due to key departures.

Ray got another ring and retired. Flacco got paid.

Baltimore Ravens: Might as well start with the obvious.  The defending champs have seemingly lost half their roster.  Ray Lewis retired, taking with him an unmatched presence and leadership.  Ed Reed doesn't appear to be returning to Baltimore, although he has yet to agree to contract terms with anyone.

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