Son of an All-NYC basketball player, brother of an All County high school player, sports has been a part of my life since I can remember.
I was always a competitive athlete and was a member of Mahwah High School’s (NJ) first State Championship Football team, playing for the esteemed Coach Ed Caporale as well as with teammates who remain close friends 30+ years later.
After moving to SF in 1990, I became close friends with Greg Papa, who remains a close friend today. One day in October of 1993, Greg calls and I figure it was just another excuse to go have a drink. But no, he tells me that he needed my help, was responsible, analytical and knew basketball better than most. He told me to meet him at 630pm at what is now known as SAP Center in San Jose, CA to sit courtside and run an bunch of numbers for an exhibition game between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Well, 20+ years later and ~700 games under my belt, I am still running statistics for live radio and TV broadcasts (with the highly accomplished Tim Roye and a long list of top broadcasters throughout the NBA) for games in Oakland, Sacramento as well as occasional games in New York, Miami, Denver and Los Angeles. I am the luckiest / stupidest guy I know with the greatest hobby. I pinch myself daily.
I am also Greg’s spotter / statistician for Oakland Raider games and work selected “Game of the Week” radio broadcasts NFL games played in San Francisco. I also work NCAA college football and basketball games for the Pac-12 Network and selected other national media companies for games at Stanford, Cal, SJSU, USF and St. Mary’s College.
Despite my Bay Area sports connections, I will forever bleed New York Giant Blue, be frustrated by the Knickerbockers, support the Yankees and wish the Sharks played the Rangers every year in SJ.
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